Klamath/Trinity and Central Valley areas in California
Cowlitz River, WA
American Falls, ID
Puget Sound, WA
Bonners Ferry, ID
Bonners Ferry, ID
Oregon City, OR
South Fork, Walla Walla River
Upper Columbia Modeling
In 2009, the U.S. Congress established the Hatchery Review Project in California to follow hatchery reform efforts in the Pacific Northwest. DJWA headed a facilitation team for the California Hatchery Scientific Review Group (HSRG), an independent group of scientists that wrote a report reviewing all hatcheries, including 19 salmon and steelhead programs, in the Klamath-Trinity and Central Valley regions of California. DJWA staff members Dr. Lars Mobrand and Andy Appleby assisted in scientific analysis and HSRG facilitation.
The Chief Joseph Hatchery is aimed at supplementing Chinook salmon populations in the Okanogan and Columbia Rivers. DJWA provided planning and support including facilitating an interdisciplinary steering committee that provided input to the Step 1 plan, managed the project budget, and coordinated key issues with BPA and NPCC staff.
Step 2 and 3 of the NPCC 3-Step Planning Process for the Chief Joseph Hatchery involved research, preliminary design, and review under the National Environmental Policy Act. Program activities coordinated by DJWA included permitting and NEPA and NPCC program compliance. Approval and funding for construction of the hatchery was received in 2010. DJWA is currently developing operational and procedural manuals, and developing the on-going monitoring and evaluation and in-season management program for the hatchery.
The fisheries management program conducted in the Cowlitz River by Tacoma Power is among the largest in Washington. Two hatcheries owned by Tacoma Power conduct anadromous fish programs. The programs are aimed at supporting the restoration and recovery of natural-origin salmon runs. DJWA developed a revised schedule and process for updating the Cowlitz Hatchery Fisheries and Hatchery Management Plan (FHMP) in keeping with FERC licensing requirements. The FHMP was submitted to FERC in late fall 2011.
In 2012, in accordance with the Cowlitz Hatchery Fisheries and Hatchery Management Plan, DJWA is assisting Tacoma Power to develop on-going monitoring and evaluation programs. Dr. Lars Mobrand is the lead on this project.
DJWA led scientific and technical review for the fisheries sections of the Step 1 Master Plan for production programs for Chinook salmon and Yellowstone cutthroat trout. The plan includes a production hatchery, weirs, and adult fish collection sites and was approved by the ISRP in May 2012. The Step 2 and 3 submittal includes the scientific justification and facility designs.
In 2000, the U.S. Congress established the Hatchery Scientific Review Group (HSRG) to ensure that hatchery reform programs in Puget Sound would be based on sound science. The goal of hatchery reform was to ensure that hatchery programs are managed and operated to 1) help recover and conserve naturally spawning populations and/or 2) support sustainable fisheries.
In 2006, the HSRG turned its attention to the Columbia River Basin. Every hatchery program within the Basin was reviewed and evaluated by an independent panel of scientists working in conjunction with scientists from Native American tribes and federal, state, and local agencies. The scientists defined the direction that hatchery programs should take and formulated operational guidelines. Over the three year duration of the project, 178 hatchery programs, involving 351 salmon and steelhead populations, were reviewed and evaluated. The project required a high level of organization to accomplish all of the goals within the allotted period. DJWA owner Dan Warren headed the facilitation team for the HSRG. In addition, DJWA staff members Dr. Lars Mobrand chaired the group and staff member Andy Appleby represented the State of Washington.
Currently the HSRG reviews projects and proposals to continue the efforts of hatchery reform in the Pacific Northwest. Their most recent review was of Elwha Hatchery programs. DJWA staff member Andy Appleby currently co-chairs the Hatchery Scientific Review Group (HSRG) and Dr. Lars Mobrand remains an HSRG member. HSRG principles are being implemented across the basin in new hatchery programs, state laws, mitigation activities, and fisheries management.
The Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Master Plan, being managed and implemented by the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, presents a framework for an ecosystem-based river habitat restoration project for the Idaho portion of the Kootenai River Basin. The Master Plan is the first planning phase of a multi-phase project and sets the stage for the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho and its partners to identify, prioritize, design, and implement meaningful habitat restoration actions. DJWA provides coordination of scheduling, budgeting, contracting strategies and independent reviews.
The Kootenai River Native Fish Restoration and Conservation Aquaculture Program involves expansion of an existing hatchery and development of a new facility for sturgeon and burbot aquaculture. The Kootenai Sturgeon Hatchery is part of a cooperative sturgeon conservation and recovery program implemented and coordinated through a white sturgeon recovery team. The Kootenai Tribe is managing and implementing the hatchery program, and DJWA provides project management and planning support to the Kootenai Tribe for completion of the proposed hatchery expansion. Project construction began in 2013.
DJWA developed strategies and models to help the Washington Department of Fish and Game manage fish hatcheries and weirs. These tools more accurately analyze fish populations and catch data, and improve how Washington fisheries are managed. Decisions made using DJWA’s models apply to better watershed management on a whole.
Steelhead in the Okanogan River and key tributaries are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. In order to raise and release compatible steelhead stocks, a new hatchery needs to be built. The plan focuses on development of viable summer steelhead runs in three tributaries of the Okanogan River. It also evaluates receiving habitats and contribution of Canadian steelhead stocks to Upper Columbia steelhead stocks. DJWA acts as project manager for development of the Step 1 Master Plan.
DJWA developed a Step 1 Master Plan and Step 2 and 3 preliminary and final design plans for a sockeye salmon smolt production facility. The Master Plan included the scientific basis for implementation of the program based on M&E results, a draft HGMP and an M&E plan. The plan was approved by the Independent Scientific Review Panel (ISRP) and NPCC in February 2011; construction started in 2012 and the hatchery officially began operations in 2013.
DJWA co-developed a Step 1 Master Plan for production programs for Summer- and Fall-Run Chinook and Coho salmon. The plan includes a production hatchery, weirs, and adult fish collection sites, and met all NPCC and BPA requirements.
The Willamette Project consists of 13 multi-purpose dams, fiver fish hatcheries and approximately 42 miles of revetments in western Oregon’s Willamette River Basin. DJWA assists in the analysis and formulation of biological metrics, participates in updates to Dexter and Foster Hatcheries, and produces analytical reports, plans and documents as requested.
DJWA led an effort to revise a Step 1 Master Plan for a spring Chinook hatchery program in the South Fork of the Walla Walla River. The purpose of the proposed program is to contribute to the harvest and natural spawning for spring Chinook in the near term, and to do so in a manner that is consistent with the long-term goal to reestablish a self-sustaining naturally spawning population.Work focused on revisions of and updates to the scientific framework for the program to obtain Independent Scientific Review Panel (ISRP) approval. DJWA also revised and supported the Umatilla Tribe in re-submittingthe Master Plan to answer review questions previously posed by the ISRP. The revised Step 1 Master Plan was approved by the ISRP in October 2013.
We are developing salmonid life cycle models to evaluate alternative reintroduction strategies for salmon and steelhead in the upper Columbia River Basin above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams. The models evaluate potential outcomes in terms of escapement and harvest under different reintroduction scenarios and explore the sensitivity of model outputs to assumptions about the 4 H’s (hydro, habitat, harvest, and hatcheries). Specifically, the models will be used to examine the factors most likely to affect the success of the reintroduction efforts (e.g., fish passage survival, adult and juvenile habitat productivity and capacity, harvest rates, etc.).
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DJWA has worked for a variety of clients on numerous projects involving planning, review, development and evaluation of salmonid hatchery programs, evaluation of impacts from natural stocks and other fisheries projects, stream restoration, environmental assessments and impact statements, and managing independent scientific reviews. We have extensive experience and affiliations with most major stakeholders in the Northwest and California including utilities, agencies and tribes.