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Project Summary

Project 1995-063-25 - Yakima River Monitoring and Evaluation-Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project (YKFP)

Please Note: This project is the product of one or more merges and/or splits from other projects. Historical data automatically included here are limited to the current project and previous generation (the “parent” projects) only. The Project Relationships section details the nature of the relationships between this project and the previous generation. To learn about the complete ancestry of this project, please review the Project Relationships section on the Project Summary page of each parent project.

Project Number:
1995-063-25
Title:
Yakima River Monitoring and Evaluation-Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project (YKFP)
Summary:
This statement of work covers the share of the monitoring and evaluation activities under this project for the Yakima River Subbasin assigned to the Yakama Nation Fisheries staff.
For additional information on the overall YKFP projects (M&E, Production, and Management), please see the following annual report at BPA's publication web site: DOE # 6215.3, "Short Project Overview of Spring Chinook Salmon Supplementation in the Upper Yakima Basin: Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project."
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Yakama Confederated Tribes (Tribe)
Starting FY:
1995
Ending FY:
2032
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Plateau Yakima 100.00%
Purpose:
Artificial Production
Emphasis:
RM and E
Focal Species:
All Anadromous Fish
Bass, Smallmouth
Catfish
Chinook - All Populations
Chinook - Lower Columbia River ESU
Chinook - Mid-Columbia River Spring ESU
Chinook - Upper Columbia River Summer/Fall ESU
Coho - Lower Columbia River ESU
Coho - Unspecified Population
Cutthroat Trout, Coastal - All Anadromous Populations
Cutthroat Trout, Westslope
Freshwater Mussels
Kokanee
Lamprey, Pacific
Other Resident
Pikeminnow, Northern
Sockeye - Other
Steelhead - Lower Columbia River DPS
Steelhead - Middle Columbia River DPS
Trout, Brook
Trout, Brown
Trout, Bull
Trout, Interior Redband
Trout, Lake
Trout, Rainbow
Whitefish, Mountain
Wildlife
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None

PIT tag survey sites (Includes Great Blue Heron Rookeries).

Figure Name: Figure 15

Document ID: P122475

Document: Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project Monitoring and Evaluation, 5/10 - 4/11

Page Number: 52

Project: 1995-063-25

Contract: 54321

Yakima River Basin.

Figure Name: Figure A-1

Document ID: P122475

Document: Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project Monitoring and Evaluation, 5/10 - 4/11

Page Number: 66

Project: 1995-063-25

Contract: 54321

No caption provided.

Figure Name: Appendix G Cover

Document ID: P122475

Document: Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project Monitoring and Evaluation, 5/10 - 4/11

Page Number: 200

Project: 1995-063-25

Contract: 54321

Yakima River Basin with locations of surveyed river reaches

Figure Name: Figure G-1

Document ID: P122475

Document: Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project Monitoring and Evaluation, 5/10 - 4/11

Page Number: 208

Project: 1995-063-25

Contract: 54321

Yakima River Piscivorous Fish Populations Study Areas.

Figure Name: Figure 14

Document ID: P122475

Document: Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project Monitoring and Evaluation, 5/10 - 4/11

Page Number: 50

Project: 1995-063-25

Contract: 54321

Yakima River Basin with locations of hotspots (Chandler & Horn Rapids), Spring Chinook acclimation sites, and areas of concern of high concentrations of piscivorous birds.

Figure Name: Figure G-2

Document ID: P122475

Document: Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project Monitoring and Evaluation, 5/10 - 4/11

Page Number: 211

Project: 1995-063-25

Contract: 54321

A breeding pair of Common Mergansers

Figure Name: Figure G-6b

Document ID: P122475

Document: Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project Monitoring and Evaluation, 5/10 - 4/11

Page Number: 219

Project: 1995-063-25

Contract: 54321

YKFP PIT Tag Survey Sites

Figure Name: Figure G-10

Document ID: P122475

Document: Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project Monitoring and Evaluation, 5/10 - 4/11

Page Number: 224

Project: 1995-063-25

Contract: 54321

Selah Great Blue Heron Rookery

Figure Name: Figure G-11

Document ID: P122475

Document: Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project Monitoring and Evaluation, 5/10 - 4/11

Page Number: 225

Project: 1995-063-25

Contract: 54321

Map of Yakima Basin Great Blue Heron Rookeries

Figure Name: Figure G-20

Document ID: P122475

Document: Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project Monitoring and Evaluation, 5/10 - 4/11

Page Number: 231

Project: 1995-063-25

Contract: 54321


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 *
FY2017 (Previous) $5,268,124 $5,817,162 $5,815,296 $5,815,296 $4,911,817

Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama $5,817,162 $5,815,296 $5,815,296 $4,911,817
FY2018 (Current) $5,796,064 $5,740,079 $5,740,079 $5,740,079 $4,748,630

Post 2018 – Yakama $5,518,459 $5,518,459 $5,518,459 $4,565,289
Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama $221,620 $221,620 $221,620 $183,341
FY2019 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama $0 $0 $0 $0
Post 2018 – Yakama $0 $0 $0 $0

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-Aug-2018

Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2017 - FY2019)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2017 Expense $4,529,256 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Fish Accord Review 05/02/2008
FY2017 Expense $989,203 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Fish Accord project COLA 11/21/2008
FY2017 Expense $15,481 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama YN Budget transfers (1992-062-00, 1995-063-25) 9/8/2014 09/09/2014
FY2017 Expense $15,481 To: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama YN Budget transfers (1992-062-00, 1995-063-25) 9/8/2014 09/09/2014
FY2017 Expense $6,794 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama YN Accord Budget Adjustments 6/30/15 07/01/2015
FY2017 Expense $6,794 To: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama YN Accord Budget Adjustments 6/30/15 07/01/2015
FY2017 Expense $250,335 To: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Various Budget transfers (YN, CRITFC) 5/3/2016 05/03/2016
FY2017 Expense $250,335 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Accord Budget Transfers (various) 11/23/2016 11/23/2016
FY2017 Expense $2,255 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Accord Budget Transfers (CTUIR, KT, YN) 3/8/17 03/08/2017
FY2017 Expense $300,000 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Accord Budget Transfers (Yakama) 9/27/17 09/27/2017
FY2017 Expense $3,552 To: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama YN Accord Budget Adjustments 5/22/2018 05/23/2018
FY2018 Expense $5,518,459 From: Post 2018 – Yakama FY18 Initial Planning Budgets (WS, CTUIR, YN, CRITFC, CCT, ID) 2/10/2017 02/13/2017
FY2018 Expense $277,605 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Accord Budget Transfers (Yakama) 9/27/17 09/27/2017
FY2018 Expense $3,552 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama YN Accord Budget Adjustments 5/22/2018 05/23/2018
FY2018 Expense $3,552 To: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama YN Accord Budget Adjustments 5/22/2018 05/23/2018
FY2018 Expense $55,985 To: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama YN Accord Budget Adjustments 5/22/2018 05/23/2018

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2018
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
2015 (Draft)
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
4 REL 1 SOW Aer-Ex, Inc. 1995-063-25 SPAWNING CHANNEL History $116,848 4/18/2000 - 3/3/2003
58 REL 34 SOW Concannon, Kathleen A EXP YKFP MGMT History $12,563 5/12/2006 - 9/30/2007
BPA-003716 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - YKFP - Monitoring And Evaluati Active $284,034 10/1/2006 - 9/30/2007
BPA-004334 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - YKFP Monitoring & Evaluation Active $367,104 10/1/2007 - 9/30/2008
37822 SOW Yakama Confederated Tribes 1995-063-25 EXP YKFP YN MONITORING & EVALUATION YAKIMA RIVER History $3,008,344 5/1/2008 - 7/31/2009
BPA-004580 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Yakima River M&E Active $375,596 10/1/2008 - 9/30/2009
BPA-004581 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Yakima River M&E Active $365,040 10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010
BPA-005709 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Yakima River M&E Active $358,169 10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011
BPA-005923 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Yakima River M&E Active $334,528 10/1/2011 - 9/30/2012
BPA-006944 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Yakima River M&E Active $316,328 10/1/2012 - 9/30/2013
BPA-007660 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Yakima River M&E Active $313,341 10/1/2013 - 9/30/2014
BPA-008387 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Yakima River M&E Active $312,438 10/1/2014 - 9/30/2015
BPA-009108 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Yakima River M&E Active $308,979 10/1/2015 - 9/30/2016
56662 REL 108 SOW Yakama Confederated Tribes 1995-063-25 EXP YKFP YAKIMA RIVER MONITORING & EVALUATION Issued $4,032,628 5/1/2016 - 4/30/2017
BPA-009527 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Yakima River M&E Active $311,958 10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017
56662 REL 135 SOW Yakama Confederated Tribes 1995-063-25 EXP YKFP YAKIMA RIVER MONITORING & EVALUATION Issued $4,405,204 5/1/2017 - 4/30/2018
BPA-010056 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Yakima River M&E Active $312,803 10/1/2017 - 9/30/2018
56662 REL 160 SOW Yakama Confederated Tribes 1995-063-25 EXP YAKIMA RIVER M&E - YKFP Issued $4,382,809 5/1/2018 - 4/30/2019
74314 REL 34 SOW Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) 1995-063-25 EXP YKFP-WDFW YAKIMA RIVER MONITORING & EVALUATION Issued $1,044,467 5/1/2018 - 4/30/2019



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):37
Completed:31
On time:31
Status Reports
Completed:130
On time:84
Avg Days Late:8

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
5881 13769, 17635, 22449, 27798, 35037, 37822, 42445, 54321, 56662 REL 22, 56662 REL 68, 56662 REL 85, 56662 REL 108, 56662 REL 135, 56662 REL 160 1995-063-25 YKFP - MONITORING & EVALUATION Yakama Confederated Tribes 04/2001 04/2001 Issued 63 262 0 0 2 264 99.24% 0
13756 17478, 22370, 27871, 34450, 37649, 42861, 53279, 61480, 65604, 69084, 72482, 75796, 74314 REL 34 1995-063-25 YKFP SUPPLEMENTATION M & E Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) 05/2003 05/2003 Issued 63 151 14 0 4 169 97.63% 0
22096 26603 1995-063-25 YKFP MONITORING & EVALUATION - USFWS MARKING US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) 04/2005 04/2005 Closed 4 10 2 0 0 12 100.00% 0
BPA-003716 PIT Tags - YKFP - Monitoring And Evaluati Bonneville Power Administration 10/2006 10/2006 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-004334 PIT Tags - YKFP Monitoring & Evaluation Bonneville Power Administration 10/2007 10/2007 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-004580 PIT Tags - Yakima River M&E Bonneville Power Administration 10/2008 10/2008 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-004581 PIT Tags - Yakima River M&E Bonneville Power Administration 10/2009 10/2009 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-005709 PIT Tags - Yakima River M&E Bonneville Power Administration 10/2010 10/2010 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-005923 PIT Tags - Yakima River M&E Bonneville Power Administration 10/2011 10/2011 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-006944 PIT Tags - Yakima River M&E Bonneville Power Administration 10/2012 10/2012 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-007660 PIT Tags - Yakima River M&E Bonneville Power Administration 10/2013 10/2013 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-008387 PIT Tags - Yakima River M&E Bonneville Power Administration 10/2014 10/2014 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-009108 PIT Tags - Yakima River M&E Bonneville Power Administration 10/2015 10/2015 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-009527 PIT Tags - Yakima River M&E Bonneville Power Administration 10/2016 10/2016 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-010056 PIT Tags - Yakima River M&E Bonneville Power Administration 10/2017 10/2017 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 130 423 16 0 6 445 98.65% 0


Review: RME / AP Category Review

2008 FCRPS BiOp Workgroup Assessment

Assessment Number: 1995-063-25-BIOP-20101105
Project Number: 1995-063-25
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal Number: RMECAT-1995-063-25
Completed Date: None
2008 FCRPS BiOp Workgroup Rating: Supports 2008 FCRPS BiOp
Comments: BiOp Workgroup Comments: No BiOp Workgroup comments

