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Project Summary

Project 2016-003-00 - Habitat assessment in blocked areas.
Project Number:
Habitat assessment in blocked areas.
The purpose of the project is to investigate and evaluate the availability and suitability of fish habitat above Grand Coulee Dam upstream to the border with Canada. The Spokane Tribe of Indians (STOI) will lead the investigation under contract with the Bonneville Power Administration (Bonneville). The Bureau of Reclamation is also providing STOI support for work related to this habitat investigation.

The investigation will address components of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s fourth emerging priority, described in the 2014 Columbia Basin Fish & Wildlife Program, which calls to “Investigate blocked area mitigation options through reintroduction, passage and habitat improvement, and implement if warranted,” (NWPCC 2014, pg. 84-85 and pg. 116).

This research and evaluation project will be done upstream from Grand Coulee Dam and will encompasses tributaries to the Spokane River, Lake Roosevelt, and the upper Columbia River that have been found to have an intrinsic potential to support anadromous salmonids. This excludes tributaries within the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (CCT) ancestral, traditional, and ceded lands; as the CCT is conducting similar work.

This work is designed to identify suitable habitats for reintroduction of anadromous salmonids to the blocked area of the upper Columbia River. The steps, techniques, and processes the STOI will use include the following:
• Establishing the historic distribution and identifying tributaries formerly inhabited by anadromous salmonids. Historic distribution will be evaluated by reviewing and summarizing results from previously published Intrinsic Potential models (e.g. ICTRT 2005 and 2007).
• Construct the foundation of an analytical platform to be used to assess current habitat conditions. This modeling environment, Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment (EDT), will provide a platform into which existing data will be imported. The model will evaluate the strength of the data and identify gaps that need to be filled in order to provide an accurate assessment of current habitat conditions.
• Additional data collection and analysis of current conditions will not be conducted under this project but in the future under alternative funding sources.
Proponent Orgs:
Spokane Tribe (Tribe)
Starting FY:
Ending FY:
Province Subbasin %
Intermountain Columbia Upper 50.00%
Spokane 50.00%
RM and E
Focal Species:
Chinook - Upper Columbia River Spring ESU
Chinook - Upper Columbia River Summer/Fall ESU
Steelhead - Upper Columbia River DPS
Trout, Interior Redband
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 0.0%   Resident: 100.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
BiOp Association:

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Summary of Budgets

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Pending Budget Decision?  No

Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2024
Cost Share Partner Total Proposed Contribution Total Confirmed Contribution
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Previous Fiscal Years
Fiscal Year Total Contributions % of Budget
2018 $10,000 (Draft) 100% (Draft)
2017 (Draft)
2016 $109,048 52%


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.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Total Contracted Amount Dates
73291 SOW Spokane Tribe 2016-003-00 EXP HABITAT ASSESSMENT IN BLOCKED AREA Closed $124,965 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2018

Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):1
On time:1
Status Reports
On time:8
Avg Days Early:1

                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
73291 2016-003-00 EXP HABITAT ASSESSMENT IN BLOCKED AREA Spokane Tribe 08/01/2016 07/31/2018 Closed 9 4 0 0 0 4 100.00% 0
Project Totals 9 4 0 0 0 4 100.00% 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: 2018 Research Project Status Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2016-003-00-NPCC-20210302
Project: 2016-003-00 - Habitat assessment in blocked areas.
Review: 2018 Research Project Status Review
Approved Date: 12/20/2018
Recommendation: Implement
Comments: Recommendation: This project is complete and this was a results-review only. The Council encourages all parties involved in the completion of Phase 1 to consider the ISRP comments for future work. The Council recommends that the comprehensive set of Phase 1 results, as well as successive phases, receive science review by the ISRP to ensure the assessment of potential for the reintroduction continues to be scientifically sound.

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
BJ Kieffer (Inactive) Supervisor Spokane Tribe
Conor Giorgi Project Lead Spokane Tribe
Brent Nichols Interested Party Spokane Tribe
Virgil Watts III Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Virgil Watts III Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Jody Lando Project SME Bonneville Power Administration