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Project Summary

Project 2007-401-00 - Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success Evaluation Research

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Project Number:
2007-401-00
Title:
Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success Evaluation Research
Summary:
This project combines two previously independent steelhead kelt contracts (2000-017-00 & 2003-062-00). This project is a collaborative study to investigate approaches to increase adult steelhead returns by utilizing the kelt life stage. Approaches range from low intensity/cost such as collect and transport kelts, to high intensity/cost methods including holding and feeding for kelts for several months. An additional directive of the project, which was the focus of project 2003-062-00, is to directly evaluate relative reproductive success of three variants of steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss (natural-origin, hatchery-origin, and reconditioned kelt) across two ESUs of interest as listed in the BPA Request for Studies released in 2003. The nature of this work dictates long-term commitments to funding and monitoring. As proposed this project will operate for 12 years, thus encompassing 2 steelhead generations and 1 reference year-class.
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 Snake Lower 100.00%
Purpose:
Artificial Production
Emphasis:
RM and E
Focal Species:
Steelhead - All Populations
Steelhead - Middle Columbia River DPS
Steelhead - Snake River DPS
Steelhead - Upper Columbia River DPS
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
FCRPS 2008 – view list of FCRPS 2008 BiOp Actions

RPA 64.2 Determine if artificial production contributes to recovery,
RPA 64.2 Determine if artificial production contributes to recovery,
RPA 64.2 Determine if artificial production contributes to recovery,
RPA 64.2 Determine if artificial production contributes to recovery,
RPA 64.2 Determine if artificial production contributes to recovery,
RPA 64.2 Determine if artificial production contributes to recovery,
RPA 64.2 Determine if artificial production contributes to recovery,
RPA 64.2 Determine if artificial production contributes to recovery,
RPA 64.2 Determine if artificial production contributes to recovery,
RPA 64.2 Determine if artificial production contributes to recovery,
RPA 64.2 Determine if artificial production contributes to recovery,
RPA 33.3 Long-term recond. to increase spawning ground viable females,
RPA 33.3 Long-term recond. to increase spawning ground viable females,
RPA 33.3 Long-term recond. to increase spawning ground viable females,
RPA 33.3 Long-term recond. to increase spawning ground viable females,
RPA 33.3 Long-term recond. to increase spawning ground viable females,
RPA 33.3 Long-term recond. to increase spawning ground viable females,
RPA 33.3 Long-term recond. to increase spawning ground viable females,
RPA 33.3 Long-term recond. to increase spawning ground viable females,
RPA 33.4 Research as necessary to accomplish the elements of this plan,
RPA 33.4 Research as necessary to accomplish the elements of this plan,
RPA 33.4 Research as necessary to accomplish the elements of this plan,
RPA 33.4 Research as necessary to accomplish the elements of this plan,
RPA 33.4 Research as necessary to accomplish the elements of this plan,
RPA 33.4 Research as necessary to accomplish the elements of this plan,
RPA 33.4 Research as necessary to accomplish the elements of this plan,
RPA 33.4 Research as necessary to accomplish the elements of this plan,
Implement Conservation Programs to Build Genetic Resources and Assist in Promoting Recovery,
Implement Conservation Programs to Build Genetic Resources and Assist in Promoting Recovery,
Implement Conservation Programs to Build Genetic Resources and Assist in Promoting Recovery,
Implement Conservation Programs to Build Genetic Resources and Assist in Promoting Recovery,
Implement Conservation Programs to Build Genetic Resources and Assist in Promoting Recovery,
Implement Conservation Programs to Build Genetic Resources and Assist in Promoting Recovery,
Implement Conservation Programs to Build Genetic Resources and Assist in Promoting Recovery,
Implement Conservation Programs to Build Genetic Resources and Assist in Promoting Recovery

Description: Page: 17 Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 1: Map of the Yakima River Subbasin.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 1036 x 1341

Description: Page: 18 Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 2: Map of the Snake River Basin.

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Dimensions: 1251 x 967

Description: Page: 19 Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 3: Map of the Okanogan River Subbasin.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 1341 x 1036

Description: Page: 20 Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 4: Map of the Hood River Subbasin.

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Dimensions: 1074 x 1390

Description: Page: 21 Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 5: Inside view of the Chandler Evaluation Facility showing the separator rack where kelt steelhead are collected.

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Dimensions: 1079 x 809

Description: Page: 22 Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 6: Chandler Juvenile Evaluation Facility PVC slide and holding tanks.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 995 x 746

Description: Page: 23 Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 7a: Juvenile bypass separator screen at Lower Granite Dam located on the lower Snake River.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 701 x 935

Description: Page: 23 Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 7b: Kelt chute entrance where kelts are placed after being netted off of the separator screen.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 441 x 331

Description: Page: 23 Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 8a: Tanks designed by the UI for holding and sorting kelts at Lower Granite Dam.

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Dimensions: 545 x 408

Description: Page: 23 Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 8b: Tanks designed by the UI for holding and sorting kelts at Lower Granite Dam.

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Dimensions: 622 x 420

Description: Page: 24 Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 9: Resistance board weir located on Omak Creek.

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Dimensions: 413 x 311

Description: Page: 25 Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 10: Bonaparte Creek capture weir.

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Dimensions: 1188 x 891

Description: Page: 26 Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 11: Powerdale trap on the Hood River.

