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Project Summary

Project 2003-036-00 - CBFWA Monitor and Evaluation Program
Project Number:
CBFWA Monitor and Evaluation Program
This project is a collaborative effort, led by the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority (CBFWA). It is co-sponsored by BPA, the NOAA Fisheries (abbreviated here as NOAAF, previously called National Marine Fisheries Service or NMFS), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), four state fish agencies (WDFW, ODFW, IDFG, MFWP), the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) and other Columbia Basin tribes. It also involves several other Columbia Basin entities, such as the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NPCC). The project began in October 2003 through BPA funding of the Mainstem Systemwide set of projects, and was originally designed to continue for 3 years, until the end of September 2006. The project has now been extended to the end of September 2008.

The project focuses on the issue of systemwide monitoring and evaluation of fish status, addressing requirements of NOAAF and USFWS Biological Opinions and Recovery Plans as well as the NPCC Fish and Wildlife Program. It proposes an integrated, collaborative effort by fisheries scientists and biometricians to fulfill seven objectives:

1. Interact with federal, state and tribal programmatic and technical entities responsible for monitoring and evaluation of fish and wildlife, to ensure that quarterly work plans developed and executed under this project are well integrated with ongoing work by these entities. (Interaction between CSMEP, the Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Programs (PNAMP), and the NOAA/AA Pilot Projects is particularly important to this task.)

2. Collaboratively inventory existing monitoring data that bear on the problem of evaluating the status and trend of salmon, steelhead, bull trout and other species of regional importance across the U.S. portion of the Columbia Basin, and for selected parts of the Columbia Basin in Canada which affect the status of key fish stocks in the U.S. Columbia Basin (e.g. Okanagan sockeye).

3. Work with existing entities (e.g. StreamNet, NOAA Fisheries, NPCC) to make a subset of existing monitoring data available through the Internet, recognizing the continuing evolution of data management in the Columbia Basin.

4. Critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of existing monitoring data and associated evaluation methods for answering key questions at various spatial scales concerning the state of ecosystems and fish habitat, as well as fish distributions, stock status and responses to management actions.

5. Collaboratively design improved monitoring and evaluation methods that will fill information gaps and provide better answers to these questions in the future, by providing state and tribal fish agency participation and work products for multi-agency development of regionally co-ordinated monitoring programs. (CSMEP conducted 3 interagency design workshops in FY04, 2 in FY05, 3 in FY06, 2 in FY07 and intends additional workshops to wrap up technical products in FY08.)

6. Coordinate state and tribal participation and work products for regionally co-ordinated, multi-agency implementation of projects or large scale monitoring programs.

7. Participate in regional forums to evaluate new monitoring program results, assess new ability to answer key questions, propose revisions to monitoring approaches, and coordinate proposed changes with regional monitoring programs.
Proponent Orgs:
Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Foundation (Non-Profit)
Starting FY:
Ending FY:
Province Subbasin %
Basinwide - 100.00%
RM and E
Focal Species:
All Anadromous Fish
All Anadromous Salmonids
Chinook - All Populations
Steelhead - All Populations
Trout, Bull
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
BiOp Association:

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Summary of Budgets

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No Decided Budget Transfers

Pending Budget Decision?  No

Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2024
Cost Share Partner Total Proposed Contribution Total Confirmed Contribution
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Previous Fiscal Years
Fiscal Year Total Contributions % of Budget
2009 $0 0%
2008 $86,850 14%
2007 $146,350 13%


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
15257 SOW Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Foundation PI 200303600 CBFWA MONITOR/EVAL PROGRAM Closed $1,607,541 10/1/2003 - 9/30/2005
25072 SOW Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Foundation 200303600 EXP CBFWA MONITOR/EVALUATION PROJECT History $843,317 10/1/2005 - 9/30/2006
29572 SOW Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Foundation 2003-036-00 CBFWA MONITOR/EVALUATION PROJECT History $984,500 10/1/2006 - 8/30/2008
35489 SOW Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Foundation 200303600 EXP CBFWA MONITOR/EVAL PROGRAM History $539,685 10/1/2007 - 12/31/2008

Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):7
On time:7
Status Reports
On time:3
Avg Days Late:44

                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
15257 25072, 29572, 35489 200303600 EXP CBFWA MONITOR/EVAL PROGRAM Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Foundation 10/01/2003 12/31/2008 History 17 41 0 0 0 41 100.00% 0
Project Totals 17 41 0 0 0 41 100.00% 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: 2003-036-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2003-036-00 - CBFWA Monitor and Evaluation Program
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: Interim funding at reduced level pending further Council consideration of regional monitoring and evaluation framework. Fund for only 2 years (07-08); Council expects a report for Council and science review, delivered by the end of FY 08. ISRP fundable (qualified): address in programmatic issue in the decision document.

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2003-036-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2003-036-00 - CBFWA Monitor and Evaluation Program
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:
The proposal presented a thorough and detailed explanation of the background and need for the project, as well as a scientific overview of the challenges of large-scale monitoring. The problem created by inadequate data and the challenges to obtaining them in a large setting like the Columbia basin is well presented. The continuation of the ongoing project should be useful in establishing better monitoring and evaluation programs systemwide.

The proposal clearly describes the rationale and significance of the project to the Fish and Wildlife Program, BiOp, subbasin planning, and other large-scale monitoring programs such as the Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership (PNAMP). It quotes relevant passages from the Research Plan and the ISAB/RP's supplementation report. It also provides helpful diagrams and a very detailed explanation to relate this project to other projects.

The history of the project is described objective by objective. The summary of how CSMEP has addressed each of its early goals is well done. This project has made much progress in a relatively short time. It probably represents the most significant collaborative multi-species fish population monitoring effort in the Columbia River Basin, if not the entire US. Progress is adequately described, with hot links to additional information, reports, and presentations.

The proposal, specifically Table F1, gives an excellent overview of the tasks, description of products, and timing, as well as a list of collaborating entities for each of the work elements. Details of each objective were cleanly laid out in an organized fashion. There is an extensive list of work elements described but not always with enough detail to assess. Some of the methods are ongoing, while others await development among collaborators, but the methods are well described in general and appropriate to their particular settings. There are so may tasks that progress on each is not completely uniform; e.g., the hatchery action effectiveness work is perhaps not quite as far along as some of the habitat or status and trend monitoring. For example consider the question raised in Table F4: "To what extent can hatcheries be used to enhance viability of natural populations while keeping impacts to non-target populations within acceptable limits?" This begs for a definition of "enhance viability". The sponsors should consider using the RASP definition of supplementation and questions that arise from that definition. Also, in the nine listed questions there is no explicit identification of the important questions of whether natural origin (NOR) abundance can be maintained or improved by supplementation, and no mention of the long-term fitness consequences of supplementation. These are deficiencies that should be addressed.

The proposal clearly shows that the project investigators have given much thought to monitoring and evaluation, and their conclusions to date indicate that they place strong emphasis on analyzing monitoring data, not just collecting data.

The proposal identifies excellent plans for information transfer including via CSMEP's web accessible meta-database, project reports, and PowerPoint presentations. All products developed by the project will be made freely available on CSMEP's public access Internet site maintained by CBFWA.

There is likely to be indirect long-term benefit to focal species through links with other projects. The project investigators should consider the effects on non-focal species because this project provides a rare opportunity to update the status of some of these species at a broad scale.

As the elements of CSMEP move from planning to implementation the ISRP or ISAB should be used to review these elements. Some workgroups are further along than others; the questions they are asking, and how they are being approached is still under development. Independent peer-review at timely intervals will help ensure that the analyses will serve the regional management needs.
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2003-036-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2003-036-00
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: Systemwide M&E; confirm that cost share is appropriate.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2003-036-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2003-036-00
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
Tracey Yerxa (Inactive) Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Marc Porter (Inactive) Technical Contact Essa Technologies Ltd.
David Marmorek Project Lead Essa Technologies Ltd.
Ken MacDonald Supervisor Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Jamae Hilliard (Inactive) Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration