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Project Summary

Project 2007-169-00 - Total Dissolved Gas Effects on Incubating Chum Salmon Below Bonneville Dam
Project Number:
2007-169-00
Title:
Total Dissolved Gas Effects on Incubating Chum Salmon Below Bonneville Dam
Summary:
We propose to evaluate the potential for toxic exposure of incubating chum salmon to elevated total dissolved gas (TDG) below Bonneville Dam by 1) monitoring TDG below Bonneville Dam and 2) conducting laboratory toxicity tests on chum salmon alevins.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Govt - Federal)
Starting FY:
2007
Ending FY:
2011
BPA PM:
None
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Lower Columbia Columbia Lower 100.00%
Purpose:
Programmatic
Emphasis:
RM and E
Focal Species:
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Tags:
None
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

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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: 2007-169-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-169-00 - Total Dissolved Gas Effects on Incubating Chum Salmon Below Bonneville Dam
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Comments:

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-169-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-169-00 - Total Dissolved Gas Effects on Incubating Chum Salmon Below Bonneville Dam
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 is well written and meets the criteria set for ISRP review, so no response is requested. However, an issue is raised relative to the status of this proposal with the Corps of Engineers to avoid redundancy in funding by BPA. If the Corps funds the project then presumably the Fish and Wildlife Program would not be involved although cost-sharing with BPA is mentioned. Long-term storage of data should be discussed.

Technical and scientific background: The proponents provide a thorough review of the scientific literature and clearly define the problem.

Rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs: The proposed project is associated with the lower Columbia River subbasin plan and the 2004 BiOp and Action Agency Response.

Relationships to other project: The proposed project is linked to a similar project funded by the Corps of Engineers in FY 2006, but FY 2007 plans are not clear. However, no proposal number is given, and little description is given of the project cited, so it is difficult to evaluate the relationship (page 6). The relationship between this proposal and the one submitted to the Corps needs explanation. The status of Corps funding in FY 2007, and proposed cost sharing between the BPA and the Corps should be clarified prior to approval for funding. In addition, the proposal states that it is directly related to BPA Project 199900301.

Objectives: The two objectives are clearly explained. This section would have been improved if study objectives had been matched to subbasin objectives.

Tasks (work elements) and methods: Methods on investigating TDG and its impact on chum embryos and fry are sound. This section would have been improved by a map showing the study area and proposed locations of installations of piezometers.
The proposal expresses some interest in measuring the habitat of newly hatched fry. These fish are capable of burrowing to some depth in certain substrates. Thus measurements of dissolved gas at the level of the redd, may not apply to some of them.

Monitoring and evaluation: Monitoring is adequate for the experimental studies proposed. Long term M&E is a possibility for spill events using methods developed in the project, assuming there is an interested agency to do the work.

Facilities, equipment, and personnel: Facilities are adequate. The chief Principal Investigator is a recent graduate with a developing publication record but other team members are very experienced and productive researchers in the field of total dissolved gas studies.

Information transfer: The proponents plan to publish results in a peer review journal.
Work products are specified as reports for each of the Work Elements. However, we see no mention of disposition of the data obtained. Will it be made available on a long-term, readily available database?

Benefit to focal and non-focal species: Results of the project are expected to have broad application to chum ecology and for spill-related questions in the Columbia River Basin. Increased knowledge of the hyporheic habitat are expected to benefit some non-focal organisms (e.g., invertebrates) in the Columbia River Basin. The proposal would be improved by a discussion of possible effects of the research on other non-focal species.
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2007-169-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-169-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: BON TDG.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-169-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-169-00
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