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Project 1998-010-04 - Monitor and Evaluate (M&E) Performance of Juvenile Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon from Fall Chinook Acclimation Project
Project Number:
1998-010-04
Title:
Monitor and Evaluate (M&E) Performance of Juvenile Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon from Fall Chinook Acclimation Project
Summary:
This project will evaluate the success of fall Chinook supplementation above Lower Granite Dam and facilitate management decisions for the future conservation and perpetuation of naturally spawning populations of fall Chinook salmon in the Snake and Clearwater Rivers above Lower Granite Dam specifically addressing RPA 184 in the FCRPS 2000 Biological Opinion and as recommended in the FWP, Snake Hell's Canyon and Clearwater Subbasin Summaries and Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Nez Perce Tribe (Tribe)
Starting FY:
1998
Ending FY:
2014
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Blue Mountain Snake Hells Canyon 100.00%
Purpose:
Artificial Production
Emphasis:
RM and E
Focal Species:
All Anadromous Fish
Chinook - Snake River Fall ESU (threatened)
Chinook - Snake River Spring/Summer
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) $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 30-Apr-2017

No Decided Budget Transfers

Pending Budget Decision?  No


No Project Cost Share

FY2014 0 %
FY2013 0 %
FY2012 4 %
FY2011 4 %
FY2010 4 %
FY2009 2 %
FY2008 2 %
FY2007 0 %
Fiscal Year Cost Share Partner Total Proposed
Contribution
Total Confirmed
Contribution

Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
4025 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 1998-010-04 M&E OF YEARLING SNAKE RIVER FALL CHINOOK History $827,656 3/20/2001 - 12/31/2004
20867 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 1998 010 04 M&E, SNAKE RIVER YEARLING FALL CHINOOK SALMON History $252,391 1/1/2005 - 12/31/2005
25677 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 1998 010 04 M & E SNAKE RIVER YEARLING FALL CHINOOK SALMON History $250,885 1/1/2006 - 12/31/2006
30699 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 1998 010 04 M & E SNAKE RIV JUV FALL CHIN FROM NPT FCAP History $190,088 1/1/2007 - 12/31/2007
35933 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 199801004 EXP M&E SNAKE RIVER JUVENILE FALL CHINOOK FROM NPT FCAP History $205,737 1/1/2008 - 12/31/2008
BPA-003602 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - M&E Perf. of Juvenile Chinook Acclimation Project Active $44,866 10/1/2007 - 9/30/2008
40345 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 199801004 EXP M&E SNAKE RIVER JUVENILE FALL CHINOOK FROM NPT FCAP History $245,254 1/1/2009 - 12/31/2009
BPA-004104 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - M&E Perf. of Juvenile Chinook Acclimation Project Active $44,581 10/1/2008 - 9/30/2009
45294 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 199801004 EXP BIOP M&E SNAKE R. JUVENILE FALL CHIN FROM NPT FCAP History $203,131 1/1/2010 - 12/31/2010
BPA-004920 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - M&E Perf. of Juvenile Chinook Acclimation Project Active $35,035 10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010
50464 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 1998-010-04 EXP M&E PERFORMANCE OF JUVENILE SNAKE R FALL CHINOOK History $230,945 1/1/2011 - 12/31/2011
BPA-005541 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - M&E Perf. of Juvenile Chinook Acclimation Project Active $43,593 10/1/2006 - 9/30/2007
BPA-005668 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - M&E Perf. of Juvenile Chinook Acclimation Project Active $40,623 10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011
55244 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 1998-010-04 EXP M&E PERFORMANCE OF JUVENILE SNAKE R FALL CHINOOK History $195,359 1/1/2012 - 12/31/2012
BPA-006383 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - M&E Perf. of Juvenile Chinook Acclimation Project Active $26,610 10/1/2011 - 9/30/2012



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):24
Completed:3
On time:3
Status Reports
Completed:30
On time:27
Avg Days Early:4