The BiOp RM&E Workgroups made the following determinations regarding the proposal's ability or need to support BiOp Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (RME) RPAs. If you have questions regarding these RPA association conclusions, please contact your BPA COTR and they will help clarify, or they will arrange further discussion with the appropriate RM&E Workgroup Leads. BiOp RPA associations for the proposed work are: (50.6 50.7 62.4 62.5 64.2)
All Questionable RPA Associations ( ) and
All Deleted RPA Associations ( )
Proponent Response:
Fish marking:
 
Spring Chinook - Yes, 100%
Coho, Yes, 100%
Fall Chinook, No.  Only a portion of fish are marked (those from Little White; about 10%)

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1995-063-25-ISRP-20101015
Project: 1995-063-25 - Yakima River Monitoring and Evaluation-Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project (YKFP)
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal Number: RMECAT-1995-063-25
Completed Date: 12/17/2010
Final Round ISRP Date: 12/17/2010
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified)
Final Round ISRP Comment:
We judge the overall implementation of the project to be adequate, but the Yes (Qualified) rating does not represent ISRP endorsement of the interpretations of data and results.

Qualification 1: Specifically, we recommend that in the future the project use standardized calculations/metrics for determining impacts of supplementation, as presented in the Ad Hoc Supplementation Work Group reports and ISRP supplementation reports (e.g., incorrectly using total number of redds before and after supplementation efforts, rather than number of redds from wild spawned returning adults before and after treatment). The project needs to really assess response to supplementation of the wild population...and to do that, the calculations will need to include a method of estimating proportions of wild to hatchery fish in reference versus treatment streams.

Qualification 2: We also acknowledge that because of the sheer size and complexity of this project, it is not possible for any single reviewer to get his/her arms around it. As a group we wholeheartedly support the idea that future ISRP review efforts should be conducted in conjunction with the annual Yakama Nations' Fisheries Program Review, thereby taking advantage of that meeting's presentations and discussions.

The project team's response does, however, provide additional information and clarification when available for some ISRP concerns and further justification of constraints and future plans for other ISRP concerns when a current resolution is not available. As such, it helps move along the dialogue regarding the role of supplementation efforts in the subbasin.

The response includes good discussion of the specific items raised in the review. It is clear that much improved understanding is needed regarding factors that impact pre-smolt survival of natural- and (post-release) hatchery-origin. As seen in other watersheds as well, there appears to be a pattern emerging of poor natural-origin fish survival in the months prior to smolting that contrasts with better survival of hatchery-origin fish. More study is needed.
First Round ISRP Date: 10/18/2010
First Round ISRP Rating: Response Requested
First Round ISRP Comment:
The comments on this proposal, 199506325, apply to all three YKFP projects.

This is an immense proposal that covers a lot of territory, with varying levels of detail. Most of the real RM&E activity is housed under this project, with more WDFW administration under 199506425, and more hatchery Operations under 199701325.

The proposal and especially the presentation were both well-organized and very informative. We agree with Dave Fast’s suggestion at the presentation, that the next review of this project would be best coordinated with their annual coordination meeting. This strategy would help the better understand coordination efforts and how all of the pieces fit together.

Some general questions exist, and a response is requested:

As presented in more detail below, results reported the total number of redds per year, what are the results when returns are adjusted for presence of hatchery fish?

It is recognized that because of hatchery limitations, out-of-basin coho smolts are still being brought into the basin. Why can’t they collect the broodstock and rear them offsite?

If NO fish start out-performing HO fish, will there be a transition to NOs and local brood?

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

This project is characterized as an “Umbrella proposal for monitoring and evaluation of natural production, harvest, ecological and genetic impacts for spring Chinook, fall Chinook, and coho fisheries enhancement projects in the Yakima Basin.” As such it is quite complex in its nature.

The overall purpose is summarized as follows: “To restore sustainable and harvestable populations of salmon, steelhead and other at-risk species, the YKFP is evaluating all stocks historically present in the Yakima subbasin and, using principles of adaptive management, is applying a combination of habitat protection and restoration, as well as hatchery supplementation or reintroduction strategies to address limiting factors....”

There are four very broad research focal topics listed as objectives: Ecological Interactions, Genetics, Harvest, Natural Production, with little real objectives type statements; instead these objectives are accompanied by a list of metrics/methods – but these are very terse descriptors.

The authors do, however, provide the following set of four research questions that the project is addressing:

1. Can integrated hatchery programs be used to increase long-term natural production?

2. Can integrated hatchery programs limit genetic impacts to non-target Chinook populations?

3. Can integrated hatchery programs limit ecological impacts to non-target populations?

4. Does supplementation increase harvest opportunities?


2. History: Accomplishments, Results, and Adaptive Management

There is a brief set-up as a problem statement. The scope of the proposal, however, is so vast, that no introduction of a reasonable length could cover it all. That said, a nice review of YKFP history and background is provided. The project’s lengthy list of accomplishments, including a commendable number of scientific publications, is highlighted. There is a strong discussion of adaptive management. Work to date on ecological interactions has been extremely strong, extensive in scope, and well published.

Certain results, however, continue to portray results in a way that does not reflect the true goals of a supplementation project. Specifically, results presented in the proposal and in the presentation to the review group reported the total number of redds per year, a number that was not adjusted for presence of hatchery fish. Results need to be reformatted to provide sufficient data to determine the project’s status on demonstrating the efficacy of its experimental design as well as how well it is really accomplishing its supplementation objectives. We want a paragraph or two and tables containing the correct analyses. Authors should coordinate with WDFW on this response, specifically including results that Todd Pearsons presented at the AHSWG.

3. Project Relationships, Emerging Limiting Factors, and Tailored Questions for Type of Work (Hatchery, RME, Tagging)

As an umbrella project, this proposal does a good job of tying the myriad aspects together in a reasonable description of the vast network of inter-relationships of this project with other groups.


4. Deliverables, Work Elements, Metrics, and Methods

Deliverables were less than specifically identified, although the work elements were laid out in great detail in the boxes with tasks etc, along with methods and metrics.

Bottom Line – this is such a huge project, providing the level of detail given by other proposals would be impossible.
Documentation Links:
  • Proponent Response (11/15/2010)

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1995-063-25-NPCC-20110124
Project: 1995-063-25 - Yakima River Monitoring and Evaluation-Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project (YKFP)
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal: RMECAT-1995-063-25
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 6/10/2011
Recommendation: Fund (Qualified)
Comments: Implement with conditions through 2016: Sponsor to address ISRP qualifications in contracting, submit Master Plan by end of FY 2012 for coho and Fall Chinook, and conduct an ISRP review of YKFP in conjunction with the Yakama Fisheries Reviews. Implementation subject to regional hatchery effects evaluation process described in programmatic recommendation #4.
Conditions:
Council Condition #1 Programmatic Issue: RMECAT #4 Hatchery Effectiveness—subject to regional hatchery effects evaluation process
Council Condition #2 Qualifications: ISRP recommends that in the future the project use standardized calculations/metrics for determining impacts of supplementation, as presented in the Ad Hoc Supplementation Work Group reports and ISRP supplementation reports The project needs to really assess response to supplementation of the wild population...and to do that, the calculations will need to include a method of estimating proportions of wild to hatchery fish in reference versus treatment streams. Submit master plan by end of FY 2012 for coho and fall Chinook. We also acknowledge that because of the sheer size and complexity of this project, it is not possible for any single reviewer to get his/her arms around it. As a group we wholeheartedly support the idea that future ISRP review efforts should be conducted in conjunction with the annual Yakama Nations' Fisheries Program Review, thereby taking advantage of that meeting's presentations and discussions.
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 1995-063-25-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 1995-063-25
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: M&E for YKFP, including supplementation research & reintroduction research; fishery managers authorized/required; needs cost share or other remedy.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1995-063-25-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1995-063-25
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 2/27/2007
Capital Rating: Does Not Qualify for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: None
Comment: None

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1995-063-25-ISRP-20060831
Project: 1995-063-25 - Yakima River Monitoring and Evaluation-Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project (YKFP)
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:
See the overall comments for the five related Yakima/Klickitat Fishery Projects under proposal 19881205.

Comments specific to this M&E proposal.

Technical and scientific background: The M&E project is the omnibus scientific component (a large share) of the broader YKFP and is the most amenable to scientific review. This project essentially provides the rigor and measurement to test the basic assumptions of supplementation within the Yakima subbasin. The background treatment is actually a bit light, instead, referring to previous efforts, e.g., "The YKFP monitoring program is built on a foundation laid in a number of earlier projects. The general elements of a monitoring plan were first outlined in the YKFP's 1993 Project Status Report (BPA 1993)."

Rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs: This project is the key tool for comprehensively measuring assumptions and strategies long in place within the Yakima subbasin regarding supplementation and other programs. These are expressly detailed in the Yakima Subbasin Plan and need to be better articulated within the proposal.

Relationships to other projects: This project is the umbrella or omnibus M&E activity for the others in the Yakima subbasin by both the Yakima Nation and the WDFW. It is designed to address the basic assumptions underlying the YKFP with intensive and explicit examination of the subcomponents of supplementation (and presumably habitat restoration and other H's).

Project history: The project history is extensive. The table is quite data heavy. This proposal represents a major leap forward in the monitoring and evaluation of supplementation as a restoration and mitigation strategy within not only the Yakima subbasin, but basinwide. It addresses many of the key risks long assumed to be negligible with artificial production, as well as other critical variables (uncertainties). As such, the information generated will be highly relevant to future decisions as to ongoing efforts in the basin and subbasin.

Objectives: The list of measurable biological objectives is quite lengthy. There needs to some thought to prioritizing these such that "measure everything" philosophy yields to "measure critical variables". These critical variables must address the key decision points in a logic path or decision tree. Non-biological objectives overlap somewhat with other proposals (e.g., unclear as to how NEPA for this project differs from NEPA for O&M project, etc.). Ultimately, while some individual hypotheses may be addressed rapidly, the timeline to gather information on the broader question of whether supplementation is "contributing to" versus "detracting from" natural reproduction may require a few generations (i.e., 10-15 years).

Tasks (work elements) and methods: The methods are extensively and adequately described. The sponsors appear to have responded well to earlier comments/critiques/suggestions by ISRP (specifically) and ISAB (more generally re: supplementation). The M&E component of YKFP should address the appropriateness and soundness of assumptions. The techniques are largely appropriate for each of the tasks and include some references/controls, as well as involvement of statistical and design expertise.

Monitoring and evaluation: This is a monitoring and evaluation component to the broader program. We look forward to a site and program review with summarized data and results of various activities ongoing in the Subbasin.

Facilities, equipment, and personnel: There will be a large staff associated with these efforts (50+ fulltime and numerous part time/seasonal). The large staff is commensurate with scale and scope of the undertaking.

Information transfer: The described intent is to make data (raw) available through various institutional means throughout the basin as well as to provide annual reporting and periodic evaluation. There is intent to produce high quality and credible summary in peer-reviewed outlets. There is also a web site with up-to-date fish counts, links to reports, cartoons (not skewering the ISRP) and swimming fish.
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1995-063-25-NPCC-20090924
Project: 1995-063-25 - Yakima River Monitoring and Evaluation-Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project (YKFP)
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: ISRP fundable qualified: ISRP recommends that the broader YKFP program be the subject of an organized program review. Project sponsor should consider focusing the next annual review for this purpose, otherwise review will need to occur as part of the next project review cycle. As Council has asked for in the past, a Master Plan is needed for fall chinook and coho elements of the project.

Project Relationships: This project Split From 2008-468-00 effective on 12/18/2008
Relationship Description: The capital component of project 2008-468-00 is moved to 1995-063-25 for further construction/set-up of new mobile acclimation units.


Name Role Organization
Mel Sampson Supervisor Yakama Confederated Tribes
Adrienne Wilson Administrative Contact Yakama Confederated Tribes
Dave Fast Technical Contact Yakama Confederated Tribes
Mark Johnston Project Lead Yakama Confederated Tribes
Peter Lofy Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Michael Mayer (Inactive) Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Bill Bosch Interested Party Yakama Confederated Tribes
Jennifer Lord Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Michelle O'Malley Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
BPA RME Support Team Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Lisa Renan (Inactive) Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Claire McClory Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration