Response for project 199008000: Columbia Basin Pit-Tag Informa

Comment on proposed FY 2006 budget

PSMFC confirms its desire to continue funding the PTAGIS project. The funding identified here by Council staff is consistant with past years funding expectations. Assuming no further un-planned changes to PTAGIS project scope (e.g., no new PIT installation projects, no "surprise" operations and maintenance requirements for the Bonneville Corner Collector PIT Tag Detection System currently in development, or additional tag evaluations), PTAGIS project should be able to operate within the proposed funding.

Accomplishments since the last review

CoordinationCoordinated with PIT Tag Steering Committee, Fish Passage Advisory Committee, Fish Facility Design Review Work Group, Corps Project staff, BPA COTR's, federal, state and tribal agencies, universities, industry and others.
CoordinationWrite and distribute PTAGIS Newsletter to over 425 users on a periodic basis.
Manage and Administer ProjectsProvided Project Management for overall Columbia Basin PIT Tag Information System. Includes coordination with various NPCC projects, BPA, Corps, and other federal, state agencies, tribes, universities, industry, etc.
Provide Technical ReviewProvide technical review of Corps of Engineers, WDFW, ODFW, IDFG, Yakama Indian Nation, Portland General Electric and other entities with PIT tag related project plans.
Produce PlanDeveloped PTAGIS Project Plans, and work statements and budgets.
Produce Design and/or SpecificationsDeveloped software development data models, process models, plans and specfications to support client, server and web systems development.
Produce Design and/or SpecificationsDeveloped conceptual and technical designs for installation and operations of PIT tag detection equipment in field locations.
Produce Annual ReportProduced annual reports.
Install Fish Trap/Monitoring WeirNot sure if this includes installation of PIT tag monitors at existing sites. If so, 28 detectors @ 10 sites. PTAGIS provides coordination and technical support for Corps funded efforts to install full flow bypass monitors at McNary and Ice Harbor dams.
Develop RM&E Methods and DesignsClient Systems support: Provide bug fixes, enhanements to PTAGIS provided software including P3, Minimon, Mobilmon,
Develop RM&E Methods and DesignsServer Systems
Develop RM&E Methods and DesignsWeb Systems
Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab DataPTAGIS has provided automated data data from about 400 detection coils located at more than 40 separate interrogation sites.
Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab DataThe PTAGIS project provided Separation by Code services for a number of different projects: 2003: 11 projects (6 Corps and 5 FWP), 2004: 9 projects (5 Corps 4 FWP); 2005: 12 projects (7 FWP, 5 Corps)
Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab DataThe PTAGIS project tag distribution: 2002: 73 FWP projects, 916,300 tags; 2003 71 FWP projects, 793,500 tags; 2004: 81 projects 1,061,400 tags; 2005: 53 FWP projects 820,000 tags (year to date 5/19/05).
Submit/Acquire DataPIT Tag interrogation data and associated diagnostics are collected at many different detection sites. PTAGIS supported sites operate in a 'lights-out' environment, but regularly scheduled general maintenance checks are performed to assure continuous oper
Manage/Maintain DatabaseOperated and maintained PTAGIS client, server and web systems based upon system and application design documents that were developed under RM&E Develop Methods and Designs tasks.
Manage/Maintain DatabasePerform activities to make site specific information available in web interfaces, and other ptagis database management tools. See Site Configuration Setup Instructions
Disseminate Raw & Summary DataImplemented Web systems as described under RM&E Develop Methods and Designs tasks.

FY 2006 goals and anticipated accomplishments

# of people reached in each of 3 classes (T/S/G): Teachers, Students, General publicDistribute PTAGIS Newsletter to system users and interested parties on a periodic basis. Includes users from universities, government, industry and general public.
Manage and Administer ProjectsPlan, organize, direct and control PTAGIS project.
Provide Technical ReviewProvide techical review to COE plans and specs, contractors plans and specs, study designs, project implementation alternatives, etc. for system users.
Produce Design and/or SpecificationsDevelop specifications and designs for client systems, server systems, web systems and their interfaces. Develop specifications and designs for new detection site configurations.
Produce Annual ReportProduce annual report for PTAGIS program.
Install Fish Trap/Monitoring WeirPerform final installation work as required. Includes BON full flow bypass and assistance with BON Corner Collector PIT.
Develop RM&E Methods and DesignsBuild, modify and maintain system processes and reports to assist in overall operations and maintenance management of PIT Tag data collection and distribution systems. Includes headquarters data systems (client systems, server systems, web and Field O&M.
Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab DataCollect PIT Tag mark information from researchers. Collect detection information from field systems. Collect equipment diagnostic information for O&M use.
Submit/Acquire DataModify maintain and enhance PTTP data transfer technology for use use PTAGIS client systems and web interfaces. Provide interface between these systems with database management system and server processes.
Manage/Maintain DatabaseModify, maintain and enhance PTAGIS systems server processes. Improve meta data capture capabilities congruent with ISRP's requests based upon advise of PIT Tag Steering Committee. Work toward better implementations of web services using industry standard
Disseminate Raw & Summary DataMake PTAGIS data available via traditional and web interfaces. Includes data feeds to NOAA-F data sytems, University of Washington CQS (TMT), Fish Passage Center and other ad-hoc users.
Analyze/Interpret DataAnalzye indirect coil efficiency reports for O&M purposes. Analyze PTAGIS user data usage to improve data management and end user query capabilities. Analyze system data to improve data center efficiencies and troubleshoot problems. Other ...

Note: The following take from PTAGIS 2005 SOW. I could figure out where to put the effort described briefly in #4 below -- i.e., I didn't see how it related to any of the Work Elements. 1. Maintain 99% uptime of all PTAGIS systems and sub-systems as measured during the peak of the migration year. 2. Systems support 2.1 Client software support (multimon, minimon, mobilmon, "Project Mustang", tagcounter) 2.2. Server software support (FDVL, IDL, PTTP, ADE, DGE, -- roughly two dozen server side data systems to support ptagis operations) 2.3 Web systems support and development. 3. Provide support for Separation by Code activites. 4. Operate and maintain PIT detection facilities region-wide. 5. Management and Coordination 6. Other support actions

Subbasin planning

How is this project consistent with subbasin plans?

This work is not related to a specific subbasin plan. This work is required in order to successfully implement many subbasin plans. There are many references in "Biological Opinion on Remand, Appendix G, Research/Monitoring Actions Persuant to the 2004 FCRPS Biological Opinion" to data from PIT Tags and specifically PTAGIS. (See

How do goals match subbasin plan priorities?

Based upon the reliance on PIT tags as described in the BiOp document referenced above, and based upon the fact that over 80 FWP projects rely on reliable interrogation systems and database management systems for PIT tag mark/recapture data storage and retrieval, that PTAGIS is a priority project.

Other comments

Need to stress the comment at the top of this form: "Assuming no further un-planned changes to PTAGIS project scope (e.g., no new PIT installation projects, no "surprise" operations and maintenance requirements for the Bonneville Corner Collector PIT Tag Detection System currently in development, or additional tag evaluations), PTAGIS project should be able to operate within the proposed funding." Too frequently, PTAGIS suddenly learns that Corps, BPA, or others require process changes, new high-priority pit tag detectors to install or equipment / tags that require evaluation. PTAGIS has been successful making reasonable accomodation for these new, unplanned requirements, but as budgets squeeze, this becomes much more difficult.