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Contract 75491: 1991-073-00 EXP IDAHO NATURAL PRODUCTION MONITORING - 2017
Project Number:
Title:
Idaho Natural Production Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
Stage:
Closed
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Mountain Snake Salmon 100.00%
Contract Number:
75491
Contract Title:
1991-073-00 EXP IDAHO NATURAL PRODUCTION MONITORING - 2017
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Contract Status:
History
Contract Description:
The Idaho Natural Production Monitoring & Evaluation Project (INPMEP) has been evolving in an adaptive management mode for over 20 years. It was originally established by the Northwest Power Planning Council’s 1982 Fish and Wildlife Program as project number 1983-007-00. Project goals were to monitor natural production of anadromous fish and evaluate off-site habitat mitigation projects funded by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). The original project split into general and intensive monitoring components. General monitoring followed anadromous fish production and population trends over a broad geographic area. Intensive studies investigated life cycle survival at two sites to develop quantitative criteria to guide management. Both components continued through the 1990s as project number 1991-073-00. Project focus changed with the listing of Snake River spring/summer Chinook and steelhead under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Salmon escapement declined such that survival could not be estimated with intensive studies but had to be examined in aggregate. Thus, the intensive studies were expanded to a basin-wide scale and evaluation of specific mitigation projects was discontinued, while general monitoring continued as before. Changing demands for the way monitoring is conducted in the Columbia River basin prompted a proposal with a slightly changed focus in 2010. This statement of work implements the plans put forth in the 2010 proposal as approved by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

As a large-scale, perpetual monitoring project, INPMEP interacts with other projects that are concerned with natural production of salmonids in Idaho.  These projects include the Idaho Steelhead Monitoring and Evaluation Studies (ISMES; project 1990-055-00) and the Idaho Supplementation Studies (ISS, 1989-098-00).  The latter is in the process of sun setting and many of the monitoring actives formerly conducted under ISS were been shifted to INPMEP in this contract cycle.  In addition to fulfilling the primary status monitoring functions for ESA listed Snake River spring/summer Chinook populations, INPMEP has collected essential baseline data for effectiveness monitoring of population responses to management actions with respect to aquatic resources, downstream passage issues, tributary habitat modifications, and natural/hatchery interactions.

Currently, INPMEP monitors trends in abundance, productivity, spatial structure, and diversity at the independent population, and major population group (MPG) scales for spring/summer Chinook salmon and steelhead trout in the Salmon, Clearwater, and minor middle Snake tributaries in the Idaho portion of Hells Canyon. We will also assess abundance, productivity, and diversity for the Snake River spring/summer Chinook Evolutionary Significant Unit (ESU) based on samples obtained at Lower Granite Dam (LGR).  At LGR, INPMEP will continue to sample adult Chinook with NOAA Fisheries (project 2005-002-00) and has expanded efforts in coordination with the Smolt Monitoring Project at LGR (SMP; 1987-127-00) to obtain juvenile samples.  Analysis of genetic samples has been transferred to the Genetic Stock Identification project (GSI; 2010-026-00).  We will collaborate with the GSI project to break aggregate abundance estimates and age composition into MPGs, and in some cases, independent populations. Over time, productivity will be assessed. In 2016, we will continue to collect length, sex, and age data from wild Chinook salmon on the spawning grounds across Idaho, and evaluate biases in these data. The run reconstruction analyses conducted in the past will be updated as well. We will continue to develop a more efficient and valid study design for juvenile salmonid monitoring.

The objectives for INPMEP have been expanded from previous years to reflect the absorption of monitoring activities formerly under ISS (see above).  INPMEP’s original objectives are maintained in objectives one through four, while the latter two objectives were previously under the ISS project.  The purpose of each objective involves enumerating or describing individuals within the life stages undergone by anadromous salmonids. By understanding the transitions between stages and associated controlling factors, we also hope to achieve a mechanistic understanding of population dynamics.

Objective 1. Describe the 2015 adult escapement and age composition of wild Chinook salmon passing LGR.
Objective 2. Monitor the juvenile production of Chinook salmon and steelhead trout for the MPGs within the Clearwater and Salmon sub-basins. This objective is general trend monitoring that focuses on densities of juvenile salmonids at selected sampling sites. Sites will be selected based on a rotating panel design (intensive, extensive, and historical panels).
Objective 3. Evaluate the life cycle survival and the freshwater productivity of Snake River spring/summer Chinook salmon. There are two components: update/refine a stock-recruit model and estimate aggregate smolt-to-adult survival. This is an evaluation that puts together and interprets data generated from other objectives in a form suitable for management evaluation. The results are invaluable for assessing stock status and the impact of tributary management actions on them.
Objective 4. Coordinate reporting of redd counts in Idaho to fit the population format recommended by the Interior Columbia Basin Technical Recovery Team.
Objective 5. Estimate juvenile emigrant abundance and survival to Lower Granite Dam for intensively monitored populations.
Objective 6. Estimate spawner abundance at the population level.  This entails enumerating adults by expanding redd counts (ground or air) and/or accounting of fish released above hatchery weirs.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
02/01/2017
Contract End Date:
01/31/2018
Current Contract Value:
$1,690,505
Expenditures:
$1,690,505

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 30-Apr-2022.

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Contract Type:
Contract (IGC)
Pricing Method:
Cost Reimbursement (CNF)
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Full Name Organization Write Permission Contact Role Email Work Phone
Brenda Aguirre Bonneville Power Administration Yes Env. Compliance Lead baguirre@bpa.gov (503) 230-5928
Carlos Camacho Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) No Technical Contact carlos.camacho@idfg.idaho.gov (208) 465-8404
Matthew Campbell Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) No Technical Contact matthew.campbell@idfg.idaho.gov (208) 939-6713
Tim Copeland Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) Yes Technical Contact tim.copeland@idfg.idaho.gov (208) 287-2782x232
Eli Felts Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) Yes Contract Manager eli.felts@idfg.idaho.gov (208) 750-4245
Lance Hebdon Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) Yes Technical Contact lance.hebdon@idfg.idaho.gov (208) 287-2711
Paul Kline Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) No Administrative Contact paul.kline@idfg.idaho.gov (208) 287-2788
Solomonn Marsh Bonneville Power Administration No Contracting Officer spmarsh@bpa.gov (503) 230-3943
Christopher Roper Bonneville Power Administration No CO Assistant cproper@bpa.gov (503) 230-3514
William Schrader Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) Yes Supervisor bill.schrader@idfg.idaho.gov (208) 465-8404x235
Russell Scranton Bonneville Power Administration Yes COTR rwscranton@bpa.gov (503) 230-4412
Tybee Sheidler Bonneville Power Administration No CO Assistant tasheidler@bpa.gov (503) 230-3820
Eric Stark Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) Yes Interested Party eric.stark@idfg.idaho.gov (208) 854-8920
Carl Stiefel Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) Yes Interested Party carl.stiefel@idfg.idaho.gov (208) 465-8404
David Venditti Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) No Interested Party david.venditti@idfg.idaho.gov (208) 465-8404x231
Dorothy Welch Bonneville Power Administration Yes F&W Approver dwwelch@bpa.gov (503) 230-5479
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
Manage Project A: 119. Manage Project 01/31/2018 01/31/2018
Permits obtained to conduct field work B: 165. Project Permitting 01/31/2018 01/31/2018
Completed RM&E Technical Report for calendar year 2015. D: 132. Produce FINAL RM&E Technical Report for Calendar Year 2015 04/30/2017 04/30/2017
Submit BiOp RPA Report in Taurus F: 202. Produce BiOp RPA Report for Calendar Year 2016 03/15/2017 03/15/2017
Juvenile Chinook Salmon dataset & metadata from scale and tissues sampled at Lower Granite Dam G: 157. IDFG juvenile wild Chinook Salmon sampling at Lower Granite Dam 10/31/2017 10/31/2017
An adult Chinook Salmon dataset & metadata from scales and tissues sampled at Lower Granite Dam H: 157. IDFG adult wild Chinook Salmon sampling at Lower Granite Dam 01/31/2018
A juvenile salmonid dataset & metadata from fish collected at IDFG rotary screw traps I: 157. IDFG rotary screw trapping for juv. Chinook & Steelhead abundance & survival in Clearwater & Salmon 01/31/2018
A juvenile Salmonid dataset & metadata from IDFG snorkel surveys in Clearwater & Salmon River J: 157. IDFG snorkel surveys for juv. Chinook & steelhead distribution & density in the Clearwater & Salmon 11/30/2017 11/30/2017
A wild adult Chinook Salmon dataset & metadata from fish sampled at IDFG hatchery traps. K: 157. IDFG data collection for wild adult Chinook abundance at hatchery traps in the Salmon River 01/31/2018 01/31/2018
An accessible, error-checked dataset & metadata L: 157. IDFG single- and multiple-pass Chinook redd counts & carcass biological sampling in the Salmon River 01/31/2018 01/31/2018
PIT-tagged juvenile Chinook Salmon M: 158. PIT tag wild juvenile Chinook Salmon at IDFG rotary screw traps in the Clearwater & Salmon 01/31/2018 01/31/2018
PIT tag files available in PTAGIS N: 159. Manage PIT tag files 11/30/2017 11/30/2017
Wild Chinook Salmon 2016 smolt production estimates at Lower Granite Dam O: 162. IDFG wild juvenile Chinook Salmon emigration at Lower Granite Dam 01/31/2018
Wild Chinook Salmon 2016 adult escapement estimates at Lower Granite Dam P: 162. IDFG wild adult Chinook Salmon escapement at Lower Granite Dam 01/31/2018
Juvenile Chinook Salmon abundance, survival, & productivity from IDFG 2016 RST operations Q: 162. IDFG wild juvenile Chinook Salmon abundance, survival, & productivity analyses from RSTs 01/31/2018
Juvenile Chinook Salmon distribution & density from IDFG 2016 snorkel surveys R: 162. IDFG wild juvenile Chinook Salmon distribution & density analyses from snorkel surveys 01/31/2018
Wild adult Chinook spawner abundance, disposition, & distribution via IDFG SGS & carcass collections S: 162. IDFG wild adult Chinook Salmon spawner abundance, disposition, & distribution analyses 01/31/2018 01/31/2018
Wild adult Chinook Salmon survival & productivity estimates IDFG T: 162. IDFG wild adult Chinook Salmon survival & productivity analyses 01/31/2018 01/31/2018
Share information on wild Chinook Salmon in Idaho with internal & external customers U: 161. Fulfill data requests & make professional presentations 01/31/2018 01/31/2018

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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Chinook (O. tshawytscha) - Snake River Spring/Summer ESU (Threatened)
  • 6 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
  • 1 instance of WE 161 Disseminate Raw/Summary Data and Results
  • 6 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Chinook (O. tshawytscha) - Snake River Spring/Summer (not listed)
  • 1 instance of WE 161 Disseminate Raw/Summary Data and Results
  • 2 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Steelhead (O. mykiss) - Snake River DPS (Threatened)
  • 2 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 161 Disseminate Raw/Summary Data and Results

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 119 Manage Project 02/01/2016
B 165 Project Permitting 02/01/2016
C 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 02/01/2017
D 132 Produce FINAL RM&E Technical Report for Calendar Year 2015 02/01/2017
E 132 Prepare for & write DRAFT RM&E Technical Report for Calendar Year 2016 02/01/2016
F 202 Produce BiOp RPA Report for Calendar Year 2016
G 157 IDFG juvenile wild Chinook Salmon sampling at Lower Granite Dam 07/14/2017
H 157 IDFG adult wild Chinook Salmon sampling at Lower Granite Dam 07/14/2017
I 157 IDFG rotary screw trapping for juv. Chinook & Steelhead abundance & survival in Clearwater & Salmon 07/13/2017
J 157 IDFG snorkel surveys for juv. Chinook & steelhead distribution & density in the Clearwater & Salmon 06/30/2017
K 157 IDFG data collection for wild adult Chinook abundance at hatchery traps in the Salmon River 07/13/2017
L 157 IDFG single- and multiple-pass Chinook redd counts & carcass biological sampling in the Salmon River 06/30/2017
M 158 PIT tag wild juvenile Chinook Salmon at IDFG rotary screw traps in the Clearwater & Salmon 07/13/2017
N 159 Manage PIT tag files 02/01/2016
O 162 IDFG wild juvenile Chinook Salmon emigration at Lower Granite Dam 02/01/2016
P 162 IDFG wild adult Chinook Salmon escapement at Lower Granite Dam 02/01/2016
Q 162 IDFG wild juvenile Chinook Salmon abundance, survival, & productivity analyses from RSTs 02/01/2017
R 162 IDFG wild juvenile Chinook Salmon distribution & density analyses from snorkel surveys 02/01/2016
S 162 IDFG wild adult Chinook Salmon spawner abundance, disposition, & distribution analyses 02/01/2017
T 162 IDFG wild adult Chinook Salmon survival & productivity analyses 02/01/2017
U 161 Fulfill data requests & make professional presentations 02/01/2016