Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program
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Contract 75844: 2007-246-00 EXP RESTORATION OF BULL TROUT PASS
Project Number:
Title:
Restoration of Bull Trout Passage at Albeni Falls Dam
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Intermountain Pend Oreille 100.00%
Contract Number:
75844
Contract Title:
2007-246-00 EXP RESTORATION OF BULL TROUT PASS
Contract Continuation:
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72418: 2007-246-00 EXP KALISPEL RESTORATION OF BULL TROUT PASS
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Contract Status:
Closed
Contract Description:
Bull trout in the Columbia River Basin were listed as Threatened by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in 1998 (USFWS 2000).  Bull trout populations are threatened by habitat degradation and fragmentation, past fisheries management practices, poor water quality, and blockage of migratory corridors.  Pend Oreille River and Lake is a core area within the Northeast Washington Recovery Unit of the Columbia Basin bull trout population (USFWS 2002a, 2002b).  Recovery of Pend Oreille bull trout is limited by the fact that dams on the mainstem Pend Oreille River (Albeni Falls and Box Canyon dams) have blocked migration of bull trout between Lake Pend Oreille and spawning/rearing areas (USFWS 2002a, 2002b). Albeni Falls Dam is a federal facility under the responsibility of the action agencies (US Army Corps of Engineers, Bonneville Power Administration, and Bureau of Reclamation).  Albeni Falls Dam created two types of problems for bull trout in the Pend Oreille Basin. First, bull trout from natal tributaries above the dam, that either became entrained or had elected to volitionally pass below the dam, were unable to return to spawn in their natal tributaries. (Source populations could include bull trout spawning in the Priest River, inlet tributaries of Pend Oreille Lake, or tributaries of the Clark Fork River below or above Cabinet Gorge Dam.) Second, adfluvial bull trout that formerly spawned in tributaries below the dam and migrated upstream to a cold water refuge in Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho were no longer able to do so.

The goal of this project is to provide temporary upstream passage for bull trout at Albeni Falls Dam on the Pend Oreille River. We propose to collect bull trout below the dam using boat electrofishing.  Any bull trout captured will be biopsied via hole punch and their DNA sent to the USFWS lab in Abernathy, Washington for rapid analysis within 48 hours. Each DNA sample will be compared to DNA from other bull trout populations in the Priest River drainage, Pend Oreille Lake tributaries, and Clark Fork drainage and an assignment will be made as to its probable region of origin.  Prior to release each fish will be implanted with a combination radio-acoustic transmitter to ascertain if the spawning tributary it selected was the same as its assigned tributary. A system of stationary radio receiving stations and airplane/truck/boat surveys will be used to monitor the movement of the tagged fish. This project provides direct on-the-ground benefits for endangered bull trout in the Pend Oreille Basin because it will allow fish, whose migration corridor has been blocked by a dam without fish passage, to return to their natal streams and contribute their genes (which would otherwise have been lost) to the spawning population.

The Tribe completed design, construction, and installation of a temporary upstream fish trap at Albeni Falls Dam in late 2014. The trap consists of a floating pontoon trap structure affixed to the dam face with mooring collars and mooring poles to allow for fluctuating tailrace water elevations.  The structure has a holding pool, short denil fish ladder, and V-trap. Water is supplied through a 4 cfs submersible vertical turbine pump affixed to the face of the dam. The trap is accessed from the tailrace deck by an access platform and ladders or by boat from the tailrace. The structures are secured in boat restricted zone with chain-link fence. To monitor the effectiveness of the facility, bull trout and surrogate species will be initially radio tagged in the tailrace and downstream and returned downstream. Finescale movements of tagged fish will be monitored with fixed yagi and dipole receiving stations at the dam and trap entrance. Once reservoir temperature exceeds 18 C, all new and recaptured bull trout will be moved upstream of Albeni Falls Dam to continue their migration to Lake Pend Oreille or spawning tributaries.

The Albeni Falls Dam temporary fish trap has not collected any Bull Trout as of February 2017 and options to improve its attraction are being explored. Some options being considered are ladder design and possible replacement with pool-weir or orifice designs, orientation of the trap, and potential addition of fish attractants. In 2016, we conducted behavioral experiments with Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) as a Salvelinus surrogate for Bull Trout in a Y-maze, to test the feasibility of using the maze to determine if Bull Trout could be attracted into an arm supplied with cold water, home stream odor, or conspecific pheromones. We propose to expand the experiments to include Bull Trout during 2017 and 2018.

The purpose of the proposed investigation is to improve the passage of Bull Trout (Salvelinus confluentus) into entrances of fish ladders on the Pend Oreille and Clark Fork rivers. We will use a two-armed Y-maze to test three null hypotheses: 1) Ho1: There is no difference in preference by fish to arms with warmer and cooler water temperature; 2) Ho2: There is no difference in preference by fish to an arm scented with pheromones from the same population (population specific pheromones) or species (conspecific pheromones), i.e., fish from the same stream or different stream, as the fish being tested versus an arm receiving the same water minus the pheromones; 3) Ho3: There is no difference in fish preference to an arm scented with water from its home stream added to the water source in which the fish being tested are acclimated versus the same water source without the home stream water added. Rejection of the null hypotheses and acceptance of the alternatives would potentially suggest simple ways to improve the attractiveness of ladder or trap entrances to Bull Trout at dams on the Pend Oreille/Clark Fork such as: 1) Supplying water of the preferred temperature to the ladder; 2) Holding fish in the ladder in an attempt to attract other conspecifics into it; 3) Scenting the ladder with water collected from various home streams in an attempt to attract fish from different home streams into it;
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
05/01/2017
Contract End Date:
04/30/2018
Current Contract Value:
$398,995
Expenditures:
$398,995

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

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BPA COTR:
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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
Martin Allen Bonneville Power Administration Yes COTR mballen@bpa.gov (503) 230-5115
Todd Andersen Kalispel Tribe Yes Interested Party tandersen@knrd.org (509) 447-7245
Brian Bellgraph Pacific Northwest National Laboratory No Interested Party brian.bellgraph@pnnl.gov (509) 371-7185
Jason Connor Kalispel Tribe Yes Contract Manager jconnor@knrd.org (509) 447-7285
Joe Maroney Kalispel Tribe Yes Supervisor jmaroney@knrd.org (509) 447-7272
Solomonn Marsh Bonneville Power Administration No Contracting Officer spmarsh@bpa.gov (503) 230-3943
Jason Olson Kalispel Tribe Yes Interested Party jolson@knrd.org (509) 447-7290
Christopher Roper Bonneville Power Administration No CO Assistant cproper@bpa.gov (503) 230-3514
Jolene Seymour Kalispel Tribe Yes Administrative Contact jseymour@kalispeltribe.com (509) 445-1147
Tybee Sheidler Bonneville Power Administration No CO Assistant tasheidler@bpa.gov (503) 230-3820
Jennifer Snyder Bonneville Power Administration Yes Env. Compliance Lead jasnyder@bpa.gov (503) 230-4187
Virgil Watts III Bonneville Power Administration Yes Interested Party vlwatts@bpa.gov (503) 230-4625
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


Viewing of Work Statement Elements

Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
Idaho and Washington scientific collection, transportation, and federal permits B: 165. Obtain necessary permits and set up contract for genetic analysis 04/30/2018 04/30/2018
Electrofishing collection of bull trout below Albeni Falls Dam C: 157. Electrofishing to collect bull trout below Albeni Falls Dam 04/30/2018 04/30/2018
Temporary upstream trap installed and operated at Albeni Falls Dam, Idaho D: 184. Operation and maintenance of temporary upstream trap installed at Albeni Falls Dam, Idaho 04/30/2018 04/30/2018
Implanting of radio tags E: 158. Implant combination radio acoustic or radio transmitters into bull trout 04/30/2018 04/30/2018
Bull trout transported above Albeni Falls Dam when water temperature approaches 18 C F: 28. Transport bull trout above Albeni Falls Dam 04/30/2018 04/30/2018
Genetic Analysis G: 157. Genetic analysis of bull trout biopsy samples 04/30/2018 04/30/2018
Tracking of radio tagged fish with aircraft, vehicle, and boat. H: 157. Mobile tracking surveys by fixed wing aircraft, boat, and vehicle 04/30/2018 04/30/2018
Downloading stationary ground radio receiver I: 157. Download stationary ground radio receiving stations 04/30/2018 04/30/2018
Electrofishing and angling data entry J: 157. Compile electronic spreadsheet database of electrofishing data 04/30/2018 04/30/2018
Annual maintenance of monitoring equipment K: 70. Annual overhaul and recalibration of ground receiver stations 04/30/2018 04/30/2018
Produce accessible, error-checked datasets L: 157. Y-Maze testing of Bull Trout 04/30/2018 04/30/2018
Data analysis of tracking data M: 162. Data reduction and analysis 04/30/2018 04/30/2018
Analyzed data for annual technical report. N: 162. Analysis of bull trout Y-Maze data 04/30/2018 04/30/2018
Project coordination among stakeholders O: 189. Project coordination among all stakeholders 04/30/2018 04/30/2018
All administrative tasks fulfilled with timely quality products P: 119. Manage Project 04/30/2018 04/30/2018
Completed Annual Report Q: 132. Submit Annual Report for the period (5/1/2016) to (4/30/2017) 04/30/2018 01/31/2018

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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Trout, Bull (S. confluentus) (Threatened)
  • 1 instance of WE 28 Trap and Haul
  • 1 instance of WE 184 Install Fish Passage Structure
  • 1 instance of WE 70 Install Fish Monitoring Equipment
  • 6 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
  • 2 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 05/01/2017
B 165 Obtain necessary permits and set up contract for genetic analysis 05/01/2017
C 157 Electrofishing to collect bull trout below Albeni Falls Dam 05/01/2017
D 184 Operation and maintenance of temporary upstream trap installed at Albeni Falls Dam, Idaho 05/01/2017
E 158 Implant combination radio acoustic or radio transmitters into bull trout 05/01/2017
F 28 Transport bull trout above Albeni Falls Dam 05/01/2017
G 157 Genetic analysis of bull trout biopsy samples 05/01/2017
H 157 Mobile tracking surveys by fixed wing aircraft, boat, and vehicle 05/01/2017
I 157 Download stationary ground radio receiving stations 05/01/2017
J 157 Compile electronic spreadsheet database of electrofishing data 05/01/2017
K 70 Annual overhaul and recalibration of ground receiver stations 05/01/2017
L 157 Y-Maze testing of Bull Trout 05/01/2017
M 162 Data reduction and analysis 05/01/2017
N 162 Analysis of bull trout Y-Maze data 05/01/2017
O 189 Project coordination among all stakeholders 05/01/2017
P 119 Manage Project 05/01/2017
Q 132 Submit Annual Report for the period (5/1/2016) to (4/30/2017) 05/01/2017