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Project Summary

Project 2007-155-00 - Develop a Master Plan for a Rearing Facility to Enhance Selected Populations of White Sturgeon in the Columbia River Basin
Project Number:
2007-155-00
Title:
Develop a Master Plan for a Rearing Facility to Enhance Selected Populations of White Sturgeon in the Columbia River Basin
Summary:
The long-term goal of this project is to facilitate restoration of productive, viable sturgeon populations and fishery opportunities in Federal Columbia River Power System portions of the mid-Columbia and lower Snake River reservoirs. In order for this project to succeed, regional interests need to have cooperative buy in to the concept. This process has been initiated via a Strategic Plan that will be developed by a Strategic Planning Team which includes representatives from all tribes and agencies with management authority or a related responsibility or interest. The team is comprised of representatives of fishery management agencies and tribes. Results of the sturgeon planning workshop held in 2009 will provide guidance to this planning effort. The Strategic Planning Team will implement an iterative plan development process involving preparation, review, and revision of a draft plan culminating in the preparation of a final version intended to guide mid-Columbia sturgeon activities over at least the next 10-year period. The scope and depth of the plan will be determined as part of the outcome of the process. A draft strategic plan will be presented to a broader group of interested parties at regional workshop in 2010 which will be a follow-up to the 2009 workshop.

After the Strategic Plan is completed, the Master Planning of the project can move forward as noted in the time series in the following Objectives:

1. Complete, in conjunction with regional, tribal, state, and Federal management entities, a collaborative and comprehensive strategic plan for sturgeon conservation, restoration and management to include specific objectives, strategies, actions, milestones and schedules for habitat protection and restoration, natural production, hatchery production, fishery management, research, monitoring, and evaluation.
2. Complete a sturgeon hatchery review process to implement hatchery-related actions (if any) identified in the comprehensive strategic plan and consistent with directions provided by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s three-step review process.
3. Facilitate, monitor and evaluate implementation of appropriate hatchery actions in collaboration with other regional sturgeon conservation, management, and restoration projects.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) (Tribe)
Starting FY:
2007
Ending FY:
2032
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Plateau Columbia Lower Middle 100.00%
Purpose:
Programmatic
Emphasis:
RM and E
Focal Species:
Sturgeon, White - All Populations except Kootenai R. DPS
Sturgeon, White - Kootenai River DPS
Sturgeon, White - Lower Columbia River
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

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Summary of Budgets

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Expense SOY Budget Working Budget Contracted Amount Modified Contract Amount Expenditures *
FY2017 (Previous) $182,760 $199,206 $199,206 $159,365 $186,304

Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC $199,206 $199,206 $159,365 $186,304
FY2018 (Current) $178,503 $178,503 $140,193 $169,250 $16,498

Post 2018 – CRITFC $178,503 $140,193 $169,250 $16,498
FY2019 (Next) $0 $0 $10,784 $0

Post 2018 – CRITFC $0 $0 $10,784 $0
Capital SOY Budget Working Budget Contracted Amount Modified Contract Amount Expenditures *
FY2017 (Previous) $6,788,448 $6,788,448 $0 $0 $0

Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC $6,788,448 $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 31-Aug-2018

Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2017 - FY2019)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2017 Capital $0 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Fish Accord Review 05/02/2008
FY2017 Capital $6,000,000 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Accord Budget Transfers (all capital projects) 10/23/2015 10/30/2015
FY2017 Capital $788,448 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Accord Budget Transfers (all capital projects) 10/23/2015 10/30/2015
FY2017 Expense $150,000 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Fish Accord Review 05/02/2008
FY2017 Expense $32,760 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Fish Accord project COLA 11/21/2008
FY2017 Expense $16,446 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Accord Budget Transfers (CCT, CRITFC, ID) 5/23/17 05/23/2017
FY2018 Expense $182,760 From: Post 2018 – CRITFC FY18 Initial Planning Budgets (WS, CTUIR, YN, CRITFC) 7/18/2017 07/18/2017
FY2018 Expense $4,257 To: Post 2018 – CRITFC CRITFC Establish FY18 budget for 2009-022-00 Accord Administration 07/26/2017

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2018
Cost Share Partner Total Proposed Contribution Total Confirmed Contribution
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Previous Fiscal Years
Fiscal Year Total Contributions % of Budget
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Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
76837 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2007-155-00 EXP DEVELOP A MASTER PLAN FOR A REARING FACILITY Issued $199,206 7/1/2017 - 9/14/2018
73354 REL 14 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2007-155-00 EXP DEVELOP A STURGEON HATCHERY MASTER PLAN Signature $140,193 9/15/2018 - 9/14/2019



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):9
Completed:1
On time:1
Status Reports
Completed:32
On time:13
Avg Days Late:8

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
42910 48837, 53333, 57371, 62026, 65706, 69433, 72876, 76837, 73354 REL 14 200715500 EXP DEVELOP MASTER PLAN FOR STURGEON REST. FACILITY Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 07/2009 07/2009 Signature 32 19 0 0 27 46 41.30% 5
Project Totals 32 19 0 0 27 46 41.30% 5


Review: Fish Accord ISRP Review

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-155-00-ISRP-20100323
Project: 2007-155-00 - Develop a Master Plan for a Rearing Facility to Enhance Selected Populations of White Sturgeon in the Columbia River Basin
Review: Fish Accord ISRP Review
Completed Date: None
First Round ISRP Date: 3/31/2009
First Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria - In Part (Qualified)
First Round ISRP Comment:
• Meets criteria for Objective 1, with the qualification that the sponsors address the questions and recommendations related to technical justification indicated below in section 1. The ISRP expects responses to our concerns be provided as part of the master plan submittal for the Council’s Three-Step Process.

• Does not meet criteria for Objectives 2 and 3 at this time.
Documentation Links:
Review: RME / AP Category Review

2008 FCRPS BiOp Workgroup Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-155-00-BIOP-20101105
Project Number: 2007-155-00
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal Number: RMECAT-2007-155-00
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:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2007-155-00-NPCC-20110701
Project: 2007-155-00 - Develop a Master Plan for a Rearing Facility to Enhance Selected Populations of White Sturgeon in the Columbia River Basin
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal: RMECAT-2007-155-00
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 6/10/2011
Recommendation: Fund (In Part)
Comments: Implement with conditions through FY 2012: Sponsor to assist in developing a comprehensive sturgeon management plan for ISRP review as described in programmatic issue #7; and sponsor to address ISRP qualifications (per Council decision April 12, 2009) as part of the manangement plan. Implementation recommendation beyond 2012 based on ISRP and Council review of plan and proposed future work.
Conditions:
Council Condition #1 The recommendation by the Council meeting on April 14, 2009. The ISRP (ISRP document 2009-10) states that Objective 1 meets the review criteria. The ISRP determined that the remaining objectives associated with Objective 2 (i.e., Step Review) and 3 (M&E implementation of hatchery actions) are dependant on the outcome of the planning effort addressed in Objective 1 and future step reviews associated with Objective 2. Thus, a scientific review of Objectives 2 and 3 will be contingent on the direction in the strategic plan identified in Objective 1. As part of this review the ISRP also provided helpful comments that may assist the CRITFC with the step review if that objective is pursed. Based on the ISRP review (ISRP document 2009-10) the Council supports this project. This recommendation is conditioned by the understanding that future activities associated with Objective 2 and 3 are dependant on a future step review.
Council Condition #2 Programmatic Issue: RMECAT #7 White Sturgeon—.
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2007-155-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-155-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: White sturgeon hatchery planning; although other entities authorized/required (fishery managers, other dam operators etc), assume okay because will clearly mitigate for FCRPS.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-155-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-155-00
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: 2007-155-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-155-00 - Develop a Master Plan for a Rearing Facility to Enhance Selected Populations of White Sturgeon in the Columbia River Basin
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Does Not Meet Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:
The technical and scientific background is overly general regarding the conditions for using artificial production to enhance white sturgeon in the middle sections of the Columbia River Basin. The discussion of white sturgeon culture provides sufficient evidence that production of hatchery fish can be successfully accomplished. It is less clear that the reservoirs and river reaches in question are suitable for growing sturgeon to augment a sport and commercial fishery. It is not clear from the background and other sections of the proposal whether this proposal is to provide a put-grow-and-take sport and commercial fishery, or to provide adults to "supplement" and "restore" a self-sustaining population. Justification for a broad-scale, conservation hatchery is not provided.

The team preparing any future proposal should take into consideration the comments below about clarifying the goals, intent, and deleterious effects when developing their assessment.

The proposal identifies that there was a tribal request in the 1994 Fish and Wildlife Program calling for a facility to supplement white sturgeon populations and that concerns were raised about disease, genetics, and biological risks. The proposal indicates that these have been addressed by projects 19860500 and 198806500. A statement is provided asserting that persistence of white sturgeon lies at the heart of the Fish and Wildlife Program's requirement to restore the Columbia River ecosystem. It is not clear however, whether the proposed action is to restore the sturgeon populations or restore sturgeon fisheries or both. These need to be resolved before the initial assessments guiding a Three-Step Review. The same issue is germane to the relationship to the NOAA Fisheries Biological Opinion - increase lamprey and sturgeon to self-sustaining levels within 25 years. It is not clear whether the proposal will contribute to establishing self-sustaining populations or supporting fisheries.

The objective to increase population abundance of white sturgeon in the Lower Middle Columbia River is clear. The objective to reduce predation on sturgeon eggs and larvae in the Lower Middle Columbia subbasin is not at all clear.

The scope of the benefits is not clear. There might be conservation benefits to the focal species, but that is not very likely to persist. There could be benefits to humans by sustaining a depleted fishery through artificial means. With other funded projects in the basin focusing on re-establishing natural reproduction, with a conservation hatchery as a temporary adjunct, it is not clear why the region should move toward wholesale artificial production of white sturgeon.
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2007-155-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-155-00 - Develop a Master Plan for a Rearing Facility to Enhance Selected Populations of White Sturgeon in the Columbia River Basin
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Comments:

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Blaine Parker Project Lead Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
Peter Lofy Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Mike Matylewich Supervisor Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
Edward Gresh Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Amy Mai Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Zachary Gustafson Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Ray Beamesderfer Technical Contact Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
Christine Golightly Administrative Contact Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)