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Project Summary

Project 2008-527-00 - Zone 6 Fisheries CRITFC Accord project
Project Number:
2008-527-00
Title:
Zone 6 Fisheries CRITFC Accord project
Summary:
Fall Chinook historically spawned in the mainstem of the Columbia River upstream of Celilo Falls. Construction of The Dalles Dam in 1957 and John Day Dam in 1967 inundated spawning and rearing areas for fall Chinook. Congress authorized the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to mitigate for the losses in salmonid spawning and rearing habitat caused by construction of the two dams, however mitigation plans were delineated solely under the John Day Dam authorization. The difficulty in determining the level and location of mitigation is indicated by the long history of correspondence between the USACE and the state, tribal, and federal fish agencies. Unresolved mitigation issues remain between Columbia River Basin co-managers and the USACE. Funding for The Dalles/John Day mitigation was used to produce fall Chinook at Bonneville Hatchery and Spring Creek Hatchery, both of which are downstream for the area of loss. More recently the USACE funded fall Chinook production at Priest Rapids Hatchery, which is upstream of the area of loss.

The US v OR parties made significant progress engaging with the USACE in developing improved production and release levels. Co-managers ultimately agreed to support a new mitigation plan based on meeting two goals: 1) production needed to produce the 107,000 Total Adult Production (TAP) goal, and 2) the in-place, in-kind goals for stock and location (75% upriver bright (URB) : 25% Tule). The plan was laid out in three phases: current production (as was occurring in 2012, ~70,000 adult returns); an interim, transitional level with an intermediate adult return goal of about 90,000; and a long-term final plan after completion of a modernized Ringold Hatchery and I-182 satellite facility in the Yakima River that would release an increased number of smolts sufficient to meet the 107,000 TAP goal. Releases of fall Chinook were increased in the Umatilla River, and much of the URB production from Bonneville Hatchery was transitioned to Little White Salmon and Priest Rapids Hatcheries. Currently, interim production level targets are being met, but more progress is needed toward meeting the 107,000 TAP goal where URBs are represented at 75% of the stock composition above Bonneville dam (i.e., 75% of 107K = 80,250).

While separate from the comprehensive mitigation plan being developed by the USACE, the CRITFC Accord project is intended to be complementary in nature to assist in implementing the mitigation goal, specifically by reprogramming existing production. Efforts to coordinate timelines with the USACE have been ongoing throughout the Accord project years, however numerous delays to the USACE’s mitigation implementation have complicated the implementation of the Zone 6 Fisheries Accord project and the approximately $4M in capital construction remains unspent as of today.
The objective of the CRITFC Zone 6 Fisheries Accord Project is to address in-place, in-kind mitigation for losses due to the construction and operation of John Day and The Dalles dams by reprogramming existing production. Specifically, the project aims to help adjust the current stock mix of fall Chinook from the current 50:50 URB to Tule ratio to the target 75:25 URB to Tule ratio (In-kind), and to move fall Chinook releases to areas impacted by the construction of the two dams, thereby maximizing transit of returning adults through the Zone 6 fishery (In-place).

The three options outlined in 2012 include the following:
1) Build an adult handling/acclimation site in the lower Yakima River (I-182; see YN master plan). The nature and extent of the project capital budget plan may necessarily depend on the planned facilities at the Ringold site. Federal funding constraints seem to negatively impact the Ringold/I-182 project and the USACE is so far unable to maintain the project schedule. Because of the numerous delays, the tribes have been considering how best to move forward on Option 1.
2) Implementation of the CTWSRO proposal to support a summer run component of Deschutes fall Chinook. CTWSRO completed a study in 2017 to i.) assess feasibility of rearing the 1.2M spring Chinook currently reared at Warm Springs NFH (WSNFH) to Schoolie Springs in the upper watershed, and ii.) determine the feasibility of converting existing raceway systems at WSNFH to partial water re-use system technology with chillers. This project will provide site and feasibility assessments of Schoolie Springs and WSNFH respectively with options for improving summer rearing of Chinook salmon production in a warming climate.
3) CRITFC received a request from the CTUIR to develop a feasibility study assessing potential locations for sturgeon and lamprey propagation facilities and to provide designs for those facilities. Options are being discussed at the CTUIR Policy level, and staffs await guidance prior to commencing with a feasibility study for production of alternative species.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) (Tribe)
Starting FY:
2008
Ending FY:
2032
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Mainstem - 100.00%
Purpose:
Artificial Production
Emphasis:
Harvest Augmentation
Focal Species:
Chinook - All Populations
Chinook - Deschutes River Summer/Fall ESU
Chinook - Snake River Spring/Summer ESU
Chinook - Upper Columbia River Summer/Fall ESU
Coho - Unspecified Population
Lamprey, Pacific
Sockeye - All Populations
Steelhead - All Populations
Sturgeon, White - Lower Columbia River
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

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Summary of Budgets

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Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2020 - FY2022)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2020 Expense $158,932 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Accord Extensions (CRITFC) 10/4/2018 10/04/2018
FY2020 Expense $66,113 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Accord Budget Transfers (CTUIR) 03/25/20 03/25/2020
FY2021 Expense $160,919 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Accord Extensions (CRITFC) 10/4/2018 10/04/2018
FY2022 Expense $160,919 From: Fish Accord - LRT - CRITFC Accord Extensions (CRITFC) 10/4/2018 10/04/2018

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2021
Cost Share Partner Total Proposed Contribution Total Confirmed Contribution
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Previous Fiscal Years
Fiscal Year Total Contributions % of Budget
2020 (Draft)
2019
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2015 $0 0%
2014 $0 0%
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2008

Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
* "Total Contracted Amount" column includes contracted amount from both capital and expense components of the contract.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Total Contracted Amount Dates
73354 REL 33 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2008-527-00 EXP ZONE 6 FISHERIES CRITFC ACCORD PROJECT Issued $215,413 9/1/2019 - 8/31/2020
73354 REL 46 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2008-527-00 EXP ZONE 6 FISHERIES JOHN DAY REPROGRAMMING 2020 Issued $225,045 9/1/2020 - 8/31/2021



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):10
Completed:5
On time:5
Status Reports
Completed:41
On time:17
Avg Days Late:18

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
48573 53353, 57703, 61799, 65421, 69193, 72827, 76699, 73354 REL 13, 73354 REL 33, 73354 REL 46 2008-527-00 EXP JOHN DAY REPROGRAMMING & CONST Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 06/2010 06/2010 Issued 41 30 1 0 31 62 50.00% 6
Project Totals 41 30 1 0 31 62 50.00% 6


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: 2019-2021 Mainstem/Program Support

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2008-527-00-ISRP-20190404
Project: 2008-527-00 - Zone 6 Fisheries CRITFC Accord project
Review: 2019-2021 Mainstem/Program Support
Proposal Number: NPCC19-2008-527-00
Completed Date: 4/19/2019
First Round ISRP Date: 4/4/2019
First Round ISRP Rating: Not Applicable
First Round ISRP Comment:

Comment:

The current proposal is not scientifically reviewable because it primarily involves planning activities. The proposal identifies three objectives with the overall goal of re-programming salmon hatchery production efforts to mitigate for salmon harvest losses associated with the construction of John Day and The Dalles dams. The Master Plan Step Review process has not begun for this hatchery re-programming effort. The ISRP will likely be asked to review the Master Plan after it is developed.

1. Objectives, Significance to Regional Programs, and Technical Background

The project aims to help adjust the current stock mix of fall Chinook from the current 50:50 Up River Brights (URB) to Tule ratio to the target 75:25 URB to Tule ratio, and to move fall Chinook releases to areas directly impacted by the construction of the two dams, thereby maximizing transit of returning adults through the Zone 6 Tribal fishery. The objectives involve (1) coordination activities to facilitate re-programming, (2) project design and step review process for the hatchery, and (3) hatchery coordination activities with other programs. Background information and significance of the effort is adequately addressed.

2. Results and Adaptive Management

The proposal identifies problems with the achieving the project goals, including the loss of key personnel. The current effort involves a decision to switch hatchery production to the Prosser Hatchery. A Step Review will be conducted at a later date for new hatchery salmon production. It is not clear how the mitigation estimates were developed, so this part of the proposal is not reviewable.

3. Methods: Project Relationships, Work Types, and Deliverables

Deliverables include a brief discussion of meetings to ensure the project aligns and integrates with tribal fishery management strategies and other issues.

Documentation Links:
Review: RME / AP Category Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2008-527-00-NPCC-20101026
Project: 2008-527-00 - Zone 6 Fisheries CRITFC Accord project
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal: RMECAT-2008-527-00
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 6/10/2011
Recommendation: Under Review
Comments: Project implementation based on outcome of review process.

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2008-527-00-ISRP-20101015
Project: 2008-527-00 - Zone 6 Fisheries CRITFC Accord project
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal Number: RMECAT-2008-527-00
Completed Date: 12/17/2010
Final Round ISRP Date: 12/17/2010
Final Round ISRP Rating: Not Applicable
Final Round ISRP Comment:
Not applicable. This current proposal is not scientifically reviewable. If a plan or loss assessment design is developed that is scientifically reviewable the ISRP will review it, if requested.

As stated, “The goal of the proposed project is to provide the tribes with technical assistance in developing near-term reprogramming goals for the losses in production due to the construction of The Dalles and John Day dams and in implementing those reprogramming measures.” An associated objective is to implement in-place, in-kind mitigation that is consistent with the fulfillment of treaty fishing rights. The project will have three phases. The first phase is review and planning. The second phase is developing mitigation options. The third phase is implementing the preferred option. This project is now in the first phase – planning. The level of information in the proposal, however, is quite slim. For example, although the history of the issue is well explained, there is little structure to the proposal after that explanation.

Although support to the tribes to re-evaluate the losses and mitigation options for the Dalles and John Day dams is reasonable and justified, the background of the individual chosen by CRITFC to execute the re-evaluation is not clearly presented. The proponent appears to have substantial administrative experience, but evidence of developing analysis of losses and analyzing mitigation options is not evident.

A second concern is the integration of the mitigation solutions with the Council’s Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. The Council, Fish and Wildlife Program, and ISRP are not mentioned in the proposal as being included in those to be participants or topics in the discussions and negotiations, since the discussions are conducted under the auspices of US v Oregon. Many proposals for hatcheries are brought before Council, and reviews are requested from the ISRP. However, scientific and ecosystem based skepticism of the efficacy of the proposal or systemwide limits to production is often countered with an argument that the decision is policy based within the US v Oregon settlement. There should be language that any production initiatives should be consistent with the Council and APR, address the HSRG recommendations, and be subject to ISRP review if conducted under the Fish and Wildlife Program or receiving BPA funding, e.g., Lower Snake River Compensation Plan.
First Round ISRP Date: 10/18/2010
First Round ISRP Rating: Not Applicable
First Round ISRP Comment:
Not applicable. This current proposal is not scientifically reviewable. If a plan or loss assessment design is developed that is scientifically reviewable the ISRP will review it, if requested.

As stated, “The goal of the proposed project is to provide the tribes with technical assistance in developing near-term reprogramming goals for the losses in production due to the construction of The Dalles and John Day dams and in implementing those reprogramming measures.” An associated objective is to implement in-place, in-kind mitigation that is consistent with the fulfillment of treaty fishing rights. The project will have three phases. The first phase is review and planning. The second phase is developing mitigation options. The third phase is implementing the preferred option. This project is now in the first phase – planning. The level of information in the proposal, however, is quite slim. For example, although the history of the issue is well explained, there is little structure to the proposal after that explanation.

Although support to the tribes to re-evaluate the losses and mitigation options for the Dalles and John Day dams is reasonable and justified, the background of the individual chosen by CRITFC to execute the re-evaluation is not clearly presented. The proponent appears to have substantial administrative experience, but evidence of developing analysis of losses and analyzing mitigation options is not evident.

A second concern is the integration of the mitigation solutions with the Council’s Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. The Council, Fish and Wildlife Program, and ISRP are not mentioned in the proposal as being included in those to be participants or topics in the discussions and negotiations, since the discussions are conducted under the auspices of US v Oregon. Many proposals for hatcheries are brought before Council, and reviews are requested from the ISRP. However, scientific and ecosystem based skepticism of the efficacy of the proposal or systemwide limits to production is often countered with an argument that the decision is policy based within the US v Oregon settlement. There should be language that any production initiatives should be consistent with the Council and APR, address the HSRG recommendations, and be subject to ISRP review if conducted under the Fish and Wildlife Program or receiving BPA funding, e.g., Lower Snake River Compensation Plan.
Documentation Links:

2008 FCRPS BiOp Workgroup Assessment

Assessment Number: 2008-527-00-BIOP-20101105
Project Number: 2008-527-00
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal Number: RMECAT-2008-527-00
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: (0)
All Questionable RPA Associations () and
All Deleted RPA Associations (0)
Proponent Response:

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Mike Matylewich Technical Contact Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
Rob Lothrop Supervisor Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
Christine Golightly Interested Party Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
Richard Golden Jr (Inactive) Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Amy Mai Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Maureen Hess Project Lead Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
Chris Roe Administrative Contact Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
Tracy Hauser Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Michele Palmer Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration