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200707300 - Dynamics of Gravel Spawning Beds in Lake Pend Oreille, ID

Sponsor: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Budgets: FY07: $235,068 | FY08: $361,079 | FY09: $290,357

Short description: Observations and modeling of the effects of waves and currents on sediments in kokanee spawning habitat in Lake Pend Oreille, ID. The long-term goal is to provide tools to manage lake levels & shoreline sediments to optimize habitat for bull trout forage.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $0 | FY08: $0 | FY09: $0


ISRP final recommendation: Not fundable


This is a well-done proposal with technically sound methods and well-qualified principal investigators, but the problem has already been addressed in Lake Pend Oreille. This proposal is likely five years too late. It is an interesting research project but geared to advancing knowledge of the dynamics of deepwater substrate, not to benefiting fish resources. IDFG proposal 199404700 shows how kokanee spawning gravel can be made available by managing lake level, which is being done, and makes it clear that there is no longer a problem for this proposal to address.

State/province recommendation: Not fundable

Review group: Intermountain

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