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Project Summary

Project 2008-458-00 - Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning
Project Number:
2008-458-00
Title:
Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning
Summary:
The scope of this contract covers the development and implementation of a kelt reconditioning program in the upper Columbia River. The purpose of the program is to enhance the abundance and life history diversity of naturally produced steelhead. Natural origin steelhead kelts would be collected in two distinct ways: 1) a portion of natural origin return (NOR) hatchery broodstock (HCP hatchery compensation programs) would be live-spawned and then reconditioned and 2) NOR kelts would be collected at a variety of locations including mainstem juvenile bypass systems and tributary smolt traps and weirs. We intend to implement and evaluate both a short term and long term kelt reconditioning program until it is determine which program is most effective in the upper Columbia.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Yakama Confederated Tribes (Tribe)
Starting FY:
2008
Ending FY:
2032
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Cascade Columbia Upper Middle 100.00%
Purpose:
Artificial Production
Emphasis:
RM and E
Focal Species:
Coho - Unspecified Population
Steelhead - Upper Columbia River DPS
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None

Top view of prototype trap box for Twisp River steelhead kelt trap.

Figure Name: Figure 4.2

Document ID: P125518

Document: Upper-Columbia River Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning Project; 3/11 - 1/12

Page Number: 10

Project: 2008-458-00

Contract: 52041

Bottom view of prototype trap box for Twisp River steelhead kelt trap with flotation added.

Figure Name: Figure 4.3

Document ID: P125518

Document: Upper-Columbia River Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning Project; 3/11 - 1/12

Page Number: 11

Project: 2008-458-00

Contract: 52041

Side view of trap with modified floatation and attachment.

Figure Name: Figure 4.4

Document ID: P125518

Document: Upper-Columbia River Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning Project; 3/11 - 1/12

Page Number: 12

Project: 2008-458-00

Contract: 52041

Modified trap installed at Twisp Weir.

Figure Name: Figure 4.5

Document ID: P125518

Document: Upper-Columbia River Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning Project; 3/11 - 1/12

Page Number: 12

Project: 2008-458-00

Contract: 52041

Trap operating with partial lid in place.

Figure Name: Figure 4.6

Document ID: P125518

Document: Upper-Columbia River Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning Project; 3/11 - 1/12

Page Number: 13

Project: 2008-458-00

Contract: 52041


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 *
FY2018 (Previous) $609,201 $609,201 $497,057 $497,057 $336,362

Post 2018 – Yakama $609,201 $497,057 $497,057 $336,362
FY2019 (Current) $597,651 $597,651 $597,651 $54,043

Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama $597,651 $597,651 $597,651 $54,043
FY2020 (Next) $597,651 $597,651 $0 $0 $0

Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama $597,651 $0 $0 $0

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-Oct-2018

Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2018 - FY2020)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2018 Expense $609,201 From: Post 2018 – Yakama FY18 Initial Planning Budgets (WS, CTUIR, YN, CRITFC, CCT, ID) 2/10/2017 02/13/2017
FY2019 Expense $597,651 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Accord Extensions (Yakama Tribe) 10/1/2018 10/01/2018
FY2020 Expense $597,651 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Accord Extensions (Yakama Tribe) 10/1/2018 10/01/2018

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2019
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
2014 (Draft)
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008

Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
BPA-005121 Bonneville Power Administration Dryden acquisition FY10 Active $0 10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010
BPA-005431 Bonneville Power Administration Dryden acquisition FY11 Active $0 10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011
BPA-005919 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags/TBL-Steelhead Kelt Recon. Active $1,102 10/1/2011 - 9/30/2012
BPA-008426 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags/TBL-Steelhead Kelt Recon. Active $183 10/1/2014 - 9/30/2015
56662 REL 132 SOW Yakama Confederated Tribes 2008-458-00 EXP STEELHEAD KELT RECONDITIONING Issued $490,843 2/1/2017 - 1/31/2018
56662 REL 150 SOW Yakama Confederated Tribes 2008-458-00 EXP STEELHEAD KELT RECONDITIONING Issued $497,057 2/1/2018 - 1/31/2019
BPA-010788 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tag Readers - Steelhead Kelt Conditioning Active $0 10/1/2018 - 9/30/2019
CR-329009 SOW Yakama Confederated Tribes 2008-458-00 EXP STEELHEAD KELT RECONDITIONING Pending $597,651 2/1/2019 - 1/31/2020



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):8
Completed:8
On time:8
Status Reports
Completed:41
On time:20
Avg Days Late:9

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
41804 46618, 52041, 55957, 56662 REL 10, 56662 REL 41, 56662 REL 75, 56662 REL 95, 56662 REL 132, 56662 REL 150 2008-458-00 EXP MOA STEELHEAD KELT RECONDITIONING Yakama Confederated Tribes 03/2009 03/2009 Pending 40 84 6 0 5 95 94.74% 3
BPA-005121 Dryden acquisition FY10 Bonneville Power Administration 10/2009 10/2009 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-005431 Dryden acquisition FY11 Bonneville Power Administration 10/2010 10/2010 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-005919 PIT Tags/TBL-Steelhead Kelt Recon. Bonneville Power Administration 10/2011 10/2011 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-008426 PIT Tags/TBL-Steelhead Kelt Recon. Bonneville Power Administration 10/2014 10/2014 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-010788 PIT Tag Readers - Steelhead Kelt Conditioning Bonneville Power Administration 10/2018 10/2018 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 40 84 6 0 5 95 94.74% 3


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: Fish Accord ISRP Review

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2008-458-00-ISRP-20100323
Project: 2008-458-00 - Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning
Review: Fish Accord ISRP Review
Completed Date: None
First Round ISRP Date: 12/12/2008
First Round ISRP Rating: Response Requested
First Round ISRP Comment:
Based on the results-to-date from kelt reconditioning efforts, the ISRP questions whether this recovery strategy is efficacious and whether the fundamental assumptions of a benefit from kelt reconditioning are adequately reasoned. In any case, the experiments outlined in this proposal are insufficient to generally address the primary uncertainties underlying kelt reconditioning as a restoration tool, or specifically to provide a benefit in the proposed setting. Although kelt reconditioning is an inherently attractive proposition even to the reviewers, it may be time to reevaluate the effort being dedicated to this strategy. If there is empirical evidence in support of kelt reconditioning as a restoration tool that was not presented in this proposal it should be brought to the attention of the ISRP in a revision.
Documentation Links:
Review: RME / AP Category Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2008-458-00-NPCC-20110427
Project: 2008-458-00 - Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal: RMECAT-2008-458-00
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 6/10/2011
Recommendation: Fund (Qualified)
Comments: Implement through 2014 per January 12, 2010 Council decision. 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—.

2008 FCRPS BiOp Workgroup Assessment

Assessment Number: 2008-458-00-BIOP-20101105
Project Number: 2008-458-00
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal Number: RMECAT-2008-458-00
Completed Date: None
2008 FCRPS BiOp Workgroup Rating: Response Requested
Comments: BiOp Workgroup Comments: Please identify:
1. Why your data is "not electronically available"; and
2. What data sets will not be "electronically available" for various deliverables. Please specify the deliverable that is not electronically available. (Note a data set includes the raw data collected and additional data on analysis). For example if there is a deliverable for population adult abundance or habitat, we expect your raw and synthesized data to be made available electronically.
- Your response may help BPA identify funding needs for data repositories or identify an existing data warehouse that your data could be stored.

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 ( )
Proponent Response:

Our data will be electronically availbable when data becomes available.  We have yet to recondition a single kelt as we continue to work out major kelt reconditioning facility issues.  Presently, we are looking at finally building a facilty next summer (2011) with initial collections beginning in spring, 2012.


Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Thomas Scribner Supervisor Yakama Confederated Tribes
Keely Murdoch Project Lead Yakama Confederated Tribes
Cory Kamphaus Technical Contact Yakama Confederated Tribes
Debbie Azure Administrative Contact Yakama Confederated Tribes
Paul Ward Interested Party Yakama Confederated Tribes
Steve Parker Interested Party Yakama Confederated Tribes
Peter Lofy Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Matthew Abrahamse Technical Contact Yakama Confederated Tribes
Amy Mai Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Tabatha Rood Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration