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200719800 - Next Steps in Subbasin Planning: Umatilla Pilot Project

Sponsor: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Budgets: FY07: $382,432 | FY08: $420,675 | FY09: $462,742

Short description: The purpose of this project is to nurture regionally standardized modeling of managed salmonid stocks using a pilot study of Umatilla Summer Steelhead, and will include collaborative sub-contracts with Columbia Basin Agencies and Authorities.

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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


The project is ambitious and does address what some would consider a critical need within the basin. A key selling point for the proposed work is that the model framework would be broadly used within basin. The sponsors, however, did not provide evidence of clear and direct support for the proposed work from agencies and tribes. The basin’s experience with PATH and the large-scale investment of agencies and tribes in their own models may not be conducive to their participation in the proposed work. The proposal does a poor job of identifying the difficulties in accomplishing the proposed work. Many, perhaps most, of the models that could become modules in the proposed integrative model have not been rigorously field validated, and many have not been subject to critical scientific review. These kinds of problems will impact the applicability of the proposed modeling endeavor as a decision-support tool. Furthermore the ISAB, in a review of Columbia River Basin models, recognized the shortcomings as well as the strengths of all the major models and recommended the use, not of a single grand model, but of multiple models to support decisions.

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State/province recommendation: MS: High Priority

Review group: MSRT

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

Comment: This proposal would tie many of the existing models (EDT, AHA, QHA, Mainstem and estuarine passage models) for planning efforts for the next round of subbasin planning. One MSRT member believes this proposal should be a Recommended Action at this time.