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Project Summary

Project 2002-027-00 - Hydrodynamics & Water Quality
Project Number:
Hydrodynamics & Water Quality
We propose to apply state-of-the-art computer models that describe the complex power-generation, hydrodynamic, and water quality environment in the lower Snake and lower Columbia rivers and to relate this information back to impacts on migrating salmon.
Proponent Orgs:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Govt - Federal)
Starting FY:
Ending FY:
Province Subbasin %
Basinwide - 100.00%
RM and E
Focal Species:
Chinook - Snake River Fall ESU
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
BiOp Association:

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The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Closed, 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
652 REL 21 SOW Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 2002-027-00 LOWER SNAKE HYDRODYNAMICS AND WATER QUALITY Closed $619,387 4/22/2002 - 1/31/2006

Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):1
On time:1
Status Reports
On time:1
Avg Days Late:120

                Count of Contract Deliverables
Earliest Contract Subsequent Contracts Title Contractor Earliest Start Latest End Latest Status Accepted Reports Complete Green Yellow Red Total % Green and Complete Canceled
652 REL 21 2002-027-00 LOWER SNAKE HYDRODYNAMICS AND WATER QUALITY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 04/22/2002 01/31/2006 Closed 2 7 0 0 0 7 100.00% 0
Project Totals 2 7 0 0 0 7 100.00% 0

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Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2002-027-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2002-027-00 - Hydrodynamics & Water Quality
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2002-027-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2002-027-00 - Hydrodynamics & Water Quality
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:
This proposal is intended to link results of individual hydraulic, power generation, water quality, and particle tracking models (some of which have been in use for several years) to improve the forecasting/optimization abilities for anadromous fish. The investigators would validate the hydrodynamic and water quality models, and apply the models to the 2008 salmon migration period.

In addition, improved visualization techniques will be developed. This proposal does a good job of outlining the values of the individual models and the combined model suite. With the possible exception of the FINS model that puts them all together, the individual models have been tested and accepted in the basin. The linking of hydrodynamic and water quality models should begin the movement to a more dynamic management of the hydrosystem.

The proposal provides discrete systematic objectives, with reasonable timelines. Quantifying impacts of hydrosystem operation will decrease the uncertainty about the effects of flow augmentation and load following, and will help optimize spillway discharge, make tradeoffs in alternative volume allocations, and forecast alternative watershed conditions. The investigators will file project reports and, if appropriate, publish in peer-reviewed journals. Also, they will explore making their results available in near real time, which would be of great value to managers of the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS). However, they have not been very good about communicating their results in the past -- mainly a handful of project reports and proceedings.

The proposal could be improved by providing more details about the biological benefits and the adaptive management aspects. They talk about the need for a three-dimensional model but state they are going to use a two-dimensional model. Salmon are treated as passive particles, which can be problematic. There will be limits to how this can actually be applied.

Even with the limits of the fish components of this model, exploration of the physical components of the model will be useful. This effort should get better as time and knowledge progresses. For load following, they might need shorter duration than eight-hour periods. It is good that they are looking at this.

A better understanding of the dynamics of the hydrosystem and better control of temperature and dissolved gas enabled by these models would benefit both anadromous fish and non-focal species.
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2002-027-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2002-027-00
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: Computer modeling of hydrosystem, including temperature and other variables; is this an FCRPS activity to be funded outside of direct program? If it's linked mostly to FCRPS may be okay for direct program funding, but if generic to the system, then other hydro operations, as well as fishery managers, water quality managers also authorized/required; need confirmation that no cost share is appropriate.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2002-027-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2002-027-00
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: None

Name Role Organization
Christopher Cook (Inactive) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
John Piccininni (Inactive) Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration