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Project Summary

Project 2009-024-00 - Kootenai White Sturgeon/Burbot Aquaculture Planning/Construction
Project Number:
Kootenai White Sturgeon/Burbot Aquaculture Planning/Construction
The Kootenai Tribe’s Kootenai River Native Fish Conservation Aquaculture program is designed to address the precipitous decline of two species, Kootenai River white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) and burbot (Lota lota maculosa), that are of immeasurable cultural value to the Kootenai Tribe and that are critical components of the Kootenai River ecosystem. The purpose of the Kootenai sturgeon aquaculture program is to prevent extinction of this endangered population, preserve the existing gene pool, and continue rebuilding a healthy age class structure using conservation aquaculture techniques with wild native broodstock. The purpose of the Tribe’s burbot aquaculture program is to reintroduce burbot into the lower Kootenai River and begin rebuilding the population using genetically similar stock from within the subbasin in British Columbia The new Twin Rivers Hatchery will allow for expansion of the Kootenai sturgeon aquaculture program to increase rearing capacity in order to reduce rearing density, allow for greater segregation and size grading of fish families, and support aquaculture research needs. The new facility is needed because there is no room for expansion of the program at the existing Tribal Hatchery Facility. Additionally, the combined use of the two facilities will significantly enhance program flexibility and provide additional fail-safe back up. The Twin Rivers Hatchery will also house the Tribe’s burbot hatchery program. Burbot operations at Twin Rivers Hatchery will include broodstock collection and handling, spawning and fertilization, incubation and hatching, rearing, marking, and release. The new facility will also accommodate burbot aquaculture research needs. This contract will provide for funding for construction of the Twin Rivers Sturgeon and Burbot Hatchery, while planning and design is funded under Kootenai Tribe's Project 198806400.
Proponent Orgs:
Kootenai Tribe (Tribe)
Starting FY:
Ending FY:
Province Subbasin %
Mountain Columbia Kootenai 100.00%
Artificial Production
Focal Species:
Sturgeon, White - Kootenai River DPS
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 0.0%   Resident: 100.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
BiOp Association:

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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
61483 SOW Kootenai Tribe 2009-024-00 CAP TWIN RIVERS STURGEON/BURBOT HATCHERY CONSTRUCTION History $16,080,844 6/1/2013 - 9/30/2015
63075 SOW Kootenai Tribe 2009-024-00 CAP TRIBAL STURGEON HATCHERY UPGRADES History $543,348 10/1/2013 - 9/30/2015

Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):2
On time:2
Status Reports
On time:13
Avg Days Early:2

                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
61483 2009-024-00 CAP TWIN RIVERS STURGEON/BURBOT HATCHERY CONSTRUCTION Kootenai Tribe 06/01/2013 09/30/2015 History 9 19 0 0 1 20 95.00% 0
63075 2009-024-00 CAP TRIBAL STURGEON HATCHERY UPGRADES Kootenai Tribe 10/01/2013 09/30/2015 History 8 9 0 0 0 9 100.00% 0
Project Totals 17 28 0 0 1 29 96.55% 0

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Name Role Organization
Virgil Watts III Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Paul Krueger (Inactive) Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Edward Gresh Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Sue Ireland Project Lead Kootenai Tribe
Chris Lewandowski Technical Contact Kootenai Tribe
Edna Runyan Administrative Contact Kootenai Tribe
Jan Brady (Inactive) Technical Contact Bonneville Power Administration
Shawn Young Technical Contact Kootenai Tribe