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Dimensions: 1314 x 988

Description: Page: 29 Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 13a: Head wounds on steelhead kelts collected at the Lower Granite juvenile bypass.

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Dimensions: 423 x 373

Description: Page: 29 Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 13b: Head wounds on steelhead kelts collected at the Lower Granite juvenile bypass.

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Dimensions: 385 x 348

Description: Page: 29 Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 14: Fungal infection (>15%) on kelt collected from the Lower Granite juvenile bypass.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 751 x 293

Description: Page: 34 Chapter 1-Section B-Figure 1: Map of the Columbia River showing kelt collection and release sites for transported steelhead kelts.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 1152 x 892

Description: Page: 35 Chapter 1-Section B-Figure 2: Map of the lower Columbia River showing locations of acoustic receiver arrays in 2010.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 1299 x 1004

Description: Page: 47 Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 1: Map showing the location of Prosser Dam and the kelt reconditioning facility at Prosser, WA.

Project(s): 2007-401-00

Document: P121971

Dimensions: 1209 x 934

Description: Page: 49 Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 3: Map showing the locations of Omak Creek as well as the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 1429 x 934

Description: Page: 50 Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 4: Map showing the location of Parkdale Fish Facility and Powerdale Dam/ Fish Trap.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 914 x 1184

Description: Page: 51 Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 5: Map showing the location of Youngs Bay net pens in 2010.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 1228 x 951

Description: Page: 52 Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 6: Map of the Warm Springs kelt project area showing Mill Creek and Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery.

Project(s): 2007-401-00

Document: P121971

Dimensions: 1565 x 1051

Description: Page: 53 Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 7: Steelhead kelt reconditioning tanks Prosser, WA.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 1130 x 861

Description: Page: 55 Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 8: Experimental kelt reconditioning tanks at Dworshak National Fish Hatchery. (A) Kelt tank overview. (B) Fire hydrant water supply. (C) Outflow to settling pond. (D) Four-bucket Koch ring degassing system in operation.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 906 x 949

Description: Page: 56 Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 9: Steelhead kelt at Cassimer Bar Hatchery. Reconditioning tanks to left and right w/ sampling area in center.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 1024 x 768

Description: Page: 57 Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 10: Parkdale Fish Facility raceways where kelts are held from late fall to early spring.

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Dimensions: 640 x 480

Description: Page: 57 Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 11: Circular tanks at Parkdale Fish Facility used seasonally (late spring to early fall) for reconditioning kelts.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 640 x 480

Description: Page: 58 Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 12: Example of Net Pen set-up at Young’s Bay.

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Dimensions: 384 x 288

Description: Page: 61 Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 13: Long term reconditioned kelt steelhead from the Yakima River just prior to release.

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Dimensions: 921 x 691

Description: Page: 65 Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 15a: Snake river kelts. (A-B) Survivor at initial sampling and release. (C-E) Examples of head injuries on mortalities. (F) Healed head injury on survivor at final sampling.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 1034 x 304

Description: Page: 65 Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 15b: Snake river kelts. (A-B) Survivor at initial sampling and release. (C-E) Examples of head injuries on mortalities. (F) Healed head injury on survivor at final sampling.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 1034 x 283

Description: Page: 65 Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 15c: Snake river kelts. (A-B) Survivor at initial sampling and release. (C-E) Examples of head injuries on mortalities. (F) Healed head injury on survivor at final sampling.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 270 x 271

Description: Page: 65 Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 15d: Snake river kelts. (A-B) Survivor at initial sampling and release. (C-E) Examples of head injuries on mortalities. (F) Healed head injury on survivor at final sampling.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 265 x 271

Description: Page: 65 Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 15e: Snake river kelts. (A-B) Survivor at initial sampling and release. (C-E) Examples of head injuries on mortalities. (F) Healed head injury on survivor at final sampling.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 263 x 271

Description: Page: 65 Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 15f: Snake river kelts. (A-B) Survivor at initial sampling and release. (C-E) Examples of head injuries on mortalities. (F) Healed head injury on survivor at final sampling.

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Dimensions: 260 x 274

Description: Page: 66 Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 16: Ice was carefully removed by hand to avoid damaging the tanks. Several days of effort were necessary to clear the tanks and the out flow lines of all the ice.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 960 x 461

Description: Page: 67 Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 17: Long-term reconditioned Omak Creek Kelt just prior to release.

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Dimensions: 955 x 716

Description: Page: 79 Chapter 2-Section A-Figure 1: Location of Parkdale Fish Facility and Powerdale Dam/ Fish Trap.

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Dimensions: 831 x 1078

Description: Page: 80 Chapter 2-Section A-Figure 2: The hatch house in the background, where fish are spawned and eggs are incubated.

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Dimensions: 1041 x 783

Description: Page: 80 Chapter 2-Section A-Figure 3: Airspawning female steelhead at Parkdale Fish Facility Pictured left to right Ryan Branstetter, Jim Gidley, and Albert Santos.

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Dimensions: 932 x 699

Description: Page: 81 Chapter 2-Section A-Figure 4: Utilizing cryopreserved milt to fertilize steelhead eggs.

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Dimensions: 715 x 954

Description: Page: 82 Chapter 2-Section A-Figure 5: CRITFC-intern (Hardo Lopez) sampling juvenile fish from picking trough to collect weight and length measures.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 945 x 709

Description: Page: 142 Chapter 3-Section A-Figure 3: Map of the lower Columbia River with location and name of acoustic receiver arrays. Most kelts transported from Lower Granite Dam by truck were released at the boat launch at Hamilton Island; however, one tank truck of 10 fish was released at Aldrich Point on 29 April within the Estuary array. Barge releases were generally located near the Hamilton Island location.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 1055 x 794

Description: Page: 145 Chapter 3-Section A-Figure 6: Map of weir and receiver sites in the Clearwater River and lower Snake River reservoirs (Lower Granite Reservoir and Lake Bryan).

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Dimensions: 1254 x 695

Description: Page: 186 Chapter 3-Appendix A-Figure 1: Bonneville Line (Rkm 233) 2010:

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Dimensions: 1273 x 985

Description: Page: 187 Chapter 3-Appendix A-Figure 2: St. Helens Array (RKM 138) 2010.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 1246 x 963

Description: Page: 188 Chapter 3-Appendix A-Figure 3: Estuary Acoustic Array Sets (Mouth of the Columbia Rkm 0 and Estuary Rkm 45).

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 1099 x 850

Description: Page: 199 Chapter 3-Appendix D-Figure 1: Vicinity map of the long-term kelt reconditioning sample streams, reconditioning site, and release sites on CTWSRO, 2005-2009.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 1430 x 1851

Description: Page: 201 Chapter 3-Appendix D-Figure 2: Weir and fish traps on Shitike Creek, 2005 – 2008.

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Dimensions: 1734 x 797

Description: Page: 204 Chapter 3-Appendix D-Figure 3: Reconditioning tank in WSNFH Isolation Rearing Facility after camouflage applied, 2007, and structure added, 2009.

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Document: P121971

Dimensions: 1456 x 554

Description: Page: 206 Chapter 3-Appendix D-Figure 4: Mill Creek downstream weir RKM 27.9.

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Dimensions: 539 x 276

Description: Page: 206 Chapter 3-Appendix D-Figure 5: Mill Creek upstream weir RKM 30.2.

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Dimensions: 582 x 366


Summary of Budgets

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Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2023 - FY2025)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2023 Capital $3,800,000 From: General Budget transfer (2007-401-00; add non-Accord funds)--3/9/2023 03/09/2023
FY2023 Capital $2,022,354 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Accord Transfers (CRITFC) 5/19/2023 05/19/2023
FY2023 Capital $1,054,222 From: BiOp FCRPS 2008 (non-Accord) Accord Transfers (CRITFC) 5/19/2023 05/19/2023
FY2023 Expense $1,891,424 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2023-2025 Accord Extension 09/30/2022
FY2023 Expense $113,789 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Accord Transfers (CTUIR, CRITFC) 4/10/2023 04/10/2023
FY2023 Expense $12,365 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Accord Transfers (CTUIR, CRITFC) 4/10/2023 04/10/2023
FY2024 Expense $1,938,709 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2023-2025 Accord Extension 09/30/2022
FY2024 Expense $171,267 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Accord Transfers (CRITFC) 3/13/24 03/13/2024
FY2025 Expense $1,987,177 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2023-2025 Accord Extension 09/30/2022

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2024   DRAFT
Cost Share Partner Total Proposed Contribution Total Confirmed Contribution
There are no project cost share contributions to show.
Previous Fiscal Years
Fiscal Year Total Contributions % of Budget
2023 $60,000 1%
2022 $60,000 3%
2021 $60,000 3%
2020 $60,000 3%
2019 $60,000 3%
2018 $115,000 6%
2017 $140,000 8%
2016 $145,000 8%
2015 $160,000 9%
2014 $160,000 9%
2013 $152,000 8%
2012 $160,000 9%
2011 $165,000 10%
2010 $155,000 10%
2009 $155,000 12%
2008 $160,000 11%
2007 $395,000 34%

