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Contract 74970: 1997-004-00 EXP WDFW JSAP COLUMBIA RESIDENT FISH STOCK STATUS
Project Number:
Title:
Resident Fish above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Intermountain Columbia Upper 100.00%
Contract Number:
74970
Contract Title:
1997-004-00 EXP WDFW JSAP COLUMBIA RESIDENT FISH STOCK STATUS
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Contract Status:
Closed
Contract Description:
Goals:
Assess current fishery conditions in the Blocked Area, above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams, by conducting baseline habitat surveys of tributary streams, lakes, and reservoirs and assessing the stocks and status of all resident fish species known to exist in those water bodies.  

Compile fisheries, habitat, and water quality data into a unified database.  The Blocked Area fisheries information housed in a central location allows managers to view the entire system while making management decisions, rather than basing decisions on isolated portions of the system.

Recommend and implement management actions based on research results.

Background:  
The project Resident Fish Stock Status Above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams (also known as the Joint Stock Assessment Project; JSAP), developed in 1997, is a cooperative project designed and guided jointly by fisheries managers in the Blocked Area; the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Spokane Tribe of Indians, and the Colville Confederated Tribes.   The initial year of the project (1997) identified the need for a central data storage and analysis facility, coordination with the StreamNet project, compilation of Blocked Area fisheries information, and a report on the ecological condition of the Spokane River System.  These needs were addressed in 1998 by acquiring a central location with a data storage and analysis system, coordinating a pilot project with StreamNet, compiling fisheries distribution data throughout the Blocked Area, identifying data gaps based on compiled information, and researching the ecological condition of the Spokane River.

In order to perform joint stock assessment, the participants needed to develop a central database of fisheries related data for the Blocked Area that would be accessible to all Blocked Area managers.  Initial development of the database involved collecting all existing data, and storing them in various electronic formats at the Kalispel Tribe JSAP office in Spokane, WA.  Data gaps were identified and new investigations were initiated to fill those gaps.  A Unified JSAP Database (the UDB) was constructed in 2002, incorporating all data compiled for the Blocked Area to date into a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 database.  The database went through many transformations as limitations were recognized.  In 2013, the Geospatial Enabled Database Management System (GEDMS) was completed. WDFW IT staff have coordinated with Kalispel Tribe staff to load WDFW data into the GEDMS and implement updates to the system as necessary.  WDFW IT staff continue to load WDFW data into the WDFW JSAP MS Access database system and from there, load the data into the GEDMS where it is currently accessible.

The following is a timeline of accomplishments and projects conducted by JSAP fisheries managers.  Specific projects completed through 2000 include investigations of migration patterns of adfluvial and reservoir fish in Box Canyon Reservoir and its tributaries, a baseline assessment of Boundary Reservoir and its tributaries, ecological assessment of mountain lakes in Pend Oreille County, and assessments of seven streams and four lakes on the Spokane Indian Reservation.  Assessments of the Little Spokane River and its tributaries, tributaries to the Pend Oreille River, lakes throughout Pend Oreille County, and water bodies within and near the Spokane Indian Reservation were conducted in 2001, 2002, and 2003.  

In 2004, WDFW and the Kalispel Tribe identified as a priority the need to assess the current warmwater fishery conditions of the Box Canyon Reservoir, Pend Oreille River.  A standardized electrofishing, gillnetting, and fyke netting survey was conducted following the WDFW Standard Fish Sampling Guidelines for Washington State Ponds and Lakes (Bonar et al. 2000).  Additionally, baseline stream habitat, fish distribution, and abundance were determined for the Skookum Creek watershed, remaining tributaries in the Middle Spokane and Little Spokane watersheds, and upper Tshimikain Creek in 2004.    

In 2005, The Kalispel Tribe initiated a radiotelemetry study of northern pike in the Box Canyon Reservoir, Pend Oreille River to determine seasonal distribution, migration patterns and timing, habitat use, and locate potential spawning areas.  Tracking 25 tagged fish will continue into the summer of 2006.  Littoral and limnetic surveys of Deer and Loon lakes were completed in 2005.  WDFW personnel aided the Lake Roosevelt White Sturgeon Recovery project conducting white sturgeon stock assessments in 2004 and 2005.  Spokane Arm Lake Roosevelt tributary surveys were completed to determine baseline stream habitat conditions, fish distribution, and critical low flow conditions.

In 2006, the project completed the Harvey Creek kokanee spawning run monitoring.  Monitoring of the spawning run (2002-2006) was conducted to establish trend data for the population, which was identified as a priority by regional managers due the relatively high variability in run sizes observed in previous years.  The run is monitored annually using a weir-style trap from early October through mid to late December.  Data collected during kokanee spawn monitoring includes species, length, weight, sex, reproductive condition, and fecundity.  The Kalispel Tribe continued investigating the status of northern pike in the Pend Oreille River by conducting a diet analysis, a mark-recapture population estimate, and a recruitment study, in addition to continuing the tracking study sampled.  A statistical model of redband rainbow trout presence as a function of stream habitat was be developed to help managers prioritize conservation and enhancement activities.  Work continued on adfluvial spawner use of tributaries to the Spokane Arm of Lake Roosevelt and baseline habitat conditions of those tributaries.  Data from all collection activities, as well as the compilation of current and historical Colville Tribe fisheries, habitat, and water quality data was submitted to the JSAP database manager for inclusion in the JSAP UDB.  

In 2007, the JSAP project changed from having the Kalispel Tribe contract with BPA, with the other participants sub-contracting with the Kalispel Tribe, to a format where all of participants contract directly with BPA.  Thus, the project description will focus on WDFW activities only.  WDFW conducted burbot stock assessment sampling on Bead and Sullivan lakes to establish trend data for monitoring the population using CPUE.  This was the second year of assessments.  WDFW also conducted a mark-recapture experiment on the upper Spokane River to estimate redband trout abundance and begin to establish trend data to improve management of this population.  A baseline assessment of the fish populations in the middle Spokane River was conducted to determine indices of species composition, abundance, size, condition, and growth to improve management in this stretch of the river. Data from all collection activities were submitted to the JSAP database manager for inclusion in the JSAP UDB. In addition, a new MS Access database system for housing and managing the WDFW annual data was completed, tested, and loaded with data from 1999 through 2007. WDFW assisted with developing a simplified data load tool for easier populating of the UDB. Finally, the StreamNet Independent Datasets page was updated with WDFW 2006 JSAP data.

In 2008, WDFW conducted burbot stock assessment sampling on Bead and Sullivan lakes to establish trend data for monitoring the population using CPUE.  It was the third consecutive year of assessments using protocols established in 2006 and 2007.  A second mark-recapture experiment was conducted on the upper Spokane River to estimate redband trout abundance which will help establish the data trend to improve management of this population.  Data from all collection activities will be submitted to the JSAP database manager for inclusion in the JSAP UDB.  The data will also be loaded into the WDFW JSAP MS Access database system.  Finally, the StreamNet Independent Datasets page will be updated with WDFW 2007 JSAP data.

In 2009, WDFW conducted burbot stock assessment sampling on Bead and Sullivan lakes to establish trend data for monitoring the population using CPUE.  This was the fourth consecutive year of assessments and was conducted according to protocols established in 2006 and 2007.  A third mark-recapture experiment was conducted on the upper Spokane River to estimate redband trout abundance which continues to add to the data trend to improve management of this population.  Data from all collection activities will be loaded into the WDFW JSAP MS Access database system.  The StreamNet Independent Datasets page will be updated with WDFW 2008 JSAP data.  WDFW data will not be added to the JSAP UDB until the issues with data loading and extraction have been rectified.

In 2010, WDFW conducted burbot stock assessment sampling on Bead and Sullivan lakes to continue to establish trend data for monitoring the population using CPUE.  This was the fifth consecutive year of assessments and was conducted according to protocols established between 2006 and 2008.  The mark-recapture experiment was conducted on the Spokane River, below Spokane Falls, to estimate redband trout abundance to help establish the data trend to improve management of this population. This was a cooperative effort with Avista Corporation.  We developed a draft sampling design and protocols for redband trout stock assessment in tributaries of the upper Columbia River that included a pilot juvenile redband trout trapping study.  Data from all collection activities were loaded into the WDFW JSAP MS Access database system.  The StreamNet Independent Datasets page was updated with WDFW 2010 JSAP data and prepared for submission to the Upper Columbia Resident Fish Stock Status project Database, once it is developed. We provided existing WDFW JSAP database to the contractor to assist with development of the new project database.

In 2011, WDFW conducted a mark-recapture experiment conducted on the Spokane River, below Spokane Falls, to estimate redband trout abundance which will help establish the data trend to improve management of this population, in coordination with Avista Corporation.  We will also began implementing and refining the sampling design and protocols for redband trout stock assessment in the upper Columbia River tributaries by continuing the pilot juvenile redband trout trapping study on Big Sheep Creek near Northport, WA. Additionally, WDFW JSAP completed year two of a three year baseline fish assessment in the middle Spokane River in coordination with Avista Corporation.  Data from all collection activities will be loaded into the WDFW JSAP MS Access database system.  Once the Geospatial Enabled Database Management System (GEDMS) has been completed and the loading tool validated, all WDFW JSAP data will be submitted  to the JSAP data manager for loading into the database.

In 2012, WDFW continued with a third year of a mark-recapture experiment conducted on the Spokane River, below Spokane Falls, to estimate redband trout abundance which will help establish the data trend to improve management of this population, in coordination with Avista Corporation.  We continued implementing and refining the sampling design and protocols for redband trout stock assessment in the upper Columbia River tributaries by continuing the pilot juvenile redband trout trapping study on Big Sheep Creek near Northport, WA. Additionally, WDFW JSAP completed a three year baseline fish assessment in the middle Spokane River in coordination with Avista Corporation.  Data from all collection activities were loaded into the WDFW JSAP MS Access database system.  WDFW IT staff worked with Kalispel Tribe staff toward completion of the Geospatial Enabled Database Management System (GEDMS) and validation of the loading tool.  Once complete alll WDFW JSAP data will be submitted  to the JSAP data manager for loading into the database.

In 2013, WDFW continued with a fourth year of a mark-recapture experiment conducted on the Spokane River, below Spokane Falls, to estimate redband trout abundance which will help establish the data trend to improve management of this population, in coordination with Avista Corporation.  We continued implementing and refining the sampling design and protocols for redband trout stock assessment in the upper Columbia River tributaries by continuing the pilot juvenile redband trout trapping study on Big Sheep Creek near Northport, WA. Redband trout abundance estimates were conducted through multi-pass electrofishing surveys in Big Sheep Creek and baseline habitat data were collected. WDFW JSAP coordinated with regional fisheries managers and WDFW Genetics lab to develop a regional redband trout genetics plan. Data from all collection activities were loaded into the WDFW JSAP MS Access database system.  WDFW IT staff worked with Kalispel Tribe staff toward completion and updating of the Geospatial Enabled Database Management System (GEDMS) and validation of the loading tool.  WDFW IT staff coordinated with Kalispel Tribe staff to load WDFW data into the GEDMS database.

In 2014, WDFW conducted a fifth year of a mark-recapture experiment on an index area of the Spokane River between Spokane Falls and TJ Meenach bridge. Efforts were conducted to estimate redband trout abundance and establish population data trends to improve management of redband in the Spokane River.  The study was conducted in coordination with Avista Corporation. WDFW conducted redband trout abundance estimates on Big Sheep Creek through multi-pass electrofishing surveys and baseline habitat surveys in lower Big Sheep Creek (below the first fish passage barrier) and upper Big Sheep Creek (above the passage barrier).  WDFW  coordinated with Lake Roosevelt co-managers and the WDFW genetics lab to develop a genetics study plan and coordinated in the completion of a genetics report for redband stocks in Lake Roosevelt. WDFW began assessment of redband trout in Onion Creek, Stevens County, WA through adult and juvenile trapping. Genetic samples were collected and sent to the WDFW Genetics Lab for analysis. We coordinated with Eastern Washington University (EWU) to acoustic tag redband trout from Big Sheep Creek and Onion Creek as part of a study to track movement of redband within and out of Lake Roosevelt. WDFW coordinated activities with co-managers and EWU through the Lake Roosevelt Redband Technical Group meetings. Data from all surveys were loaded into the WDFW JSAP MS Access database system.  WDFW IT staff worked with Kalispel Tribe staff toward completion and updating of the Geospatial Enabled Database Management System (GEDMS) and validation of the loading tool.  WDFW IT staff coordinated with Kalispel Tribe staff to load WDFW data into the GEDMS database.

In 2015, WDFW conducted a sixth year of a mark-recapture experiment on an index area of the Spokane River between Spokane Falls and TJ Meenach bridge in coordination with Avista Corporation to estimate abundance and year class strength of Redband Trout. WDFW conducted  Redband Trout multiple pass electrofishing surveys at Big Sheep Creek to monitor population abundance trends and to implant juvenile redbands with PIT tags for stock assessment. WDFW again coordinated with EWU to acoustic tag redband trout from Big Sheep Creek and Onion Creek as part of a study to track movement of redband within and out of Lake Roosevelt. A second year of adult and juvenile  trapping was conducted at Onion Creek to estimate recruitment and escapement of Redband Trout. A PIT tag array was installed at Onion Creek to help validate recruitment and escapement estimates. Additionally, multiple pass electrofishing and baseline habitat surveys were conducted at Onion Creek. The Lake Roosevelt Wild Rainbow Trout Genetic Study Report (Small et al. 2015) was completed as a cooperative effort of the Lake Roosevelt co-managers (WDFW, STI and CCT). Genetic analysis was also conducted on Onion Creek Redband Trout in efforts to catalog the genetic composition of Redband Trout stocks in Lake Roosevelt and the upper Columbia River. A draft report has been completed and the final report will be submitted upon completion. WDFW coordinated activities with co-managers and EWU through the Lake Roosevelt Redband Technical Group  and Lake Roosevelt Management Group meetings. Data from all surveys were loaded into the WDFW JSAP MS Access database system and WDFW IT staff coordinated with Kalispel Tribe staff to load WDFW data into the GEDMS database.

In 2016, WDFW conducted a seventh year of a mark-recapture experiment on an index area of the Spokane River between Spokane Falls and TJ Meenach bridge in coordination with Avista Corporation to estimate abundance and year class strength of Redband Trout. WDFW conducted  Redband Trout multiple pass electrofishing surveys at Big Sheep Creek and Onion Creek to monitor population abundance trends and to implant juvenile Redband Trout with PIT tags for stock assessment. PIT tag arrays were maintained and operated at both Big Sheep and Onion creeks to identify life history characteristics of the Redband populations.  Genetic analysis was conducted on Redband Trout captured in the mainstem upper Columbia River to add to the genetic catalog of upper Columbia River Redband Trout stocks. A draft report has been completed and the final report will be submitted upon completion. Multiple pass backpack electrofishing surveys and baseline habitat surveys were conducted above the barrier falls on Big Sheep and Onion creeks to identify species compositon and collect genetic samples for analysis. WDFW coordinated activities with co-managers and EWU through the Lake Roosevelt Redband Technical Group  and Lake Roosevelt Management Group meetings. Data from all surveys were loaded into the WDFW JSAP MS Access database system and WDFW IT staff coordinated with Kalispel Tribe staff to load WDFW data into the GEDMS database.

Location:  
The Joint Stock Assessment Project area (Blocked Area) covers 9.3 million acres with elevations ranging from 1000 feet above mean sea level to 7200 feet above mean sea level.  The project boundary is defined as all water body areas lying upstream of Chief Joseph Dam on the Columbia River System within the State of Washington.  Although the Blocked Area extends north and east into Canada and Idaho, respectively, the project area includes only the portion in Washington State at this time.  The northern and eastern boundaries lie within the Northern Rocky Mountains, while the southern and western boundaries lie within the volcanic soils of the Columbia Plateau.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
03/01/2017
Contract End Date:
02/28/2018
Current Contract Value:
$221,916
Expenditures:
$221,916

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-Aug-2021.

BPA CO:
BPA COTR:
Env. Compliance Lead:
Work Order Task(s):
Contract Type:
Contract (IGC)
Pricing Method:
Cost Reimbursement (CNF)
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Full Name Organization Write Permission Contact Role Email Work Phone
Jason Connor Kalispel Tribe Yes Interested Party jconnor@knrd.org (509) 447-7285
Brodie Cox Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Yes Technical Contact coxpbc@dfw.wa.gov (360) 902-2776
Chris Donley Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) No Supervisor christopher.donley@dfw.wa.gov (509) 892-1001x307
Israel Duran Bonneville Power Administration Yes Env. Compliance Lead induran@bpa.gov (503) 230-3967
Michael Garrity Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) No Interested Party michael.garrity@dfw.wa.gov (360) 810-0877
Janice Jackson Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Yes Administrative Contact janice.jackson@dfw.wa.gov (360) 902-2444
Rachel Kulak Bonneville Power Administration No Contracting Officer rakulak@bpa.gov (503) 230-5091
Charles Lee Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Yes Contract Manager charles.lee@dfw.wa.gov (509) 892-1001
Gil Lensegrav Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Yes Technical Contact lensegll@dfw.wa.gov (360) 902-2240
Peter Lofy Bonneville Power Administration Yes F&W Approver ptlofy@bpa.gov (503) 230-4193
Joe Maroney Kalispel Tribe No Interested Party jmaroney@knrd.org (509) 447-7272
Carlos Matthew Bonneville Power Administration Yes COTR cjmatthew@bpa.gov (503) 230-3418
Christopher Roper Bonneville Power Administration No CO Assistant cproper@bpa.gov (503) 230-3514
Tybee Sheidler Bonneville Power Administration No CO Assistant tasheidler@bpa.gov (503) 230-3820
Elham Zolmajd-Haghighi Bonneville Power Administration No CO Assistant ezolmajd-haghighi@bpa.gov (503) 230-7414


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Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
Inform BPA about scientific collection permits. A: 165. Scientific Collection permits. 03/01/2017 03/01/2017
Mark-recapture data for analysis. B: 157. Conduct abundance estimate of Redband Trout in the Spokane River. 11/30/2017 11/30/2017
Analyze data for annual technical report. C: 162. Calculate Redband trout abundance estimate and evaluate the estimator assumptions (Spokane River) 12/31/2017 12/31/2017
Redband Trout data collection at Onion Creek D: 157. Redband Trout assessment at Onion Creek 12/31/2017 12/31/2017
Redband Trout stock assessment data for annual technical report E: 162. Analysis of fish surveys at Onion Creek 01/12/2018 01/12/2018
Redband Trout data collection at Big Sheep Creek F: 157. Redband Trout assessment at Big Sheep Creek 02/28/2018 02/23/2018
Density estimates of Redband Trout in Big Sheep Creek G: 162. Analysis of fish surveys at Big Sheep Creek. 12/31/2017 12/31/2017
Fish surveys at Deep Creek H: 157. Conduct fishery surveys in Deep Creek 02/28/2018 10/27/2017
Density estimates of Redband Trout at Deep Creek I: 162. Analysis of fishery surveys at Deep Creek 02/28/2018 02/23/2018
Genetic tissue samples from wild Rainbow Trout in Deep Creek J: 157. Collect Genetic Tissue Samples from wild Rainbow Trout in Deep Creek 12/01/2017 12/01/2017
Genetics Report K: 162. Analysis of genetic tissue samples (Deep Creek) 02/28/2018 02/28/2018
Redband Trout PIT tag dataset L: 158. PIT tag Redband Trout (upper Columbia River tributaries). 02/28/2018 02/23/2018
Database contents available to regional managers. M: 159. Transfer certified data currently stored in MS Access database to the Geospatial Enabled Datab 02/28/2018 02/23/2018
An MS Access database system with data, queries, forms, and reports and updated GEDMS database N: 160. Update and maintain an MS Access-based database system for WDFW JSAP data. 02/28/2018 02/23/2018
Project coordination O: 189. Project Coordination and annual meeting. 02/28/2018 02/23/2018
Completed Annual Report P: 132. Submit Annual Report for the period (Mar 2016) to (Feb 2017). 09/01/2017 08/17/2017
SOW Package, accrual estimates, administration, contracting, management of on the ground activities. Q: 119. Manage and administer WDFW portion of project implementation. 02/28/2018 02/23/2018

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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Trout, Interior Redband (O. mykiss gairdnerii)
  • 5 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
  • 1 instance of WE 159 Transfer/Consolidate Regionally Standardized Data
  • 5 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 165 Scientific Collection permits. 03/01/2017
B 157 Conduct abundance estimate of Redband Trout in the Spokane River. 03/01/2017
C 162 Calculate Redband trout abundance estimate and evaluate the estimator assumptions (Spokane River) 03/01/2017
D 157 Redband Trout assessment at Onion Creek 03/01/2017
E 162 Analysis of fish surveys at Onion Creek 03/01/2017
F 157 Redband Trout assessment at Big Sheep Creek 03/01/2017
G 162 Analysis of fish surveys at Big Sheep Creek. 03/01/2017
H 157 Conduct fishery surveys in Deep Creek 03/01/2017
I 162 Analysis of fishery surveys at Deep Creek 03/01/2017
J 157 Collect Genetic Tissue Samples from wild Rainbow Trout in Deep Creek 03/01/2017
K 162 Analysis of genetic tissue samples (Deep Creek) 03/01/2017
L 158 PIT tag Redband Trout (upper Columbia River tributaries). 03/01/2017
M 159 Transfer certified data currently stored in MS Access database to the Geospatial Enabled Datab 03/01/2017
N 160 Update and maintain an MS Access-based database system for WDFW JSAP data. 03/01/2017
O 189 Project Coordination and annual meeting. 03/01/2017
P 132 Submit Annual Report for the period (Mar 2016) to (Feb 2017). 03/01/2017
Q 119 Manage and administer WDFW portion of project implementation. 03/01/2017
R 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 03/01/2017