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200000400 - Monitor, Protect, and Rehabilitation of Bull Trout and Westslope Cutthroat Trout Habitat in the Upper Kootenay River Subbasin

Sponsor: Ministry of Environment

Budgets: FY07: $63,000 | FY08: $180,000 | FY09: $297,000

Short description: Protect Upper Kootenay River bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout from inappropriate reservoir operating regimes and other resource practices by monitoring bull trout spawner returns, their habitat and then rehabilitating their habitat where required.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $63,000 | FY08: $63,000 | FY09: $63,000

Comment: The Mountain Columbia oversight group strongly recommends funding the monitoring components and modifying them to include radio telemetry work to learn to what extent other tributaries are used by spawning bull trout. This project needs to be directly coordinated with MFWP. Budget amount shown here reflects these changes.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

This proposal includes all the important parts. It has redd/adult counts, and they are gathering offspring data. These should permit an assessment of whether the number of offspring at any given spawner level has increased through time. The sponsors seem very qualified and experienced, have a good protocol, and already have done some work similar to what is proposed on a lower stream section. It looks like the rehab would be done well and have a high probability of bolstering fish abundance. Hypotheses linking "habitat fixing recipes" and fishery benefits are driving a significant portion of fishery work in the Northwest. This project has potential to provide a test of that link. From the Council and BPA, the ISRP also seeks clarification on what types of actions are eligible for funding in Canada. What is BPA’s mitigation responsibility in Canada for such projects as Libby Dam? Is there any Council or BPA policy on this?

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State/province recommendation: Fundable

Review group: Mtn Col

Recommended budgets: FY07: $63,000 | FY08: $63,000 | FY09: $63,000

Comment: The OG believes it is inappropriate to fund habitat restoration work in BC because it is not a BPA responsibility, however the OG strongly recommends funding the monitoring components and modifying them to include radio telemetry work to learn to what extent other tributaries are used by spawning bull trout. This project needs to be directly coordinated with MFWP. Budget amount shown here reflects these changes.