Contracts

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.
Capital Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Total Contracted Amount Dates
93735 SOW Kleinschmidt Associates 2007-401-00 CAP R2 KLEINSCHMIDT ENGINEERING SUPPORT - KELT BUILD Issued $228,526 1/1/2024 - 12/31/2024
94167 SOW SYBLON REID 2007-401-00 CAP KELT RECONDITIONING FACILITY CONSTRUCTION Issued $7,658,000 2/15/2024 - 9/30/2025
94537 SOW ALLWEST Testing & Engineering, Inc. 2007-401-00 CAP NPTH KELT FACILITY - CONSTRUCTION QAR Issued $578,423 3/28/2024 - 3/27/2025
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Total Contracted Amount Dates
30769 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2007-401-00 EXP KELT RECON/REPRO SUCCESS EVAL RESEARCH History $816,169 1/1/2007 - 3/31/2008
37075 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2007-401-00 EXP KELT RECONDITION/REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS Closed $1,329,181 4/1/2008 - 12/31/2009
BPA-004210 Bonneville Power Administration FY09 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success Active $7,500 10/1/2008 - 9/30/2009
42793 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2007-401-00 EXP BIOP KELT RECONDITION/REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS Closed $1,087,331 7/1/2009 - 6/30/2010
BPA-004993 Bonneville Power Administration FY10 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success Active $5,255 10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010
48191 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 200740100 EXP BIOP KELT RECONDITION/REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS 10 Closed $1,464,449 7/1/2010 - 6/30/2011
BPA-005750 Bonneville Power Administration FY11 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success Active $8,606 10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011
53578 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2007-401-00 EXP BIOP KELT RECONDITION/REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS 11 Closed $1,544,984 7/1/2011 - 6/30/2012
BPA-006393 Bonneville Power Administration FY12 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success Active $19,089 10/1/2011 - 9/30/2012
57554 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2007-401-00 EXP BIOP KELT RECONDITION/REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS 12 Closed $1,626,664 7/1/2012 - 6/30/2013
61549 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2007-401-00 EXP BIOP KELT RECONDITION/REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS 13 Closed $1,684,999 7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014
65416 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2007-401-00 EXP BIOP KELT RECONDITION/REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS 14 Closed $1,612,468 7/1/2014 - 6/30/2015
BPA-008403 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success Active $5,632 10/1/2014 - 9/30/2015
69335 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2007-401-00 EXP BIOP KELT RECONDITION/REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS 15 Closed $1,606,203 7/1/2015 - 6/30/2016
BPA-008951 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success FY16 Active $5,700 10/1/2015 - 9/30/2016
72990 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2007-401-00 EXP BIOP KELT RECONDITION/REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS 16 Closed $1,699,300 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017
BPA-009649 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success FY17 Active $4,763 10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017
76182 SOW Mackay Sposito KELT RECONDITIONING FACILITY AT NEZ PERCE HATCHERY Closed $9,928 5/24/2017 - 8/24/2017
76548 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2007-401-00 EXP BIOP KELT RECONDITION/REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS 2017 Closed $1,631,263 7/1/2017 - 6/30/2018
BPA-010019 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success FY18 Active $5,723 10/1/2017 - 9/30/2018
73354 REL 7 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2007-401-00 EXP BIOP KELT RECONDITION/REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS 2018 Closed $1,806,901 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019
BPA-010819 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success FY19 Active $7,877 10/1/2018 - 9/30/2019
73354 REL 27 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2007-401-00 EXP KELT RECONDITIONING/REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS 2019 Closed $1,651,857 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020
BPA-011708 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success FY20 Active $991 10/1/2019 - 9/30/2020
85150 SOW Kleinschmidt Associates 2007-401-00 EXP NPTH KELT DESIGN SERVICES Closed $390,080 4/13/2020 - 12/31/2022
73354 REL 45 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2007-401-00 EXP KELT RECONDITIONING/REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS 2020 Closed $1,601,604 7/1/2020 - 6/30/2021
BPA-012287 Bonneville Power Administration FY21 Pit Tags Active $6,930 10/1/2020 - 9/30/2021
73354 REL 62 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2007-401-00 EXP KELT RECONDITIONING/REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS 2021 Closed $1,472,632 7/1/2021 - 6/30/2022
73354 REL 79 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2007-401-00 EXP KELT RECONDITIONING/REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS 2022 Complete $1,856,715 7/1/2022 - 6/30/2023
73354 REL 95 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2007-401-00 EXP KELT RECONDITIONING/REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS 2023 Issued $2,017,578 7/1/2023 - 6/30/2024
73354 REL 110 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2007-401-00 EXP KELT RECONDITIONING/REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS 2024 Issued $2,109,976 7/1/2024 - 6/30/2025



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):18
Completed:17
On time:17
Status Reports
Completed:71
On time:59
Avg Days Early:1

Historical from: 2003-062-00
                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
16530 26884 200306200 EXP EVAL REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS KELT STEELHEAD Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 02/01/2004 05/31/2007 History 8 25 11 0 1 37 97.30% 0
Project Totals 83 357 27 0 5 389 98.71% 1


                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
30769 37075, 42793, 48191, 53578, 57554, 61549, 65416, 69335, 72990, 76548, 73354 REL 7, 73354 REL 27, 73354 REL 45, 73354 REL 62, 73354 REL 79, 73354 REL 95, 73354 REL 110 2007-401-00 EXP KELT RECONDITIONING/REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS 2024 Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 01/01/2007 06/30/2025 Issued 71 314 16 0 4 334 98.80% 1
BPA-4210 FY09 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success Bonneville Power Administration 10/01/2008 09/30/2009 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-4993 FY10 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success Bonneville Power Administration 10/01/2009 09/30/2010 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-5750 FY11 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success Bonneville Power Administration 10/01/2010 09/30/2011 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-6393 FY12 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success Bonneville Power Administration 10/01/2011 09/30/2012 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-8403 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success Bonneville Power Administration 10/01/2014 09/30/2015 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-8951 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success FY16 Bonneville Power Administration 10/01/2015 09/30/2016 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-9649 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success FY17 Bonneville Power Administration 10/01/2016 09/30/2017 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-10019 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success FY18 Bonneville Power Administration 10/01/2017 09/30/2018 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-10819 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success FY19 Bonneville Power Administration 10/01/2018 09/30/2019 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-11708 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success FY20 Bonneville Power Administration 10/01/2019 09/30/2020 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-12287 FY21 Pit Tags Bonneville Power Administration 10/01/2020 09/30/2021 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 83 357 27 0 5 389 98.71% 1


Historical from: 2000-017-00
                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
4185 20183 PI 200001700 CRITFC RECONDITIONED WILD STEELHEAD KELTS Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 01/01/2001 12/31/2006 History 4 18 0 0 0 18 100.00% 0
BPA-5600 PIT Tags - Recondition Wild Steelhead Kelt Bonneville Power Administration 10/01/2006 09/30/2007 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 83 357 27 0 5 389 98.71% 1


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: 2022 Anadromous Fish Habitat & Hatchery Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2007-401-00-NPCC-20230316
Project: 2007-401-00 - Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success Evaluation Research
Review: 2022 Anadromous Fish Habitat & Hatchery Review
Approved Date: 4/15/2022
Recommendation: Implement with Conditions
Comments: Bonneville and Sponsor to consider condition #1 (plan) and address in project documentation if appropriate. Continue coordination of reconditioned steelhead kelt activities in the basin (i.e., projects: #1996-040-00, #1983-350-00, #1988-115-25). See Policy Issue I.b.

[Background: See https://www.nwcouncil.org/2021-2022-anadromous-habitat-and-hatchery-review/]

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-401-00-ISRP-20230407
Project: 2007-401-00 - Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success Evaluation Research
Review: 2022 Anadromous Fish Habitat & Hatchery Review
Completed Date: 4/7/2023
Final Round ISRP Date: 2/10/2022
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified)
Final Round ISRP Comment:

The proponents provide an excellent summary of their research and evaluation of steelhead kelt reconditioning. When the project first began in 2000, little was known about how to recondition steelhead kelts. The project’s initial research focused on how to collect kelts, and how to successfully rear them, appraise their maturation status, and when (seasonally) and where (in the Columbia River Basin) they should be released. In earlier reviews of the project, the ISRP raised four questions:

• What benefits do reconditioned kelts provide to receiving populations?

• What is the reproductive success of reconditioned kelts?

• What do we know about the physiology of kelts, and how does that knowledge inform project decisions?

• What is the homing fidelity of reconditioned kelts?

The proponents have made substantial progress in answering all these questions over the past decade.

The proposal makes it clear that possible refinements in fish husbandry and release strategies will be evaluated over the next funding period. Releases of reconditioned kelts will also continue to occur in the Snake and Yakima river subbasins. However, at this point the project is ready to shift into production mode and broader management application once additional holding facilities for kelts have been constructed. We suggest that existing genetic tools be used to identify the population origins of collected kelts. This information, particularly in the Snake subbasin, could be used to further test homing fidelity. More importantly, however, it may allow for focused kelt enhancement efforts in populations where the number and diversity of adult spawners have been persistently low and in populations where adult-to-smolt increases in productivity seem possible. Ideally, spawner-recruitment curves would be used to help identify and prioritize populations where kelt reconditioning could be most beneficial. Understanding extant spawner recruitment relationships would help alleviate possible density-dependent effects and provide the greatest benefits with the least risk of possible density-dependent effects.

Although this is a high performing project and a well-written, sound proposal, there is a need for more specificity in the goals, objectives, and methods related to transferring the kelt reconditioning technology to other populations and areas on a management scale. There were no details provided, and this is a critical step for the project that will influence its overall success.

The ISRP’s recommended Conditions are listed below. The proponents need to assist with development of an M&E Matrix during the response loop (September 24 to November 22, 2021) and to provide information to address the other following Conditions in future annual reports and work plans.

  1. Kelt reconditioning on a management scale. Please develop a plan for this process including the co-manager entities that should be involved to ensure basinwide needs and considerations, the criteria (population status, unique life history characteristics, habitat conditions and trends, climate change resilience, etc.) to assess highest priority populations and locations for implementation, capacity scale and scope, and a timeline. Include this plan as a chapter in the next annual report.
  2. M&E matrix - support. As habitat projects and monitoring projects are not presented as part of an integrated proposal or plan, the need for a crosswalk to identify the linkages between implementation and monitoring is extremely important for basins or geographic areas. The ISRP is requesting a response from the Tucannon River Programmatic Habitat Project (201007700) to summarize the linkages between implementation and monitoring projects in the Lower Snake, Tucannon, and Asotin geographic area. During the response loop, we ask this project to assist them in creating the summary and provide information to them about what is being monitored for this kelt project and where and when the monitoring occurs. A map or maps of locations of monitoring actions would be helpful in this regard.

Q1: Clearly defined objectives and outcomes

The project’s overall goal is clearly described: to investigate the potential use of reconditioned natural origin kelts to increase the abundance, diversity, productivity, and stability of steelhead populations. The overarching goal directly addresses the problem of severely depressed rates and proportions of repeat spawning steelhead in most natural steelhead populations in the Columbia River Basin that has resulted from construction and operation of dams. Repeat spawners play an important role in the population dynamics of steelhead. When the project first began, there was little known about how or if steelhead kelts could be reconditioned for release as potential future spawners or if the release of such fish would provide any benefits to receiving natural populations. The proponents created four sub-goals to guide investigations to determine if kelts could be reconditioned and to examine the potential benefits and risks of using this strategy. Under each of these subgoals, two to four general objectives were established to direct future work. Extensive progress has been made on accomplishing all the project’s general objectives. The proposal demonstrates excellent continuity and connectivity from the problem statement through the goals and objectives.

SMART objectives were not used in the proposal, and thus specifics on work planned for the next funding period and when tasks were expected to be completed were not readily apparent. Details in the Methods and Timeline portions, however, clarified the new and ongoing work being proposed. A fifth sub-goal, “Project Wrap Up” and its objectives helped identify tasks that will commence once planned facilities designed for kelt reconditioning are built. These new facilities are expected to be completed and functioning between 2023-2025.

There is a need to provide more specificity related to Goal 5, Objective 5.3, which identifies the plans for transferring kelt reconditioning technology to additional populations and subbasins. A more comprehensive description of the planning and implementation process that will be used is needed.

Q2: Methods

The methods used to achieve most of the project’s sub-goals and associated objectives are comprehensively described and scientifically valid. In a few instances – e.g., controlling fungal infections on kelts during reconditioning – new methods will be tried to determine if further improvements in kelt survival can be achieved. The methods used by the proponents to capture kelts, transport them to reconditioning facilities, recondition them, release, and evaluate post-release performance are well established and have been derived from careful comparative studies. A more complete description of the process and criteria the proponents plan to use to identify high priority populations and locations for transfer of the kelt reconditioning approach on a management scale is needed. Clearly, this will need to be a multiagency co-manager effort.

Q3: Provisions for M&E

The project regularly reviews the effects of its hatchery operations on kelt survival, growth, and physiological status while the fish are undergoing reconditioning. It also performs studies that examine the post-release performance of project fish. For example, the project evaluates homing and straying rates and the relative reproductive success of reconditioned kelts.

No description of a broader scale formal adaptive management process is given, but opportunities for project adjustments occur on a regular basis. Twice-yearly meetings among collaborators, for example, are used to report progress and to propose changes in methods or protocols. Additionally, CRITFC commissioners receive project updates, review the project’s annual work plan, and provide advice on project goals and objectives. During 2008-2019, RPA Action (#33) required the Corps of Engineers and BPA to produce annual Snake River Kelt Management Plans in conjunction with NOAA Fisheries. The proponents provided project data and assisted in the development of these plans, which included an adaptive management component that guided future work and anticipated infrastructure needs during those years. The project has many lessons learned that have been used to make important project adjustments.

Q4: Results – benefits to fish and wildlife

Since the advent of the kelt reconditioning program in the Yakima subbasin, adult productivity is trending upward relative to other steelhead populations located above Bonneville Dam. The proponents acknowledge this could be due to their kelt program, to ongoing habitat restoration, or a combination of these factors. What is likely, though, is that the kelt reconditioning efforts in the Yakima and Snake River subbasins have increased the number and life-history diversity of adult steelhead spawning naturally. Evaluations of the reproductive success of reconditioned kelts released into the Yakima subbasin showed that they produced progeny under natural conditions and that their lifetime-reproductive success was generally higher than that achieved by fish that had just one spawning season. The proponents also evaluated the homing fidelity of reconditioned steelhead to their natal subbasins and to spawning locations within a subbasin. Stray rates were less than 1% (5/948) for subbasin homing and no within-subbasin strays (0/137) were detected. Consequently, judicious releases of reconditioned kelts are expected to provide conservation benefits by enhancing spawner abundance, increasing genetic diversity, and promoting population stability. Additionally, the proponent’s comprehensive physiological assessments made on kelts and rainbow trout helped develop protocols that are now being used to capture, rear, recover, and successfully release reconditioned steelhead kelts.

The broader recovery, conservation implications, and potential application of kelt reconditioning are well described. The project has a strong record of information sharing as illustrated by numerous publications and professional presentations. The decision to construct new facilities and to expand the implementation of this approach are strong demonstration of the project’s accomplishments and relevance.

Documentation Links:
Review: RME / AP Category Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2007-401-00-NPCC-20110105
Project: 2007-401-00 - Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success Evaluation Research
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal: RMECAT-2007-401-00
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 6/10/2011
Recommendation: Fund (Qualified)
Comments: Implement through 2014. Implementation beyond 2014 based on ISRP and Council review of the results report and recommendation of future work.


Explanations as to how the Council responded to the recommendations of the Independent Scientific Review Panel -

The ISRP remains skeptical of the promise of the kelt reconditioning effort, recommending again against implementing these projects. This is not the first time the Council has faced this issue. These projects began just in 2007 and 2008, and each time the ISRP reviewed them unfavorably. The Panel understands the potential attractiveness of the kelt reconditioning concept. But the Panel has been concerned that the concept has not developed sufficiently to be able to project benefits to the fish populations and is concerned about the ecological and life history diversity issues raised by reconditioning. At the time the projects began, the Council reviewed all of the information, including the ISRP’s conclusions and comments after a lengthy period of review, and decided that the concept had sufficient promise to recommend careful implementation of the research study design for a defined period of time, through 2014. See, e.g., the Council decision on the review of the Yakama Nation kelt project (#2008-458-00), letter dated January 13, 2010, explaining why the Council chose to recommend implementation of the research despite the ISRP’s negative review.

Because the review of these projects had been so recent, the projects were included in the category review only for reasons of context, that is, so as to be able to look at all the production and research projects together. The issues identified by the ISRP in this review are the same as before, and the Council considered and addressed those in its earlier recommendation. And the Council’s project recommendations remain the same: Implement the research effort through 2014. Implementation beyond 2014 will be based only on ISRP and Council review of the results report and recommendation of future work.
Conditions:
Council Condition #1 Programmatic Issue: RMECAT #6 Research projects in general—.

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-401-00-ISRP-20101015
Project: 2007-401-00 - Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success Evaluation Research
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal Number: RMECAT-2007-401-00
Completed Date: 12/17/2010
Final Round ISRP Date: 12/17/2010
Final Round ISRP Rating: Does Not Meet Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:
Before proceeding with additional kelt reconditioning feasibility and physiology research the Basin co-managers need to establish a well defined kelt management master plan. This master plan needs to use modeling to estimate the benefit of kelt reconditioning to VSP status of steelhead at the independent population, MPG, ESU, and Basin levels at various rates of survival for each of the kelt management alternatives – passage improvements, transport, short-term reconditioning, and long-term reconditioning. With this guidance on the expected benefit from kelt management strategies the co-managers can first determine whether even under the best of outcomes kelt management yields a meaningful improvement in steelhead status. If the conclusion is affirmative, an effective adaptive management experiment is needed to determine whether the benchmark survival thresholds can be achieved. And a decision framework should be developed to outline (1) the success required to justify expanding feasibility experiments to the pilot stage or (2) when levels of performance indicate the program should be discontinued.

A recommendation from the ISRP is that a thorough quantitative analysis of anticipated benefits to steelhead VSP parameters is needed as a foundation for pursuing steelhead kelt reconditioning as part of a kelt management effort. The ISRP appreciates that this modeling effort is a basinwide requirement probably beyond the scope of this project. But it is required as a foundation to expand and implement kelt reconditioning as an element of steelhead conservation and recovery. The project proponents direct the ISRP to the accomplishments section as a source of information on benefits of kelt reconditioning.

The accomplishments section provides survival benefits for individual steelhead kelts. This is not the type of analysis that the ISRP believes needs to be conducted. The ISRP believes it is necessary to provide an analysis of improvement in the risk status of steelhead under reasonable conditions of "success" for steelhead kelt reconditioning. If kelt reconditioning is successful how much will the time period to recovery be shortened? How much will extirpation (extinction?) risk in specific time periods be reduced? It is not clear to the ISRP that even under a robust definition of success for kelt reconditioning that the status of steelhead will be meaningfully improved. In the supplemental BiOp assessment, NOAA Fisheries estimated a 6% increase in B-run steelhead may be realized in the Snake River basin. No estimates have been developed for other steelhead ESUs (MPGs). How does a 6% increase in abundance translate into improved natural productivity and abundance following the spawning of these fish? That is, spawner abundance has been increased by 6%, but after the progeny from these fish emerge from the gravel how much additional benefit is anticipated? Will density dependence in tributaries, the estuary and ocean, and hydrosystem losses essentially eliminate any benefit?

Page 7 of the 2009-2010 Kelt Management Plan states: "The perspective kelt reconditioning program is likely to increase the number of spawning MCR steelhead, but it is not possible to estimate a survival change at this time because of uncertainty regarding the percentage of the run that can be collected." Page 13 of the 2009-2010 Kelt Management Plan states: "However, total capacity constraints for the short- and long-term reconditioning scenarios are highly probable. Given that up to 30,000 to 40,000 kelt steelhead could potentially return to Lower Granite Dam in 2010 as a result of high steelhead escapement in 2009; there is a high likelihood that there will be too many kelts to place them all in a single or multiple reconditioning facilities. Even with the grandest plans in place for kelt reconditioning, the capacity will realistically be capped around a few thousand individuals.

It is not clear to the ISRP that the region has fully grasped the facility and logistical infrastructure needed to implement kelt reconditioning on a scale required to improve steelhead status.

The ISRP requested a description of "success" for the kelt reconditioning efforts. This was not provided. Along with a modeling effort that will help the region understand the potential benefits of kelt reconditioning and the costs, a definition of success is needed, perhaps as one of the conclusions of the modeling exercise. Certainly this should be established ahead of expanding the geographic replication of reconditioning experiments. A decision framework is needed to guide expansion of geographic replication and justification for construction of additional facilities. The results presented in the Kelt Management Plan suggest to the ISRP that there is little indication of immediate or long-term benefit from the transportation only or short-term reconditioning efforts. Replicating this management strategy in other areas should be phased and use existing facilities, based on the success so far. Success for long-term conditioning needs to be defined and used to justify expanded geographic replication.

The proponents state that this study is needed to evaluate the "feasibility of reestablishing this life history strategy that has been suppressed by the hydrosystem." It was not immediately clear what evidence was present to indicate what the upriver rates of kelt survival were historically.
First Round ISRP Date: 10/18/2010
First Round ISRP Rating: Response Requested
First Round ISRP Comment:

The ISRP requests a response providing a revised description of the objectives, experiments, and deliverables. There is not an adequate presentation of methods used to complete an evaluation of each proposal objective. A thorough presentation is needed for each of the components of the research. There are methodologies to be employed in this project for which the details are not yet established, including nutritional and physiological aspects. These facets of the research are not presented in sufficient detail for reviewers to evaluate the sufficiency of the experimental design, methods, and hypotheses to be evaluated. Summary: This project is an experimental approach to potentially enhancing steelhead abundance in the entire mid and upper Columbia River Basin, including the Snake River. However, the proposed large magnitude and duration of this project (it is a large and rather costly undertaking) calls for a preliminary, well articulated quantitative evaluation of the potential and projected benefits of the project. None of the narrative of this proposal is as clear as is the discussion put forth in the 2009-2010 Kelt Plan Final Draft developed by the action agencies. The 2009-2010 kelt plan from the action agencies provides sufficient justification for the basic trials, but not the reproductive physiology. The essential need now is to produce a proposal that provides a clear statement of what “success” is, an adequate description of the experiments, so there is reasonable likelihood they will provide interpretable results, and a time table for execution, analysis, and interpretation. Studies of endocrinology and physiology were not well justified and lacked sufficient detail. Likewise, the evaluation of possible management scenarios requires further development, as does the evaluation of reproductive success, to allow a more useful and thorough science review. There is a real need to develop and adequately present the likely benefits to steelhead abundance from kelt reconditioning. For example, some basic model of how improvement in kelt survival of some percentage would result in this many more spawners of this age, etc. Kelt reconditioning is mushrooming into a very large effort with little quantitative justification for anticipated benefits to steelhead status. The potential research seems endless. It seems that some numerical and life history benefit and cost analysis should have been done by now.

Documentation Links:
  • Proponent Response (11/15/2010)

2008 FCRPS BiOp Workgroup Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-401-00-BIOP-20101105
Project Number: 2007-401-00
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal Number: RMECAT-2007-401-00
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: (64.2)
All Questionable RPA Associations ( ) and
All Deleted RPA Associations ( 62.1 64.3)
Proponent Response:
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2000-017-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2000-017-00 - Recondition Wild Steelhead Kel
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: Scope expansion not accepted. Budget at the FY 2006 level.
Assessment Number: 2003-062-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2003-062-00 - Eval Repro Success Kelt Steel
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: Fundable in part: Maintain current scope and complete the experiment. Adjust budget to reflect current scope. Project is nearing completion of experiment, need to plan for moving this work to implementation and funding out of the province/supplementation projects.

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2000-017-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2000-017-00 - Recondition Wild Steelhead Kel
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria - In Part
Final Round ISRP Comment:
The ISRP recommends Fundable in Part to complete the experiment but not full implementation.

The sponsors responded to the ISRP request for additional information on this and companion project 200306200 in a common response. They responded to our questions about implementation and how the projects relate to each other in a satisfactory manner.

There does appear to be some promise in this approach in spite of some initial failures (in producing smolts and at these contributing to wild reproduction). The evidence of recruitment is very poor. It is important to continue the experiment (not full implementation) long enough to make certain an adequate attempt and evaluation have occurred.

Nevertheless, this takes away from the real issue that migration success of kelts is constrained by the hydrosystem, both in terms of the hydro projects and river conditions are not conducive to re-conditioning.
Documentation Links:
Assessment Number: 2003-062-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2003-062-00 - Eval Repro Success Kelt Steel
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria - In Part
Final Round ISRP Comment:
The ISRP recommends Fundable in Part to complete the experiment but not full implementation.

The sponsors responded to the ISRP request for additional information on this and companion project 200001700 in a common response. They responded to our questions about implementation and how the projects relate to each other in a satisfactory manner.

There does appear to be some promise in this approach in spite of some initial failures (in producing smolts and at these contributing to wild reproduction). The evidence of recruitment is very poor. It is important to continue the experiment (not full implementation) long enough to make certain an adequate attempt and evaluation have occurred.

Nevertheless, this takes away from the real issue that migration success of kelts is constrained by the hydrosystem, both in terms of the hydro projects and river conditions are not conducive to re-conditioning.
Documentation Links:

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2000-017-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2000-017-00
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: Kelt reconditioning research; other entities authorized/required to address (fishery managers, other hydro operators); recommend confirmation that cost-share sufficient.
Assessment Number: 2003-062-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2003-062-00
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: Comparative M&E regarding the reproductive success of reconditioned kelt steelhead; fishery/hatchery managers authorized/required; need confirmation that cost share is sufficient.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-401-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-401-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 2/27/2007
Capital Rating: Does Not Qualify for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: None
Comment: None
Assessment Number: 2000-017-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2000-017-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 2/27/2007
Capital Rating: Does Not Qualify for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: None
Comment: None
Assessment Number: 2003-062-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2003-062-00
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: This project Merged From 2000-017-00 effective on 7/2/2007
Relationship Description: Expense work and budgets moved from 2000-017-00 ($400k/year FY's 07,08,09) and 2003-062-00 ($368,425/year FY's 07,08,09) to 2007-401-00.

This project Merged From 2003-062-00 effective on 7/2/2007
Relationship Description: Expense work and budgets moved from 2000-017-00 ($400k/year FY's 07,08,09) and 2003-062-00 ($368,425/year FY's 07,08,09) to 2007-401-00.


Name Role Organization
Tracy Hauser Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Douglas Hatch Project Lead Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
John Skidmore Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Christine Golightly Interested Party Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
Zachary Penney (Inactive) Supervisor Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
Chris Roe Administrative Contact Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
Martin Allen Project SME Bonneville Power Administration
Karen Wolfe Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Andrew Traylor Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Scott Everett Technical Contact Nez Perce Tribe
Rebecca Johnson Interested Party Nez Perce Tribe
Robert Shull Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration