Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program
SOW Report
Contract 77840: 2003-017-00 EXP ISEMP - SALMON R. QUANTITATIVE CONSULTANTS
Project Number:
Title:
Integrated Status and Effectiveness Monitoring Program (ISEMP)
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Basinwide - 100.00%
Contract Number:
77840
Contract Title:
2003-017-00 EXP ISEMP - SALMON R. QUANTITATIVE CONSULTANTS
Continuation of Contract:
74633: 2003-017-00 EXP ISEMP - SALMON R. QUANTITATIVE CONSULTANTS
Contract Status:
Issued
Contract Description:
CCR-42328 supports a no-cost time extension to complete the transfer of the ISEMP database to a repository specified by BPA in a format with functionality specified by BPA.

CCR 42056 increases the projecxt budget by $4,617 to support the installation and operation of the lower-Lemhi River (LRLRT) rotary screw trap in February, 2019.

CCR 41668 extends the active period of contract 77840 for two months (through 2/28/19) to support three initiatives:
1. Operation of the lower-Lemhi River rotary screw trap. Environmental conditions will likely support the operation of this trap through 12/15/18. This contract extension will support that operation, which otherwise would have terminated on 11/30/2018, the original expiration date of contract 77840.
2. Completion of nighttime winter juvenile fish surveys in the Secesh River and Lemhi River, which will be used to complete the development of winter Quantile Random Forest models.
3. Reformatting and transfer of the ISEMP database to BPA.  

Text following this section (titled "History") was retained for informational purposes. In 2018 the ISEMP (Integrated Status and Effectiveness Monitoring Program - BPA Project Number 2003-017-00) and CHaMP (Columbia Habitat Monitoring Program - BPA Project Number 2011-006-00) programs will undergo a substantial reduction in scope. This Statement of Work (SOW)  is intended to fulfill the following subset of tasks:
1. Development of a Winter Quantile Random Forest (WQRF) model to predict rearing capacity for spring/summer Chinook salmon and steelhead across the interior Columbia River Basin; with the exception of the Clearwater River Sub-Basin, for which CHaMP data cannot be extended with certainty. Completion of this work requires winter nighttime snorkeling to enumerate the density/abundance of Chinook salmon and steelhead at CHaMP sample sites; inclusive of labor (for the Lemhi River sites), supplies, and equipment. Data from the Lemhi River will be combined with similar efforts in the Grande Ronde and Wenatchee/Entiat Sub-Basins, funded directly with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Analysis of jointly-collected winter juvenile density/abundance estimates will occur, and  be reported under this contract.
2. Operation of the lower-Lemhi River Rotary Screw Trap (RST); inclusive of labor, supplies, and equipment.
3. Contribution towards remote-site juvenile spring/summer Chinook salmon and steelhead sampling efforts in the Lemhi River; including vehicle rental, equipment rental, partial labor (one-half full-time-equivalent biologist labor) and Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags. Technician labor required to fulfill this objective will be provided through the Idaho Office of Species Conservation using Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery Fund.
4. ISEMP data management. Prior to this contract year, BPA has funded a full-time "Data Steward" position with the responsibility of receiving field data from collection efforts in the upper-Columbia, John Day, and Salmon Sub-Basins. Data collection efforts in 2018 will occur primarily in the Salmon Sub-Basin. In recognition of this fact, this contract reduces Data Steward efforts to one-fourth of the prior funding level, with the following identified purposes:
a. receiving, error-checking, and storing remote-site and WQRF data from the Lemhi River, Wenatcheee/Entiat Sub-Basins, and Grande Ronde Sub-Basin and
b. moving the existing ISEMP database from a server-based to a cloud-based system to facilitate access and provide a more straightforward handoff of cumulative information to BPA.

This SOW explicitly excludes the following previously funded tasks:
1. In-stream PIT Tag Detection System (IPTDS) operations and maintenance (O&M) tasks and funding; inclusive of supplies, equipment, utilities, labor, and data management, have been allocated to project 2018-002-00 (Integrated IPTDS O&M).
2. "Life-Cycle Modeling" tasks have been removed.
3. Funding for the upper-mainstem Lemhi River and Hayden Creek RSTs; previously subcontracted under this contract, will be directly contracted with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
4. Funding for the lower-Secesh River RST, previously subcontracted under this contract, will be directly contracted with the Nez Perce Tribe.
5. Funding for natural-origin adult spring/summer Chinook salmon and steelhead PIT tagging at Lower Granite Dam will be directly contracted with NOAA Fisheries.
6. PIT tags, for items 3-5 (above) previously provided through ISEMP, will instead be directly provided to those agencies.


