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Contract 75614: 2002-053-00 EXP ASSESS SALMON POPULATIONS IN ASOTIN CREEK 2017
Project Number:
Title:
Asotin Creek Salmon Population Assessment
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Blue Mountain Asotin 100.00%
Contract Number:
75614
Contract Title:
2002-053-00 EXP ASSESS SALMON POPULATIONS IN ASOTIN CREEK 2017
Contract Continuation:
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Contract Status:
Closed
Contract Description:
The Asotin Creek subbasin is comprised of 83,850 hectares in Asotin and Garfield Counties in Washington, and includes Asotin Creek, Tenmile Creek, Couse Creek, Alpowa Creek, and tributaries.  The Asotin Creek salmon population, as named by the NOAA Fisheries Technical Recovery Team (TRT), includes Asotin Creek, George Creek, Tenmile Creek, Couse Creek, and Alpowa Creek.  The Asotin Creek mainstem is comprised of several major tributaries, including the North Fork, South Fork, Charlie Creek, and George Creek.  This research, monitoring and evaluation (RM&E) project provides estimates of abundance, productivity, survival rates, and temporal and spatial distribution of ESA-listed summer steelhead, Oncorhynchus mykiss, for the Asotin Creek steelhead population.  

Substantial efforts have been made to assess salmonid populations in the subbasin since 1984 (M. Schuck, pers. comm.).  The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) designated the Asotin Creek subbasin a wild steelhead refuge in 1997, and no hatchery fish have been planted in Asotin Creek since 1998.

This project began in 2004, with the monitoring of juvenile salmonids in the Asotin Creek mainstem. As of 2015, the project has expanded over the years, to operate 4 adult traps on adjacent Snake River tributaries and the mainstem of Asotin Creek. The juvenile population  emigrating from Asotin Creek is estimated using a rotary screw (smolt) trap, currently located at RKM 3.0.  As of December 2015, this project has collected eleven years of adult steelhead data and twelve years of juvenile steelhead data.  The data collected describes a persistent steelhead population, which is variably affected by stray hatchery steelhead, which remains large for a subbasin of its size, especially when compared to other steelhead populations in the Columbia Basin.

The goal of this project is to assess the status of anadromous salmonid populations in the Asotin Creek subbasin and adjacent Snake River tributaries.  This research, monitoring and evaluation project provides estimates of abundance, productivity, survival rates, and temporal and spatial distribution of ESA-listed species: Summer steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss and spring Chinook salmon O. tshawytscha.

Asotin Creek is a scientifically sound reference stream and -- given the lack of un-supplemented reference streams for supplementation effectiveness monitoring -- has one of the few steelhead populations that can provide reference data for understanding wild steelhead biology.  Using the Asotin Creek Salmon Population Assessment project to provide reference data for evaluating the effects of steelhead supplementation as a recovery tool in the Columbia Basin is supported by the co-managers and associated fish management agencies:  NOAA Fisheries, the WDFW, Snake River Salmon Recovery Board, the Nez Perce Indian Tribe, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Wells Hatchery Committee, and the Washington State Governors' Salmon Recovery Office (GRSO).  

The objectives for this project are:
Objective 1: Estimate escapement of wild and hatchery steelhead and Chinook salmon into Asotin Creek.
Objective 2: Estimate spawner abundance  in Asotin Creek, George Creek, Alpowa Creek, Tenmile Creek.and Couse Creek, if possible, annually.
Objective 3: Document juvenile steelhead life history patterns, survival rates and estimate juvenile emigrant production in Asotin Creek.
Objective 4: Collect DNA samples for future genetic characterization of focal species.
Objective 5: Report and disseminate Asotin Creek salmonid assessment data.

To meet these objectives, we plan to operating 5 adult steelhead weirs and continue to operate the juvenile smolt trap. The juvenile smolt trap is now located at RKM 3.0. Weirs will be installed on Asotin, Alpowa, George and Tenmile Creeks.  A full understanding of the abundance and productivity of steelhead in those tributaries is necessary to adequately understand the status of the Asotin Creek steelhead population.  This project has specifically collected information from Tenmile, Couse and Alpowa Creeks, while another BPA funded project (#2010-028-00) has assessed adult steelhead returns in Almota Creek (Trump et al 2013, Trump et al 2015.)

A secondary aspect of this project is monitoring the response of steelhead and the other salmonid populations present to the habitat restoration activities occurring throughout the Asotin Creek subbasin. This translates into increased coordination and collaboration with various disciplines not only within WDFW, but also with the other cooperators within the subbasin as habitat and population response is documented as part of the Intensively Monitored Watershed (IMW) project.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
03/01/2017
Contract End Date:
02/28/2018
Current Contract Value:
$272,909
Expenditures:
$272,909

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-Jan-2020.

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 Type Email Work Phone
Brenda Aguirre Bonneville Power Administration Yes Env. Compliance Lead baguirre@bpa.gov (503) 230-5928
Joe Bumgarner Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) No Interested Party joseph.bumgarner@dfw.wa.gov (509) 382-1710
Jeremy Cram Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) No Interested Party jeremy.cram@dfw.wa.gov (509) 664-3148
Ethan Crawford Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Yes Supervisor ethan.crawford@dfw.wa.gov (509) 751-0823
Michael Garrity Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) No Interested Party michael.garrity@dfw.wa.gov (360) 810-0877
Michael Herr Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Yes Contract Manager michael.herr@dfw.wa.gov (509) 751-0823
Janice Jackson Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) No Administrative Contact janice.jackson@dfw.wa.gov (360) 902-2444
Rachel Kulak Bonneville Power Administration No Contracting Officer rakulak@bpa.gov (503) 230-5091
Christopher Roper Bonneville Power Administration No CO Assistant cproper@bpa.gov (503) 230-3514
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
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
Project administration and coordination A: 119. Administrative Duties 02/28/2018 02/28/2018
NEPA/ESA Clearance C: 165. Submit ESA FCRPS BiOp Research Take Application 02/28/2018 02/28/2018
Completed Annual Report D: 132. 2016 Annual Report - January 2016 - December 2016 02/01/2018
Upload 2016 Draft for review E: 132. Draft 2017 Annual Report - January 2017 - December 2017 01/15/2018 01/15/2018
Submit BiOp RPA Report in Taurus F: 202. BiOp RPA Report for CY 2016 02/28/2018 02/28/2018
An accessible, error-checked dataset with a published metadata record for adult weir measurements G: 157. WDFW Asotin Creek Adult Steelhead Data Collection: Weir Operation 02/28/2018 02/28/2018
An accessible, error-checked dataset with its summaries and analyses, with a published metadata H: 157. WDFW Asotin Creek Juvenile Steelhead Data Collection: Rotary Screw Trapping (Smolt Trapping) 02/28/2018 02/28/2018
Tag adult and juvenile steelhead for tracking purposes I: 158. Fish Tagging Activities 02/28/2018 02/28/2018
An accessible, error-checked dataset with its summaries and analyses, with a published metadata J: 162. WDFW Asotin Creek Steelhead Adult Population Escapement, Abundance & Distribution Analysis 02/28/2018 02/28/2018
An accessible, error-checked dataset with its summaries and analyses, with a published metadata K: 162. WDFW Asotin Creek Steelhead Population Juvenile Out-migration Estimates Analysis 02/28/2018 02/28/2018
An accessible, error-checked dataset with its summaries and analyses, with a published metadata L: 162. WDFW Asotin Creek Steelhead Population Productivity Analysis 02/28/2018 02/28/2018

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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Steelhead (O. mykiss) - Snake River DPS (Threatened)
  • 2 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
  • 3 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 119 Administrative Duties 03/01/2017
B 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 03/01/2017
C 165 Submit ESA FCRPS BiOp Research Take Application 03/01/2017
D 132 2016 Annual Report - January 2016 - December 2016 03/01/2017
E 132 Draft 2017 Annual Report - January 2017 - December 2017 03/01/2017
F 202 BiOp RPA Report for CY 2016
G 157 WDFW Asotin Creek Adult Steelhead Data Collection: Weir Operation 03/01/2017
H 157 WDFW Asotin Creek Juvenile Steelhead Data Collection: Rotary Screw Trapping (Smolt Trapping) 03/01/2017
I 158 Fish Tagging Activities 03/01/2017
J 162 WDFW Asotin Creek Steelhead Adult Population Escapement, Abundance & Distribution Analysis 03/01/2017
K 162 WDFW Asotin Creek Steelhead Population Juvenile Out-migration Estimates Analysis 03/01/2017
L 162 WDFW Asotin Creek Steelhead Population Productivity Analysis 03/01/2017