new Pacific lamprey conservation and restoration projects were sent to the
Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Council for final approval in
December. Three lamprey projects were completed in fiscal year 2018 and the
seven new projects were approved by the Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee
at its meeting Nov. 13 in Portland.
approved in December by the Council, the new projects will cost the region
$238,682 in FY2019. The Committee is also proposing the Council set aside
$300,000 a year in cost-savings funds for future lamprey projects.
savings are savings identified by the Council’s cost savings workgroup that
comes from Fish and Wildlife Program projects administered by BPA that are
either closing out or reducing expenditures.
Fritsch of the Council’s Fish and Wildlife staff said that the pot of unspent
cost savings money in FY2019 is $281,960, $352,323 in FY2020 and $1.1 million
in 2021. “There is a budget to sustain this,” he said.
the projects stem from the Pacific Lamprey Conservation Agreement (https://www.fws.gov/pacificlamprey/AgreementMainpage.cfm).
The three first year projects cost $248,204.
to a Nov. 6 Council Decision Memorandum (https://www.nwcouncil.org/sites/default/files/2018_1113_f4.pdf),
the Conservation Agreement “provides a mechanism for interested parties to
collaborate and pool available resources to expeditiously and effectively
implement conservation and restoration actions” with the objectives to:
Evaluate Pacific Lamprey population structure;
Identify global issues that are impacting Pacific Lamprey;
Identify and characterize Pacific Lamprey for the Regional Management Units;
Identify, secure and enhance watershed conditions contained in the RMUs; and
Restore Pacific Lamprey to the RMUs.
three FY2018 lamprey projects followed on five lamprey projects from 2008
through 2011 at a total cost of $2,335,186. The lamprey Conservation Team has
identified an additional $1 million worth of projects, with $579,000 in high
priority projects in the Columbia and Snake rivers. Seven were identified for
Klickitat River lamprey passage improvement (Yakama Nation and the Washington
Department of Fish and Wildlife) -- $25,000.
Reduction of larval/juvenile lamprey entrainment in the upper Columbia River
(Bureau of Reclamation, WDFW, Yakama Nation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Chelan
County PUD) -- $62,630.
Southwest Washington lamprey assessment (WDFW, USFWS) -- $15,622.
Assessment of lamprey passage at fish hatchery, fishways and barrier dams in
the lower Columbia River (USFWS, WDFW, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
and private parties) -- $28,760.
BMPs for evaluating lamprey passage at culverts in various areas of the basin
(Stillwater Sciences, USFWS, Lamprey Technical Workgroup) -- $15,000.
Improving adult lamprey counts in the McKenzie River in Oregon (ODFW, U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Eugene Water & Electric Board) -- $27,500.
Juvenile lamprey passage in the lower Yakima River and Columbia River (U.S.
Geologic Survey, BOR, Yakama Nation, irrigation districts) -- $37,292.
$26,878 for indirect costs by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
and the total cost for the seven new lamprey projects in FY2019 come to
initially had some hesitation of turning money over to another organization,”
Jennifer Anders of Montana said of paying the PSMFC. “But this has worked out
wonderfully.” The PSMFC is charging 12.69 percent of the total cost of the
projects for their oversight.
to Christina Wang of the USFWS, the three FY2018 projects and their costs were:
Lower South Fork McKenzie River Floodplain Enhancement Project (U.S. Forest
Service, McKenzie Watershed Alliance, EWEB, ODFW, Corps, NOAA Fisheries) -
Translocating Adult Lamprey Past Mainstem Dams to Snake Basin (Nez Perce, State
of Idaho, USFWS, Columbia River InterTribal Fish Commission, Corps and the
University of Idaho) - $30,000
Adult Passage Improvement at Prosser Dam in Lower Yakima River (BOR) - $40,000
PSMFC indirect cost for these three projects was $28,204 (12.82 percent), with
a total cost for of $248,204.
how some projects have multiple funding sources, Wang said that the funding
from the Council for the McKenzie project amounted to just 10 percent of the
full project cost that reconnects flood plains for all native fish and for all
life stages of lamprey.
adult passage for lamprey at mainstem dams is just 40 to 60 percent, so many
populations in the headwaters and tributaries of the Snake River are at or near
extirpation. Translocation of adults is the only means to rapidly re-establish
substantial larval and juvenile presence in the upper basins, she said.
the Yakima River, the BOR, USFWS, WDFW and Yakama Nation added a vertical
wetted wall at Prosser Dam to increase adult lamprey passage rates and time it
takes to migrate. That project is expected to be completed by March 2019.
CBB, July 13, 2018, “Council Fish/Wildlife Committee Discusses Tribal Plans To
Restore Pacific Lamprey To Historic Range,” http://www.cbbulletin.com/441107.aspx
June 1, 2018, “Science Panel Reviews Tribes’ Master Plan For Recovering Pacific
Lamprey In Columbia River Basin,” http://www.cbbulletin.com/440843.aspx
February 16, 2018, “Science Panel Gives Tribes’ Lamprey Synthesis Report High
Marks, Some Questions About Genetics,” http://www.cbbulletin.com/440225.aspx
January 5, 2018, “Science Panel Supports Basin Pacific Lamprey Conservation
Initiative With Some Suggestions,” http://www.cbbulletin.com/440009.aspx
February 17, 2017, “Study Looks At Genetics, Migration, Behavior Of Pacific
Lamprey In Willamette River,” http://www.cbbulletin.com/438353.aspx