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200003900 - Walla Walla Subbasin Collaborative Salmonid Monitoring & Evaluation Project

Sponsor: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Budgets: FY07: $1,417,375 | FY08: $1,377,482 | FY09: $1,421,356

Short description: To provide ecological information and technical services to decision makers in support of adaptive management for restoration, conservation, and preservation of cultural, social, and economic salmonid resources.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $914,360 | FY08: $914,360 | FY09: $914,360

Comment: Sponsor should address ISRP concerns the next time they report to Bonneville (copy to Council staff) and in the next project review process.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)


Most of the ISRP’s comments were adequately addressed. The sponsors, however, did not truly address the need for prioritization of M&E actions to answer key management questions. The ISRP recognizes that the sponsors provided sound justification for their basic monitoring designs, taking an EMAP approach to assess smolt emigration and adult returns. Moreover, the conceptual Venn diagram is a good heuristic tool and the sponsors did provide better information on completion of tasks and activities, but they did not provide much quantitative data of findings to date. Thus, while the response represents an important improvement, the originally identified deficiency remains in place. Ultimately, the ISRP will need some detailed specifics to more fully evaluate the rigor of the science behind this collaborative M&E project. The ISRP also identifies the need for this project (and directly related projects) to undergo an independent, comprehensive, site review to assess the integration of M&E data with management decisions before the next cycle of project funding. The sponsors have been conducting this project for six years. What is the justification for continuing project and what has been learned (and management adapted or maintained to date)? Qualification: Finally, a decision analysis framework for fisheries management is required that incorporates risk assessment and options. As presented, the response (which is similar to that from Proposal #199905001) did not address the alignment of M&E tasks with key management decisions and objectives (as provided reasonably well within the Walla Walla Subbasin Plan (see Table 7.9)). In short, Objectives as listed in the proposal and response do not provide a clear program of data-driven evaluation and adaptive management.

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State/province recommendation: Fundable, but at a reduced level

Review group: OSPIT - Plateau

Recommended budgets: FY07: $750,000 | FY08: $750,000 | FY09: $750,000

Comment: OSPIT would scale back the M&E activity to the two party (CTUIR, WDFW) collaboration.

State/province recommendation: Washington

Review group: Washington list

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

Comment: See Washington guidance