Response for project 198805306: Hood R Prod O&M - Pge

Comment on proposed FY 2006 budget

The council staff fiscal year 2006 budget of $161,305 identified for the Hood River Production O&M PGE Project (project no. 1988-053-06) is not sufficient to implement the scope and nature of activities pertaining to on-going work. There are two pieces to this contract, PGE and ODFW. The PGE portion of this contract will require $70,739. This reflects a reduction in baseline operation and maintenance hours, but an increase due to infrastructure repairs that have been delayed. The ODFW portion of this contract will require $145,020. This reflects increases in indirect costs, benefit costs, cost of living salary increases, and hours spent to operate a new NPCC/BPA approved hydraulic cleaning system in Pelton Ladder. The total requested for this project is $215,759. This will cover the costs of operating, maintaining, and contributing the same work as in previous years.

Accomplishments since the last review

Produce Annual ReportAnnual reports produced and submitted.
Produce Status ReportStatus reports submitted regularly.
Production: # fish released from program, by life stage and speciesOne raceway at Round Butte Hatchery and Pelton Ladder cells 4 and 5 (approximately 125,000 smolts) were transferred back to the Hood River for acclimation and volitional release each year.
Incubation: # fertilized eggs into incubation program, by speciesApproximately 175,000 spring chinook eggs incubated each year.
Incubation: # fry (button-up) produced, by speciesApproximately 160,000 spring chinook fry produced each year.
Rearing: # fish into program (fish ponded), by life stage and speciesApproximately 35,000 spring chinook juveniles ponded in hatchery raceway, and approximately 110,000 spring chinook juveniles ponded in cells 4 and 5 each year.
Purpose of production program (S/H/R): S = Supplementation, H = Harvest Augmentation, R = ResearchSupplementation.
Broodstock collection: # of fish collected by origin (ad-clip/non-clip) and speciesBroodstock collection occurred at Powerdale Trap on the Hood River. Approximately 75 pairs of hatchery chinook were collected for broodstock in the Hood River each year.
# of fish by sex (M,F,J), origin (ad-clip/non-clip), and ageEqual numbers of males and females, and an equal representation of the entire run is the goal of the program each year.
Mark/Tag AnimalsAll spring chinook were fin marked and coded wire tagged each year prior to release.

The annual accomplishments of this project have been similar since 2001. Operation and maintenance for residences and hatchery facilities has been consistent. PGE holds an annual coordination meeting with ODFW, PGE, CTWS, and BPA. Annual ladder inspections and repairs occur when the ladder is empty in the late spring. Approximately 175,000 Hood River spring chinook eggs are incubated, ponded, and eventually transferred and split between two ladder cells, and a raceway at Round Butte Hatchery. The fish are all fin marked and coded wire tagged. The fish are reared in their respective locations, and then transferred to acclimation facilities in the Hood River subbasin.

FY 2006 goals and anticipated accomplishments

Produce Annual ReportAnnual report will be produced.
Produce Status ReportStatus reports will be submitted regularly.
Production: # fish released from program, by life stage and speciesOne raceway at Round Butte Hatchery and Pelton Ladder cells 4 and 5 (approximately 125,000 smolts) will be transferred back to the Hood River for acclimation and volitional release.
Incubation: # fertilized eggs into incubation program, by speciesApproximately 175,000 spring chinook eggs will be incubated.
Incubation: # fry (button-up) produced, by speciesApproximately 160,000 spring chinook fry will be produced.
Rearing: # fish into program (fish ponded), by life stage and speciesApproximately 35,000 spring chinook juveniles will be ponded in hatchery raceway, and approximately 110,000 will be ponded in cells 4 and 5.
Purpose of production program (S/H/R): S = Supplementation, H = Harvest Augmentation, R = ResearchSupplementation
Broodstock collection: # of fish collected by origin (ad-clip/non-clip) and speciesBroodstock collection for these fish will occur at Powerdale Trap on the Hood River. Approximately 75 pairs of hatchery chinook will be collected for broodstock in the Hood River.
# of fish by sex (M,F,J), origin (ad-clip/non-clip), and ageEqual numbers of males and females, and an equal representation of the entire run is the goal of the program.
Mark/Tag AnimalsAll spring chinook will be fin marked and coded wire tagged prior to release.

Project goals for FY 2006 will be similar to years past. Operation and maintenance for residences and hatchery facilities will be done. PGE will hold an annual coordination meeting with ODFW, PGE, CTWS, and BPA. Pelton Ladder will be inspected and repaired when the ladder is empty in the late spring 2006. Approximately 175,000 Hood River spring chinook eggs will be incubated, ponded, and eventually transferred and split between two ladder cells, and a raceway at Round Butte Hatchery. The fish will be fin marked and coded wire tagged. The fish will rear in their respective locations, and then be transferred to acclimation facilities in the Hood River subbasin.

Subbasin planning

How is this project consistent with subbasin plans?

The activities and tasks for the Pelton Ladder Project are consistent with the Hood River Subbasin Plan. This facility works toward goals set by the HRPP. This project is intertwined with other parts of the HRPP to create a program that adaptively manages fish and improves natural habitat conditions in the basin. The Pelton Ladder Project provides support and out of basin rearing for the supplementation of spring chinook to the HRPP. The spring chinook objectives (p. 182-184) include increasing smolt to adult survival rates for hatchery fish and providing harvest opportunities. The activities of the Pelton Ladder Project follows through with the actions of the Parkdale Fish Facility (PFF), so that smolts are returned, ready for acclimation and volitional release into the Hood River subbasin. The Harvest and Hatchery Supplementation Strategies (p. 194-195) consist of many recommendations that are tasks and activities directly and indirectly concerning the work of the PFF and the Pelton Ladder Project. This work is based on the Hood River Master Plan that was drafted in 1991. Program changes to the HRPP are anticipated in the next couple of years. The work as outlined here is consistent with the subbasin plan utilizing the strategies of the HRPP.

How do goals match subbasin plan priorities?

The goals of this project match the subbasin plan priorities. The operation, maintenance, and rearing of the Hood River fish at Round Butte Hatchery and Pelton Ladder support the larger Hood River Production Program (HRPP). The HRPP is broadly prioritized in several sections of the subbasin plan. Activities and tasks of this project are part of section 6.3 Prioritized Strategies, including the aspects mentioned above.

Other comments

Based on recommendations from the Hood River Program Review and output from the UCM and EDT models, the HRPP is currently developing program wide changes. These changes will incorporate the removal of Powerdale Dam in 2010 and will have different numerical objectives. The expectations of the changes will encompass new methods of broodstock collection, increases in chinook smolt to adult ratios, and new rearing strategies for spring chinook. These changes will have an effect on this contract. The proposal for this work is still in planning stages, and engineering and design work is expected in 2006, and implementation is not expected until 2008. This project is expected to remain as stated above until other arrangements for spring chinook rearing are made.