**History***
Description updated 05/12/2017. CCR-39031 reduces the fiscal year 2017 budget submitted for contract 74633. The budget reductions target two deliverables, Work Element (WE) R: 162 "Life Cycle Modeling" and WE S:162 "Quantitative framework to estimate effect size of alternative restoration actions." Work under WE R:162 will focus on the continued development of an Integrated Population Model (IPM); a statistically rigorous method of estimating intrinsic productivity, which allows for the direct incorporation of fish habitat relationships and the effects of habitat restoration to estimate population level abundance and productivity. Work under WE S:162 will focus on expanding the suite of habitat restoration actions that can be modeled using IPM.

This Contract Description is composed of four sections:
1. Mission Statement
2. SOW Structure and Supporting Materials
3. Proposed Tasks
4. Background and Accomplishments

Mission Statement: The Integrated Status and Effectiveness Monitoring Program (ISEMP, 2003-017-00) is an ongoing collaborative effort with two primary goals:
1. to design, test, implement and evaluate Status and Trends Monitoring for salmon and steelhead populations and their habitat and
2. implementation of habitat restoration effectiveness monitoring at the scale of Chinook salmon and steelhead populations as identified by the Interior Columbia Basin Technical Recovery Team.
ISEMP tools (i.e., fish/habitat relationships, models, monitoring approaches, designs, and effectiveness evaluations) are developed using fish data collected across all three ISEMP study basins - the John Day, upper-Columbia, and Snake and habitat data from implementation of the Columbia Habitat Monitoring Program (CHaMP) in the Asotin Creek, Entiat River, John Day River, Lemhi River, Lolo Creek, Methow River, Minam River, South Fork Salmon River, Tucannon River, Umatilla River, upper-Grande Ronde River, Walla Walla River, Wenatchee River, and the Yankee Fork Salmon River. The spatial distribution of fish and habitat data utilized by ISEMP has been demonstrated to represent nearly the entire interior Columbia River Basin, with the exception of the Clearwater River sub-basin. As such, the tools developed by ISEMP can be applied throughout the interior Columbia River domain.

SOW Structure and Supporting Materials: Work Element descriptions in this Statement of Work include numerical designations (e.g., 2.1.1), which reference a prioritized task list developed for ISEMP and CHaMP through negotiations between BPA and NOAA Fisheries. A description of those tasks, and their numerical designations is provided in the attachment labeled "ISEMP Task Descriptions." The ISEMP Mission Statement requires the development of novel fish/habitat relationships, tools, and models. We have adopted standardized language to describe the status of product development, quality assurance/quality (QA/QC) control and validation, and data generation. For example, virtually all products are initiated with manual data generation, exploratory analysis, and manual QA/QC. For models, relationships, or tools with extraordinary utility, the goal is the automation of data generation, full empirical validation, and external availability (i.e., the ability for practitioners to access and utilize the tool). Descriptions of product status are detailed in the attachment labeled "Status Concepts."

Proposed Tasks: The development of a prioritized list of products for 2017 (attached) has shifted emphasis from data collection to coordinated data analysis across ISEMP subbasins to facilitate product/tool development. Therefore, this SOW reflects the minimum fieldwork necessary to evaluate habitat restoration action effectiveness for the Lemhi River and increases efforts toward the development of exportable fish/habitat relationships and life-cycle models. Where applicable, Work Element descriptions contain a numerical designation (e.g., Priority 2.2.1) that can be cross-references to the attached list of ISEMP priorities. These priorities and tasks are supported by the ISEMP database (Work Element L) and transfer of data to regional databases (Work Element M). All ISEMP activities in the Snake River Basin are closely coordinated with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Nez Perce Tribe, which is supported through Work Elements P and Q.

Background: ISEMP explicitly addresses work requirements of many 2008 FCRPS Biological Opinion RPAs (56.1, 56.2, 56.3, 57.1, 57.2, 57.3, 57.4, 57.5) and is directly related to additional 2008 FCRPS Biological Opinion implementation strategy requirements and recommendations. ISEMP takes a pilot-project approach to the research and development of monitoring by implementing experimental programs in several major subbasins of the Interior Columbia: the Wenatchee, Entiat, Methow, John Day, South Fork Salmon and Lemhi River basins. The overall goal of the project is to develop and implement sampling designs to evaluate the effectiveness of habitat restoration actions using the currency of freshwater productivity. This CR also addresses RPA 50.5; titled Provide Additional Status Monitoring of Snake River B-Run Steelhead Populations. Quantitative Consultants, Inc. was selected by its cooperators to develop the proposal for RPA 50.5, owing to their experience operating In-Stream PIT tag Detection Systems (IPTDS), data management and analysis of detection data. This effort supports age and sex-structured escapement estimates for 13 of 25 Snake River steelhead populations identified by the Interior Columbia Technical Recovery Team; including 5 of 7 populations believed to support the production of B-run steelhead.

The ISEMP project relies heavily on instream PIT tag detection systems (IPTDS) to generate estimates of adult and juvenile abundance, survival, and distribution. Unlike many data collection approaches, IPTDS technology is commonly deployed in remote locations with limited seasonal access with the expectation that IPTDS infrastructure will operate autonomously in a reliable and continuous fashion. Thus the ability to remotely monitor site diagnostics and data in real-time is critical to the effective use of IPTDS technology. Beginning in 2009, ISEMP has tested and developed IPTDS components to identify a reliable and cost-effective suite of standardized infrastructure that supports real-time site diagnostics and data access. Additionally, ISEMP has developed an automated process for data upload, reduction, parsing, and distribution to regional databases (e.g., PTAGIS).  In 2011, the scope of ISEMP was expanded to coordinate the installation and long-term administration of instream PIT Tag arrays in the South Fork Clearwater River, Lolo Creek, the Grande Ronde River, Joseph Creek, the Imnaha River, and the mainstem upper Salmon River. Additionally, ISEMP was tasked to undertake the operation and administration of existing PIT tag arrays in Valley Creek (upper Salmon River) and Big Creek (Middle Fork Salmon River). ISEMP was identified as the project lead for this work owing to efforts beginning in 2005 to implement instream PIT tag arrays in the South Fork Salmon River and Lemhi Rivers as part of the ISEMP project. In concert with the installation and operation of these arrays, ISEMP, in cooperation with the Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, PTAGIS, NOAA, and Biomark has undertaken the development of standardized data storage/retrieval and analysis approaches specifically for adult and juvenile interrogation data generated by instream PIT tag array systems.

Quantitative Consultants, Inc. was first contracted to participate in the ISEMP project in 2005 via a subcontract through NOAA Fisheries. That contract funded  the completion of a study design (http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/research/divisions/cbd/mathbio/isemp/docs_salmon.cfm#2005), which received a positive review by the Independent Scientific Review Panel in 2006 (ISRP 2006-1; attached and available at http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/research/divisions/cbd/mathbio/isemp/docs_salmon.cfm#2005).The Salmon Subbasin ISEMP project was funded in December 2008, and began on-the-ground implementation of the ISRP reviewed study design in 2009. As implemented in 2009, the Salmon Subbasin ISEMP project included the following components:
1. Sampling and PIT tagging up to 4,000 unmarked steelhead and spring/summer Chinook salmon at Lower Granite Dam (LGR). Development of a model to decompose the natural-origin runs-at-large at LGR into population-specific sex and age-structured estimates of escapement.
2. Remote-site juvenile salmonid sampling at PIT tagging in the South Fork Salmon River (SFSR) and Lemhi River. Site surveys were originally conducted within a generalized random tesellation stratified (GRTS) design in order to support abundance and survival estimates at spatial scales ranging from individual sites, to key tributaries, to populations.
3. Habitat surveys in the SFSR and Lemhi River within a GRTS-based design.
4. Operation of rotary screw traps on the lower Secesh River (SFSR), mainstem SFSR, and at three locations in the Lemhi River (lower Lemhi River, upper-mainstem Lemhi River, and Hayden Creek.
5. Installation and operation of IPTDS at three locations in the SFSR and three locations in the Lemhi River (paired with rotary screw traps).
6. Development of green Light Detection an Ranging (LiDAR) methods and equipment as a means to survey in-stream features over greater spatial extents and in deep water areas that cannot be surveyed using traditional methods.
7. Empirical population of the watershed model, which was the backbone of the Salmon Subbasin ISEMP design.

In 2010, this contract funded significant participation in the development of the CHaMP habitat protocol.

In 2011, the Salmon Subbasin IPTDS infrastructure was substantially increased as a result of a successful proposal to address RPA 50.5.

In 2011, GRTS-based habitat sampling in the Lemhi and SFSR were replaced by CHaMP.

In 2012, remote-site juvenile surveys in the SFSR and operation of the mainstem SFSR were abandoned to compensate for a reduction in the ISEMP project budget.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
12/01/2017
Contract End Date:
02/28/2019
Current Contract Value:
$786,863
Expenditures:
$747,520

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-Aug-2019.

BPA COTR:
Env. Compliance Lead:
Contract Contractor:
Work Order Number:
129074
Task Number:
1
Contract Type:
Contract
Pricing Method:
Time and Materials
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Full Name Organization Write Permission Contact Type Email Work Phone
Mike Ackerman Biomark, Inc. Yes Contract Manager mike.ackerman@biomark.com (208) 469-0896
Chris Beasley Biomark, Inc. Yes Supervisor chris.beasley@biomark.com (360) 620-2883
Jay Chong Bonneville Power Administration No Contracting Officer jxchong@bpa.gov (503) 230-4007
Luca De Stefanis Bonneville Power Administration No Env. Compliance Lead ltdestefanis@bpa.gov (503) 230-5263
Heidi Haak Bonneville Power Administration No Interested Party hlhaak@bpa.gov (541) 922-6856
Kristen Jule Bonneville Power Administration Yes F&W Approver krjule@bpa.gov (503) 230-3588
Jody Lando Bonneville Power Administration Yes COTR jblando@bpa.gov (503) 267-9006
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
Tuan Trinh Bonneville Power Administration Yes Interested Party tatrinh@bpa.gov (503) 230-4173
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
Environmental Compliance Documentation B: 165. Environmental Compliance Documentation 11/30/2018 11/30/2018
Effective implementation management and timely contract administration C: 119. Project Management 11/30/2018 11/30/2018
Juvenile survey data D: 157. Collect and sample juvenile salmonids in Lemhi River watershed 10/31/2018 10/31/2018
Juvenile Oncorhynchus mykiss PIT tag records E: 158. Tag juvenile Oncorhynchus mykiss captured in Lemhi River watershed 10/31/2018 10/31/2018
Juvenile Chinook salmon PIT tagging records F: 158. Tag juvenile Chinook salmon captured in Lemhi River watershed 10/31/2018 10/31/2018
Bull trout PIT tagging records G: 158. Tag bull trout captured in Lemhi River watershed 10/31/2018 10/31/2018
Westslope cutthroat trout PIT tagging records H: 158. Tag Westslope cutthroat trout captured in Lemhi River watershed 10/31/2018 10/31/2018
Brook trout PIT tagging records I: 158. Tag brook trout captured in Lemhi River watershed 10/31/2018 10/31/2018
Redband trout PIT tagging records J: 158. Tag redband trout captured in Lemhi River watershed 10/31/2018 10/31/2018
Operate and maintain the lower Lemhi River (L3A0) Rotary Screw trap K: 157. Operate and maintain the lower Lemhi River (L3A0) Rotary Screw trap 11/30/2018 11/30/2018
Conduct nighttime winter snorkel surveys for Quantile Random Forest model development L: 157. Conduct nighttime winter snorkel surveys for Quantile Random Forest model development 03/31/2018 03/31/2018
Manage ISEMP database M: 160. Manage ISEMP database 11/30/2018 11/30/2018
Chinook salmon and O. mykiss Winter Quantile Random Forest (QRF) model development N: 162. Winter Quantile Random Forest (QRF) model development 11/30/2018 11/30/2018
Lemhi River Remote Juvenile Capture and Tagging Report O: 132. Lemhi River Remote Juvenile Capture and Tagging Report 11/30/2018 11/30/2018
Lemhi River L3A0 Rotary Screw Trap Report P: 132. Lemhi River L3A0 Rotary Screw Trap Report 11/30/2018 11/30/2018
Completed Annual Report Q: 132. Quantile Random Forest Model Final Report 11/30/2018 11/30/2018
Deliver BiOp reporting data and analysis to Terraqua R: 202. BiOp RPA Report for CY 2017 03/03/2018 03/03/2018

Viewing of Implementation Metrics
Viewing of Environmental Metrics

Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Chinook (O. tshawytscha) - Snake River Spring/Summer ESU (Threatened)
  • 3 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
Steelhead (O. mykiss) - Snake River DPS (Threatened)
  • 3 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)
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
Trout, Brook (Salvelinus fontinalis)
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
Trout, Bull (S. confluentus) (Threatened)
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
Trout, Interior Redband (O. mykiss gairdnerii)
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA Public Involvement NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 12/01/2017
B 165 Environmental Compliance Documentation 12/01/2017
C 119 Project Management 12/01/2017
D 157 Collect and sample juvenile salmonids in Lemhi River watershed 10/03/2017
E 158 Tag juvenile Oncorhynchus mykiss captured in Lemhi River watershed 10/03/2017
F 158 Tag juvenile Chinook salmon captured in Lemhi River watershed 10/03/2017
G 158 Tag bull trout captured in Lemhi River watershed 10/03/2017
H 158 Tag Westslope cutthroat trout captured in Lemhi River watershed 12/01/2017
I 158 Tag brook trout captured in Lemhi River watershed 10/03/2017
J 158 Tag redband trout captured in Lemhi River watershed 10/03/2017
K 157 Operate and maintain the lower Lemhi River (L3A0) Rotary Screw trap 10/03/2017
L 157 Conduct nighttime winter snorkel surveys for Quantile Random Forest model development 10/03/2017
M 160 Manage ISEMP database 12/01/2017
N 162 Winter Quantile Random Forest (QRF) model development 12/01/2017
O 132 Lemhi River Remote Juvenile Capture and Tagging Report 12/01/2017
P 132 Lemhi River L3A0 Rotary Screw Trap Report 12/01/2017
Q 132 Quantile Random Forest Model Final Report 12/01/2017
R 202 BiOp RPA Report for CY 2017