Here is the proposed Wynoochee Mitigation agreement. This is a PDF file converted so formatting is off and typos are present. If you want a clean copy PM me. Notice the plan is to pay for 500k smolt on the Satsop River with Wynoochee Mitigation funds.

Recommendations for the use of the
Wynoochee Dam Salmon and Steelhead Trust Fund
Draft October 12, 2018

Summary
The "Agreement for Mitigation and Enhancement at Wynoochee Dam" ("Agreement'') of 1991 established the Wynoochee Dam Salmon and Steelhead Trust Fund ("Trust") to enhance the fishery resources of the Wynoochee River. The Agreement envisioned the construction and operation of a hatchery near the base of the Wynoochee Dam. However, for a variety of reasons the hatchery was never constructed and the funding provided through the Agreement remains largely unexpended. The Trust balance has grown to approximately $2.6 million dollars.

This document provides a proposal to increase fish production in the Wynoochee and Satsop Rivers to expend the Fund through the remaining 18 years (through 2037) of the Agreement. The proposal includes the following components:

1) 500,000 increase in early timed coho salmon yearlings; of which 100,000 are released into the Wynoochee River at the trap and 400,000 released into the Satsop at Bingham Creek Hatchery.
2) 60,000 increase in winter steelhead smelts;

The preliminary projected cost of the proposed project over the remaining 18 years of the Agreement is
$2,569,870.

Mitigation History
In 1991the Departments of Fisheries and Wildlife, the Chehalis and Quinault tribes, and the cities of Aberdeen and Tacoma signed the Agreement for Mitigation and Enhancement at Wynoochee Dam ("Agreement"). In the Agreement, the Cities agreed to create a fund for a hatchery to mitigate for continuing impacts to downstream migrants.

The fund was to support the construction and operation of a small hatchery and acclimation facility downstream from the dam on land owned by the US Forest Service. However, for a variety of reasons the hatchery was never constructed and the funding provided through the Agreement remains largely unexpended. In a letter dated July 9, 1993, the directors of the Washington Department of Fisheries, and Washington Department of Wildlife requested the cities of Aberdeen and Tacoma to continue to hold funds set aside for the hatchery facility, until an alternative plan was developed. The Trust is currently held by Tacoma Power and has grown to approximately $2.6 million dollars.

Project Proposal
The proposed project provides an increase in fish production for the Wynoochee River and includes the following components:


1) 500,000 increase in coho salmon yearlings;
2) 60,000 increase in winter steelhead smolts;
3) Sample 100% of adults returning to the trap; Each of these components is discussed In detail below.
Coho Salmon Production Enhancement
The objectives of the proposed coho salmon program are to Increase the number of coho salmon available to fisheries. Each year the production of 500,000 coho salmon yearlings would be funded by the Trust. 100,000 Wynoochee natural l ori gin eggs wo uld be incubated and rearing woul d occur at the Lake Aberdeen Hatchery; 400,000 Satsop eggs would be incubated and reared at Bingham Creek Hatchery and fish released into the Satsop River at 17 fish per pound. The coho released into the Wynoochee will be 100% CWT'd but not AD clipped for 6 year s. All coho released from Bingham Creek will be AD clipped funded by WDFW.

Projected costs of the coho salmo n project for the next 18 years are summarized in Table 1. All cost projections assume an average annual inflat ion rate of 3%.

Table 1. Projected costs for coho salm on program over 18-year period of proposed project.

Source Cost Comments
Three Netpens at Lake Aberdeen $112,485 Includes T Dock repairs
Trucking Juveniles and Adults $16,902
CWTTags $97,800 6 years of tagging for
Feed $586,844
Miscellaneous Goods & Services $109,030 Includes replacement of pen netting at 5-10 year intervals.
Planting Truck $175,000 Designed to couple with fish handling facility hopper. Used for transport of both adults and
juveniles.
Staffing $664,749 6 months of staffing for trap operation and net pen rearing.
Indirect @30% on all Items except Feed
and Planting Truck $300,290
Total $2,063,100



Winter Steelhead Production Enh ancement
The objective of the proposed winter steelhead program is to increase the number of steelhead available to fisheries. Each year the production of 60,000 winter stee lhead smolts would be funded by

the Trust. Eggs will be incubated and rearing would occur at the Lake Aberdeen Hatchery released at the Wynoochee trap at 5 fish per pound. All steelhead would be 100% Ad clipped.

Projected costs of the steelhead project for the next 18 years are summarized in Table 2. All cost projections assume an average annual inflation rate of 3%.

Table 2. Projected costs for winter steelhead program over 18-year period of proposed project.


Source Cost Comments
Planting Truck - Included in costs for coho program.
Staffing - Included in costs for coho program.
3 stacks of incubators $3,600
Trucking Juveniles and Adults $20,591
CWTs 20K for 6 years $19,560
Mass Marking $117,000 Life of project
Feed $244,543 60,000 winter steelhead
Miscellaneous Goods & Services $40,970
Indirect @30% on all items except Feed and Planting Truck $60,516
Total $506,770

Proposed Fish Trap Enhancements
The current fish trap, which is located about 2 miles below the Wynoochee Dam (Figure 1), offers only a rudimentary ability to collect and sort returning adults. Live fish must be dip-netted from the flume, handled and examined individually while in the dipnet. Adults are then sorted to one holding tank, individual fish transferred to a transport tank manually, or marked and returned to the river. It doesn't prevent fish from cycling through the facility multiple times, and is rough on fish and fish handlers.
Handling adults in this manner causes damage and potential mortality due to slime and scale loss caused by the net material and fish handlers' gloves.

The facility upgrade will require installation of an elevated platform (false floor), modification to the flume, installation of holding/anesthetic tanks and a braii system (lift system) to transfer adults to transport tankers.

The projected costs for enhancements to the trap are summarized in Table 3.

Table 3. Projected costs for facility enhancements.


Source Cost Comments
Wynoochee Dam Trap Enhancements $200,000 Tacoma cost estimate.
30% Contingency $60,000
Total $260,000 Not to be funded by Trust Funds






Figure 1. Map of the Wynoochee Dam and Fish Trap.



Adaptive Management
Substantive uncertainty exists regar ding the expected performance and cost of this project. To provide for management flexibility, the performance and cost of the fish production programs will be reviewed at 5-year intervats. The fish product on programs may be modified by the Parties to more effectively address the goals of the Agreement provided that suffi cient funds are availabl e within the Trust.


Edited by Rivrguy (09/11/19 03:13 PM)
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