Action agency responses to 2003 SORS

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SOR # Response
03-02
USFWS
From Dec. 1 to 15th, Libby releases were approximately 20 kcfs.  Outflows were ramped down to 10 kcfs by Dec. 20th and held to Jan 4, 2004.  After Jan 4, 2004 outflows were increased to approximately 12 kcfs and held to Jan. 12, 2004.  After Jan 12, 2004 outflows were ramped down to 4 kcfs.
03-15 The initial targeted daytime (0700 - 1900) tailwater elevation was 11.2 - 11.5 feet November 3rd. This elevation was increased to 11.3 - 11.6 feet on November 13. The elevation was increased to 11.4 - 11.7 feet on November 24. On December 12 the range was increased to 11.6 - 11.9 ft. On December 16 the range was increased to 11.8 to 12.1 ft. On December 16 until December 19th the daylight time period was reduced to from 0700-1400 in order to be able to evacuate water from the lower river on December 31 the operation was changed from a limiting spawning access to a redd projection operation. The minimum tailwater level was set at 11.8 ft. The alternative operation did not meet the detailed specifications of SOR 2003-15 submitted by the fisheries managers, but this stepwise increase in elevation has been consistent with fish observations in the area, and an increase in local precipitation.
03-01
USFWS
The COE agreed to operate Lake Pond Oreille to an elevatio of 2051 feet by November 15th, 2003.  The COE said the 2004, 2005 operations of Lake Pond Oreille will be discussed in their respective years.
03-C10 This SOR was implemented in terms of the Corps of Engineers interpretation of the “Ted Strong Agreement.” The COE committed to a 1.5-foot pool elevation range at Bonneville, with a maximum operating limit of 76.5 feet.  CRITFC asked for a one-foot operating range and a maximum operating limit of 77 feet at Bonneville.  Between October 8-11, according to the COE’s elevation criteria, pool elevations were met 69% of the time in the Bonneville Pool, 100% of the time in The Dalles Pool, and 100% of the time in the John Day Pool.  CRITFC does not agree with the COE's elevation criteria.
03-C9 This SOR was implemented in terms of the Corps of Engineers interpretation of the “Ted Strong Agreement.” The COE committed to a 1.5-foot pool elevation range at Bonneville, with a maximum operating limit of 76.5 feet.  CRITFC asked for a one-foot operating range and a maximum operating limit of 77 feet at Bonneville.  Between October 1-4, according to the COE’s elevation criteria, pool elevations were met 75% of the time in the Bonneville Pool, 100% of the time in The Dalles Pool, and 100% of the time in the John Day Pool.  CRITFC does not agree with the COE's elevation criteria.
03-C8 According to the COE, elevation limits were provided 100% of the time according to their pool elevation criteria.  CRITFC does not agree with this elevation criteria.
03-C7 According to the COE, elevation limits were provided 100% of the time according to their pool elevation criteria.  CRITFC does not agree with this elevation criteria.
03-14 The COE continued oad-following operations at Dworshak (8 Kcfs during daytime hours, 5.3 Kcfs at night), but shifted both Dworshak units to undershot mode to reduce the average discharge temperature at the project to about 45 degrees around the clock.
03-C6 According to the COE, elevation limits were provided 100% of the time according to their pool elevation criteria.  CRITFC does not agree with this elevation criteria.
03-13 The COE stated that IHR was a planned teset and they would not mitigate for a planned study.
03-C5 This SOR was implemented in terms of the Corps of Engineers interpretation of the “Ted Strong Agreement.” The COE committed to a 1.5-foot pool elevation range at Bonneville, with a  maximum operating limit of 76.5 feet.  CRITFC asked for a one-foot operating range and a maximum operating limit of 77 feet at Bonneville.  Between July 21-23, according to the COE’s elevation criteria, pool elevations were met 100% of the time in the Bonneville Pool, 100% of the time in The Dalles Pool, and 90% of the time in the John Day Pool.  CRITFC does not agree with the COE's elevation criteria.
03-12 The Action Agencies did explore the potential for a Libby swap with either Arrow or Duncan reservoir, and reported that there was little opportunity for a swap operation in the 2003.
03-C4 From July 9-20th, Dworshak daily average outflows ranged between 13.2 kcfs and 14.1 Kcfs, consistent with SOR 2003 C-4.  Average daily outflows at Dworshak ranged between 13.3 and 11.8 Kcfs from June 21st to August 3rd, also consistent with SOR 2003 C-4.   Outflows at Dworshak were ramped down to 10.0 Kcfs on August 5th, SOR 2003 C-4 calls for an outflow of 11.0 Kcfs.  SOR 2003 C-4 outlines operations at Dworshak through September 15th.
03-11 Competing SOR 2003-4 (CRITFC) was operationally targeted over the summer of 2003.
03-C3 This SOR was implemented in terms of the Corps of Engineers interpretation of the “Ted Strong Agreement.” The COE committed to a 1.5-foot pool elevation range at Bonneville; also the maximum operating limit is 76.5 feet.  CRITFC asked for a one-foot operating range and a maximum operating limit of 77 feet at Bonneville.  Between July 14-16, according to the COE’s elevation criteria, pool elevations were met 100% of the time in the Bonneville Pool, 89% of the time in The Dalles Pool, and 77% of the time in the John Day Pool.  CRITFC does not agree with the COE's elevation criteria.
03-10 SOR 2003-10 asked the Action Agencies to attempt to meet a minimum flow of 20,000 cfs at Libby Dam between June 5th and June 26th.   During this period, outflows ranged between 16-25 Kcfs; however, flows were equal to or above 19 kcfs from June 6th to June 26th.  All in all, it is believed that an attempt was made to reach a 20,000 Kcfs minimum outflow from Libby.  Also, the SOR asked for Libby to not be forced to spill and for the project to be near 2459 feet buy July 1, 2003.  In June and July of 2003, there was no forced spill and Libby was within 1-foot of full by July 1, 2003.
03-C2 This SOR was implemented in terms of the Corps of Engineers interpretation of the “Ted Strong Agreement.” The COE committed to a 1.5-foot pool elevation range at Bonneville; also the maximum operating limit is 76.5 feet.  CRITFC asked for a one-foot operating range and a maximum operating limit of 77 feet at Bonneville.  According to the COE’s elevation criteria, pool elevations were met 98% of the time in the Bonneville Pool, 95% of the time in The Dalles Pool, and 80% of the time in the John Day Pool. CRITFC does not agree with the COE's elevation criteria.
03-09 Dworshak has been releasing between 15.5 - 16.0 Kcfs since before April 29th. Outflow was reduced to 12.5 kcfs between May 3rd until May 5th because Unit 1 was out of operation. Outflows were then increased back to 14.7 - 15.6 kcfs until May 16 when they were reduced because Lower Granite inflows exceeded 89 kcfs. Flows were reduced on May 17th and 18th to aid in a body recovery. Flows were increased back to 15 kcfs on May 18th. At the 21 May TMT meeting, members agreed to end spring flow augmentation from DWR according to this schedule: Hold 15 kcfs through 21 May, then 10.0 kcfs 22 - 24 May, 7.5 kcfs 25 - 26 May, and 1.5 kcfs (minimum) beginning 27 May.
03-C1 According to the COE, elevation limits were provided 100% of the time according to their pool elevation criteria.  CRITFC does not agree with this elevation criteria.
03-8 The TMT claimed no authority in this issue and suggested a direct conversation between Grant County PUD and the Salmon Managers.
03-7 135 kcfs average was meet the first two weeks starting April 21st. The 80% week flow was also met the first two weeks starting April 21st.
03-6 Spill started 0500 April 14th at Bonneville. Spill started 1800 April 14 at The Dalles, John Day and McNary.
03-5 Spill for juvenile fish passage began, 1800 April 3, 2003 at Lower Granite, 1800 April 5th at Little Goose, 1800 April 7th at Lower Monumental, and at 1800 April 9th at Ice Harbor. Mop + 1 to Mop + 2 operations began 1800 April 3rd. Mop to Mop + 1 operations began 1800 April 6th at Little Goose and at 1800 April 7th at Lower Monumental and Ice Harbor. Ice Harbor and Little Goose were changed to Mop + 1 to Mop +2 on April 9th because of navigation concerns raised by the Towboat operators.
03-4 The COE did fill Dworshak above the end of April flood control elevation to the extent they were comfortable while still balancing flood control needs at other projects.
03-3 Dworshak began releasing 4.8 Kcfs of water at 5:00 PM on March 20, 2003.  The operation ended at midnight and did not carry though until 5:00 AM the next morning as was called for in the SOR.  Between 5:00 PM and 12:00 AM on March 20, 2003 outflows from Dworshak ranged between 4.1 and 6.9 Kcfs.
03-2 Spill began at Bonneville at 7:00 PM on March 10, 2003 and lasted until 6:00 AM on March 12, 2003 (36 hours).  On an hourly basis, at least 50 Kcfs of spill was provided and the Bonneville project tailwater elevation was greater than 13.0 feet.
03-1 The actual operational minimum tailwater elevation at Bonneville was 11.2 feet rather than 11.5 feet.  On an hourly basis at Bonneville Dam Between 2-3-03 and 3-31-03, 97 hours contained tailwater elevations less than 11.5 feet.  Over the same period, only one-hour contained a tailwater elevation of less than 11.2 feet at Bonneville.   The Vernita Bar minimum flows of 70,000cfs were met between 2-3-03 and 3-31-03.


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