Response for project 200003800: NEOR WW Hatchery Design and Construct

Comment on proposed FY 2006 budget

The Step 1 Walla Walla Hatchery Master Plan was submitted to BPA at the end of 2004. As soon as the Master Plan is accepted by NPCC it would proceed into Step 2 of the 3 Step process. It is anticipated that the Master Plan would be entering into Step 2 in FY2006. Step 2 costs identified in the Master Plan include $76,000 for planning and $100,000 for enginneering/design. In addition BPA has identified a budget amount of $400,000 to complete NEPA work for a total budget request of $576,000 for FY2006.

Accomplishments since the last review

Council 3-step Process: Step 1Final draft of the Walla Walla Hatchery Master Plan submitted in December 2004

The final draft of the Walla Walla Hatchery Master Plan was submitted to BPA in December 2004. In addition, a Final Tech Memo was completed by Montgomery Watson Harza as part of the Step 1 process.

FY 2006 goals and anticipated accomplishments

Council 3-step Process: Step 2Complete Step 2 of the Master Planning process

CTUIR will coordinate with BPA and NPCC through the various requirements of the Step 2 process including the development of the preliminary design for the facility with the selected engineering firm.

Subbasin planning

How is this project consistent with subbasin plans?

The Final Addendum to the Walla Walla Subbasin Plan (Section 1.3 - Strategic Prioritization Framework, page 12) identifies the need for artificial production projects that address critical factors which limit fish abundance or achievement of numeric objectives in one or more of the priority restoration or protection areas. EDT outputs for spring Chinook indicate a high potential for natural juvenile production but adult return potential from natural production alone does not come close to meeting tribal goals for adult natural production and harvest. This out-of-subbasin low survival issue suggests that overall juvenile abundance may be a critical factor limiting achievement of numeric goals and that a hatchery project may be needed in order to reach the identified adult goals.

How do goals match subbasin plan priorities?

The Final Addendum to the Walla Walla Subbasin Plan (Section 1.3 - Strategic Prioritization Framework, page 9) identifies aquatic habitat and species project prioritization for the Walla Walla Subbasin based on four general tiers of priority: The second priority on that list is to address habitat or artificial propagation factors that are currently impacting survival or abundance of fish species in priority restoration and protection areas. In addition, projects that target limiting factors that have the greatest effect on production of focal species will receive higher priority (Final Addendum to the Walla Walla Subbasin Plan, Section 1.3 - Strategic Prioritization Framework, page 12).

Other comments

Section 1.1.5 of the Final Addendum to the Walla Walla Subbasin Plan (page 4)specifically states that the subbasin plan does not deal with artificial production (hatcheries, adult outplanting, captive brood programs, etc.) and so the use of artificial production was not modeled or quantitatively analyzed in the subbasin plan.