Agencies and Tribes Joint Technical Memorandums





  • 2017
    • October 10, 2017 - UPDATE - Early Juvenile Bypass System Operation Implementation Recommendation
    • August 7, 2017 - Trip Reports and Flow Vector Diagrams from ERDC Columbia and Snake River Project Modeling
    • August 2, 2017 - Early Juvenile Bypass System Operation Implementation Recommendation

  • 2016
    • No Joint Technical Memos were written in 2016

  • 2015
    • January 27, 2015 - Comments on draft report Compliance monitoring of yearling and subyearling Chinook salmon and juvenile Steelhead survival and passage at McNary Dam, 2014
    • February 20, 2015 - Comments on draft report Compliance monitoring of subyearling Chinook salmon survival and passage at John Day Dam, 2014
    • May 6, 2015 - Technical Considerations for Adaptive Management to Improve Survival of Listed Columbia and Snake River Salmon and Steelhead during Low Flows in 2015
    • June 1, 2015 - Response to May 6, 2015, JTSM from Barry A. Thom (NOAA)
       
    • June 8, 2015 - Comments on Systematic review of JSATS passage and survival data at Bonneville and The Dalles Dams during alternative turbine and spillway operations from 2008–2012

  • 2014
    • January 21, 2014 - Comments on draft report “BiOp Performance Testing: Passage and Survival of Subyearling Chinook Salmon at Little Goose and Lower Monumental Dams, 2013”
    • April 8, 2014 - Proposed change to an earlier start date for smolt transportation
    • October 8, 2014 - Comments on the Proposed Modification to the Total Dissolved Gas Water Quality Standard for Mainstem Columbia River

  • 2013
    • No Joint Technical Memos were issued this year.

  • 2012
    • September 25, 2012 - Fish Passage Advisory Committee - Marking of Sockeye and Fall Chinook for 2013
    • June 26, 2012 - Fish Passage Advisory Committee - Spring Spill Operation at Lower Monumental Dam
    • August 17, 2012 - Lower Columbia Survival Studies, SRWG meeting April 13, 2012

  • 2011
    • April 18, 2011 Fish Passage Advisory Committee - Smolt Monitoring Program
    • March 16, 2011 Fish Passage Advisory Committee - Salmon Managers’ concerns over 2010 Sockeye transportation study and late entry of Sort-By-Code request
    • January 28, 2011 Fish Passage Advisory Committee - Flood Control Operations at Dworshak Reservoir

  • 2010
    • September 29, 2010 Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Nez Perce Tribe, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife - Operations of Libby Dam for the provision of flow in the implementation of both the USFWS Sturgeon Biological Opinion flow/spill test and the NOAA-NMFS Salmon Biological Opinion
    • May 5, 2010 Fish Passage Advisory Committee - Salmon Managers’ comments on the COE’s March 17, 2010 Libby/Dworshak Flood Control Workshop

  • 2009
    • November 6, 2009 Fish Passage Advisory Committee - FPAC Comments and Contributions to Columbia River Crossing Analysis.
    • August 24, 2009 USFWS, CRITFC, ODFW, IDFG, WDFW - Grand Coulee Dam Operations 2009.
    • August 19, 2009 USFWS, CRITFC, ODFW - Dworshak Operations Spring 2009.
    • June 2, 2009 NOAA, CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, WDFW, USFWS, Nez Perce Tribe - TDG Waiver at Dworshak Dam.
    • March 31, 2009 CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, USFWS - Technical Comments on the Draft 2009 Spring Fish Operation Plan.
    • March 20, 2009 CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, WDFW, USFWS, Nez Perce Tribe - Technical Comments on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ application for a waiver to Oregon’s total dissolved gas standard
    • February 3, 2009 CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, WDFW, NOAA, USFWS - Recommendation for sampling at John Day During high temperature

  • 2008
    • December 1, 2008 CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, USFWS - Special SRWG meeting regarding ISAB Spill-Transport Review.
    • October 21, 2008 CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, WDFW - The Dalles Dam Spill Wall Construction.
    • September 23, 2008 CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, WDFW - Review of the coordination process for changes to in-season operations.
    • June 20, 2008 CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, WDFW - Managing Bonneville Dam Screen System Debris
    • June 9, 2008 CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, WDFW, USFWS, NOAA, Nez Perce Tribe - Closure of the Bonneville Powerhouse II Corner Collector
    • June 9, 2008 CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, WDFW, USFWS, NOAA, Nez Perce Tribe - Operation of John Day PIT-Tag Detector in November

  • 2007
    • December 12, 2007 CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, WDFW, USFWS, NOAA - The Fish Passage Advisory Committee (FPAC) comments on the Corps of Engineers Plan of Action for Dissolved Gas Monitoring in 2008 (Plan).
    • November 29, 2007 CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, WDFW, USFWS, - The Fish Passage Advisory Committee (FPAC) comments on funding decisions regarding CSS.
    • October 11, 2007 CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, WDFW, USFWS - 3 Month Extension of the Comparative Survival Study contract.
    • October 10, 2007 Paul Wagner, FPAC Chairperson - Adult fish counts at Priest Rapids and Wanapum Dams.
    • September 25, 2007 Paul Wagner, FPAC Chairperson - Funding for the Fall Chinook/Chum Spawning below Four Lower Dams Contract (#1999-003-010 is being reduced
    • July 2, 2007 Paul Wagner, FPAC Chairperson - Council's Prospectus for two mainstem issues in a Science Policy Exchange meeting
    • June 14, 2007 Paul Wagner, FPAC Chairperson - Review of Corps' Plan for Addressing Pacific Lamprey Passage (2007-2011)
    • May 4, 2007 CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, WDFW, NOAA NFMS, USFWS - Comments on NPCC document #97-6 entitled "Consideration of Ocean Conditions in the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program"
    • April 16, 2007 CRITFC, ODFW, IDFG, USFWS, CBFWA, FPC- Comments on the "Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking Project (POST): Results from the Acoustic Tracking Study on Survival of Columbia River Salmon, 2006."
    • April 3, 2007 COE, CRITFC, ODFW, NOAA, WDFW, IDFG, USFWS- Comments on both the Fall/Winter Update to the 2007 Water Management Plan and the 2007 Fish Passage Plan concerning Winter Count Dates in the Lower Snake River, and the implementation of a zero flow operation in the Snake River from the months of December through February.
    • February 28, 2007 CRITFC, NOAA, ODFW, WDFW- PNNL Proposed Ives Island Chum Redd Sampling ESA Take Permit Application.
    • January 31, 2007 Technical Comments on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's application to waiver to Oregon's total dissolved gas standard.

  • 2006
    • October 19, 2006 CRITFC and ODFW - Comments on model documentation 'Comprehensive Passage Model' - Version 1.0.
    • May 22, 2006 CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, USFWS - Comments on NOAA Response to ISAB Comments on COMPASS Model.
    • May 22, 2006 CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, USFWS - General Comments on COMPASS Model .
    • February 13, 2006 CRITFC, IDFG, NPT, SBT, USFWS, WDFW - Little Goose Dam Removable Spillway Weir.
    • January 25, 2006 CRITFC, ODFW, USFWS - Comments to Greg Delwiche (BPA) concerning FPC scientist's expertise.
    • January 25, 2006 CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, USFWS - Comments on the NOAA COMPASS model.

  • 2005
    • November 4, 2005 CRITFC, IDFG, NPT, ODFW, SBT, USFWS - Comments on NOAA's Revised Passage Model as discussed on Oct. 18, 2005 at the FPAC meeting.
    • March 23, 2005 CRITFC, IDFG, NPT, ODFW, SBT, USFWS, WDFW - Comments on proposed "Ice Harbor Spill Injury Test Study " for 2005.
    • February 15, 2005 CRITFC, IDFG, NPT, ODFW, SBT, USFWS, WDFW - Rationale for recommending testing, in 2005,of the effectiveness of Removable Spillway Weirs (RSWs) in passing summer out-migrants at both Lower Granite Dam (LGR) and Ice Harbor Dam (IHR).
    • February 11, 2005 CRITFC, IDFG, NPT, ODFW, SBT, USFWS, WDFW - Agreement on a fall Chinook transportation and passage evaluation.
    • February 8, 2005 CRITFC, IDFG, NPT, ODFW, SBT, USFWS, WDFW- To reiterate our desire to maintain the Removable Spillway Weir(RSW) installation schedule agreed upon by the System Configuration Team (SCT) last summer.
    • February 8, 2005 CRITFC, IDFG, NPT, ODFW, SBT, USFWS, WDFW- The action angencies' use of preceived flexibility in operation at Dworshak reservior to enhance revenue throught hydropower production.
    • January 13, 2005 CRITFC, IDFG, NPT, ODFW, SBT, USFWS, WDFW- Recommended Early Season Operations at Snake River Transport Sites 2005 for inclusion in the 2005 Fish Passage Plan, Appendix B.

  • 2004
    • December 15, 2004 CRITFC, IDFG, NPT, SBT, WDFW - System operations, observations and recommendations for 2005 migration season.
    • December 14, 2004 CRITFC, IDFG, NPT, ODFW, SBT, USFWS, WDFW - Summer 2005 tests of removable spillway weirs.
    • October 18, 2004 CRITFC, IDFG, NPT, ODFW, SBT, USFWS, WDFW - November 8-9 Flow-Survival Symposium.
    • October 18, 2004 CRITFC, IDFG, NPT, ODFW, SBT, USFWS, WDFW - Response to comments received regarding Agencies and Tribes Snake River Fall Chinook Transportation Proposal.
    • September 24, 2004 CRITFC, IDFG, NOAA Fisheries, NPT, ODFW, SBT, USFWS, WDFW - NOAA Fisheries Request to Sample scales on PIT Tagged Fall Chinook Adult
    • September 8, 2004 CRITFC, IDFG, NOAA Fisheries, NPT, ODFW, SBT, USFWS, WDFW - Spread the risk policy for fall chinook.s
    • August 13, 2004 CRITFC, IDFG, NOAA Fisheries, NPT, ODFW, SBT, USFWS, WDFW - Removable spillway weirs.
    • June 29, 2004 CRITFC, IDFG, NPT, ODFW, SBT, USFWS, WDFW - Comments on report entitled "Historical Analysis of PIT Tag Data for Transportation of Fish at Lower Granite, Little Goose, Lower Monumental and McNary Dams."
    • June 29, 2004 CRITFC, IDFG, NPT, ODFW, SBT, USFWS, WDFW - Lower Granite Summer RSW Test.
    • June 29, 2004 CRITFC, IDFG, NPT, ODFW, SBT, USFWS, WDFW - Reconsider Maximization of Transportation Policy for Fall Chinook.
    • June 14, 2004 - CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, USFWS, WDFW - Review of the proposed study entitled, "Assessing critical assumptions associated with survival estimates of sub yearling Chinook salmon using radio-telemetry, 2004.
    • June 14, 2004 - CRITFC, NPT, SBT, IDFG, ODFW, USFWS, WDFW - Review of the June 8, 2004 Corps of Engineers and Bonneville Power Administration (Action Agencies) proposal to reduce summer spill for fish passage in the Snake and Columbia rivers.
    • May 18, 2004 - CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, USFWS, WDFW - Review Comment on Summer Spill Evaluation (SPE-04-NEW).
    • May 10, 2004 - CRITFC,  IDFG, NEZ PERCE, ODFW, Shoshone-Bannock Tribe, USFWS, WDFW - Removable Spillway Weir test at Lower Granite Dam for Summer Migrants.
    • April 27, 2004 - CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, USFWS, WDFW - Review proposed monitoring plan associated with the USACE and BPA proposal to eliminate the 1% of peak efficiency operation requirement of the 2000 NMFS Biological Opinion.
    • April 20, 2004 -  CRITFC, NEZ PERCE, IDFG, ODFW, USFWS, NOAA FISHERIES - serious concern regardingthe operation that occurred in the Mid-Columbia River this past week.
    • April 9, 2004 - Comments on the Preliminary Proposal for Federal Columbia River Power System Summer Juvenile Bypass Spill Operation
    • April 7, 2004 - CRITFC, NEZ PERCE, IDFG, ODFW, Shoshone-Bannock Tribe, USFWS, NOAA Fisheries - regarding the statements made at TMT on March 31, 2004 that many of the reservoirs likely will not reach their April 10th Flood Control elevation as specified in the Biological Opinion.
    • April 2, 2004 - CRITFC, NEZ PERCE, ODFW, SHOSHONE- -BANNOCK, USFWS, WDFW - regarding COE’s consideration of operating the McNary Dam turbine units outside of the 1% peak efficiency range.
    • March 11, 2004 - USFWS, NOAA Fisheries, ODFW, WDFW, IDFW, CRITFC - regarding use of Cama/Washougal gauge station for management of Bonneville Dam spill. (Also see 02/14/05 addendum memo by David Benner)
    • February 20, 2004 - Cover letter and Agencies and Tribes review comments– Bonneville Power Administration Summer Spill Analysis.

  • 2003
    • December 16, 2003 - USFWS, CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, WDFW - regarding installation of new corner collector at Bonneville Power House 2.
    • November 10, 2003 - USFWS, CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, WDFW, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes - Ice Harbor Spill: follow up to letter of July 21, 2003.
    • July 21, 2003 - USFWS, CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, WDFW, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes - regarding NOAA Fisheries decision to support the federal operators in curtailing daytime spill at Ice Harbor Dam.
    • June 13, 2003 - USFWS, CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, NMFS, WDFW - Review of  recent analysis developed by Northwest Power and Conservation Council (Council) that addresses the question of the hydrosystem cost versus benefit of spill during the summer months.
    • February 26, 2003 - USFWS, CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW - Comment on the Independent Scientific Advisory Board’s (ISAB) draft document “Review of Flow Augmentation: Update and Clarification” as it relates to the Northwest Power Planning Council’s Draft Mainstem Amendments.
    • April 10, 2003 - USFWS, CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW - John Day Spring Survival Test 2003.
    • April 23, 2003 - USFWS, CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW - Lower Monumental Spill Operational Change.
    • May 6, 2003 -USFWS, CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, NMFS, WDFW - Issues regarding implementation of the Biological Opinion Spill Program within the constraints of the waivers associated with levels of total dissolved gas (TDG).
    • May 29, 2003 - USFWS, CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, WDFW, SBT - 2003 Summer Test Proposal – 1% McNary.
    • May 29, 2003 - USFWS, CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, WDFW, SBT - 1% turbine efficiency operating criteria at McNary Dam in 2003.

  • 2002
    • May 7, 2002 - CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, USFWS, WDFW Regarding the COE request that resource agencies identify individuals to participate in ad-hoc technical groups to discuss the design and methodology of survival and FGE studies.
    • March 19, 2002 - CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, USFWS, WDFW,YIN - Comments on the report entitled, "Mainstem Passage Strategies in the Columbia River System: Transportation, Spill and Flow Augmentation", prepared by Giorgi et al, BioAnalysts, Inc. for the Northwest Power Planning Council.
    • March 19, 2002 - CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, USFWS, WDFW - Comments on the report entitled, "Survival Estimates for the Passage of Spring Migrating Juvenile Salmonids Through Snake and Columbia River Dams and Reservoirs, 2001",  by Zabel et al 2001.  42-02.pdf)
    • February 27, 2002 - NMFS - Comments on the report entitled, Survival Estimates for the Passage of Spring Migrating Juvenile Salmonids Through Snake and Columbia River Dams and Reservoirs, 2001 by Zabel et al 2001.

  • 2001
    • June 21, 2001 - CRITFC, IDFG, ODFW, USFWS, WDFW Comments on the Northwest Power Planning Councils Issue Paper dated June 13, 2001, entitled "Analysis of Federal Columbia River Power System Operations on Fish Survival During Summer 2001", regarding summer spill operations in the lower ColumbiaRiver.
  • 2000
    • December 11, 2000 - USFWS, ODFW, WDFW Pierce/Ives Island spawning habitat accessibility concerns.
    • November 29, 2000 - USFWS, ODFW, WDFW, SBT, CRITFC Review of  report "Review of Survival, Flow, Temperature, and Migration Data for Hatchery-Reared Sub-Yearling Fall Chinook Salmon" by Karl Dreher et al.


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