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Project Summary

Project 2008-904-00 - Salmon River Basin Nutrient Enhancement
Project Number:
2008-904-00
Title:
Salmon River Basin Nutrient Enhancement
Summary:
Pacific salmon and steelhead once contributed large amounts of marine-derived carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus to freshwater ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest of the United States of America (California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho). Declines in historically abundant anadromous salmonid populations represent a significant loss of returning nutrients across a large spatial scale. A paucity of marine derived nutrients in the Salmon River subbasin has been identified as a limiting factor to freshwater productivity and the growth and survival of resident and anadromous fishes (including four species listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act). We propose to assess the effectiveness of nutrient enrichment treatments by experimentally enriching nutrient limited upper Salmon River subbasin streams with carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus. We will employ a randomized-treatment experimental design, similar to previously completed work by the Shoshone Bannock Tribes and other Columbia Basin cooperators, to assess the effectiveness of nutrient enrichment treatments (e.g., salmon carcass analogs) in upper Salmon River subbasin streams. Specific project objectives include the quantification and assessment of: streamwater nutrient concentrations; nutrient limitation; course particulate organic matter retention; periphyton standing stock; macroinvertebrate density, biomass, and community composition; the bioenergetics, growth, and survival of resident and anadromous fishes; leaf litter decay rates, river metabolism measures, and aquatic food web connections in treatment streams receiving nutrient additions and control streams that do not receive nutrient additions.
Proposer:
Proponent Orgs:
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes (Tribe)
Starting FY:
2009
Ending FY:
2032
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Mountain Snake Salmon 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
RM and E
Focal Species:
Chinook - Snake River Spring/Summer ESU
Cutthroat Trout, Westslope
Other Resident
Steelhead - Snake River DPS
Trout, Brook
Trout, Bull
Trout, Rainbow
Whitefish, Mountain
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

Description: Page: 110 Figure 1: Map of study sites in central Idaho. Green label streams represent control streams, and red labeled streams represent treatment streams.

Project: 2008-904-00

Document: P121564

Dimensions: 1303 x 1062


Summary of Budgets

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Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2019 - FY2021)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2019 Capital $0 From: Fish Accord - Shoshone Bannock Accord Extensions (Shoshone-Bannock Tribe) 10/1/2018 10/01/2018
FY2019 Expense $450,000 From: Fish Accord - Shoshone Bannock Accord Extensions (Shoshone-Bannock Tribe) 10/1/2018 10/01/2018
FY2020 Capital $0 From: Fish Accord - Shoshone Bannock Accord Extensions (Shoshone-Bannock Tribe) 10/1/2018 10/01/2018
FY2020 Expense $425,000 From: Fish Accord - Shoshone Bannock Accord Extensions (Shoshone-Bannock Tribe) 10/1/2018 10/01/2018
FY2020 Expense $87,000 From: Fish Accord - Shoshone Bannock Fish Accord Transfers - SB 1/9/20 01/09/2020
FY2021 Capital $0 From: Fish Accord - Shoshone Bannock Accord Extensions (Shoshone-Bannock Tribe) 10/1/2018 10/01/2018
FY2021 Expense $430,312 From: Fish Accord - Shoshone Bannock Accord Extensions (Shoshone-Bannock Tribe) 10/1/2018 10/01/2018

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2020   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
2019 $16,024 3%
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014 $3,500 1%
2013
2012
2011

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
BPA-005164 Bonneville Power Administration PIT Tags - Salmon River Nutrient Enhancement Active $7,875 10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010
77111 REL 18 SOW Shoshone-Bannock Tribes 2008-904-00 EXP SALMON RVR BASIN NUTRIENT ENHANCEMENT Issued $387,254 5/1/2019 - 4/30/2020
77111 REL 28 SOW Shoshone-Bannock Tribes 2008-904-00 EXP SALMON RVR BASIN NUTRIENT ENHANCEMENT Issued $512,000 5/1/2020 - 4/30/2021



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):11
Completed:11
On time:11
Status Reports
Completed:55
On time:46
Avg Days Late: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
42907 47275, 52547, 57046, 61314, 64523, 68648, 72433, 75977, 77111 REL 8, 77111 REL 18, 77111 REL 28 2008-904-00 EXP SALMON RIVER BASIN NUTRIENT ENHANCEMENT Shoshone-Bannock Tribes 08/2009 08/2009 Issued 55 78 9 0 2 89 97.75% 0
BPA-005164 PIT Tags - Salmon River Nutrient Enhancement Bonneville Power Administration 10/2009 10/2009 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 55 78 9 0 2 89 97.75% 0


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: 2008-904-00-ISRP-20100323
Project: 2008-904-00 - Salmon River Basin Nutrient Enhancement
Review: Fish Accord ISRP Review
Completed Date: None
First Round ISRP Date: 6/30/2009
First Round ISRP Rating: Response Requested
First Round ISRP Comment:
The research proposed could be of significant benefit to the development of salmon restoration plans for the Columbia Basin. The enhancement of nutrient availability and food web productivity has been widely promoted as an effective restoration strategy, but our understanding of ecosystem-level responses to nutrient addition is limited. This study will provide new information on the utility of salmon carcass analogs as a potential enhancement tool.

A response is requested to address the following issues:
1. Nutrient and food limitation. Provide detailed methodology on the assessment of nitrogen or phosphorus limitation and food limitation in stream fishes. How will researchers determine if nitrogen or phosphorus is the key limiting nutrient? What methods are proposed to determine if food is limiting smolt yield or growth rate?
2. Eyed egg boxes may provide inconsistent and variable results and may not ensure the stream is at juvenile carrying capacity. How will the evaluation deal with variable juvenile density in the analysis?
3. The key response variable to address effectiveness of salmon carcass analog addition should be wild smolt recruitment as a function of spawner density. This measure will require an estimate of wild smolt production from the study sites. How will this be accomplished?
4. Some project elements do not seem to support the overarching objective of the study (effect of salmon carcass analogs on food web dynamics). The response should clearly explain how the nutrient diffusing substrata, nutrient spiraling, and course particulate organic matter transport elements of the study will provide information relevant to the interpretation of the effects of the salmon carcass analogs on stream trophic dynamics and specifically on smolt production.
5. Provide some additional detail on the rationale for the variable treatment intensities over the three years of the study. How will potential cumulative impacts of repeated nutrient supplementation be assessed with this design?
6. Discuss how the information gathered from these investigations will be used to design larger scale pilot or full implementation of salmon carcass analog applications as a salmon/stream restoration strategy.
Documentation Links:
Review: RME / AP Category Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2008-904-00-NPCC-20110427
Project: 2008-904-00 - Salmon River Basin Nutrient Enhancement
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal: RMECAT-2008-904-00
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 6/10/2011
Recommendation: Fund (Qualified)
Comments: Implement with condition through FY 2014: Sponsor to address ISRP qualifications per January 12, 2010 Council decision. Implementation beyond 2014 based on ISRP and Council review of the results report and recommendation of future work.
Conditions:
Council Condition #1 This recommendation was made by the Council at its meeting on January 12, 2010. Based on the ISRP review (ISRP document 2009-53) the Council supports the project for implementation. The recommendation is conditioned on coordination between the project sponsor and IDFG with respect to ISS and ISEMP, and IDFG nutrient projects. Any project-related issues between the project sponsor and IDFG that can not be resolved are to be returned to the Council for further consideration and action.
Council Condition #2 Programmatic Issue: RMECAT #6 Research projects in general—.

2008 FCRPS BiOp Workgroup Assessment

Assessment Number: 2008-904-00-BIOP-20101105
Project Number: 2008-904-00
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal Number: RMECAT-2008-904-00
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: (56.1 56.2 56.3 72.1)
All Questionable RPA Associations ( ) and
All Deleted RPA Associations ( )
Proponent Response:

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Andre Kohler Project Lead Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
Chad Colter Supervisor Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
Israel Duran Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Jennifer Lord Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Jody Lando Project SME Bonneville Power Administration