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Project 1995-064-25 - Policy, Plan and Technical Support of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)-Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project (YKFP)
Project Number:
1995-064-25
Title:
Policy, Plan and Technical Support of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)-Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project (YKFP)
Summary:
A. Abstract

The Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project (YKFP) is a long-term, co-managed, multi-species, interdisciplinary project designed to restore anadromous fish populations to the Yakima and Klickitat watersheds by artificial production and strategic habitat actions. A key science component of the YKFP is testing whether supplementation of upper Yakima spring chinook salmon can be used to increase harvest and natural production while maintaining the long-term genetic fitness of the fish population being supplemented and keeping adverse genetic and ecological interactions with non-target species or stocks within acceptable limits. The scientific uncertainty associated with supplementation is arguably the most important fisheries management uncertainty in the Pacific Northwest, and the information that will be generated in the Yakima watershed has the potential to be used throughout the Columbia watershed. With a project of the magnitude of the YKFP, technical and policy decisions must balance stewardship, utilization, legal, and scientific values and adapt to new information to be successful. We propose to continue involvement of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in the policy and technical oversight of the YKFP. The co-managers of the resource (WDFW and Yakama Nation (YN)) will meet regularly and make collaborative decisions using adaptive management and risk management. When appropriate, decision analysis tools will be used or developed to facilitate transparent, systematic, and optimal decisions. Tools that may be used or developed include Bayesian belief networks, loop analyses, spreadsheet models (e.g., EDT, AHA), statistical power analyses, and individual-based models. This proposal funds WDFW participation in YKFP technical management and administration, technical review, environmental compliance documentation, and report and publication writing. Most of the technical aspects of the YKFP are addressed in Monitoring and Evaluation Project 1995-063-25.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) (Govt - State)
Starting FY:
1995
Ending FY:
2017
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Plateau Yakima 100.00%
Purpose:
Artificial Production
Emphasis:
Local Coordination
Focal Species:
Bass, Smallmouth
Chinook - All Populations
Chinook - Mid-Columbia River Spring ESU
Chinook - Upper Columbia River Summer/Fall ESU
Coho - Unspecified Population
Cutthroat Trout, Westslope
Lamprey, Pacific
Steelhead - Middle Columbia River DPS (threatened)
Trout, Bull (threatened)
Trout, Interior Redband
Trout, Rainbow
Whitefish, Mountain
Wildlife
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

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Document ID: P123824

Document: SPRING CHINOOK SALMON SUPPLEMENTATION IN THE UPPER YAKIMA BASIN: YAKIMA/KLICKITAT FISHERIES PROJECT OVERVIEW

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Project: 1995-064-25

Contract: 54130

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Document ID: P123824

Document: SPRING CHINOOK SALMON SUPPLEMENTATION IN THE UPPER YAKIMA BASIN: YAKIMA/KLICKITAT FISHERIES PROJECT OVERVIEW

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Project: 1995-064-25

Contract: 54130

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Document ID: P123824

Document: SPRING CHINOOK SALMON SUPPLEMENTATION IN THE UPPER YAKIMA BASIN: YAKIMA/KLICKITAT FISHERIES PROJECT OVERVIEW

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Document ID: P123824

Document: SPRING CHINOOK SALMON SUPPLEMENTATION IN THE UPPER YAKIMA BASIN: YAKIMA/KLICKITAT FISHERIES PROJECT OVERVIEW

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Contract: 54130

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Document ID: P123824

Document: SPRING CHINOOK SALMON SUPPLEMENTATION IN THE UPPER YAKIMA BASIN: YAKIMA/KLICKITAT FISHERIES PROJECT OVERVIEW

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Project: 1995-064-25

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Document ID: P123824

Document: SPRING CHINOOK SALMON SUPPLEMENTATION IN THE UPPER YAKIMA BASIN: YAKIMA/KLICKITAT FISHERIES PROJECT OVERVIEW

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Project: 1995-064-25

Contract: 54130

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Document ID: P123824

Document: SPRING CHINOOK SALMON SUPPLEMENTATION IN THE UPPER YAKIMA BASIN: YAKIMA/KLICKITAT FISHERIES PROJECT OVERVIEW

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Project: 1995-064-25

Contract: 54130

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Document ID: P123824

Document: SPRING CHINOOK SALMON SUPPLEMENTATION IN THE UPPER YAKIMA BASIN: YAKIMA/KLICKITAT FISHERIES PROJECT OVERVIEW

Page Number: 14

Project: 1995-064-25

Contract: 54130

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Figure Name: Photo 9

Document ID: P123824

Document: SPRING CHINOOK SALMON SUPPLEMENTATION IN THE UPPER YAKIMA BASIN: YAKIMA/KLICKITAT FISHERIES PROJECT OVERVIEW

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Project: 1995-064-25

Contract: 54130

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Document ID: P123824

Document: SPRING CHINOOK SALMON SUPPLEMENTATION IN THE UPPER YAKIMA BASIN: YAKIMA/KLICKITAT FISHERIES PROJECT OVERVIEW

Page Number: 16

Project: 1995-064-25

Contract: 54130


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) $192,772 $192,772 $192,772 $192,772 $194,396

General $192,772 $192,772 $192,772 $194,396
FY2017 (Current) $192,772 $192,772 $192,772 $192,772 $104,595

General $192,772 $192,772 $192,772 $104,595
FY2018 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

General $0 $0 $0 $0

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 30-Apr-2017

Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2016 - FY2018)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2016 Expense $192,772 From: General FY16 Initial Planning Budgets - Expense 05/22/2015
FY2017 Expense $192,772 From: General FY17 SOY Budgets 06/02/2016

Pending Budget Decision?  No


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Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
73279 SOW Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) 1995-064-25 EXP YKFP/WDFW POLICY/TECHNICAL INVOLVEMENT/PLAN Issued $192,772 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2017



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):31
Completed:29
On time:27
Status Reports
Completed:57
On time:44
Avg Days Early:2

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
6215 18827, 23618, 28636, 34449, 38148, 43360, 47626, 54130, 62359, 66257, 69345, 73279, 74314 REL 4 1995-064-25 POLICY/TECHNICAL INVOLVEMENT & PLANNING Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) 08/2001 08/2001 Signature 57 59 2 0 2 63 96.83% 0
Project Totals 57 59 2 0 2 63 96.83% 0


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

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1995-064-25-ISRP-20120215
Project: 1995-064-25 - Policy, Plan and Technical Support of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)-Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project (YKFP)
Review: Resident Fish, Regional Coordination, and Data Management Category Review
Proposal Number: RESCAT-1995-064-25
Completed Date: 4/17/2012
Final Round ISRP Date: 4/3/2012
Final Round ISRP Rating: Not Applicable
Final Round ISRP Comment:
First Round ISRP Date: 2/8/2012
First Round ISRP Rating: Not Applicable
First Round ISRP Comment:

Specific comments and suggestions for improving this contextual proposal are listed below.

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

The description of significance of the Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project (YKFP; # 199506325) to regional programs was adequate, but the need for a separate project to fund WDFW for routine management and coordination activities at the watershed level was not clearly justified, as these activities may not meet the Council's needs for regional management and coordination projects. The proposal would be improved by further discussion of these issues.

The ISRP views the project as part of an ongoing experiment in co-management for the purpose of implementing objectives of the Fish and Wildlife Program and principles and actions in Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit. The YKFP major focus is a number of supplementation experiments. The YKFP works on three key limiting factors in the Yakima Subbasin Plan – habitat, population performance and response, and institutional efficiency. Institutional inefficiency is a clear topic for program coordination science and so is the effectiveness of co-management. The proposal would be improved if the project was designed to address these scientific components.

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

A complete statement and explanation of financial history and performance is provided. Project expenditures have been under-budget. The proposal describes a good record of report delivery and a publication record that has exceeded expectations. A long list of milestones and publications is presented. Perhaps the best global statement of accomplishment is "The Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project (YKFP) is on schedule to ascertain whether new artificial production techniques can be used to increase harvest and natural production of spring Chinook salmon while maintaining the long-term genetic fitness of the fish population being supplemented and keeping adverse genetic and ecological interactions with non-target species or stocks within acceptable limits."

ISRP Retrospective Evaluation of Results

This project funds Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) technical management and administration of the Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project (YKFP) #199506325, specifically participation in meetings of the Policy Group, Scientific Technical Advisory Committee, and Monitoring Implementation and Planning Team, technical review, environmental compliance documentation, and report and publication writing. The project has a single stated objective: "Achieve the quantitative objectives identified by the YKFP." Because the results of this WDFW project, as presented in reports and an impressive list of publications, are entirely derivative of the larger YKFP project, a detailed retrospective evaluation of scientific results is deferred to that project.

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

The proposal provides a long list of specific projects which together comprise the total YKFP effort and to which this data management and coordination project is related. It is not clear why these activities are not part of the YKFP M&E project.

The proposal provides a long list of specific projects which together comprise the total YKFP effort and to which this data management and coordination project is related. It is not clear why these activities are not part of the YKFP M&E project.

Emerging limiting factors identified in the proposal include predation, habitat, water availability, flow, and water temperature as limiting factors. Representatives of the YKFP are engaged in processes addressing these existing or potential limiting factors. The project is 50% RM&E-Data Management and 50% Coordination. Answers to the tailored data management questions are complete, but tailored coordination questions were not addressed. Answers to the RM&E questions are limited to providing links to ongoing RME projects that relate to YKFP. The proposal would be improve by revision to address these questions.

The geographic focus for YKFP is the upland areas of the Yakima Subbasin. The project has both hatchery and institutional implications for the whole Columbia Basin, but the specific geographic focus is just the YKFP area. The proposal would be improved by greater attention to regional aspects of the project.

More specific attention to identifying a scientific component to the proposal associated with program coordination issues would help to plan for future success. Can a research design be developed to study these or other outcomes from the coordination activities discussed in the proposal?

The co-management aspect of this project is a very important piece of program coordination. Neither the annual reports nor the proposal say much about co-management. Co-management could be used in many other projects throughout the Basin, thus some insights on its operation in the YKFP would be desirable. How do the co-managed Policy Group, Scientific Technical Advisory Committee, and Monitoring Implementation and Planning Team make decisions?

What is the leadership structure? What is the composition? How well does each group work? What about coordination in the YKFP has been “replicated throughout the Columbia Basin”? Some comments raise questions about the effectiveness of co-management. For example, how are different values within and between cultures managed? The proposal provides funds for WDFW co-managers to participate on joint YN and WDFW committees. The language used raises the question of whether this is in fact co-management or whether there are co-managers from YN and WDFW.

The proposal also makes the point that institutional inefficiency is one of the limiting factors, yet this concept is not discussed, monitored, or measured in the proposal. Resolving institutional inefficiencies would seem to be one of the primary goals of program coordination.
YKFP is a very important program, but assessment of lessons learned in the co-management and institutional inefficiency areas are not developed in any systematic way. The experiments taking place in the project are very important to goals of the Fish and Wildlife Program. YKFP is a very uniquely structured program in order to deal with many program coordination issues in the subbasin. More on the outcomes of program coordination in this context would be very useful.

4. Deliverables, Work Elements, Metrics, and Methods

A good description of activities conducted to produce the deliverables is provided. Information on work elements is not provided in standard format. Methods are described under "deliverables" and in the problem statement. No metrics to evaluate success of the project are identified, nor are plans to assess effectiveness. Adaptive management is described in terms of the larger YKFP project but there are no RME protocols identified for the coordination project.

Five work elements are identified. None of these work elements have metrics associated with them. Can metrics be identified to go with these work elements? Can output metrics and methods be identified to go with these work elements? Ideally, the hypothesis(es) developed in the proposal would be measured during the course of the data management and coordination activities and results presented in the report on this project. There are many ideas discussed in the proposal that are amenable to this approach. Selecting a few of the most important questions, concerns, or hypotheses and monitoring them is recommended.

4a. Specific comments on protocols and methods described in MonitoringMethods.org

RM&E for this project involves project implementation/compliance monitoring. There were no RM&E protocols identified for this proposal. The project is 50% Coordination and 50% RM&E and Data Management with five work elements. None of the work elements is associated with metrics in MonitoringMethods.org; however, it would be useful for retrospective evaluation of project results to develop quantifiable metrics for these work elements that could be used to track trends in data management project results.

Modified by Dal Marsters on 4/17/2012 2:45:45 PM.
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1995-064-25-NPCC-20130807
Project: 1995-064-25 - Policy, Plan and Technical Support of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)-Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project (YKFP)
Review: Resident Fish, Regional Coordination, and Data Management Category Review
Proposal: RESCAT-1995-064-25
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 3/5/2014
Recommendation: Implement with Conditions
Comments: Implement through FY2017 with condition. Sponsor to assist in addressing ISRP comments from the RM&E/AP review on YKFP projects #1995-063-25 and #1997-013-25, as appropriate, during contracting.
Review: RME / AP Category Review

2008 FCRPS BiOp Workgroup Assessment

Assessment Number: 1995-064-25-BIOP-20101105
Project Number: 1995-064-25
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal Number: RMECAT-1995-064-25
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: ( )
All Questionable RPA Associations ( ) and
All Deleted RPA Associations (50.6 50.8 64.1 64.2)
Proponent Response:

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1995-064-25-ISRP-20101015
Project: 1995-064-25 - Policy, Plan and Technical Support of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)-Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project (YKFP)
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal Number: RMECAT-1995-064-25
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:
The ISRP reviewed the three YKFP projects as a set. The response for 199506325 is sufficient. See the ISRP comments under that proposal.
First Round ISRP Date: 10/18/2010
First Round ISRP Rating: Response Requested
First Round ISRP Comment:
The ISRP reviewed the three YKFP projects as a set. As a result, see the ISRP’s review of 199506325 for details on the request for a response. That project should be able to address the request in a coordinated response representing all three YKFP proposals.
Documentation Links:
  • Proponent Response (11/15/2010)

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1995-064-25-NPCC-20110124
Project: 1995-064-25 - Policy, Plan and Technical Support of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)-Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project (YKFP)
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal: RMECAT-1995-064-25
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 6/10/2011
Recommendation: Fund (Qualified)
Comments: Defer to regional coordination review.
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 1995-064-25-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 1995-064-25
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems May Exist
Cost Share Rating: 1 - Appears reasonable
Comment: Funding for WDFW to participate in YKFP (policy, technical etc). Since coordination here benefits WDFW in its own management responsibilities, i.e., it is authorized/required to provide support here as well; this needs some cost share or other remedy. Upon review, rating was changed to reflect similar rating for all other coordination contracts; rating changed from "3" to "2.1".

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1995-064-25-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1995-064-25
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: 1995-064-25-ISRP-20060831
Project: 1995-064-25 - Policy, Plan and Technical Support of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)-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 overall comments for the five related Yakima/Klickitat Fishery Projects under proposal 19881205.

Comments specific to this Policy/Plan/Technical (PPT) proposal:

A key question is why this is a separate project from the 198812025 (YKFP Management, Data, Habitat). The work elements appear to be very similar if not identical (even including "Manage and Administer YKFP Activities). Because this is the WDFW portion of the administration component, it is likely relying on another counterpart proposal for some explanation. This points to the general need to have a broader program description regardless of sponsor.

This project identifies its primary biological objective as "Achieve the quantitative objectives of the YKFP." The strategies identified as part of the Yakima Subbasin Plan are duplicative of other projects submitted for the YKFP. Although unclear for this specific project element, the project history was provided for the broader YKFP, which is extensive, particularly when viewing the long list of publications and reports. The objectives are listed but unclear how they differ from other broader project elements. Methods are more related to business and program management as opposed to biological. As such there is no real science to review here, although review is doable for the broader program. There is opportunity to explicitly set up hypotheses regarding habitat improvement. Some additional focus on how much actual on the ground habitat work will be completed would be welcomed. As the stated objectives are non-biological for this specific project, M&E are not amenable unless there is some actual habitat work being conducted (which is not obvious).
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1995-064-25-NPCC-20090924
Project: 1995-064-25 - Policy, Plan and Technical Support of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)-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: None

Name Role Organization
Ted Nelson (Inactive) Supervisor Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
John Easterbrooks Interested Party Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
Peter Lofy Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Anthony Fritts Project Lead Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
Jenna Peterson Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Michelle O'Malley Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration