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Project 2002-016-00 - Evaluate the Status of Pacific Lamprey in the Lower Deschutes River
Project Number:
2002-016-00
Title:
Evaluate the Status of Pacific Lamprey in the Lower Deschutes River
Summary:
The goal of this project is to determine the status of lamprey in the Deschutes sub-basin and determine limiting factors that may preclude restoring this species to historic abundance. Prior to implementation of this project basic life-history information including species composition and abundance was not known. The contract period is 10/1/2010 - 09/30/2011. During this contract period we will: estimate adult Pacific lamprey escapement at Sherars Falls though use of a mark-recpature methodology and tribal creel; develop a half duplex array in Shitike Creek (in conjunction with BPA project No. 2007-157-00) to monitor lamprey movement into Shitike Creek; assist with operations, maintenance and data collection at a HDX array at the mouth of the Warm Springs River (again coordinated with 2007-157-00) to monitor lamprey movements; install two redd caps to determine redd productivity; and record stream temperatures in the Deschutes River Subbasin to compare with lamprey life history. The objectives presented in this study address "critical uncertainties" identified by the Columbia Basin Pacific Lamprey Technical Work Group (CBPLTWG) and recommended to the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority (CBFWA).
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (Tribe)
Starting FY:
2003
Ending FY:
2032
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Plateau Deschutes 100.00%
Purpose:
Programmatic
Emphasis:
RM and E
Focal Species:
Lamprey, Pacific
Lamprey, River
Lamprey, Western Brook
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

Redd cap in Beaver Creek at Robinson Park, 2010.

Figure Name: Figure 3

Document ID: P123070

Document: Determining Adult Pacific Lamprey Abundance and Spawning Habitat in the Lower Deschutes River Sub-Basin, Oregon

Page Number: 13

Project: 2002-016-00

Contract: 50086

Cod-end of the redd cap used for holding larval lamprey.

Figure Name: Figure 4

Document ID: P123070

Document: Determining Adult Pacific Lamprey Abundance and Spawning Habitat in the Lower Deschutes River Sub-Basin, Oregon

Page Number: 13

Project: 2002-016-00

Contract: 50086

Vicinity map of lamprey redd study reaches in Beaver and Shitike creeks, 2010.

Figure Name: Figure 5

Document ID: P123070

Document: Determining Adult Pacific Lamprey Abundance and Spawning Habitat in the Lower Deschutes River Sub-Basin, Oregon

Page Number: 14

Project: 2002-016-00

Contract: 50086


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) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Fish Accord - LRT - Warm Springs $0 $0 $0 $0
FY2018 (Current) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2019 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

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

Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2017 - FY2019)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2017 Expense $157,000 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Warm Springs Fish Accord Review 05/02/2008
FY2017 Expense $34,289 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Warm Springs Fish Accord project COLA 11/21/2008
FY2017 Expense $191,289 To: Fish Accord - LRT - Warm Springs 2011-014-00 original combination (WS) 05/13/2011

Pending Budget Decision?  No


No Project Cost Share

FY2017 0 %
FY2016 0 %
FY2015 0 %
FY2014 0 %
FY2013 0 %
FY2012 0 %
FY2011 0 %
FY2010 2 %
FY2009 14 %
FY2008 12 %
FY2007 19 %
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
9553 SOW Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs 2002-016-00 LAMPREY SPECIES COMP/LARVAL DISTRIBUTION/ADULT ABUND History $403,069 4/15/2002 - 4/14/2006
26436 SOW Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs 2002-016-00 EXP LAMPREY ABUNDANCE IN THE DESCHUTES SUBBASIN History $214,059 4/15/2006 - 9/30/2007
34864 SOW Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs 2002-016-00 EXP EVALUTE STATUS OF LAMPREY IN DESCHUTES SUBBASIN History $122,300 10/1/2007 - 9/30/2008
39063 SOW Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs 2002-016-00 EXP EVALUATE STATUS OF LAMPREY IN DESCHUTES SUBBASIN History $136,416 10/1/2008 - 9/30/2009
44716 SOW Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs 2002-016-00 EXP ACCORD LAMPREY ABUNDANCE IN DESCHUTES SUBBASIN History $129,338 10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010
50086 SOW Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs 2002-016-00 EXP ACCORD LAMPREY ABUNDANCE IN DESCHUTES SUBBASIN History $110,681 10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):6
Completed:6
On time:6
Status Reports
Completed:27
On time:19
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
9553 26436, 34864, 39063, 44716, 50086 2002-016-00 LAMPREY SPECIES COMP/LARVAL DISTRIBUTION/ADULT ABUND Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs 04/2002 04/2002 History 27 62 0 0 0 62 100.00% 0
Project Totals 27 62 0 0 0 62 100.00% 0


Review: RME / AP Category Review

2008 FCRPS BiOp Workgroup Assessment

Assessment Number: 2002-016-00-BIOP-20101105
Project Number: 2002-016-00
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal Number: RMECAT-2002-016-00
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 ()
Proponent Response:

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2002-016-00-ISRP-20101015
Project: 2002-016-00 - Evaluate the Status of Pacific Lamprey in the Lower Deschutes River
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal Number: RMECAT-2002-016-00
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:
Qualification: The ISRP requests that a synthesis of the work be prepared within one year. The synthesis should not be simply a summary of past work but rather should focus on general conclusions that can be drawn from the body of the work since initiation of the project, with supporting evidence, and possible future directions for the work. The proponents should also provide a candid assessment of status and trends in fish and habitat performances including whether trends suggest improvements in these performances related to restoration and enhancement efforts. The ISRP looks forward to reviewing the synthesis.

In addressing the ISRP comment pertaining to ocean survival, the proponents briefly reviewed the little that is known about lamprey ocean ecology and acknowledged that ocean conditions could affect survival. However, they did not discuss studies that would specifically answer the questions, arguing that ocean survival was beyond the scope of the study. The ISRP is concerned that major commitments to lamprey restoration in tributaries such as the Deschutes will be to no avail if these "out of subbasin" effects are not dealt with. Perhaps they will be under the proposed lamprey master plan. We assume CTWSO is engaged with the development of the lamprey master plan, which at least is a step towards the needed understanding of cumulative effects.

In the response to the ISRP comment pertaining to mainstem passage problems, the proponents acknowledge the severity of lamprey passage mortality. They refer to work being conducted to improve passage for lamprey over mainstem dams. They note that Deschutes River lamprey returns have been relatively stable from 2004-2009 and suggest that Deschutes lamprey is an anchor population. The proponents have a point and need to gain as much understanding of this population as possible. Their major point, however, was that ocean impacts and dam passage problems do not obviate the need for lamprey research and restoration in tributaries. The ISRP agrees. As stated above, our central concern with this project and other lamprey projects is that the effects of poor ocean conditions combined with mainstem passage problems may be so pervasive as to counteract any positive impacts of tributary restoration actions.

Regarding the ISRP question concerning contaminants as a possible limiting factor, the proponents indicated they will assist CRITFC's effort to collect lamprey tissue samples for contaminant analysis. The proponents noted that a contaminant study is beyond the scope of this project and rightfully argued that contaminant studies need to be designed on a larger scale and involve spatial and temporal issues.

In their response to the question concerning specific escapement goals for Deschutes lamprey, they provided a general goal, and believed specific goal setting was premature. However, we note that to develop a specific goal stimulates thinking about all of the types of information that is needed. Some of this type of thinking was noted in their response.

The proponents state their difficulties with some very basic measurements including lack of tagging technology, an inability to capture and retain lamprey in traps, and the imprecise nature of aging lamprey. The proponents are therefore very concerned about lamprey enumeration technique issues, and perhaps this narrow problem should be more of a focus for their work.

The ISRP requested a synthesis of the work. The proponents responded by providing an abbreviated list of accomplishments, in bulleted format, and referring the ISRP to their annual reports. It is unfortunate that the proponents have chosen not to respond in depth to the ISRP's key request for a synthesis of findings to date. Since the project has been going since 2002, this is not an unreasonable request.
First Round ISRP Date: 10/18/2010
First Round ISRP Rating: Response Requested
First Round ISRP Comment:
A response is requested on the following items (also see the questions under “Other ISRP comments” below):
Documentation Links:
  • Proponent Response (11/15/2010)

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2002-016-00-NPCC-20110113
Project: 2002-016-00 - Evaluate the Status of Pacific Lamprey in the Lower Deschutes River
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal: RMECAT-2002-016-00
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 6/10/2011
Recommendation: Fund (Qualified)
Comments: Implement with condition through FY 2012. Sponsor to address ISRP qualifications (ISRP 2010-44B) by assisting in the development of a synthesis report for ISRP review as described in programmatic issue #8. Implementation beyond FY 2012 based on ISRP and Council reviews of this follow-up action.
Conditions:
Council Condition #1 Programmatic Issue: RMECAT #8 Lamprey—.
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2002-016-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2002-016-00
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: Population status of lamprey in Deschutes, including harvest rates; fishery managers, other hydro on Deschutes authorized/required; need confirmation that cost share is reasonable (and/or that cost share from eg PGE is supporting at river-level basis)(cost-share percentage excludes cost share from another BPA-funded project).

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2002-016-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2002-016-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 2/27/2007
Capital Rating: Does Not Qualify for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: None
Comment: None

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2002-016-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2002-016-00 - Evaluate the Status of Pacific Lamprey in the Lower Deschutes River
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:
The sponsors have developed an excellent, comprehensive response to ISRP's concerns. The level of detail in the response was appreciated. It is apparent that the sponsors made a serious effort to clarify issues that the ISRP raised. They should be encouraged to publish their results. A good series of annual reports has been published and could be synthesized for publication.

The only disconcerting comment is related to the identification of larval lamprey (comment under Objective 2). Apparently, dichotomous keys are not available to the sponsors for identifying larval lamprey. Development of the keys should be a priority.

The study has a strong habitat focus, and the sponsors are documenting habitat-lamprey relationships with a sophisticated statistical model. The response relating to the statistical model was very thorough. After peer review this model may be one of the products that could be used throughout the Columbia River Basin, or at least tested in several streams. This might be one of the ways a generalized approach, rather than a stream-by-stream tactic, might be fostered.

Regarding the ISRP programmatic reference to efforts by the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority, through appointment of a Columbia River Basin Lamprey Technical Working Group (CRBLTWG) to achieve a coordinated effort in studies of lamprey in the Columbia Basin, the sponsors observe "The CRBLTW is currently lacking in their efforts to coordinate on-going and future lamprey research and monitoring project. Thus far, the group has spent their time disseminating information through workshops and information requests and prioritizing uncertainties." We hope that CBFWA and USFWS will provide leadership in directing the efforts of CRBLTWG to uphold its original statement of purpose. Coordinating projects to achieve results applicable to the entire Columbia River Basin is essential given the scarce funds available for Pacific lamprey research."
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2002-016-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2002-016-00 - Evaluate the Status of Pacific Lamprey in the Lower Deschutes River
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: The budget reflects the reduced scope associated with the radio tagging of adult lamprey.

Project Relationships: This project Merged To 2011-014-00 effective on 10/1/2011
Relationship Description: Effective with the FY12 contract that begins 10/1/2011, projects 2002-016 & 2007-007-00 (both Lamprey projects with Warm Springs Tribe) are being combined for contract, administrative and operating efficiencies.


Name Role Organization
Jennifer Graham Project Lead Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
Deborah Docherty Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Paul Krueger (Inactive) Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration