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Project Summary

Project 1995-013-00 - Nez Perce Trout Ponds
Project Number:
Nez Perce Trout Ponds
This project began in 1995 as mitigation for lost anadromous fisheries due to construction of Dworshak Dam on the North Fork Clearwater River which flows through the Nez Perce Reservation in north central Idaho. Three ponds are managed by the project to provide subsistence and recreational harvest opportunities for tribal members using trout fisheries in small, confined ponds (< 3 hectares) stocked with hatchery fish. The project goal of 4,750 kg of trout harvested annually is limited by insufficient carrying capacity and habitat volume due to eutrophication processes in existing ponds, as well as inadequate quantity of ponds (program originally called for 6-12 ponds). The project has completed restoration of two original ponds and construction of one new pond.
Proponent Orgs:
Nez Perce Tribe (Tribe)
Starting FY:
Ending FY:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Province Subbasin %
Mountain Snake Clearwater 100.00%
Artificial Production
Harvest Augmentation
Focal Species:
Cutthroat Trout, Westslope
Trout, Rainbow
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 0.0%   Resident: 100.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
BiOp Association:

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Summary of Budgets

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Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2020 - FY2022)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2020 Expense $217,316 From: General FY20 SOY 06/05/2019
FY2021 Expense $217,316 From: General FY21 SOY 06/09/2020

Pending Budget Decision?  No

Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2021   DRAFT
Cost Share Partner Total Proposed Contribution Total Confirmed Contribution
There are no project cost share contributions to show.
Previous Fiscal Years
Fiscal Year Total Contributions % of Budget
2014 $6,500 3%
2013 $6,500 3%
2007 $0 0%


The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
* "Total Contracted Amount" column includes contracted amount from both capital and expense components of the contract.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Total Contracted Amount Dates
315 REL 1 SOW Boehme, Christopher T/O13092 W/E SERVICES:NEZ PERCE TROUT PONDS EA History $0 9/1/1998 - 8/31/1999
251 REL 1 SOW Kootenai Tribe 199404900 KOOTENAI RIVER AQUATIC IMPROVEMENT STUDY Terminated $72,574 10/1/1999 - 9/30/2000
333 REL 40 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 1995-13 NEZ PERCE TROUT PONDS History $242,145 1/1/2000 - 12/31/2000
333 REL 21 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 95-13 NEZ PERCE TROUT PONDS Terminated $1,637,093 6/1/2000 - 7/31/2001
74017 REL 69 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 1995-013-00 EXP NEZ PERCE TROUT PONDS Issued $217,316 5/1/2020 - 4/30/2021
CR-345099 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 1995-013-00 EXP NEZ PERCE TROUT PONDS Pending $217,316 5/1/2021 - 4/30/2022

Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):18
On time:17
Status Reports
On time:58
Avg Days Late:0

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
333 REL 40 6699, 22687, 27281, 32604, 36891, 41082, 46785, 52548, 56796, 61001, 64734, 68671, 72448, 75881, 74017 REL 27, 74017 REL 50, 74017 REL 69 1995-13 NEZ PERCE TROUT PONDS Nez Perce Tribe 01/2000 01/2000 Pending 77 213 7 0 4 224 98.21% 0
Project Totals 77 213 7 0 4 224 98.21% 0

The table content is updated frequently and thus contains more recent information than what was in the original proposal reviewed by ISRP and Council.

Review: Resident Fish, Regional Coordination, and Data Management Category Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1995-013-00-NPCC-20120313
Project: 1995-013-00 - Nez Perce Trout Ponds
Review: Resident Fish, Regional Coordination, and Data Management Category Review
Proposal: RESCAT-1995-013-00
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 2/26/2014
Recommendation: Implement with Conditions
Comments: Implement with condition through FY 2017. Sponsor to address ISRP qualifications as part of contracting.

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1995-013-00-ISRP-20120215
Project: 1995-013-00 - Nez Perce Trout Ponds
Review: Resident Fish, Regional Coordination, and Data Management Category Review
Proposal Number: RESCAT-1995-013-00
Completed Date: 4/13/2012
Final Round ISRP Date: 4/3/2012
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified)
Final Round ISRP Comment:
Qualification #1 - Qualification #1 - identify the location and descriptive information about site characteristics
This is a straight-forward and self-contained proposal, is technically sound, and presents no major issues or concerns. The qualifications are that the sponsors should identify the location and descriptive information about site characteristics and what developmental work is needed before recreational benefits begin. The sponsors should also identify how sedimentation ponds at Talmaks Reservoir will be maintained, including how sediment will be removed. The ISRP recommends that these items be addressed in the Council's decision making process and BPA contracting.
First Round ISRP Date: 2/8/2012
First Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified)
First Round ISRP Comment:

1. Purpose: Significance to Regional Programs, Technical Background, and Objectives

The background describing the purpose and history of the project and its significance to regional programs is clearly presented. Most of continuing funding is sought for O&M of existing pond programs.

Objectives of the long-standing project are largely to provide fish for recreational use, principally by tribal members but also by non-members, and to provide a valuable outreach function.

2. History: Accomplishments, Results, and Adaptive Management (ISRP Review of Results)

The proposal very briefly summarized project accomplishments in a section that would have been inadequate in communicating results in terms of basic metrics like number of hours of recreational effort and trout catch rates to date in the absence of the site visit and the Portland presentation. It appears that 3,000 to 3,700 kg of trout are harvested annually from the three ponds.

Reviewers agree with sponsors' assessment regarding the severe environmental limitations and shortcomings of the Mud Creek and Talmaks ponds. They also understand the traditional value of those two sites. The factors limiting return-to-creel of stocked trout at Mud Creek and Talmaks ponds that have sub-optimal performance appear to be well identified and understood by the sponsors.

It is equally apparent that the Tunnel pond is performing well to provide good recreational opportunities, both in terms of quality and quantity.

Modified by Dal Marsters on 4/13/2012 4:33:16 PM.
Documentation Links:
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1995-013-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 1995-013-00 - Nez Perce Trout Ponds
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: Fundable in part, no expansion, maintain existing ponds as per past Council decisions and current ISRP review comments.

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1995-013-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 1995-013-00 - Nez Perce Trout Ponds
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria - In Part
Final Round ISRP Comment:
This project's purpose is to provide pond fishing for stocked trout under the resident fish substitution program (mitigation for lost anadromous fisheries). The sponsors propose continuation of the project, augmented by construction of two new ponds (and apparently increasing the number of trout stocked) in an effort to double the angling harvest to about 4,750 kg/year. The program already has three ponds, two of which, according to prior proposals, have had poor results due largely to faulty pond siting and design by a predecessor agency. The proposal did not provide convincing evidence that the new ponds would produce better results.

The ISRP commented that project has a long history from which fishery results should have been presented, and that there are physical and chemical problems in the ponds that should have been covered in narrative and described with statistics. Although the project has apparently continued to collect data on angling pressure, fish harvest (creel census), and pond conditions (some of the information from that monitoring effort was included in past proposals), no quantitative results were presented in this proposal. The ISRP also questioned project cost per pound of fish harvested. The response was helpful in providing added information. It indicated improvement of the project since past reviews, including attempts to re-structure the ponds in accordance with past ISRP recommendations. It described pond conditions in more detail and gave information on fishery results and benefits to the community. The ISRP encourages submission of similarly thorough information in future proposals for continuation of the project.

The sponsors need to revamp the project's management plan by engaging a team of qualified fishery and hydrologic scientists. The team members should possess expertise in trout pond design and management in the region. In the future, proposals embodying a proper plan for creating and managing pond fisheries are needed.

The project is fundable in part to continue work described in the response. The non-fundable element is the construction of new ponds, which was shown in the original proposal but has been withdrawn by the sponsors.
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 1995-013-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 1995-013-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Resident fish substitution, Dworshak.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1995-013-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1995-013-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 2/27/2007
Capital Rating: Does Not Qualify for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: None
Comment: None

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Tod Sween Project Lead Nez Perce Tribe
Eric McOmie Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Peter Lofy Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Rebecca Johnson Supervisor Nez Perce Tribe
Shawn Skinner Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration