TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT TEAM (TMT)
NOAA: Paul Wagner / Claire McGrath / Trevor Conder USFWS: David Swank / Steve Haeseker
OR: Erick Van Dyke ID: Lance Hebdon
WA: Charles Morrill MT: Jim Litchfield / Brian Marotz
Kootenai: Sue Ireland / Billy Barquin Spokane: Brent Nichols / Andy Miller
Colville: Sheri Sears Nez Perce: Jay Hesse
Umatilla: Tom Lorz (CRITFC) Warm Springs: Jen Graham / Bobby Brunoe
BOR: Joel Fenolio / Chris Runyan BPA: Tony Norris / Scott Bettin / Eve James
COE: Doug Baus / Julie Ammann / Lisa Wright

COLUMBIA RIVER REGIONAL FORUM

Technical Management Team
Annual Review of Lessons Learned

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
BPA Rates Hearing Room (2nd floor), 1201 Lloyd Blvd. Portland, Oregon


AGENDA

The timing of agenda items are offered as a guide for the day. Depending on information presented and group dynamics it may compress or expand.

Purpose: To provide an opportunity for TMT members and other interested parties to step out of the regular meeting format, review selected management decisions and operations of the 2019 season, and learn lessons that might enhance choices and decision-making for 2020.

9:00   Welcome and Get Settled - DS Consulting Facilitation Team
  • Introductions
  • Review agenda and format of the day
  • Discussion courtesies
  • 9:20   Federal Columbia River Power System Biological Opinion
  • Overview: 2019 Columbia River System Biological Opinion Paul Wagner, NOAA
  • Presentation and Discussion Format: To provide an opportunity for TMT members and other interested parties to step out of the regular meeting format, review selected management decisions and operations of the 2019 season, and learn lessons that might enhance choices and decision-making for 2020.

    Presentations will focus look back on key 2019 operations and discussions at TMT, and highlight:

  • Description of the coordinated operation;
  • Motivation for in-season attention (what were the biological and system needs and concerns that the TMT sought to address?);
  • Summary of adaptive management action(s) taken; and,
  • Potential opportunities and/or needs to modify operations in 2020.

  • Each presentation will be followed by small-group conversations at your table. Please consider the following questions to help guide the conversation:

  • From your perspective, what is the biological significance of these operations/outcomes?
  • What was learned about specific operations that were requested by TMT members or other regional entities?
  • How effective were these operations in achieving the intended goal?
  • What changes in outcomes are expected with 2020 spill to 125% and potential for different hydrological conditions?
  • What questions still need to be answered?
  • What have we learned this year that will inform future problem solving and decision making?
  • 9:30   Total Dissolved Gas and Flexible Spill Operations
  • Total Dissolved Gas and Flexible Spill Operations Dan Turner, Corps - NWD
  • 10:15   Small Group Discussions on TDG and 2019 Flex Spill Operations - In your table groups, please consider and discuss the questions listed for small groups in the blue box on page 1.

    10:45   Break

    11:00   Spring Chinook Passage
  • Spring 2019 Adult Passage - Claire McGrath, NOAA Fisheries
  • Lower Snake River Passage Summary for Snake River spring Chinook salmon, 2019 - Claire McGrath, NOAA Fisheries
  • Adult Ladder Counts Spring Summer Chinook - Charlie Morrill, WDFW
  • Adult Spring Chinook Passage Timing and Conversion - Dave Swank, USFWS; Charles Morrill, WDFW; Erick Van Dyke, ODFW, and; Claire McGrath, NOAA Fisheries;
  • Generalized Chinook salmon life history - Erick Van Dyke, ODFW
  • 12:00   Lunch will be on your own maps of local lunch locations will be provided.

    1:00   Small Group Discussions on Spring Chinook Passage - In your table groups, please consider and discuss the questions listed for small groups in the blue box on page 1.

    1:30   Smolt Survival
  • Smolt Survival and Travel Time and Transportation Analyses * Updated 1/7/2020 Steve Smith, NOAA Science Center
  • 2:30   Break

    2:45   Small Group Discussions on Smolt Survival - In your table groups, please consider and discuss the questions listed for small groups in the blue box on page 1.

    3:15   Wrap Up (Large Group Regroup) - All


  • Given the review of conditions, decisions and actions throughout the day, what are the overarching lessons that could impact future work of the TMT? Are there themes that might need further discussion at a future TMT meeting or other regional work group?
  • Motivation for in-season attention (what were the biological and system needs and concerns that the TMT sought to address?);
  • Reflecting on the last year of TMT conversations, coordination, operations, and outcomes What did TMT do well? What would you like to do differently next year?

  • 4:00   Adjourn