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
4025 20867, 25677, 30699, 35933, 40345, 45294, 50464, 55244 1998-010-04 M&E OF YEARLING SNAKE RIVER FALL CHINOOK Nez Perce Tribe 03/2001 03/2001 History 30 122 0 0 22 144 84.72% 0
BPA-005541 PIT Tags - M&E Perf. of Juvenile Chinook Acclimation Project Bonneville Power Administration 10/2006 10/2006 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-003602 PIT Tags - M&E Perf. of Juvenile Chinook Acclimation Project Bonneville Power Administration 10/2007 10/2007 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-004104 PIT Tags - M&E Perf. of Juvenile Chinook Acclimation Project Bonneville Power Administration 10/2008 10/2008 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-004920 PIT Tags - M&E Perf. of Juvenile Chinook Acclimation Project Bonneville Power Administration 10/2009 10/2009 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-005668 PIT Tags - M&E Perf. of Juvenile Chinook Acclimation Project Bonneville Power Administration 10/2010 10/2010 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-006383 PIT Tags - M&E Perf. of Juvenile Chinook Acclimation Project Bonneville Power Administration 10/2011 10/2011 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 30 122 0 0 22 144 84.72% 0


Review: RME / AP Category Review

2008 FCRPS BiOp Workgroup Assessment

Assessment Number: 1998-010-04-BIOP-20101105
Project Number: 1998-010-04
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal Number: RMECAT-1998-010-04
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: (64.2)
All Questionable RPA Associations ( ) and
All Deleted RPA Associations ( 65.1 65.2)
Proponent Response:

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1998-010-04-ISRP-20101015
Project: 1998-010-04 - Monitor and Evaluate (M&E) Performance of Juvenile Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon from Fall Chinook Acclimation Project
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal Number: RMECAT-1998-010-04
Completed Date: 12/17/2010
Final Round ISRP Date: 12/17/2010
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:
Monitoring, evaluation, and research of the Snake River fall Chinook population and hatchery programs is a cooperative effort among the proponents and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), Idaho Power Company (IPC), Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps).

This project provides important implementation and compliance monitoring of released fish under the Fall Chinook Acclimation Project (FCAP). It will also facilitate collaboratively generated annual run-reconstruction estimates of fall Chinook escapement to the Snake River Basin that enables status and trend and hatchery effectiveness assessments. It is a broad proposal involving administrative, coordination, and participation activities in addition to collection of data for monitoring the FCAP. They help evaluate the performance of the FCAP program in contributing to natural spawning, progress towards meeting ESA delisting criteria and management goals.

Proponents indicate that their activities include:

1. PIT tagging 2-3 thousand fish per release group for juvenile survival and emigration timing.
2. Prerelease sampling for size, condition, and mark retention (CWT) and tag loss (PIT).
3. Redd surveys in the Grande Ronde, Imnaha and Salmon Rivers.
4. Facilitate and lead annual run reconstruction estimates and reporting.
5. Assist with adult sampling at LGD, Lyons Ferry Hatchery and Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery to recover FCAP CWT data.
6. Assist project 198335003 with juvenile seining and tagging in the Clearwater River to assess post release behavior and growth of FCAP fish.
7. Collaborate with project 199102900 on analyses associated with population performance and behavior.

The proposal clearly identifies the value of these activities. The significance of these activities to the regional production activities is explained well.

Methods for the objectives, which are mostly long-term efforts (except for portions of Objectives 4 and 7), are presented sketchily, in general sufficiently to indicate their appropriateness, but not in great detail. There is not a great deal of scientific content (hypotheses, details of methods, etc.) that make it especially amenable to scientific review. One issue of the adequacy of condition factor as a performance indicator (from the past ISRP review) still does not seem to have been addressed.

In addition to their identified long-term activities, the proponents intend in this proposal period to take a more active role in leading run reconstruction activities (Objective 4), which to this point appear not to have proceeded along a regular and well-defined process each year. In their words, “Currently, run-reconstruction (RR) is done in an ad hoc manner by the WDFW, NPT, USFWS, and CRITFC staff. This ad hoc effort is laudable but hampered by a lack of funding to support statistical consultation, individual participant workloads and priorities, and insufficient staffing. This has lead to delayed generation of estimates, inadequate reporting of methods, and no centralized posting of data. In the past this project has assisted with the ad hoc RR effort. In this proposal, we are expanding our RR involvement to: 1) lead the RR collaboration (facilitation), 2) subcontract for statistical consultation, and 3) fund staff participation by key entities.” They also intend to collaborate on analyses with Project 199102900 on analysis assessing the status of the Snake River fall Chinook in relation to the FCAP (Objective 7). Proposed activities under Objective 7 are closely linked with activities under proposal 199102900 (but do not duplicate them) such that the proponents will be much more involved participants in the run reconstruction and analysis of data for the FCAP.

Although the proponents acknowledged the need for statistical consultation in this added effort, they did not present any specific scientific analysis that they were planning to lead or conduct, or any hypothesis they might test, in an analysis of population performance under the FCAP. In contrast, the reconstruction activities under 199102900 included a presentation of models to be used (e.g., stock recruitment models) and some specific hypotheses about carrying capacity and the possibility (at least) of closeness to full seeding (density dependence associated with carrying capacity), an important consideration in fall Chinook recovery. None of these ideas, nor any other topics to be evaluated, were mentioned in this proposal. They only note that quantitative people will be hired or recruited and oversight will occur. Nevertheless, the additional activities listed under Objectives 4 and 7 are welcome additions. In a previous ISRP review, it was noted that a more active role in biological interpretation/information synthesis was needed for this project. This proposal responds to that need.
First Round ISRP Date: 10/18/2010
First Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria
First Round ISRP Comment:
Monitoring, evaluation, and research of the Snake River fall Chinook population and hatchery programs is a cooperative effort among the proponents and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), Idaho Power Company (IPC), Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps).

This project provides important implementation and compliance monitoring of released fish under the Fall Chinook Acclimation Project (FCAP). It will also facilitate collaboratively generated annual run-reconstruction estimates of fall Chinook escapement to the Snake River Basin that enables status and trend and hatchery effectiveness assessments. It is a broad proposal involving administrative, coordination, and participation activities in addition to collection of data for monitoring the FCAP. They help evaluate the performance of the FCAP program in contributing to natural spawning, progress towards meeting ESA delisting criteria and management goals.

Proponents indicate that their activities include:

1. PIT tagging 2-3 thousand fish per release group for juvenile survival and emigration timing.
2. Prerelease sampling for size, condition, and mark retention (CWT) and tag loss (PIT).
3. Redd surveys in the Grande Ronde, Imnaha and Salmon Rivers.
4. Facilitate and lead annual run reconstruction estimates and reporting.
5. Assist with adult sampling at LGD, Lyons Ferry Hatchery and Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery to recover FCAP CWT data.
6. Assist project 198335003 with juvenile seining and tagging in the Clearwater River to assess post release behavior and growth of FCAP fish.
7. Collaborate with project 199102900 on analyses associated with population performance and behavior.

The proposal clearly identifies the value of these activities. The significance of these activities to the regional production activities is explained well.

Methods for the objectives, which are mostly long-term efforts (except for portions of Objectives 4 and 7), are presented sketchily, in general sufficiently to indicate their appropriateness, but not in great detail. There is not a great deal of scientific content (hypotheses, details of methods, etc.) that make it especially amenable to scientific review. One issue of the adequacy of condition factor as a performance indicator (from the past ISRP review) still does not seem to have been addressed.

In addition to their identified long-term activities, the proponents intend in this proposal period to take a more active role in leading run reconstruction activities (Objective 4), which to this point appear not to have proceeded along a regular and well-defined process each year. In their words, “Currently, run-reconstruction (RR) is done in an ad hoc manner by the WDFW, NPT, USFWS, and CRITFC staff. This ad hoc effort is laudable but hampered by a lack of funding to support statistical consultation, individual participant workloads and priorities, and insufficient staffing. This has lead to delayed generation of estimates, inadequate reporting of methods, and no centralized posting of data. In the past this project has assisted with the ad hoc RR effort. In this proposal, we are expanding our RR involvement to: 1) lead the RR collaboration (facilitation), 2) subcontract for statistical consultation, and 3) fund staff participation by key entities.” They also intend to collaborate on analyses with Project 199102900 on analysis assessing the status of the Snake River fall Chinook in relation to the FCAP (Objective 7). Proposed activities under Objective 7 are closely linked with activities under proposal 199102900 (but do not duplicate them) such that the proponents will be much more involved participants in the run reconstruction and analysis of data for the FCAP.

Although the proponents acknowledged the need for statistical consultation in this added effort, they did not present any specific scientific analysis that they were planning to lead or conduct, or any hypothesis they might test, in an analysis of population performance under the FCAP. In contrast, the reconstruction activities under 199102900 included a presentation of models to be used (e.g., stock recruitment models) and some specific hypotheses about carrying capacity and the possibility (at least) of closeness to full seeding (density dependence associated with carrying capacity), an important consideration in fall Chinook recovery. None of these ideas, nor any other topics to be evaluated, were mentioned in this proposal. They only note that quantitative people will be hired or recruited and oversight will occur. Nevertheless, the additional activities listed under Objectives 4 and 7 are welcome additions. In a previous ISRP review, it was noted that a more active role in biological interpretation/information synthesis was needed for this project. This proposal responds to that need.
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1998-010-04-NPCC-20110121
Project: 1998-010-04 - Monitor and Evaluate (M&E) Performance of Juvenile Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon from Fall Chinook Acclimation Project
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal: RMECAT-1998-010-04
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 6/10/2011
Recommendation: Fund (Qualified)
Comments: Implement with conditions through 2016: Implementation subject to Lower Snake Comp Review process and the hatchery effects evaluation process described in programmatic recommendation #4.
Conditions:
Council Condition #1 Programmatic Issue: RMECAT #4 Hatchery Effectiveness—subject to regional hatchery effects evalutaion process
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 1998-010-04-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 1998-010-04
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: FCAP (Lyons Ferry Hatchery), assume in mitigation for FCRPS.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1998-010-04-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1998-010-04
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: 1998-010-04-ISRP-20060831
Project: 1998-010-04 - Monitor and Evaluate (M&E) Performance of Juvenile Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon from Fall Chinook Acclimation Project
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Does Not Meet Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:
Although the ISRP continues to recognize the need for a good M&E program to be in place to assess the effectiveness of these Snake River Fall Chinook Acclimation Facilities, we recommend (again) that this program should not be funded until an adequate proposal/response be received from the authors explaining how that would occur. It is clear that some data collection is occurring; what is not clear is whether or not adequate evaluation of those data is being accomplished. We qualify our recommendation simply because we realize that an adequate M&E component needs to be functioning.

The following three issues were contained in our original June assessment; the response received from the authors demonstrates the basis for our continued concerns.

1. The ISRP is concerned that the metrics used for evaluating fish health (e.g., condition) are not adequate. A response should consider what the best metrics are for evaluating these fish.

Unfortunately, the authors' response was basically to inform the ISRP that the "USFWS Idaho Fish Health Lab conducts all standard fish health tests for this production program. We in turn analyze, interpret, and report those results." That statement does not at all address our concerns. The authors go on to add, "We assume the description of standard fish health monitoring methods, from a certified fish health lab, are sufficiently contained in the narrative portion of the proposal." A simple statement of that assumption is inadequate response because it is irrelevant to our concerns.

2. Methods have been employed since 1996, but it is not clear what has come out of this long-term effort. What has been learned? Sponsors report actions, but not the biological results. A response needs to summarize the results/synthesis of the data collected to date.
The authors responded simply by saying that all needed information was included in the original proposal - but their last sentence enforces our continued concerns, "Along with the summary tables text described the basic statistical test used to analyze data." Nowhere was there the "results/synthesis of the data collected to date" that we had requested.

3. Objectives for a project like this need to be in biological outcomes, rather than tasks accomplished. The objectives listed are really tasks, not objectives. A response needs to describe how the different objectives and tasks integrate with each other.
If the project is designed simply to generate data - for someone else to analyze and interpret or not - then their response would be adequate, a simple statement that their original objectives met their mark. If, however, the objective is to evaluate not just the numbers, but their biological significance in a framework of biological hypotheses, then what is needed are some clearly stated hypotheses to test what relationship is expected between size or condition and survival, SARS, migration timing, etc. Such an effort is not present in this proposal. Because there has been a repeated call by the ISRP for biological interpretation/information synthesis, their response is inadequate.
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1998-010-04-NPCC-20090924
Project: 1998-010-04 - Monitor and Evaluate (M&E) Performance of Juvenile Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon from Fall Chinook Acclimation Project
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Comments:

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Deborah Docherty Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Bill Arnsberg Project Lead Nez Perce Tribe
Jamie Cleveland Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Israel Duran Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Paul Krueger (Inactive) Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
William Young Interested Party Nez Perce Tribe