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Project Summary

Project 1998-007-04 - Grande Ronde Spring Chinook on Lostine/Catherine Creek/ Upper Grande Ronde Rivers
Project Number:
1998-007-04
Title:
Grande Ronde Spring Chinook on Lostine/Catherine Creek/ Upper Grande Ronde Rivers
Summary:
The Grande Ronde endemic spring Chinook (GRESCP) artificial production is authorized under the US Fish and Wildlife Lower Snake River Compensation Program (LSRCP). LSRCP program was approved by the Water Resources Development Act of 1976 (PL 94-587, Section 102) to mitigate for the losses of fish and wildlife caused by the construction of dams on lower Snake River.

Bonneville Power Administrations Fish and Wildlife program is an adjunct to the LSRCP with the intent of change modifying their mitigation aspect of the program (isolated) to an integrated supplementation program; inasmuch as, hatchery produced fish could be experimentally used as a recovery tool while providing fish for harvest. The program has two primary components: 1) captive brood and 2) conventional broodstock.

The GRESCP, coordinated with federal and tribal partners, identifies production levels for both propagation components and weir management strategies for each of the three supplemented tributary areas within the Grande Ronde Subbasin. The three supplemented areas are Catherine Creek, Lostine River, and upper Grande Ronde River. Lookingglass Creek, an extirpated area, will be stocked (smolts and adults) with Catherine Creek origin salmon to initiate natural production in unseeded habitat, and to initiate future harvest opportunities. The current production levels have been agreed to and incorporated into the U.S. v. Oregon Interim Management Agreement.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (Govt - State)
Starting FY:
1998
Ending FY:
2018
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Blue Mountain Grande Ronde 100.00%
Purpose:
Artificial Production
Emphasis:
Supplementation
Focal Species:
Chinook - Snake River Fall ESU (threatened)
Chinook - Snake River Spring/Summer
Chinook - Snake River Spring/Summer ESU (threatened)
Steelhead - Snake River DPS (threatened)
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None

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Summary of Budgets

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Expense SOY Budget Working Budget Contracted Amount Modified Contract Amount Expenditures *
FY2016 (Previous) $217,316 $217,316 $217,306 $217,306 $187,709

BiOp FCRPS 2008 (non-Accord) $217,316 $217,306 $217,306 $187,709
FY2017 (Current) $217,316 $217,316 $217,316 $217,316 $222,857

BiOp FCRPS 2008 (non-Accord) $217,316 $217,316 $217,316 $222,857
FY2018 (Next) $217,206 $217,206 $0 $0 $0

BiOp FCRPS 2008 (non-Accord) $217,206 $0 $0 $0

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

Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2016 - FY2018)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2016 Expense $217,316 From: BiOp FCRPS 2008 (non-Accord) FY16 SOY June Uploads 06/26/2015
FY2017 Expense $217,316 From: BiOp FCRPS 2008 (non-Accord) FY17 SOY Budgets 06/02/2016
FY2018 Expense $217,206 From: BiOp FCRPS 2008 (non-Accord) FY18 SOY Budgets 07/17/2017

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Project Cost Share:

FY2016 38 %
FY2015 38 %
FY2014 38 %
FY2013 40 %
FY2012 38 %
FY2011 38 %
FY2010 0 %
FY2009 47 %
FY2008 27 %
FY2007 38 %
Fiscal Year Cost Share Partner Total Proposed
Contribution
Total Confirmed
Contribution
FY2015 Oregon Department Of Fish and Wildlife $132,000
FY2016 Oregon Department Of Fish and Wildlife $132,000

Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
4033 SOW Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 1998-007-04 GRANDE RONDE SUPPLEMENTAL PROGRAM History $818,249 3/20/2001 - 12/31/2005
25338 SOW Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 1998-007-04 EXP GRANDE RONDE BASIN ENDEMIC SP CHINOOK SUPPL History $202,347 1/1/2006 - 12/31/2006
30788 SOW Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 1998-007-04 EXP GRANDE RONDE BASIN ENDEMIC SP CHINOOK SUPPL History $191,274 1/1/2007 - 12/31/2007
74680 SOW Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 1998-007-04 EXP GRANDE RONDE SPRING CHINOOK-ODFW 2017 Issued $217,316 1/1/2017 - 12/31/2017



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):13
Completed:12
On time:12
Status Reports
Completed:48
On time:24
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
4033 25338, 30788, 36376, 40374, 45267, 51033, 55600, 60326, 63686, 67862, 71613, 74680 1998-007-04 GRANDE RONDE SUPPLEMENTAL PROGRAM Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 03/2001 03/2001 Issued 48 122 10 0 1 133 99.25% 0
Project Totals 48 122 10 0 1 133 99.25% 0


Review: RME / AP Category Review

2008 FCRPS BiOp Workgroup Assessment

Assessment Number: 1998-007-04-BIOP-20101105
Project Number: 1998-007-04
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal Number: RMECAT-1998-007-04
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: (63.1 64.1 64.2 64.2 65.1 65.2)
All Questionable RPA Associations ( ) and
All Deleted RPA Associations ( 50.6 56.1 )
Proponent Response:

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1998-007-04-ISRP-20101015
Project: 1998-007-04 - Grande Ronde Spring Chinook on Lostine/Catherine Creek/ Upper Grande Ronde Rivers
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal Number: RMECAT-1998-007-04
Completed Date: None
First Round ISRP Date: 10/18/2010
First Round ISRP Rating: Response Requested
First Round ISRP Comment:
The integration of this project with LSRCP (the set of projects) should be better described. The project needs to be integrated with CRHEET (Columbia River Hatchery Effect Evaluation Team and the Ad Hoc Supplementation Work Group).

The major part of this project is straight-forward artificial propagation. The current production levels have been agreed to and incorporated into the U.S. v. Oregon Interim Management Agreement.

In the response, the project’s purpose should be restated in terms of the population restoration or enhancement goal, not as merely production and rearing of fish. (In a forthcoming report, the HSRG advocates that the purpose of hatchery programs be described in terms of the effects that the released fish are intended to have on conservation goals.)

From what was presented, the recovery goals and progress toward meeting those goals were not clear; the response should discuss those subjects. The present text contains the following: “Table 1. (revised 12/23/05) Minimum abundance thresholds by species and historical population size (spawning area) for Interior Columbia Basin stream type Chinook and steelhead populations (Table 3). Median weighted area and corresponding spawners per km (calculated as ratio with corresponding threshold) provided for populations in each size category (see attachment B).” This seems to be where the information is supposed to be located, but the information does not seem to be there. No attachment B was found in the proposal.

Objective 4 should be restated to explain the purpose of the redd counts (when questioned during the oral presentation, the presenter said the purpose is to assess adult returns), rather than as simply performance of an operation (to summarize data). As the project is a long-term continuation of past operation, the proponents should in their response present a clear table or two outlining, based on redd counts, where the hatchery effort is in terms of progress toward rebuilding each stream’s population and its trajectory, and then they should present interpretations and conclusions from those tables in a discussion. This would better justify inclusion of the redd count objective in the proposal.

How the redd counts translate into estimated number of total spawners should be explained.

The proposal’s Problem Statement lists the 10 specific LSRCP Chinook Salmon Program objectives. The ISRP requests that the proponents describe the methods by which the project will meet each specific objective or else omit from the list those specific objectives that do not apply to the project.

The Proposal Short Description and the Executive Summary indicate objectives pertaining to Catherine Creek, Lostine River, and Upper Grande Ronde River. The Problem Statement, however, states that program’s goal is “restoration of spring/summer Chinook salmon in Catherine Creek” without mentioning the other rivers. Operations for the other rivers are then described further on in the Problem Statement, together with the implication that the project will carry out 10 specific objectives of the LSRCP Chinook Salmon Program which involve all three rivers: Catherine Creek, Lostine River, and Upper Grande Ronde River. Why then, is only Catherine Creek mentioned in the project goal?

The response should discuss emerging limiting factors.

The proposal mentions captive broodstock phase-out. The response should indicate the time frame for phase-out and the rationale for that time frame.
Documentation Links:
  • Proponent Response (12/16/2010)

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1998-007-04-NPCC-20101116
Project: 1998-007-04 - Grande Ronde Spring Chinook on Lostine/Catherine Creek/ Upper Grande Ronde Rivers
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal: RMECAT-1998-007-04
Proposal State: ISRP - Pending Final Review
Approved Date: 6/10/2011
Recommendation: Response Requested
Comments: On February 18, 2011 the ISRP found that this project did not meet science review criteria (ISRP document 2011-3). Sponsor did not provide a response during the categorical review.
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 1998-007-04-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 1998-007-04
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: NEOH work, including coordination. Assume in mitigation for FCRPS.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1998-007-04-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1998-007-04
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: 1998-007-04-ISRP-20060831
Project: 1998-007-04 - Grande Ronde Spring Chinook on Lostine/Catherine Creek/ Upper Grande Ronde Rivers
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 ISRP comments on the set of NEOH projects under proposal 198805301.

The ISRP makes the fundable (qualified) recommendation because scientific justification for the project depends on the funding of the M&E proposal 200713200.

As one of several projects that compose the Grande Ronde Endemic Spring Chinook Supplementation Program (GRESCSP), this project covers the ODFW role of operating the Lookingglass Hatchery and rearing a projected 900,000 smolts for release throughout the subbasin. It is the GRESCSP's production element. The proposal presents a strong case for its continuation and funding. It details operations involving fish health, spawning, rearing, transport to release raceways, and coordination with co-managers.

Also included as monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is instream monitoring for redd counts as indices of adult return. More comprehensive M&E is covered under a separate proposal for Project 200713200.

This proposal lays out its project well. Hoped-for benefits are stated. The proposal relates clearly to priorities and objectives outlined in the GRESCSP. As a "conservation" project it meets the ISRP criteria. The funds requested are solidly matched with funds from other sources. The stated objectives are operational.

Presentation of results in the narrative proposal was adequate. It is too early in the production schedule to get data on returns, although survival rates of earlier life history stages could have been reported. Data from monitoring of fish health in the hatchery are presented. Redd counts for natural spawning are shown.

The ISRP commented that the proposal should include the objective of terminating the project when M&E determines either that it is not working or that it becomes successful enough that it is no longer needed. The project is designed to provide emergency risk management of spring/summer Chinook in the subbasin and ultimately to recover self-sustaining populations as out-of-subbasin stressors are addressed. If those stressors are not remedied, the long-term viability of the spring/summer Chinook is uncertain. The ISRP requested a response, in coordination with the other GRESCSP proposals, showing a decision tree detailing criteria for termination based on results, whether positive or negative. The response to this was thorough, its content describing a decision-tree process that recognized decision-making at several administrative levels. The sponsors' presentation of the three manager-level criteria was a good effort and very satisfactory.
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1998-007-04-NPCC-20090924
Project: 1998-007-04 - Grande Ronde Spring Chinook on Lostine/Catherine Creek/ Upper Grande Ronde Rivers
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: See discussion of Programmatc Issue: supplementation m&e. The reduced budget reflects that the O&M needs for NEOH hatchery would not take place in 2007 or 2008, so the increased needs for O&M would not be required for this funding period. The recommended budget reflects holding to $200K, slightly below FY2006 level. Budget reductions not specific. Project to be implemented as proposed with reduced scope.

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Scott Patterson Interested Party Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Bruce Eddy Supervisor Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Paul Krueger (Inactive) Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Katey Grange Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Brett Requa Project Lead Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Tracy Hauser Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration