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  • 1. Willamette Biological Opinion Implementation December 12, 2012Ian ChaneActing Biological Opinion Implementation Program ManagerPortland District US Army Corps of Engineers BUILDING STRONG®
  • 2. Detroit Big Cliff Green Peter Foster Willamette Project 13 multi-purpose damsCougar Blue River Dexter Fall Creek Lookout Point BUILDING STRONG® Hills Creek
  • 3. Authorized purposes Flood damage reduction Hydropower Navigation Irrigation Fish & wildlife Recreation Water quality Municipal & industrial water supply BUILDING STRONG®
  • 4. Willamette Project Biological Opinions: Consultation under the ESAFederal Action Agencies prepare Biological Assessments (BA) describing effects of actions on ESA-listed fishNMFS and USFWS issue Biological Opinions (“BiOps”) that tell Action Agencies how to reduce impactsTwo biological opinions (NMFS and USFWS) issued on July 11, 2008 after eight years of “ESA Consultation” ► Biological Opinions cover 15 years (through 2023) Proposed Action Includes: ► Continued operation of 13-dam complex ► Continued maintenance of 42 miles of revetments ► Operation of hatchery program BUILDING STRONG®
  • 5. Willamette BiOp Major Actions  Downstream Passage  Upstream Passage  Water Quality  Instream Flows/Ramp Rates  Hatcheries ESA-Listed Resident Fish Species Oregon chub bull troutESA-Listed Anadromous Fish Species winter steelhead spring Chinook salmon BUILDING STRONG®
  • 6. Willamette Action Team for Ecosystem Restoration (WATER) Teams and Workgroups Assesses feasibility, Corps Manager’s Forum integrates, and prioritizes actions and Team/Process assesses Assesses biological benefits WATER Team technical Steering Team feasibility, designs of actions Configurations Public Affairs Team Design Operations Teams/PDTs Plan (COP) Reservoir Fish Passage & Regulation Hatchery Management (FPHM) Coordinates modeling &Other Work operational feasibility Groups Flow Management & Water Quality Habitat Tech Team (HTT) RM&E Team BUILDING STRONG®
  • 7. Columbia/Willamette ComparisonMainstem Columbia Dams• Operated primarily for hydropower, run-of-river; in series on mainstem• Primarily migration concerns (adult/juvenile)Willamette Basin Dams• Operated primarily for flooddamage reduction (storage)• High-head dams• Located in tributaries• All lifestages present BUILDING STRONG®
  • 8. Willamette BiOp Actions: A life-cycle approach Evaluate Downstream Fish Passage Improvements spawning •Cougar habitat •Lookout Point •DetroitUpstream fish passagefor adults via “trap-and-haul”•Cougar•Minto•Foster•Dexter•Fall Creek•Adult Release SitesDownstream HabitatImprovements•Flow•Temperature Research, Monitoring,•Hatchery and Evaluationimprovements•Habitat RestorationProjects BUILDING STRONG®
  • 9. Implementation Updates Instream Flows ► Data collection completed on N. & S. Santiam ► Evaluation underway BUILDING STRONG®
  • 10. Implementation Updates  Water Quality ► Temperature Control Operations ► Cougar WTC (Detroit – Alternatives Study) ► Total Dissolved Gas65 North and South Santiam Average Daily Temperatures and 65 Middle Fork Willamette, South Fork McKenzie and Fall Creek64 6463 63 Average Daily Temperatures and Cougar Temperature62 62 Targets61 6160 6059 5958 5857 5756 5655 5554 5453 5352 5251 5150 5049 4948 4847 4746 46 Spawning45 4544 Spawning 44 Begins 9/143 Begins 4342 4241 9/1 4140 406/1/2012 7/1/2012 8/1/2012 9/1/2012 10/1/2012 11/1/2012 6/1/2012 7/1/2012 8/1/2012 9/1/2012 10/1/2012 11/1/2012 BUILDING STRONG®
  • 12. Adult Fish Facility Updates Adult Fish Collection Facilities ► Cougar – SF McKenzie completed (3rd year) ► Minto – N. Santiam complete in spring 2013 ► Foster – South Santiam under construction ► Dexter – Middle Fork Willamette in design phase ► Fall Creek – Fall Creek (MF Willamette) alternatives study phase Adult Release Sites ► Improvements complete in 2013 BUILDING STRONG®
  • 13. Downstream Passage Updates McKenzie Subbasin ► RM&E on-going ► Drawdown operations 2012-2013 ► Alternatives Assessment underway Middle Fork Willamette Subbasin ► Fall Creek drawdown ► RM&E on-going South Santiam Subbasin ► Foster fish weir operations North Santiam Subbasin ► RM&E on-going BUILDING STRONG®