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198506200 - Juvenile Fish Screen Evaluations in Columbia Plateau Province

Sponsor: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Budgets: FY07: $91,717 | FY08: $94,608 | FY09: $97,981

Short description: The goal of this project is to monitor and evaluate fish screen facilities to ensure they meet NMFS criteria for safe juvenile fish passage. Fish screens will be evaluated in most subbasins within the Columbia Plateau Province.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

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

Comment: Tier 2. Fund at a level consistent with ISRP comments during contracting, when funds become available.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

This ongoing project is likely to benefit fish. The need for properly functioning juvenile fish screens is clearly identified. The relationship to other projects and the rationale for this project in the context of past and current fish screening projects are clearly noted. Collaborative effort with screening projects is described. The project history is described in detail. The proponents have carefully documented results in annual reports. The 2005 annual report showed strong evidence that appropriate data are being collected, well analyzed, and taken seriously. Most screens function properly, but it is clear from the report that PNNL staff are working actively with BOR and WDFW to remedy a few problem spots. A summary of the number of problems identified, their severity, and the resolution of the problems would strengthen the proposal. Also, a description of how selection of sites will be prioritized would have been useful. The proposal would be improved by more detail on how the target of 25% subsampling was chosen, how the various sites were stratified, and whether or not this subsampling level is a representative sample. The timelines for the work are vague because there is little detail concerning which subbasins will be monitored when, and how prioritization will be made. The facilities appear appropriate. The key personnel have a long history with this project. Future proposals should specify the proportion of time each person will devote to the project and indicate the timeframe for activities. In the future the sponsors should provide information that makes it clear that this project is a success in terms of impact on fish. While the description of problems and solutions identified at fish screens are available in annual reports with excellent links provided in the proposal the ISRP would like to have a summary of these activities presented in future proposals.

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

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