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Contract 78985: 1988-065-00 EXP IDFG KOOTENAI RIVER INVESTIGATIONS
Project Number:
Title:
Kootenai River Fishery Investigations
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Mountain Columbia Kootenai 100.00%
Contract Number:
78985
Contract Title:
1988-065-00 EXP IDFG KOOTENAI RIVER INVESTIGATIONS
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Contract Status:
Closed
Contract Description:
The Kootenai River Resident Fish Mitigation project is comprised of several studies specifically focused on the recovery of White Sturgeon (ESA listed), Burbot, and native salmonid fish populations in the Kootenai River.  Over the past three decades, the Kootenai River has experienced many physiochemical changes, and as a result, native fish species have dramatically declined. Construction and operation of Libby Dam in 1972 changed the river ecosystem, particularly by altering the discharge, water temperature, and nutrient level in the downstream portions of the Kootenai River.  The overall goal of this program is to restore these native fish populations in the Kootenai River.  This programs research is designed to identify strategies that will aid in reaching recovery goals that have been set for focal species.

Kootenai River White Sturgeon - Kootenai River White Sturgeon research is designed to integrate the Reasonable and Prudent Measures identified in the USFWS Biological Opinions to recover this species.  Our sturgeon studies have provided information on spawning location, timing, and population vital statistics. This information has allowed mitigation strategies to be developed and has provided biological information that has been used to change dam operations to benefit sturgeon.   Kootenai River White Sturgeon research is a cooperative effort involving with several federal agencies, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, the State of Montana, and British Columbia Ministry of Forest, Land, and Resource operations.
  
Kootenai River Burbot and Native Salmonids - Burbot in the Kootenai River basin historically provided exceptional commercial and recreational fisheries.  However, shortly after the installation of Libby Dam, the population began to drastically decline, to the point of functional extinction.  The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) and the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho (KTOI) have collaborated on various efforts to restore this once-robust population in the river.  These efforts are composed of conservation aquaculture and extensive research, monitoring, and evaluation.  Efforts are currently underway to refine our understanding of factors limiting natural recruitment, increase survival of hatchery stocked fish, and develop river flow and temperature recommendations that will promote the recovery of this population and ultimately support a harvest fishery once again.

Other fish species were also significantly affected by the installation and operation of Libby Dam.  Shortly after the dams construction, the Kootenai River was considered ultra-oligotrophic due to nutrients being trapped behind the dam.    To mitigate for reduced productivity, the KTOI and IDFG have been adding liquid phosphorus to the Kootenai River since 2005.  Additions typically occur from June through September of each year.  The primary objective of these efforts is to bolster primary productivity, with the ultimate goal of increasing native and sport fish species.  Results, to-date, have been largely conclusive and positive, where the numbers of mountain whitefish and rainbow trout have increased since nutrients have been added.  in number after additions; and largescale suckers have exhibited strong growth responses to additions.  
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
05/01/2018
Contract End Date:
07/31/2019
Current Contract Value:
$1,010,947
Expenditures:
$1,010,947

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 30-Nov-2021.

BPA CO:
BPA COTR:
Env. Compliance Lead:
Work Order Task(s):
Contract Type:
Coop
Pricing Method:
Cost Reimbursement (CNF)
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Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
Complete All Environmental Compliance Tasks B: 165. Complete All Environmental Compliance Tasks 07/31/2019 04/26/2019
Effective implementation management and timely contract administration C: 119. Manage and Administer Kootenai River Resident Fish Mitigation Project 07/31/2019 04/26/2019
Egg mat sampling D: 157. White sturgeon spawning evaluation 08/01/2018 07/31/2018
Larval sturgeon sampling E: 157. White sturgeon larval hatching success 07/31/2018 08/31/2018
Evaluation of wild and hatchery reared juvenile sturgeon F: 157. Juveniles white sturgeon recruitment and evaluation 11/02/2018 11/02/2018
Effects of Libby Dam operations on sturgeon movements G: 157. White sturgeon movement evaluation 11/01/2018 11/01/2018
Adult sturgeon sampling with setlines and angling H: 157. Adult White sturgeon sampling 11/30/2018 11/15/2018
Evaluation of habitat use, spawning, and larval production on KTOI habitat projects I: 157. Evaluate biological response to KTOI habitat enhancement projects 11/01/2018 11/01/2018
White Sturgeon, Burbot, Nutrient Enhancement and Trout Studies Annual Report J: 132. Complete Comprehensive Project Report for Sturgeon, Burbot ,& Nutrient 07/31/2019 04/26/2019
Evaluate early life survival of hatchery and naturally spawned Burbot in the Kootenai River K: 157. Evaluate Burbot early life history: field evaluations and graduate studies 07/31/2019 04/26/2019
Evaluate the juvenile and adult Burbot population in the Kootenai River and its tributaries. L: 157. Evaluate juvenile and adult Burbot population dynamics 07/31/2019 04/26/2019
Burbot and sturgeon sampling in BC coordinated and completed M: 189. Coordination of transboundary Burbot and sturgeon studies with BCME 07/31/2019 04/26/2019
Fish-related field work and data analysis for the Ecosystem Restoration Project N: 157. Ecosystem Restoration: Fish Population Monitoring 07/31/2019 04/26/2019
Field work and analyses evaluating early-life history of rainbow trout in the Kootenai River O: 157. Rainbow Trout Recruitment and Early Life History 07/31/2019 04/26/2019

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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
Sturgeon, White (A. transmontanus) - Kootenai River DPS (Endangered)
  • 6 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
Trout, Bull (S. confluentus) (Threatened)
  • 1 instance of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
Trout, Rainbow (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
  • 2 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
Trout, Interior Redband (O. mykiss gairdnerii)
  • 1 instance of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 05/01/2018
B 165 Complete All Environmental Compliance Tasks 05/01/2018
C 119 Manage and Administer Kootenai River Resident Fish Mitigation Project 05/01/2018
D 157 White sturgeon spawning evaluation 05/01/2018
E 157 White sturgeon larval hatching success 05/01/2018
F 157 Juveniles white sturgeon recruitment and evaluation 05/01/2018
G 157 White sturgeon movement evaluation 05/01/2018
H 157 Adult White sturgeon sampling 05/01/2018
I 157 Evaluate biological response to KTOI habitat enhancement projects 05/01/2018
J 132 Complete Comprehensive Project Report for Sturgeon, Burbot ,& Nutrient 05/01/2018
K 157 Evaluate Burbot early life history: field evaluations and graduate studies 05/01/2018
L 157 Evaluate juvenile and adult Burbot population dynamics 05/01/2018
M 189 Coordination of transboundary Burbot and sturgeon studies with BCME 05/01/2018
N 157 Ecosystem Restoration: Fish Population Monitoring 05/01/2019
O 157 Rainbow Trout Recruitment and Early Life History 05/01/2018