Response for project 200100300: Adult Pit Detector Installatio

Comment on proposed FY 2006 budget

PSMFC in cooperation with NOAA-F, confirms its desire to continue funding this project. The funding identified here by Council staff is not adequate for the projects that are currently planned. The two currently planned adult PIT installations for 2006 include: 1) addition of four vertical slot antennas at the Bradford Island ladder at Bonneville Dam; 2) addition of three to four vertical slot antennas at the counting window location on the Washington ladder at McNary dam. Based upon "final installation costs" at Bonneville Washington Shore in 2005 (approx $110K) for four vertical slot detectors, we expect that final installation costs for the two currently planned installations will be $225K. In order to calibrate or verify the effectiveness of these detectors, an additional $125K will be needed for NOAA-F evaluation of both new facilities. Therefore, the total amount that should be allocated to this project should be $225K + $125K for a total of $350K. It should be noted that the McNary work to be performed in 2006 was delayed in 2004/5 because Corps did not have funds to perform the design work. In addition, a decision was made to split the installation of vertical slot antennas at Bonneville over two years. Since these installations were not done, it appeared that this project was overfunded in 2005.

Accomplishments since the last review

CoordinationCoordinate with Corps and Corps contractors for final installation of PIT system electronics.
Manage and Administer ProjectsProject management for coordination with Corps, database management system updates and final installations at new sites.
Install Fish Trap/Monitoring Weir2003: Installation of 16 antennas at Ice Harbor.
Install Fish Trap/Monitoring Weir2004: Conversion of four 400kHz PIT tag coils to ISO standards at Lower Granite adult trap and four 400kHz PIT tag coils to ISO standard at Bonneville adult trap. Last milestone for ISO conversion project initiated in 1996.
Install Fish Trap/Monitoring Weir2003: Installed 8 detectors at Lower Granite adult ladder.
Install Fish Trap/Monitoring Weir2005: Installed four vertical slot antennas at Bonneville dam Washington Ladder.
Develop RM&E Methods and DesignsDevelop study design for evaluation of adult detection systems at BON, MCN, ICH and GRA.
Mark/Tag AnimalsMark fish for adult fish evaluations at BON, ICH and GRA.
Manage/Maintain DatabasePerform activities to make site specific information available in web interfaces, and other ptagis database management tools
Analyze/Interpret DataPerform evaluation of adult PIT tag detection efficiencies at BON, MCN, ICH and GRA.

FY 2006 goals and anticipated accomplishments

CoordinationCoordinate installations at BON and MCN with Corps and contractors.
Manage and Administer ProjectsPlan, organize, direct and control final installation project activities.
Provide Technical ReviewProvide technical review of Corps plans and specs for installations at BON and MCN.
Produce Design and/or SpecificationsDevelop specifications for inclusion of new detectors into new or existing sites. Includes wiring diagrams, site configuration maps, etc.
Produce/Submit Scientific Findings ReportProduce final technical report of detection efficiencies at adult fish ladders.
Install Fish Trap/Monitoring WeirInstall four new detectors at Bradford Island fish ladder at BON. Install three to four new detectos at MCN Washington shore ladder.
Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab DataCollect detection data and detector diagnostic information to perform tuning of detection systems at BON and MCN new site installations.
Mark/Tag AnimalsMark fish for evaluation of new detection systems at BON and MCN adult ladders.
Submit/Acquire DataTransmit tagging and detection data for fish evaluation to PTAGIS.
Manage/Maintain DatabaseDevelop new site confiugration schema and site configuration maps for BON and MCN installations. Update PTAGIS server side processes.
Disseminate Raw & Summary DataProvide efficiency and other related data to interested parties as appropriate.
Analyze/Interpret DataAnalyze detection efficiency information from live fish evaluations and develop meaningful information for decision makers.

1.1. Inspect installation and provide feedback to COE. PSMFC Maintenance personnel are tasked with inspecting key components of the installation. These key components include ensuring that the electrical and mechanical design along with the communications schema is adhered to by the general contractor. When deficiencies are noticed or issues arise that may not have been considered during the initial design phase, PSMFC relay’s these concerns to the COE-COTR for review and consideration. This process helps ensure that PIT-tag detection system performs as expected upon completion. 1.2. Installation of the High Speed Interface Panel (HSIP). Currently, there is an abandon electrical enclosure located in the AFF PIT-tag room that will be re-used and upgraded to receive the data from the Slot antenna transceivers. This task will include the installation of fiber optic modem nests, expansion chassis and additional serial cabling within the panel. This task may also include some associated electrical work. 1.3. Reconfigure the data collection platform. This task will include putting together all the required hardware components along with configuring the data collection software, networking components and miscellaneous cabling required when introducing a new platform into the PTAGIS system. 1.4. Terminate fiber optics communication cables. The termination of fiber optic (FO) cabling from the transceiver enclosures to the FO patch panel in the AFF will be done by contractor. PSMFC will ensure that the FO terminations are tested and are operational. FO cables that extend from the patch panel to the HSIP will be installed by PSMFC. Some termination of this cable maybe necessary and will be performed by PSMFC. PSMFC will also be responsible for the temporary relocation of the existing fiber runs that provide a data link to 3 other systems located at Bonneville dam that are currently active. This is necessary due to activities listed in section 1.5. 1.5. Install surface mount raceways in PIT-tag room. The existing surface mount raceway will need to be re-routed to the FO patch panel’s new location. In addition, additional raceway may need to be installed at other locations within the room to accommodate the FO cable from the FO Patch Panel to the new HSIP. 1.6. Lab-test the modified FS1001A transceivers. The test will consist of installing the transceivers in the Kennewick lab test bed and connecting them to an antenna that has approximately the same inductive value as the production antennas. The transceivers will then be tuned and calibrated. The transceivers will be checked for functionality with relative to their menu options and may be subjected to a series of belt tests. First and foremost, the transceivers will be left in the “On” or in the “Read state” for as long as time permits in order to emulate a “Burn-in” cycle. 1.7. Install the modified FS1001A transceivers. The mounting of the transceivers onto the back panel only requires the installation of 4 bolts. However, at the same time, the transceivers internal parameters will be have to be configured along with flashing the internal EEPROM with hard coded parameters. This requires a laptop computer connected to the transceiver that downloads a file with specific information. 1.8. Organize enclosures and install cable ends. The organization of the AC power cables, exciter cables and FO cable require the mounting of Velcro Rip-Ties every 6 to 8 inches on the inside perimeter of 4 enclosures. Each of the 4 exciter cables will then need to be terminated with the standard male connector that mates with the transceiver socket. 1.9. Test and trouble shoot entire system. This task will involve a complete calibration of the transceivers and tuning of antennas; verify successful communications from the transceivers back to the PIT-tag data collection platform, Validate antenna ID’s with respect to the software configuration and verify that communications from the Data collection platform to the PTAGIS database has been established. 1.10. Document and label final installation. This process will involve the labeling of the transceiver enclosures with their associated weir and antenna id’s, labeling of the HSIP panel per standard PSMFC numbering conventions, along with documenting the final transceiver settings. Additionally, the task will ensure that the transceiver and antenna calibration / flow travelers are complete, along with any other pertinent information that is of use in describing the system as a whole. 1.11. Project Management Provide logistical and resource planning and organizing. Monitor project status; prepare weekly status reports, site visit inspections. Take action to keep project deliverables on time and within budget. 1.12. Database Configuration Perform activities to make site specific information available in web interfaces, and other ptagis database management tools

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

If any additional Adult installation projects or evaluations are required, additional funds for this project will be required. We recommend in the future that a more generic "New PIT Installation" project be set up. This would cover adult installations, 'traditional' juvenile installations (or facility modifications) at dams, and new 'in-stream' installations.