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Project Summary

Project 2000-017-00 - Recondition Wild Steelhead Kel
Project Number:
Recondition Wild Steelhead Kel
This project is a collaborative approach to directly evaluate relative reproductive success of three variants of steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss (natural-origin, hatchery-origin, and reconditioned kelt) across two ESUs of interest as listed in the BPA Request for Studies released in 2003. Additionally, the project will evaluate kelt steelhead reconditioning and rematuration rates spatially and temporally. The nature of this work dictates long-term commitments to funding and monitoring. As proposed this project will operate for 12 years, thus encompassing 2 steelhead generations and 1 reference year-class.
Proponent Orgs:
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) (Tribe)
Starting FY:
Ending FY:
Province Subbasin %
Basinwide - 100.00%
RM and E
Focal Species:
Steelhead - Middle Columbia River DPS
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
BiOp Association:

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Pending Budget Decision?  No

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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
97 REL 1 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2000-017-00 KELT RECONDITIONING Terminated $53,050 5/15/2000 - 3/31/2001
20183 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) PI 200001700 CRITFC RECONDITIONED WILD STEELHEAD KELTS History $795,651 1/1/2005 - 12/31/2006
BPA-005600 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Recondition Wild Steelhead Kelt Active $1,958 10/1/2006 - 9/30/2007

Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):2
On time:1
Status Reports
On time:3
Avg Days Early:6

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
4185 20183 2000-017-00 KELT RECONDITIONING RESEARCH IN COLUMBIA BASIN Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 01/2001 01/2001 History 4 18 0 0 0 18 100.00% 0
BPA-005600 PIT Tags - Recondition Wild Steelhead Kelt Bonneville Power Administration 10/2006 10/2006 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 4 18 0 0 0 18 100.00% 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: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2000-017-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2000-017-00 - Recondition Wild Steelhead Kel
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: Scope expansion not accepted. Budget at the FY 2006 level.

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2000-017-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2000-017-00 - Recondition Wild Steelhead Kel
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:
The ISRP recommends Fundable in Part to complete the experiment but not full implementation.

The sponsors responded to the ISRP request for additional information on this and companion project 200306200 in a common response. They responded to our questions about implementation and how the projects relate to each other in a satisfactory manner.

There does appear to be some promise in this approach in spite of some initial failures (in producing smolts and at these contributing to wild reproduction). The evidence of recruitment is very poor. It is important to continue the experiment (not full implementation) long enough to make certain an adequate attempt and evaluation have occurred.

Nevertheless, this takes away from the real issue that migration success of kelts is constrained by the hydrosystem, both in terms of the hydro projects and river conditions are not conducive to re-conditioning.
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2000-017-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2000-017-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems May Exist
Cost Share Rating: 3 - Does not appear reasonable
Comment: Kelt reconditioning research; other entities authorized/required to address (fishery managers, other hydro operators); recommend confirmation that cost-share sufficient.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2000-017-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2000-017-00
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: This project Merged To 2007-401-00 effective on 7/2/2007
Relationship Description: Expense work and budgets moved from 2000-017-00 ($400k/year FY's 07,08,09) and 2003-062-00 ($368,425/year FY's 07,08,09) to 2007-401-00.

Name Role Organization
Douglas Hatch Project Lead Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
Tracy Hauser Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration