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Project Summary

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

Please Note: This project is the product of one or more merges and/or splits from other projects. Historical data automatically included here are limited to the current project and previous generation (the “parent” projects) only. The Project Relationships section details the nature of the relationships between this project and the previous generation. To learn about the complete ancestry of this project, please review the Project Relationships section on the Project Summary page of each parent project.

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

Map of the Yakima River Subbasin.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 1

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 17

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Map of the Snake River Basin.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 2

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 18

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Map of the Okanogan River Subbasin.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 3

Document ID: P121971

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Page Number: 19

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Map of the Hood River Subbasin.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 4

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 20

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Inside view of the Chandler Evaluation Facility showing the separator rack where kelt steelhead are collected.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 5

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 21

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Chandler Juvenile Evaluation Facility PVC slide and holding tanks.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 6

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 22

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Juvenile bypass separator screen at Lower Granite Dam located on the lower Snake River.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 7a

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 23

Project: 2007-401-00

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Kelt chute entrance where kelts are placed after being netted off of the separator screen.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 7b

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 23

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Tanks designed by the UI for holding and sorting kelts at Lower Granite Dam.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 8a

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 23

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Tanks designed by the UI for holding and sorting kelts at Lower Granite Dam.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 8b

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 23

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Resistance board weir located on Omak Creek.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 9

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 24

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Bonaparte Creek capture weir.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 10

Document ID: P121971

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Page Number: 25

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Powerdale trap on the Hood River.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 11

Document ID: P121971

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Page Number: 26

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Head wounds on steelhead kelts collected at the Lower Granite juvenile bypass.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 13a

Document ID: P121971

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Page Number: 29

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Head wounds on steelhead kelts collected at the Lower Granite juvenile bypass.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 13b

Document ID: P121971

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Page Number: 29

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Fungal infection (>15%) on kelt collected from the Lower Granite juvenile bypass.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section A-Figure 14

Document ID: P121971

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Page Number: 29

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Map of the Columbia River showing kelt collection and release sites for transported steelhead kelts.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section B-Figure 1

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 34

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Map of the lower Columbia River showing locations of acoustic receiver arrays in 2010.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section B-Figure 2

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 35

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Map showing the location of Prosser Dam and the kelt reconditioning facility at Prosser, WA.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 1

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 47

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Map showing the locations of Omak Creek as well as the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 3

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 49

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Map showing the location of Parkdale Fish Facility and Powerdale Dam/ Fish Trap.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 4

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 50

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Map showing the location of Youngs Bay net pens in 2010.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 5

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 51

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Map of the Warm Springs kelt project area showing Mill Creek and Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 6

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 52

Project: 2007-401-00

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Steelhead kelt reconditioning tanks Prosser, WA.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 7

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 53

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

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.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 8

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 55

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Steelhead kelt at Cassimer Bar Hatchery. Reconditioning tanks to left and right w/ sampling area in center.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 9

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 56

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Parkdale Fish Facility raceways where kelts are held from late fall to early spring.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 10

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 57

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Circular tanks at Parkdale Fish Facility used seasonally (late spring to early fall) for reconditioning kelts.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 11

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 57

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Example of Net Pen set-up at Young’s Bay.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 12

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 58

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Long term reconditioned kelt steelhead from the Yakima River just prior to release.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 13

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 61

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

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.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 15a

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 65

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

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.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 15b

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 65

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Long-term reconditioned Omak Creek Kelt just prior to release.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 17

Document ID: P121971

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Page Number: 67

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Location of Parkdale Fish Facility and Powerdale Dam/ Fish Trap.

Figure Name: Chapter 2-Section A-Figure 1

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 79

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

The hatch house in the background, where fish are spawned and eggs are incubated.

Figure Name: Chapter 2-Section A-Figure 2

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 80

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Airspawning female steelhead at Parkdale Fish Facility Pictured left to right Ryan Branstetter, Jim Gidley, and Albert Santos.

Figure Name: Chapter 2-Section A-Figure 3

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 80

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

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.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 15c

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 65

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

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.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 15d

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 65

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

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.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 15e

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 65

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

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.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 15f

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 65

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

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.

