Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program
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Contract 81656: 2008-307-00 EXP DESCHUTES RIVER SOCKEYE DEVELOPMENT
Project Number:
Title:
Deschutes River Sockeye Development
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Plateau Deschutes 100.00%
Contract Number:
81656
Contract Title:
2008-307-00 EXP DESCHUTES RIVER SOCKEYE DEVELOPMENT
Continuation of Contract:
78650: 2008-307-00 EXP DESCHUTES RIVER SOCKEYE DEVELOPMENT
Contract Status:
Issued
Contract Description:
The anadromous form of sockeye salmon Oncorhynchus nerka (O. nerka) is functionally absent and possibly extinct from the Deschutes River Basin.  Artificial barriers to fish movement including the Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric Project (PRB Project) which was completed in 1964 on the Deschutes River (rkm 161 - 178), are among the factors contributing to potential sockeye extinction.  The PRB Project is owned and operated by Portland General Electric Company (PGE), an Oregon corporation, and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (CTWSRO).  In 2005, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted PGE and CTWSRO (the Licensees) a new 50-year operating license (FERC License No. 2030-077).  In 2004, a Settlement Agreement concerning the re-licensing of the PRB Project was made by and among the Licensees and 21 other Parties.  The Settlement Agreement includes provisions for a Fish Passage Plan to: 1) establish self-sustaining harvestable anadromous fish runs of Chinook salmon, steelhead and sockeye salmon above the PRB Project; and to 2) provide for safe, timely and effective upstream and downstream fish passage of adult and juvenile life stages of several fish species including sockeye salmon.

The goal of this sockeye development project is to re-establish a self-sustaining, harvestable, anadromous sockeye run(s) above the PRB Project.  The goal is included in the first requirement of the Settlement Agreement and supports requirements of the FERC license.  Goal achievement is a shared responsibility among the CTWSRO, PGE and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) because CTWSRO and PGE are co-licensees and CTWSRO has co-management authority with ODFW regarding fish and wildlife in the Deschutes River Basin.  Within the Deschutes River subbasin, CTWSRO, PGE and ODFW conduct O. nerka investigations both cooperatively and independently.  This project has been developed to support information and data sharing.

Self-sustaining populations of resident O. nerka persist in the Round Butte Dam pool known as Lake Billy Chinook (LBC).  Additionally, Suttle Lake, the historic Deschutes River Basin sockeye nursery lake in the upper Metolius River Basin, holds a self-sustaining O. nerka population.  The O. nerka populations in each of these lakes offers an opportunity to restore an anadromous sockeye population.  Smolt-sized fish already attempting to emigrate from these two lakes above the PRB Project may be used to re-establish the sockeye run.  Such restoration would focus on preserving or potentially enhancing genetic fitness of these populations.  Due to completion of fish passage improvements at the PRB Project in 2009, annual springtime emigrations of juvenile O. nerka from LBC into the Deschutes River have occurred since 2010.  Each year since, a portion of these juvenile fish have returned to the PRB Project as adults.  Effects of continued juvenile O. nerka downstream passage on establishment of self-sustaining harvestable adult sockeye salmon runs is still being assessed by fisheries managers.

Project study objectives are designed to address information needs in the Deschutes River Basin for O. nerka ecology and life-history.  Such information informs fisheries management decisions.  Given study findings to date, three past objectives will not be included this year.  For example, few Suttle Lake O. nerka outmigrant smolts survive beyond a distance of 1 - 2 km from the lake and smolt survival to Lake Billy Chinook's Round Butte Dam is rare. Therefore, objectives to determine fate of Suttle Lake O. nerka outmigrant smolts in upper Lake Creek and their survival to Round Butte Dam have been met.  Also, an objective to estimate the number of O. nerka in LBC during November/December using mobile hydroacoustic survey techniques will be discontinued this year based on correlations with other study findings (objective 2, below).  For example, wintertime hydroacoustic survey results for medium size limnetic fish abundance estimates correlate with abundance estimates for O. nerka spawners determined by the mark-recapture study (objective 2, below) the following spawning season.

Information needs for LBC and Suttle Lake O. nerka to be addressed for 2019 include:

1) Estimate the timing and abundance of O. nerka emigrating from Suttle Lake during springtime using a smolt trap on Lake Creek;
2) Estimate the number of resident O. nerka spawning in the Metloius River Basin during fall using mark-recapture population estimate techniques; and,
3) Determine genetic structure and assess population relatedness of O. nerka in the Deschutes, Metolius and Columbia River Basins.  (CTWSRO personnel will collect O. nerka tissue samples from adult sockeye salmon captured at the Pelton Adult Fish Trap at Re-regulating Dam).  Genetic analysis will be conducted by geneticists at Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission (CRITFC)).
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
03/01/2019
Contract End Date:
02/29/2020
Current Contract Value:
$145,195
Expenditures:
$21,004

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 30-Apr-2019.

BPA COTR:
Env. Compliance Lead:
Work Order Number:
219430
Task Number:
1
Contract Type:
Coop
Pricing Method:
Cost Reimbursement (CNF)
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Full Name Organization Write Permission Contact Type Email Work Phone
Cyndi Baker Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Yes Contract Manager cyndi.baker@ctwsbnr.org (541) 553-3586
Chris Brun Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs No Supervisor chris.brun@ctwsbnr.org (541) 553-2039
Jay Chong Bonneville Power Administration Yes Contracting Officer jxchong@bpa.gov (503) 230-4007
Charles Combs Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs No Interested Party chuck.combs@ctwsbnr.org (541) 553-3583
Israel Duran Bonneville Power Administration Yes Env. Compliance Lead induran@bpa.gov (503) 230-3967
Jennifer Graham Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs No Interested Party jennifer.graham@ctwsbnr.org (541) 553-3585
Heidi Haak Bonneville Power Administration No Interested Party hlhaak@bpa.gov (541) 922-6856
Jeffrey Hogle Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Yes Technical Contact jeff.hogle@ctwsbnr.org (541) 553-2019
Leona Ike Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs No Administrative Contact leona.ike@wstribes.org (541) 553-3219
Lyman Jim Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs No Interested Party lyman.jim@ctwsbnr.org (541) 553-3587
Dennis Johnson Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs No Administrative Contact dennis.johnson@wstribes.org (541) 553-3479
Douglas Knapp Bonneville Power Administration Yes F&W Approver ddknapp@bpa.gov (503) 230-3285
Eric Leitzinger Bonneville Power Administration No Interested Party ejleitzinger@bpa.gov (503) 230-3534
Tybee Sheidler Bonneville Power Administration No Interested Party tasheidler@bpa.gov (503) 230-3820
Jesse Wilson Bonneville Power Administration Yes COTR jcwilson@bpa.gov (503) 230-4506
Elham Zolmajd-Haghighi Bonneville Power Administration No Interested Party ezolmajd-haghighi@bpa.gov (503) 230-7414


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Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
Manage Project and Coordinate with BPA A: 119. Manage Project 02/28/2020
Documentation & Assistance to Support BPA's Environmental Compliance Group B: 165. Environmental Compliance for Data Collection Activities 2018 - 2019 02/29/2020
Mark O. nerka Outmigrants From Suttle Lake C: 158. Suttle Lake - Mark/Tag O. nerka Outmigrants 07/25/2019
Monitor/Assess Timing & Abundance of O. nerka Outmigrants from Suttle Lake D: 157. Suttle Lake - Monitor/Assess Timing & Abundance of Marked O. nerka Outmigrants 02/29/2020
Analyze Marked and un-marked smolt capture data E: 162. Suttle Lake - Analyze & Interpret Timing and Abundance of Marked O. nerka Outmigrant Data 02/29/2020
Mark/Tag Adult O. nerka in Lake Billy Chinook F: 158. Metolius River - Mark/Tag Adult O. nerka in Lake Billy Chinook 09/27/2019
Count spawning O. nerka. G: 157. Metolius River - Conduct Counts of O. nerka from Lake Billy Chinook Spawning in the Metolius River and Tributaries 02/29/2020
Analyze Mark-Resight Data to Produce Estimate of O. nerka Spawners in Metolius River H: 162. Metolius River - Analyze Mark-Resight Data to Produce Estimate of O. nerka Spawners in Metolius River 12/01/2019
Collect Tissue Samples I: 157. Collect Tissue Samples from Adult O. nerka at Deschutes River's Re-Regulating Dam's Pelton Fish Trap 02/29/2020
Completed Annual Report J: 132. Submit Progress Report for the Period (1/1/17) to (12/31/17) 10/01/2019
Completed Annual Report K: 132. Submit Progress Report for the period (1/1/18) to (12/31/18) 10/01/2019

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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka)
  • 3 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 2 instances of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
  • 2 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA Public Involvement NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 119 Manage Project 03/01/2019
B 165 Environmental Compliance for Data Collection Activities 2018 - 2019 03/01/2019
C 158 Suttle Lake - Mark/Tag O. nerka Outmigrants
D 157 Suttle Lake - Monitor/Assess Timing & Abundance of Marked O. nerka Outmigrants
E 162 Suttle Lake - Analyze & Interpret Timing and Abundance of Marked O. nerka Outmigrant Data 03/01/2019
F 158 Metolius River - Mark/Tag Adult O. nerka in Lake Billy Chinook 03/01/2019
G 157 Metolius River - Conduct Counts of O. nerka from Lake Billy Chinook Spawning in the Metolius River and Tributaries 03/01/2019
H 162 Metolius River - Analyze Mark-Resight Data to Produce Estimate of O. nerka Spawners in Metolius River 03/01/2019
I 157 Collect Tissue Samples from Adult O. nerka at Deschutes River's Re-Regulating Dam's Pelton Fish Trap 03/01/2019
J 132 Submit Progress Report for the Period (1/1/17) to (12/31/17) 03/01/2019
K 132 Submit Progress Report for the period (1/1/18) to (12/31/18) 03/01/2019
L 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 03/01/2019