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Project Summary

Project 1988-064-00 - Kootenai River White Sturgeon Aquaculture Conservation Facility
Project Number:
1988-064-00
Title:
Kootenai River White Sturgeon Aquaculture Conservation Facility
Summary:
The project is reflective of and integrated with ESA recovery goals for the white sturgeon outlined in the 1999 USFWS Recovery Plan and the 2006 Biological Opinion for White Sturgeon (RPA Component 4). Implementation is guided by the Conservation Aquaculture Plan for White Sturgeon prepared by the Tribe in cooperation with the White Sturgeon Recovery Team. Additionally, this project is being implemented as part of the Kootenai River Adaptive Management Program outlined in the Kootenai Subbasin Management Plan (Section 10.3.4 - page 94).

An Environmental Assessment was completed for this project in April 1997 (Kootenai River White Sturgeon Conservation Aquaculture Project - DOE/EA-1169).

The Kootenai River Native Fish Conservation Aquaculture Program is a central component of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho’s ecosystem-based restoration actions in the Kootenai River Subbasin. The conservation aquaculture program is part of a multi-program effort to achieve the Tribe’s vision of the Kootenai River and its floodplain as a healthy ecosystem with clean, connected terrestrial and aquatic habitats that foster healthy, productive populations of sturgeon, burbot, and other native fish, and which is capable of fully supporting traditional Tribal and other important societal uses.

The Kootenai River Native Fish Conservation Aquaculture Program includes both Kootenai River white sturgeon and burbot programs. The purpose of the Kootenai sturgeon program is to prevent extinction of this endangered population, preserve the existing gene pool, and continue rebuilding a healthy age class structure using conservation aquaculture techniques with wild native broodstock. The purpose of the burbot program is to reintroduce burbot into the lower Kootenai River and begin rebuilding the population using genetically similar stock from within the subbasin (Moyie Lake in British Columbia).
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Kootenai Tribe (Tribe)
Starting FY:
1988
Ending FY:
2018
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Mountain Columbia Kootenai 100.00%
Purpose:
Artificial Production
Emphasis:
Supplementation
Focal Species:
Burbot
Kokanee
Sturgeon, White - All Populations except Kootenai R. DPS
Sturgeon, White - Kootenai River DPS (endangered)
Sturgeon, White - Lower Columbia River
Trout, Rainbow
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 0.0%   Resident: 100.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

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Summary of Budgets

To view all expenditures for all fiscal years, click "Project Exp. by FY"

Expense SOY Budget Working Budget Contracted Amount Modified Contract Amount Expenditures *
FY2016 (Previous) $3,051,908 $3,051,908 $3,026,005 $3,026,005 $2,600,716

General $3,051,908 $3,026,005 $3,026,005 $2,600,716
FY2017 (Current) $3,051,908 $3,051,908 $3,050,737 $3,050,737 $2,661,316

General $3,051,908 $3,050,737 $3,050,737 $2,661,316
FY2018 (Next) $3,051,908 $3,051,908 $3,051,908 $3,051,908 $0

General $3,051,908 $3,051,908 $3,051,908 $0
Capital SOY Budget Working Budget Contracted Amount Modified Contract Amount Expenditures *
FY2016 (Previous) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2017 (Current) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2018 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-Jul-2017

Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2016 - FY2018)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2016 Expense $3,051,908 From: General FY16 Initial Planning Budgets - Expense 05/22/2015
FY2017 Expense $3,051,908 From: General FY17 SOY Budgets 06/02/2016
FY2018 Expense $3,051,908 From: General FY18 SOY Budgets 07/17/2017

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Project Cost Share:

FY2016 4 %
FY2015 6 %
FY2014 6 %
FY2013 7 %
FY2012 7 %
FY2011 6 %
FY2010 6 %
FY2009 8 %
FY2008 8 %
FY2007 8 %
Fiscal Year Cost Share Partner Total Proposed
Contribution
Total Confirmed
Contribution
FY2015 (Unspecified Org) $20,000
FY2015 British Columbia Ministry of Environment $60,000
FY2015 Bureau of Indian Affairs $45,000
FY2015 Freshwater Fisheries Society of British Columbia $35,000
FY2015 University of California at Davis $5,000
FY2015 University of Idaho $26,250
FY2015 US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) $5,000
FY2016 (Unspecified Org) $20,000
FY2016 British Columbia Ministry of Environment $60,000
FY2016 University of California at Davis $5,000
FY2016 University of Idaho $26,250
FY2016 US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) $5,000

Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
4032 SOW Kootenai Tribe 1988-064-00 KOOTENAI RIVER WHITE STURGEON STUDIES History $5,029,663 3/20/2001 - 11/30/2004
20490 SOW Kootenai Tribe 1988-064-00 KOOTENAI RIVER FISHERIES STUDIES History $1,327,082 12/1/2004 - 11/30/2005
25349 SOW Kootenai Tribe 1988-064-00 KOOTENAI HATCHERY PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION History $1,390,072 12/1/2005 - 11/30/2006
30729 SOW Kootenai Tribe 1988-064-00 EXP KOOTENAI HATCHERY PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION History $2,574,286 12/1/2006 - 1/31/2008
BPA-003725 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Kootenai R White Sturgeon Active $0 10/1/2007 - 9/30/2008
BPA-004974 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Kootenai R White Sturgeon Aquaculture Active $45,000 10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010
BPA-005698 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Kootenai R White Sturgeon Aquaculture Active $16,875 10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011
BPA-006334 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Kootenai R White Sturgeon Active $135,450 10/1/2011 - 9/30/2012
BPA-007717 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Kootenai R White Sturgeon Active $33,262 10/1/2013 - 9/30/2014
71451 SOW Kootenai Tribe 1988-064-00 EXP KOOTENAI RIVER WHITE STURGEON Issued $2,997,357 2/1/2016 - 1/31/2017
BPA-008943 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Kootenai R White Sturgeon Active $28,648 10/1/2015 - 9/30/2016
74960 SOW Kootenai Tribe 1988-064-00 EXP KOOTENAI RIVER WHITE STURGEON Issued $3,023,141 2/1/2017 - 1/31/2018
BPA-009599 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Kootenai R White Sturgeon Active $27,596 10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):9
Completed:7
On time:7
Status Reports
Completed:52
On time:26
Avg Days Late:7

Earliest Subsequent           Accepted Count of Contract Deliverables
Contract Contract(s) Title Contractor Start End Status Reports Complete Green Yellow Red Total % Green and Complete Canceled
4032 20490, 25349, 30729, 37267, 46821, 57791, 63815, 67995, 71451, 74960 1988-064-00 KOOTENAI RIVER WHITE STURGEON STUDIES Kootenai Tribe 03/2001 03/2001 Pending 52 194 18 0 9 221 95.93% 0
BPA-003725 PIT Tags - Kootenai R White Sturgeon Bonneville Power Administration 10/2007 10/2007 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-004974 PIT Tags - Kootenai R White Sturgeon Aquaculture Bonneville Power Administration 10/2009 10/2009 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-005698 PIT Tags - Kootenai R White Sturgeon Aquaculture Bonneville Power Administration 10/2010 10/2010 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-006334 PIT Tags - Kootenai R White Sturgeon Bonneville Power Administration 10/2011 10/2011 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-007717 PIT Tags - Kootenai R White Sturgeon Bonneville Power Administration 10/2013 10/2013 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-008943 PIT Tags - Kootenai R White Sturgeon Bonneville Power Administration 10/2015 10/2015 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-009599 PIT Tags - Kootenai R White Sturgeon Bonneville Power Administration 10/2016 10/2016 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 52 194 18 0 9 221 95.93% 0


Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 1988-064-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 1988-064-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems May Exist
Cost Share Rating: 3 - Does not appear reasonable
Comment: White sturgeon/burbot conservation aquaculture; mitigation for Libby, but other entities (other hydro dam owners) authorized required, may need more cost share.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1988-064-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1988-064-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 9/14/2007
Capital Rating: Does Not Qualify for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: None
Comment: No capital funding is approved at this time due to the uncertainty of completing the capital construction. The capital funding will be revisited as the project moves through the Council's 3-step process.

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1988-064-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 1988-064-00 - Kootenai River White Sturgeon Aquaculture Conservation Facility
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified)
Final Round ISRP Comment:
This is an excellent proposal in many respects. The project has a history of being well managed and productive. But its breadth and complexity can be confusing and have led to questions and concerns, some of which remain even after an excellent and thorough response to ISRP's initial comments. The main qualifications in the ISRP's endorsement are that there are too many loosely linked projects under one umbrella and that the relatively weak kokanee reintroduction work should show substantive progress or begin to develop alternate approaches to the problem.

The response adequately clarified questions raised by the ISRP. The sponsors responded explicitly to technical questions the ISRP raised and to the complexity of the project. It is hard to argue with the overall success of this project over several years. The intent and rationale of the sponsors on each question are now clearer. Abundant documentation is provided, both from the literature and from their own publications. The new and revised tables are especially helpful and should aid not only this project but others in the Kootenai. However, the ISRP continues to be uneasy about the large scope of this project that is reflected in the large proposal, many ISRP preliminary comments, and extensive responses. The ISRP encourages further exploration of the administrative value of separating some portions (e.g., the burbot work) from other components.

The summary of the Kootenai River system and associated fish species was well done. The maps were particularly helpful. The technical and scientific background was improved in the response by adding information on what action is going to be taken to address each of the identified problems, and why the sponsors think the action is appropriate. The linkage of project objectives and limiting factors (page 13) is good but would have been more appropriate in the rationale or objectives sections. The proposal addresses species identified in subbasin and regional plans using restoration strategies identified in those plans.

There are clearly many projects that are ongoing in the Kootenai River subbasin that are related to this proposal, and many are identified. The overall level of collaboration on this project is very good. It is well integrated into other activities in the basin and communication and cooperation are very good among agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and Tribes. A particularly constructive element in this section of the proposal is Table D1, which was modified in the response to show the main actions that will be taken by each project.

The project history, which was interesting but overly long, shows that there is significant potential for intermediate term benefits for white sturgeon. Because of the long lifespan of sturgeon it is possible that cultured individuals released into the wild could provide gametes or embryos to maintain the population for several decades. The sponsor's rationale for artificial production and the quantitative analysis leading to that conclusion are explained in the response and by the recent paper published in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. Nonetheless, there is considerable concern about the long-term prognosis of this project. It is not clearly established that the Kootenai stock was ever strong, nor that, under existing habitat conditions, it can recover to a level envisioned. The lack of clear evidence for stock distinctiveness is an issue as well.

For burbot, at this time the results of efforts to collect broodstock and culture juveniles is discouraging and not promising. Beginning a cell line for viral investigations for burbot at this early state of their culture seems premature and the response simply restated the sponsor's view.

The summary of kokanee reintroduction was initially confusing but clarified in the response. Because kokanee are abundant elsewhere in the system and they have been introduced throughout the western US in reservoirs and lakes, it seems like there are survival factors that need to be corrected before expecting their reintroduction to this area to be successful.

The proposal adopts the overarching objectives from the Kootenai subbasin plan. One weakness is that a timeline to achieve numerical abundance is not provided, a second is a lack of evidence that the objective is achievable using the strategies employed. The project is very broad in scope. Some of the work elements are appropriate and employ the best available scientific techniques. For other work elements, the experimental design and approach is not entirely defensible. The response helped clarify most of the ISRP's questions in the preliminary review, if only to reassert the sponsor's views.
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Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1988-064-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 1988-064-00 - Kootenai River White Sturgeon Aquaculture Conservation Facility
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: The expansion (for sturgeon and burbot) Work Element 5a, dependent upon favorable step review. Step 1 deliverable (Master plan) due July 20, 2007. Capital review needed for facility construction and land purchase in outyears per step sequence.

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Virgil Watts III Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Dan Warren Administrative Contact D J Warren and Associates, Inc.
Shawn Young Project Lead Kootenai Tribe
Edna Runyan Administrative Contact Kootenai Tribe
Alison Squier (Inactive) Interested Party Kootenai Tribe
Sue Ireland Administrative Contact Kootenai Tribe
Dorothy Welch Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration