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199200900 - Yakima Phase II/Huntsville Screen Operation & Maintenance

Sponsor: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)

Budgets: FY07: $177,011 | FY08: $182,322 | FY09: $187,792

Short description: Continue to provide operation and maintenance to BPA's Phase II Fish Screen Facilities to ensure they provide maximum protection to all species and life stages of fish. This O&M function will include the addition of the Manastash basin facilities

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $150,000 | FY08: $150,000 | FY09: $150,000

Comment:

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

This ongoing project is necessary to protect the investment already made in screens to benefit fish. There is clearly an identified need to operate fish screens to avoid mortality from diversions. The review of the problem and references gives adequate technical background but could be improved by giving reviewers some details on many fish and what species are being saved from entrainment by the screening program. The information collected by the program, as it is currently set up, is not biological. This information is clearly essential to monitor the success/failure of the program. It is not clear that the level of activity proposed in this project is optimal or if more or less activity would provide enhanced protection to all species and life stages of fish. The proposal would be strengthened if justification were provided for the level of effort identified. In a previous review the ISRP requested a table of work to date by location. This is not included in this year's proposal or narrative. The proposal lists new screens by year but the proponents should provide such a table in the future, as it would be a valuable check on effort expended and required.

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Recommended budgets: FY07: (n/a) | FY08: (n/a) | FY09: (n/a)

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