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Project Summary

Project 2003-010-00 - Historic Habitat Food Web Link
Project Number:
2003-010-00
Title:
Historic Habitat Food Web Link
Summary:
This proposal addresses specific information needs identified in a recent interdisciplinary assessment of the hydroelectric system's impacts on estuarine habitat conditions for juvenile salmon.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Govt - Federal)
Starting FY:
2003
Ending FY:
2012
BPA PM:
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia River Estuary Grays 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
RM and E
Focal Species:
All Anadromous Salmonids
Chinook - All Populations
Chinook - Lower Columbia River ESU (threatened)
Chinook - Mid-Columbia River Spring ESU
Chinook - Snake River Fall ESU (threatened)
Chinook - Snake River Spring/Summer
Chinook - Snake River Spring/Summer ESU (threatened)
Chinook - Upper Columbia River Spring ESU (endangered)
Chinook - Upper Columbia River Summer/Fall ESU
Chinook - Upper Willamette River ESU (threatened)
Chum - Columbia River ESU (threatened)
Coho - Lower Columbia River ESU (threatened)
Coho - Unspecified Population
Sockeye - All Populations
Steelhead - All Populations
Sturgeon, White - Lower Columbia River
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 31-Aug-2017

No Decided Budget Transfers

Pending Budget Decision?  No


No Project Cost Share

FY2012 0 %
FY2011 0 %
FY2010 94 %
FY2009 63 %
FY2008 51 %
FY2007 56 %
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
19126 SOW Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) 2003-010-00 HABITAT OPPORTUNITIES AND FOOD WEB LINKAGE History $218,229 7/1/2004 - 6/30/2005
19611 SOW University of Washington 2003-010-00 HABITAT OPPORTUNITIES&FOOD-WEB LINKAGES OF JUV SALMON History $161,499 9/15/2004 - 9/14/2005
23677 SOW Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) 200301000 HISTORIC HABITAT FOOD WEB LINKAGES - OHSU History $235,860 7/1/2005 - 6/30/2006
24683 SOW University of Washington 2003-010-00 EXP HISTORIC HABITAT AND FOOD WEB LINKAGES History $130,013 9/15/2005 - 9/14/2006
24820 SOW Oregon State University 200301000 EXP HISTORIC HABITAT AND FOOD WEBS IN THE ESTUARY - OSU History $71,807 10/6/2005 - 9/14/2006
28143 SOW Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) 2003-010-00 EXP HISTORIC HABITAT FOOD WEB LINK-OHSU History $145,469 7/1/2006 - 6/30/2007
29891 SOW Oregon State University 2003-010-00 EXP HISTORIC HABITAT FOOD WEB LINK - OSU History $69,857 10/1/2006 - 3/31/2008
29621 SOW University of Washington 2003-010-00 EXP HISTORIC HABITAT FOOD WEB LINK - NOAA History $115,479 10/1/2006 - 9/30/2007
32953 SOW Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) 2003-010-00 EXP HISTORIC HABITAT FOOD WEB LINK History $84,660 7/1/2007 - 9/30/2008
34739 SOW Portland State University 2003-010-00 EXP HISTORIC HABITAT FOOD WEB LINK-PSU History $134,726 9/15/2007 - 1/14/2009
35148 SOW University of Washington 2003-010-00 EXP HISTORIC HABITAT FOOD WEB LINK-UW History $156,451 10/1/2007 - 9/30/2008
38924 SOW Portland State University 2003-010-00 EXP HISTORIC HABITAT FOOD WEB LINK (PSU) History $96,702 9/15/2008 - 9/14/2009
39112 SOW University of Washington 2003-010-00 EXP HISTORIC HABITAT FOOD WEB LINK (UW) History $156,268 10/1/2008 - 9/30/2009
38749 SOW Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) 2003-010-00 EXP HISTORIC HABITAT FOOD WEB LINK (OHSU) History $84,660 9/15/2008 - 5/31/2009
42557 SOW Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) 2003-010-00 EXP HISTORIC HABITAT FOOD WEB LINK (OHSU) History $84,660 6/1/2009 - 5/31/2010
44058 SOW Portland State University 2003-010-00 EXP HISTORIC HABITAT FOOD WEB LINK (PSU) History $98,080 9/15/2009 - 12/14/2010
BPA-004426 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Historic Hab Food Web Link Sal Active $5,415 10/1/2008 - 9/30/2009
44719 SOW University of Washington 2003-010-00 EXP HISTORIC HABITAT FOOD WEB LINKS (UW) History $66,990 10/1/2009 - 6/30/2010



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):18
Completed:18
On time:17
Status Reports
Completed:82
On time:15
Avg Days Late:51

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
14108 23237, 27969, 32562, 37031, 41894 2003-010-00 HISTORIC HABITAT&FOOD WEB LINKAGES OF JUVENILE SALMON National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 06/2003 06/2003 Closed 23 36 0 0 1 37 97.30% 0
19126 23677, 28143, 32953, 38749, 42557 2003-010-00 HABITAT OPPORTUNITIES AND FOOD WEB LINKAGE Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) 07/2004 07/2004 History 19 24 0 0 0 24 100.00% 0
19611 24683, 29621, 35148, 39112, 44719 2003-010-00 HABITAT OPPORTUNITIES&FOOD-WEB LINKAGES OF JUV SALMON University of Washington 09/2004 09/2004 History 16 25 0 0 0 25 100.00% 2
24820 29891 200301000 EXP HISTORIC HABITAT AND FOOD WEBS IN THE ESTUARY - OSU Oregon State University 10/2005 10/2005 History 11 9 0 0 0 9 100.00% 0
34739 38924, 44058 2003-010-00 EXP HISTORIC HABITAT FOOD WEB LINK-PSU Portland State University 09/2007 09/2007 History 13 12 0 0 1 13 92.31% 0
BPA-004426 PIT Tags - Historic Hab Food Web Link Sal Bonneville Power Administration 10/2008 10/2008 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 82 106 0 0 2 108 98.15% 2


Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2003-010-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2003-010-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Multiple research activities to address historic/ongoing changes in estuarine habitat; NMFS, and others authorized or required to conduct this work. Need cost share or other remedy.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2003-010-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2003-010-00
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: 2003-010-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2003-010-00 - Historic Habitat Food Web Link
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:
This research proposal has numerous elements that could significantly improve restoration techniques and management of fish habitat in the Columbia River estuary (CRE). The research uses novel techniques to address critical hypotheses. Because processes supporting estuarine food webs in the Columbia River estuary often reflect both oceanic and freshwater habitats, research in this area is complicated and the proponents have put forth excellent ideas about how to unravel some of the ecological relationships. Some of the models proposed are particularly valuable. The multidisciplinary team is very capable - this is an excellent group of experienced estuarine researchers. The project has collaborative linkages with several other Columbia River estuary projects such as the monitoring program sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The investigation of power peaking on elevations and habitat availability is very worthwhile and could tie into other projects upriver, e.g., chum spawning channel projects.

The project has made substantial progress toward understanding historical and current habitat change in the estuary, improving physical models to simulate habitat change, and developing promising new techniques for understanding food webs and feeding habits of salmon in the estuary. Past results are well communicated via peer reviewed articles and reports. Technology transfer to habitat managers has been adequate but communication with hydrosystem managers could be improved.

However, this complex proposal would be enhanced by further information and clarification to help reviewers understand the integration of the various proposed tasks as well as responses to specific questions:

1. A brief discussion of how this research relates to the problem of estimating survival of juvenile salmonids in the estuary and the increments in survival that could be accruing from restoration would be helpful. This discussion could be put in the context of the results on restoration by some of the researchers (Bottom et al 2005) in the Salmon River, Oregon estuary.

2. The proposal would be improved by a flow chart showing the relationships between the numerous objectives and tasks. As presented the proposal describes two separate themes - the CORIE and modeling and historic reconstructions of physical factors, and the biology of the present populations and how they relate to two different habitat types. How are these two themes related?

3. The work in the Grays River estuary is well conceived and is linked with freshwater sampling which greatly improves understanding estuarine fish ecology. However, the proposal would be clarified by an explanation of how results from the smaller Grays River estuary (GRE) would be scaled up to the larger Columbia River estuary. On the other hand if the purpose of studying two estuaries is strictly for comparative purposes then it would be helpful to provide comments on the value of that particular approach. Is there a precedent for using a tributary estuary as a reference for a main stem river estuary?

4. The proposal would be clarified by explanation of the ecological models, specifically

The proponents have developed a model that apparently enables "prediction" of optimum fish habitat based on temperature, salinity, and depth (Bottom et al 2005, USACE, 2001). According to the proposal, this model will be a key element in estimating where and how much habitat needs to be restored. However, the model has not been published in a peer-reviewed journal and there are no plans for verification. The proposal would be enhanced by an update of any (anonymous) peer review of this model as well as a discussion of how the model would be verified.

Reviewers would appreciate further explanation of how the FRAGSTATS model would be used for planning/prioritization of estuarine fish habitat restoration. It would be helpful if the proponents explained how the model would work with juvenile salmon. The fish exploit and move between food patches and habitats at various time and spatial scales. Are there sufficient data on movement to calibrate the model? Does this model relate to the bioenergetic modeling (Task 5d)?

5. The proposal would be improved by a specific explanation of how otoliths and isotopes will be used to assess timing and residence, and an expansion of discussion on how isotopes will be used to distinguish organic matter sources, food webs and diet. An elaboration of findings in Roenger et al. (in press) as well as any update concerning anonymous peer review of their results would be helpful. Will these methods account for the possibility of individual fish moving back and forth between habitat types, confounding results for stable isotopes, parasites, and microchemistry?

6. The proposal would be enhanced by an explanation of which particular focal species/ESU that the project will relate to. Can the proponents reconcile use of hatchery chum in the Grays River estuary residency study with data needs for wild fish? The proponents state that this study and their related proposal on the Columbia River plume (199801400) will provide "spatial continuity for understanding out-of-basin impacts of FCRPS management on salmon populations." This is true as far as the modeling by Dr. Baptista is concerned; however, the ocean study generally targets coho and spring Chinook while the estuarine study targets ocean type Chinook, so there is little actual linkage or tracking of species passing through the estuary and into the ocean. It would be helpful if the proponents would explain connections between ocean and estuary components further.

7. Suggestions for increased information transfer from the project to hydrosystem staff and fishery biologists up river in the Columbia River Basin would be useful. Can linkages be improved between this study and others underway or proposed further upriver (e.g., those on reservoir type Chinook (see ISAB 2006-1; Crims Island restoration evaluation)(200734600)?

Caution is advised to avoid mortalities of non-focal and by-catch species in the trap netting and beach seining.
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Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2003-010-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2003-010-00 - Historic Habitat Food Web Link
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Comments:

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Ed Casillas (Inactive) Project Lead National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Daniel L. Bottom Technical Contact National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Anne Creason Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Sandra Ackley Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration