Response for project 200304100: Eval Salmon Thru Snake R Dams

Comment on proposed FY 2006 budget

I desire renewal of this project for FY2006. I confirm that the Council staff FY 2006 budget total identified for this project is consistent with my expectations.

Accomplishments since the last review

2003-Full funding would have been received too late in the year for development, design, and construction of a new fish marking facility at Lower Granite Dam which would have the capacity to PIT tag the 301,000 smolts required for this study. Spent most of the year trying to work the third release group, as recommended by the ISRP during the Rolling Provincial Review Process, into the BPA study design and budget with no BPA COTR consistently assigned to the project. Did some conceptualization and design work on the new PIT tagging facility. 2004-Funding again would have been received too late in the year (mid-February) to allow time for design, construction, and installation of the new fish marking facility to allow PIT tagging of 301,000 study fish in spring 2004. Again, the lack of a BPA COTR who was consistently assigned to this project to communicate through and who was aware of the inclusion of the ISRP-recommended third release group and increased budget for same added considerable confusion and subsequent delay relative to implementation and initiation of this project. Conceptualized, designed, and constructed the new PIT tagging facility, which had the capacity to PIT tag 301,000 smolts within a 3-week period to meet study design requirements. Winter 2005-Installed new PIT tagging facility at Lower Granite Dam juvenile collection facility. Spring 2005 to date-Currently PIT tagging and releasing the first year's goal of 301,000 total study fish. Summer and fall 2005-Manage data and write reports

FY 2006 goals and anticipated accomplishments

Winter 2006-Prepare for and order supplies to continue PIT tagging second year's release of study fish. Spring 2006-PIT tag second year's release of 301,000 study fish. Spring, summer and fall 2006-Recover jacks from first year of juvenile PIT tagging. Manage/analyze data and write required reports.

Subbasin planning

How is this project consistent with subbasin plans?

This work is not related to any subbasin plan.

How do goals match subbasin plan priorities?

This work is not related to a subbasin plan.

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