Willamette Systems Alternatives Analysis and Simulation Tool Development and Application to Inform Implementation and Adaptive Management Plans

Active
Yes
Status
Posted
Published Date
April 15th, 2024
Close Date
June 5th, 2024
Total Funding
$1,125,000.00
Award Ceiling
$175,000.00
Award Floor
$0.00
Expected No. Awards
1
Opportunity No.
W81EWF-24-SOI-0025

Agency

Engineer Research and Development Center (DOD-COE-ERDC)

Eligible Applicants

Others

Funding Category

Science and Technology and other Research and Development

Funding Instrument

Cooperative Agreement

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The Engineer Research and Development Center is seeking a cooperative agreement for the development and application of the Willamette Systems Alternatives Analysis and Simulation Tool. This tool will be used to inform implementation and adaptive management plans. The proposed agreement includes the development of simulation tools for managing agencies, the application of simulations to inform management direction, and the incorporation of the best available data to update the simulation modeling. The work also involves completing analysis of the effects of the preferred alternative on Upper Willamette River Spring Chinook and winter steelhead, refining the Corps Fish Benefit Workbook, and delivering lifecycle models for future application. The analysis will occur once Biological Opinions from NMFS and USFWS are received, and implementation and adaptive management will begin in 2025.

Description

This proposed agreement proposes three key aspects to support timely implementation of the WS EIS and AM Plan: 1. Development of simulation tools that are then transferred to managing agencies for ongoing implementation, 2. Demonstrated application of simulations to inform management direction under uncertainty 3. Incorporation of the best available data as it comes available to update the simulation modeling, leading to a more informed management decision. This will require a combination of salmon life cycle modeling, refinement and application of downstream passage modeling using the Fish Benefit Workbook developed by the Corps, and ongoing monitoring and analysis to inform these models. The proposed work includes completing analysis of effects of the preferred alternative on Upper Willamette River Spring Chinook and winter steelhead, supporting completion of the final EIS. Work proposed also includes description of an adaptive management framework wherein objectives, performance, uncertainty, risk, and value of information are explicitly quantified. This allows resource managers to 1) update testable hypotheses efficiently, 2) make use of limited data or disparate data types, 3) reduce analytical timelines, and 4) when presented with logistic or funding obstacles, can identify which monitoring data should be prioritized and collected thus remaining efficient with taxpayer dollars. The proposed work further includes refining the Corps Fish Benefit Workbook (FBW), recently converted to R, to address structural limitations identified in previous scientific reviews, and completion of FBW models delivered for future application by USACE and other parties. Similarly, proposed work includes development and delivery of lifecycle models for future application by USACE and other parties, with capabilities similar to those applied in the 2022 WS EIS. Analysis will occur once Biological Opinions from NMFS and USFWS are received and associated recommended changes (expected in summer 2024). Analysis during summer 2024 will be supported by contracts which expire in September 2024, however analysis will continue into fall 2024 and potentially winter 2025. Once final and a record of decision is signed, implementation and adaptive management begins during the remainder of 2025 and future years.

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