Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program
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Contract 76964: 2006-008-00 EXP MAINSTEM AMENDMENTS RESEARCH
Project Number:
Title:
Mainstem Columbia Amendments Research at Libby Dam
BPA PM:
Stage:
Closed
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Mountain Columbia Flathead 100.00%
Contract Number:
76964
Contract Title:
2006-008-00 EXP MAINSTEM AMENDMENTS RESEARCH
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NOTE TO CONTRACT OFFICER:  Send contract documents to Mike Burke, Administrative Contact and Matt Boyer, Supervisor.

Project Background

In 2003, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (Council) directed the Pacific Northwest region to implement and evaluate a new dam operating strategy at several Columbia River dams.  Beginning in the summer 2004, reservoir drafts at Hungry Horse and Libby Dams in Montana were supposed to be limited to 10 feet from full pool (elevations 3550 and 2449, respectively) during the months of July through September.  During drought years, the reservoir drafts could be increased to 20 feet from full pool by September 30 at each reservoir.   The Mainstem Amendment dam operation strategy also stabilizes water released into the South Fork Flathead and Kootenai Rivers by implementing hourly and daily limits on how quickly discharges could be increased or decreased on a seasonal basis.  These Mainstem Amendment operations were designed to protect aquatic resources in headwater reservoirs and rivers, while providing suitable conditions for anadromous species recovery in the lower Columbia River and were officially implemented in October 2008 (i.e., water year 2009).  Previous research by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks provided empirical data and methods to assess potential impacts of dam operations, including power generation, flood control and discharge requirements for various species including Kootenai River white sturgeon and bull trout.  Historical river discharges and reservoir elevations, modeled physical habitat and biological conditions, gillnetting data, and lotic fish population estimate data will provide an environmental baseline for comparison to conditions under the Mainstem Amendments operating periods post-water year 2008.  This project will use a combination of research and monitoring to compare the biological and physical responses of fishes and habitat conditions to prior dam operations upstream and downstream of Hungry Horse and Libby Dams, Montana.  

Project Description

This project will assess the physical and biological effects of the Mainstem Amendment operating strategy at Libby and Hungry Horse Dams, Montana.  The  Mainstem Amendments were fully implemented in October 2008 and have been implemented for the past 8 water years.  The Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NPCC) directed the region to test, implement, and evaluate new drafting limits and ramping rates at many of the dams in the Columbia River Basin.  The new operation strategy limits the summer drafts of Libby Reservoir (Lake Koocanusa) to 10 feet from full pool (surface elevation 2449 feet) during normal water supply years and 20 feet (surface elevation 2439 feet) from full pool during the lowest 20% (i.e, drought) of water supply years.  The Mainstem Amendments also limit the rates at which discharges into the South Fork Flathead and Kootenai rivers can be increased or decreased utilizing both daily and hourly limits depending on season and discharge level.  These operations will stabilize flow in the rivers, while meeting established minimum flow requirements and flow augmentation for bull trout and Kootenai River white sturgeon.  The new operating strategy may better mediate the needs of all resident fishes throughout the Columbia River Basin with anthropogenic needs including water supply, recreation, and hydropower generation.  This project will use a combination of modeling and field research and monitoring to quantify and evaluate the effects of the interim operating strategy on the physical and biological communities and habitats upstream and downstream of Libby and Hungry Horse Dams.


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has 8 objectives in this SOW (2017-2018) for evaluating the Council's prescribed  Mainstem Amendments on physical and biological conditions upstream and downstream of Hungry Horse and Libby Dams, Montana and additional monitoring activities.

Objective 1 (WE D ).  Assess annual trends and changes to the biological communities and physical habitat conditions in Libby Reservoir.

Objective 2 (WE C and E).  Assess annual trends and changes to biological and biological habitat conditions in the Kootenai River downstream of Libby Dam.

Objective 3 (WE C and F).   Assess and update the status of Kootenai River white sturgeon in Montana as a supplemental effort to ongoing recovery, habitat restoration, monitoring, research, and aquaculture activities in Idaho and British Columbia.

Objective 4 (WE G).  Evaluate juvenile to adult survival of juvenile bull trout in Quartz Creek.

Objective 5 (WE H).  Monitor the seasonal dynamics of Didymosphenia geminata blooms in the Kootenai River and Libby Reservoir.

Objective 6 (WE I).  Assess annual and seasonal trends of the aquatic invertebrate community in the Dam-Fisher section of the Kootenai River, Montana.  

Objective 7 (WE J).  Monitor D. geminata in the Flathead River and assess the impacts of water quality on mat formation

Objective 8 (WE K).  Estimate juvenile to adult survival and emigration patterns of juvenile bull trout in several tributaries to the Flathead River.

Objective 9 (WE L).  Monitor focal species in the mainstem Flathead River.  

All Objectives in this statement of work require Environmental Compliance through BPA and scheduled data collection for fishes require Section 6 (bull trout) and Section 10 (white sturgeon) consultation with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service prior to this SOW and contract signing.  All sampling and tagging to be performed in this SOW are in categorical exclusions under BPA including installation of the remote PIT tag station in Quartz Creek and several locations in the Flathead River drainage.  Maintenance of PIT tags stations requires additional permits from the USACE, MTDEQ, USFS, and county floodplain administrators.  Coordination of staff in the Libby and Kalispell offices may be required for some work elements and sharing of data occurs frequently between and among agency staff.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
07/01/2017
Contract End Date:
06/30/2018
Current Contract Value:
$356,718
Expenditures:
$356,718

* 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
Sam Bourret Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) No Interested Party sbourret@mt.gov (406) 751-4556
Matt Boyer Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) Yes Contract Manager mboyer@mt.gov (406) 751-4570
Cecilia Brown Bonneville Power Administration Yes COTR ckbrown@bpa.gov (503) 230-3462
Mike Burke Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) No Administrative Contact miburke@mt.gov (406) 444-3301
Mark Deleray Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) No Supervisor mdeleray@mt.gov (406) 751-4550
James Dunnigan Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) Yes Interested Party jdunnigan@mt.gov (406) 293-4161x200
Franz Ingelfinger Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) No Interested Party fingelfinger@mt.gov (406) 751-4580
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
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
Amber Steed Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) Yes Technical Contact asteed@mt.gov (406) 751-4541
Ryan Sylvester Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) Yes Technical Contact rsylvester@mt.gov (406) 293-4161x203
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
All administrative tasks fulfilled with timely quality products A: 119. SOW, budgeting, accruals, manage projects 06/30/2018 06/25/2018
Environmental Compliance Documentation B: 165. Environmental compliance documentation 06/30/2018 06/25/2018
PIT or radio / sonic tag fishes downstream of Libby Dam C: 158. PIT or radio tag fishes 06/30/2018 06/25/2018
Produce accessible, error-checked datasets D: 157. Monitor biological and physical conditions in Libby Reservoir 06/30/2018 06/25/2018
Kootenai River fish condition E: 157. Monitor biological and physical conditions in the Kootenai River 06/30/2018 06/25/2018
White sturgeon sampling F: 157. Kootenai River white sturgeon sampling 06/30/2018 06/25/2018
Juvenile to adult survival of bull trout G: 157. Quartz Creek juvenile to adult survival of bull trout 12/31/2017 12/15/2017
Didymosphenia geminata monitoring H: 157. Didymosphenia geminata monitoring in the Kootenai system 06/30/2018 06/25/2018
Benthic invertebrate monitoring I: 157. Aquatic invertebrate study in the Kootenai River 06/30/2018 06/25/2018
Collect water and algae samples from the Flathead River system J: 157. Didymosphenia geminata monitoring in the Flathead system 06/30/2018 06/25/2018
Collect juvenile to adulthood survival data for bull trout in the Big and Trail creek drainages K: 157. Bull trout survival in tributaries of the Flathead River system 06/30/2018 06/25/2018
Population monitoring data for focal species in the Mainstem Flathead River L: 157. Focal species population monitoring in the Mainstem Flathead River 06/30/2018 06/25/2018
Field and laboratory data analysis M: 162. Analyze and summarize data 06/30/2018 06/25/2018
Attach Progress Report in Pisces N: 132. 2017 Annual report for the Kootenai River 03/15/2018 03/15/2018
Upload annual report for calendar year 2016 in Pisces O: 132. 2017 Annual report for Flathead River 03/15/2018 03/15/2018

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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Burbot (Lota lota)
  • 2 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
  • 1 instance of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Cutthroat Trout, Westslope (O. c. lewisi)
  • 5 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
  • 1 instance of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka)
  • 1 instance of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Sturgeon, White (A. transmontanus) - Kootenai River DPS (Endangered)
  • 1 instance of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
  • 1 instance of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Trout, Brook (Salvelinus fontinalis)
  • 1 instance of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Trout, Bull (S. confluentus) (Threatened)
  • 7 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
  • 1 instance of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Trout, Rainbow (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
  • 5 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
  • 1 instance of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Whitefish, Mountain (Prosopium williamsoni)
  • 5 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 119 SOW, budgeting, accruals, manage projects 07/01/2017
B 165 Environmental compliance documentation 07/01/2017
C 158 PIT or radio tag fishes 07/01/2017
D 157 Monitor biological and physical conditions in Libby Reservoir 07/01/2017
E 157 Monitor biological and physical conditions in the Kootenai River 07/01/2017
F 157 Kootenai River white sturgeon sampling 07/01/2017
G 157 Quartz Creek juvenile to adult survival of bull trout 07/01/2017
H 157 Didymosphenia geminata monitoring in the Kootenai system 07/01/2017
I 157 Aquatic invertebrate study in the Kootenai River 07/01/2017
J 157 Didymosphenia geminata monitoring in the Flathead system 07/01/2017
K 157 Bull trout survival in tributaries of the Flathead River system 07/01/2017
L 157 Focal species population monitoring in the Mainstem Flathead River 07/01/2017
M 162 Analyze and summarize data 07/01/2017
N 132 2017 Annual report for the Kootenai River 07/01/2017
O 132 2017 Annual report for Flathead River 07/01/2017
P 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 07/01/2017