Figure Name: Chapter 1-Section C-Figure 16

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 66

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Utilizing cryopreserved milt to fertilize steelhead eggs.

Figure Name: Chapter 2-Section A-Figure 4

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 81

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

CRITFC-intern (Hardo Lopez) sampling juvenile fish from picking trough to collect weight and length measures.

Figure Name: Chapter 2-Section A-Figure 5

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 82

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

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.

Figure Name: Chapter 3-Section A-Figure 3

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 142

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Map of weir and receiver sites in the Clearwater River and lower Snake River reservoirs (Lower Granite Reservoir and Lake Bryan).

Figure Name: Chapter 3-Section A-Figure 6

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 145

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Bonneville Line (Rkm 233) 2010:

Figure Name: Chapter 3-Appendix A-Figure 1

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 186

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

St. Helens Array (RKM 138) 2010.

Figure Name: Chapter 3-Appendix A-Figure 2

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 187

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Estuary Acoustic Array Sets (Mouth of the Columbia Rkm 0 and Estuary Rkm 45).

Figure Name: Chapter 3-Appendix A-Figure 3

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 188

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Vicinity map of the long-term kelt reconditioning sample streams, reconditioning site, and release sites on CTWSRO, 2005-2009.

Figure Name: Chapter 3-Appendix D-Figure 1

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 199

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Weir and fish traps on Shitike Creek, 2005 – 2008.

Figure Name: Chapter 3-Appendix D-Figure 2

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 201

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Reconditioning tank in WSNFH Isolation Rearing Facility after camouflage applied, 2007, and structure added, 2009.

Figure Name: Chapter 3-Appendix D-Figure 3

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 204

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Mill Creek downstream weir RKM 27.9.

Figure Name: Chapter 3-Appendix D-Figure 4

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 206

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191

Mill Creek upstream weir RKM 30.2.

Figure Name: Chapter 3-Appendix D-Figure 5

Document ID: P121971

Document: Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning and Reproductive Success 2010

Page Number: 206

Project: 2007-401-00

Contract: 48191


Summary of Budgets

To view all expenditures for all fiscal years, click "Project Exp. by FY"

Expense SOY Budget Working Budget Contracted Amount Modified Contract Amount Expenditures *
FY2017 (Previous) $1,805,306 $1,920,022 $1,920,022 $1,920,022 $1,709,622

Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC $1,920,022 $1,920,022 $1,920,022 $1,709,622
FY2018 (Current) $1,752,631 $1,883,868 $1,883,868 $1,883,868 $1,373,581

Post 2018 – CRITFC $1,752,631 $1,752,631 $1,752,631 $1,277,892
Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC $131,237 $131,237 $131,237 $95,689
FY2019 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC $0 $0 $0 $0
Post 2018 – CRITFC $0 $0 $0 $0
Capital SOY Budget Working Budget Contracted Amount Modified Contract Amount Expenditures *
FY2017 (Previous) $2,262,816 $2,022,354 $0 $0 $0

Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC $2,022,354 $0 $0 $0
FY2018 (Current) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2019 (Next) $0 $4,200,000 $3,876,923 $0

Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC $0 $4,200,000 $3,876,923 $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 $1,000,000 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Accord Budget Transfers (all capital projects) 10/23/2015 10/30/2015
FY2017 Capital $1,000,000 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Accord Budget Transfers (all capital projects) 10/23/2015 10/30/2015
FY2017 Capital $262,816 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Accord Budget Transfers (all capital projects) 10/23/2015 10/30/2015
FY2017 Capital $240,462 To: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Accord Budget Transfers (YN, CRITFC) 1/4/2017 01/04/2017
FY2017 Expense $1,536,425 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Fish Accord Review 05/02/2008
FY2017 Expense $335,560 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Fish Accord project COLA 11/21/2008
FY2017 Expense $23,249 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Various Budget Transfers 2/7/2011 02/08/2011
FY2017 Expense $89,928 To: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC CRITFC Establish FY17 budget for 2009-022-00 Accord Administration 08/02/2016
FY2017 Expense $104,788 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Accord Budget Transfers (Idaho, CRITFC, CCT, CTUIR, YN) 3/24/2017 03/24/2017
FY2017 Expense $9,928 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Accord Budget Transfers (CRITFC, Idaho) 6/1/2017 06/01/2017
FY2018 Expense $1,871,985 From: Post 2018 – CRITFC FY18 Initial Planning Budgets (WS, CTUIR, YN, CRITFC, CCT, ID) 2/10/2017 02/13/2017
FY2018 Expense $119,354 To: Post 2018 – CRITFC CRITFC Establish FY18 budget for 2009-022-00 Accord Administration 07/26/2017
FY2018 Expense $131,237 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Accord Budget Transfers (CRITFC) 4/4/2018 04/04/2018

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2018   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
2017 $140,000 3 %
2016 $145,000 6 %
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, Complete, History, Issued.
Capital Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
CR-310308 SOW 2007-401-00 CAP NPTH KELT RECONDITIONING FACILITY DESIGN/CONSTRUC Pending $4,200,000 12/1/2018 - 12/31/2019
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status 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
BPA-004210 Bonneville Power Administration FY09 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success Active $7,500 10/1/2008 - 9/30/2009
BPA-004993 Bonneville Power Administration FY10 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success Active $5,255 10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010
BPA-005750 Bonneville Power Administration FY11 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success Active $8,606 10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011
BPA-006393 Bonneville Power Administration FY12 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success Active $19,089 10/1/2011 - 9/30/2012
BPA-008403 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success Active $5,632 10/1/2014 - 9/30/2015
BPA-008951 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success FY16 Active $5,700 10/1/2015 - 9/30/2016
BPA-009649 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success FY17 Active $4,763 10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017
76548 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2007-401-00 EXP BIOP KELT RECONDITION/REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS 2017 Issued $1,905,331 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 Issued $1,878,145 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):12
Completed:11
On time:11
Status Reports
Completed:48
On time:40
Avg Days Late:0

Historical from: 2003-062-00
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
16530 26884 PI 2003-062-00 EVALUATION REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS KELT STEELHEAD Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 02/2004 02/2004 History 8 25 11 0 1 37 97.30% 0
Project Totals 60 272 11 0 5 288 98.26% 0


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
30769 37075, 42793, 48191, 53578, 57554, 61549, 65416, 69335, 72990, 76548, 73354 REL 7 2007-401-00 EXP KELT RECON/REPRO SUCCESS EVAL RESEARCH Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 01/2007 01/2007 Issued 48 229 0 0 4 233 98.28% 0
BPA-004210 FY09 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success Bonneville Power Administration 10/2008 10/2008 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-004993 FY10 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success Bonneville Power Administration 10/2009 10/2009 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-005750 FY11 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success Bonneville Power Administration 10/2010 10/2010 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-006393 FY12 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success Bonneville Power Administration 10/2011 10/2011 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-008403 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success Bonneville Power Administration 10/2014 10/2014 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-008951 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success FY16 Bonneville Power Administration 10/2015 10/2015 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-009649 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success FY17 Bonneville Power Administration 10/2016 10/2016 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-010019 PIT Tags - Kelt Recondition/Repro Success FY18 Bonneville Power Administration 10/2017 10/2017 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 60 272 11 0 5 288 98.26% 0


Historical from: 2000-017-00
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
4185 20183 2000-017-00 KELT RECONDITIONING RESEARCH IN COLUMBIA BASIN Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 01/2001 01/2001 History 4 18 0 0 0 18 100.00% 0
BPA-005600 PIT Tags - Recondition Wild Steelhead Kelt Bonneville Power Administration 10/2006 10/2006 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 60 272 11 0 5 288 98.26% 0


Review: RME / AP Category Review

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:

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)

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—.
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

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.
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.

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: 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
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

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

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:
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:

Council Recommendation

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.
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.

Project Relationships: 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.

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.


Name Role Organization
Tracy Hauser Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Douglas Hatch Project Lead Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
Dolores Rodriguez Administrative Contact Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
John Skidmore Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Jennifer Lord Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Jennifer Snyder Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Christine Golightly Interested Party Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
Zachary Penney Supervisor Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
Chris Roe Administrative Contact Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)