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Project Summary

Project 2007-270-00 - Lake Rufus Woods Subbasin Area Stock Assessment, Habitat Assessment and Fisheries Evaluation Program
Project Number:
2007-270-00
Title:
Lake Rufus Woods Subbasin Area Stock Assessment, Habitat Assessment and Fisheries Evaluation Program
Summary:
Conduct fisheries assessments and evaluations, habitat assessments, water chemistry studies and primary and secondary production studies within the Rufus Woods subbasin. Supplementation of salmonids to provide increased tribal and sport harvest.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Colville Confederated Tribes (Tribe)
Starting FY:
2007
Ending FY:
2011
BPA PM:
None
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Intermountain Columbia Upper 100.00%
Purpose:
Programmatic
Emphasis:
RM and E
Focal Species:
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 0.0%   Resident: 100.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Tags:
None
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

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Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2007-270-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-270-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: FCRPS reservoir stock assessment, management issues, assume in mitigation for FCRPS.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-270-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-270-00
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: 2007-270-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-270-00 - Lake Rufus Woods Subbasin Area Stock Assessment, Habitat Assessment and Fisheries Evaluation Program
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 response included little revision from the original. The proposal remains confusing and inadequate.

ISRP comments (June 2006): Superficially, the components of the project purport to benefit fish resources, but in reality this appears to be data gathering only justified by a desire to accumulate data, and there is little compelling evidence that fish would benefit. Most of the proposal is an extraction from the Subbasin Plan without developing it further. There are no objectives discussed, no critical needs or biological bottlenecks described, and little logic presented. The proposal gives inadequate justification that this data gathering activity would benefit fish resources.

With regard to lacustrine habitat, there are many reasons to believe that Lake Rufus Woods is similar to Lake Roosevelt, in that both represent habitat altered in such ways to make them just about the most difficult to manage of any freshwater ecosystem. There is a long history of work on Lake Roosevelt that is very germane to the proposed stock assessment and limnological monitoring proposed here for Lake Rufus Woods; however, it is not discussed. To have any chance of success a Rufus Woods program will have to be carefully conceived and based on a clear understanding of the risks involved. In its current form this proposal falls far short. For streams, the proposal copies the worst of what is being done by others in the name of stream salmonid enhancement throughout much of the Intermountain Province.

The narrative is not properly organized. It is confusingly written in other respects, as well. Various required topics are not covered. This seems to be a project designed to carry out various procedures of fish population and habitat survey, but the underlying purposes (objectives) are not explained. Methods should follow from objectives. Design of sampling and statistical analysis procedure is largely missing.
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Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2007-270-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-270-00 - Lake Rufus Woods Subbasin Area Stock Assessment, Habitat Assessment and Fisheries Evaluation Program
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Comments:

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