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200734300 - Expand Current Juvenile Salmonid Monitoring in the Columbia Estuary Province

Sponsor: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)

Budgets: FY07: $292,300 | FY08: $156,604 | FY09: $162,463

Short description: This proposal addresses the in-depth juvenile monitoring gaps identified from the LCFRB (2004) plan at the Level 3 or least intensive level, and builds on the existing juvenile salmonid monitoring program in Washington's Lower Columbia River domain.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

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

Comment:

ISRP final recommendation: Not fundable

Comment:

The sponsors do not adequately address ISRP comments and the ISRP still considers the proposed work to be limited in scope. In addressing the ISRP’s comments, the sponsors often included extraneous material and referred the reviewer to other documents, reports and plans as a means of addressing the ISRP’s questions. It is our understanding that the proposals as well as the responses are to be stand-alone documents that do not require ISRP reviewers to search through other reports to find the answers to the ISRP’s questions. Two crucial concerns were not sufficiently addressed. First, the ISRP was concerned that the method the sponsors were using to assess juvenile abundance was not accurate enough to assess juvenile status and trends. The sponsors did not address this concern in a clear and convincing way. Second, the ISRP was concerned about the lack of habitat assessment to aid in explaining changes in juvenile abundance. The sponsors acknowledged that habitat work would not be done and referred to the Intensively Monitored Watershed (IMW) project on-going in the Lower Columbia estuary. The sponsors, however, did not provide a clear explanation of how this project satisfied the need for habitat monitoring in their streams and how their project would be linked specifically to the IMW. In response to the ISRP’s question about habitat monitoring, the sponsors also cited the EDT modeling work done for the Lower Columbia. It is unclear how this modeling related explicitly to the ISRP’s specific question about habitat monitoring.

State/province recommendation: Not fundable

Review group: OSPIT - Estuary

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

Comment: Project received a Not Fundable recommendation from ISRP. In keeping with OSPIT recommendations, OSPIT will not prioritize a project not deemed fundable by ISRP.

State/province recommendation: Washington

Review group: Washington list

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

Comment: See Washington guidance