Phase 2 Feasibility Studies for Salmon Reintroduction: Evaluation of Downstream Movement and Survival of Juvenile Chinook Salmon in the Upper Columbia Basin

Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)

Project IDCDA_22
Recovery Domains -
Start Date07/01/2022
End Date06/30/2024
Last Edited02/27/2024
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This project was initiated using Tribal and State funds in November, 2020. However, PCSRF funding has not been used until CDA_22 was awarded.

The project goal is to replace a number of key assumptions modeled within Phase 1 salmon reintroduction studies (UCUT 2019), with empirical data and includes the following objectives specific to juvenile chinook salmon:

1. Estimate survival and travel time from the mouth of the Sanpoil River (rkm 987) and Kettle Falls (rkm 1121) to Grand Coulee Dam (rkm 957).

2. Estimate survival and travel time from Little Falls Dam (rkm 1071), Long Lake Dam (rkm 1089), Nine Mile Dam (rkm 1127), and Lower Hangman Creek (rkm 1141) to Grand Coulee Dam.

3. Estimate survival and travel time from Grand Coulee Dam to Chief Joseph Dam (rkm 877).

4. Assess near-dam behavior and estimate route-specific passage survival at Grand Coulee Dam.

5. Assess near-dam behavior and estimate route-specific passage survival at Chief Joseph Dam.

**Work prior to the award period was performed using tribal funds and no PCSRF funds were spent prior to this award.

Project Benefit    

To inform the feasibility of salmon reintroduction upstream of Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams.


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Funding Details

Report Total:$1,381,808

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Upper Columbia River Watershed    

  • Worksite Identifier: Upper Columbia River Watershed
  • Start Date: 11/01/2020
  • End Date: 12/31/2024
Area Description
Blocked area habitats identified for acoustic telemetry studies specific to juvenile chinook survival and behavior studies.

Location Information

  • Basin: Upper Columbia (170200)
  • Subbasin: Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake (17020001)
  • Watershed: Wilmont Creek-Franklin D Roosevelt Lake (1702000117)
  • Subwatershed: Threemile Creek-Franklin D Roosevelt Lake (170200011705)
  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain:
  • Latitude: 47.89569319949865
  • Longitude: -118.34264780903091


  • Upper Columbia River Summer- and Fall-run Chinook Salmon ESU




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    •      . . E.2 ResearchY (Y/N)
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