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Comment on proposed FY 2006 budget

We desire renewal of our project for FY06. The amount of $263,888 is consistent with Bonneville’s approved budget. Because the amount has not allowed for inflation and cost-of-living increases for personnel, tasks in the FY06 statement of work may have to be adjusted accordingly.

Accomplishments since the last review

BPA Environmental ComplianceEnsured environmental compliance requirements were met
Manage and Administer ProjectsConducted project contract administration, Coordinated with and provided data to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Technical Recovery Team, Columbia River Fish Passage Center
Produce Annual ReportAnalyzed data and produced annual report
Produce Status ReportProduced quarterly reports
Install Fish Trap/Monitoring WeirInstalled and operated adult trap, Installed and operated emergence traps, Installed and operated juvenile fish traps
Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab DataConducted spawning ground surveys, Collected information on redds, Recorded adult movement among spawning areas
Analyze/Interpret DataCalculated adult abundance estimates, and described behavioral and biological characteristics, Calculated juvenile abundance estimates, and described behavioral and biological characteristics

FY 2006 goals and anticipated accomplishments

BPA Environmental ComplianceEnsure environmental compliance requirements are met
Manage and Administer ProjectsConduct project contract administration, Coordinate with and provide data to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Technical Recovery Team, Columbia River Fish Passage Center
Produce Annual ReportAnalyze data and produce annual report
Produce Status ReportProduce quarterly reports
Install Fish Trap/Monitoring WeirInstall and operate juvenile fish traps, Install and operate emergence traps
Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab DataConduct spawning ground surveys, Evaluate artificial spawning channel if flows are sufficient for operation
Analyze/Interpret DataCalculate adult and juvenile abundance estimates, Describe behavioral and biological characteristics, Evaluate habitat relative to redds and emergence, Calculate indices of performance, Analysis and synthesis of data

Subbasin planning

How is this project consistent with subbasin plans?

Consistency--The project provides information that will assist in evaluating status of chum salmon relative to biological objectives in the management plan for the subbasin (Volume II, Chapter H, page H-59, Table 10). The project is consistent with and implements aspects of the biological monitoring plan for Bonneville tributaries populations described in the management plan for the subbasin (Volume II, Chapter H, page H-93, Table 23). It provides information on life stages and relations with primary limiting factors affecting chum salmon in tributaries noted in the Habitat Factor Analysis of the subbasin plan (Volume II, Chapter H, page H-35, Table 3). Information generated by the project contributes to several aspects of monitoring and research described in Chapter 7 of the regional plan (e.g., objectives for routine monitoring and intensive monitoring pages 7-5 through 7-13).

How do goals match subbasin plan priorities?

Priority--The project provides information supportive of the 10 prioritized measures for the Bonneville tributaries basin contained in the subbasin management plan (Volume II, Chapter H, pages H-70 through H-81, Table 15). The sites of the project are considered tier 1 or tier 2 priority locations depending on the specific measure. Chum salmon at the project sites are considered a component of a primary population in the subbasin plan, this is, those that would be restored to high or better probabilities of persistence, which imparts important contributions to recovery (Volume II, Chapter H, page H-59). Other documents--Implementation of this specific project during the 2005-2007 timeframe is included as an action agency commitment in the Implementation Plan for the FCRPS Updated Proposed Action. Chum salmon addressed by this project are members of a population in NOAA’s supplement to the subbasin plan (i.e., draft recovery plan). This project will contribute to evaluating recovery criteria in the supplement and viability goals developed by the Willamette/lower Columbia River TRT.

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