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02/07/2012 12 Council General Information 0 _ I , ''':s- cVigiory BUSINESS OF THE CITY COUNCIL YAKIMA, WASHINGTON AGENDA STATEMENT Item No. 1 For Meeting of February 7, 2012 'ear ^ l'' . :M F YI ...: , ' , y«: ' _ .h? .r• ., s ‘« ti s w . k ,r . y . "41/4;4 tk ` , , r ..+ . r... { , _ ,, ITEM TITLE: Council general information SUBMITTED BY: CONTACT PERSON /TELEPHONE: SUMMARY EXPLANATION: 1. City meeting schedule for week of February 6 -13, 2012. 2. Preliminary future activities calendar as of February 6, 2012. 3. Preliminary future council agenda. 4. 2/2/12 Weekly issues report. 5 2/12 Yakima Valley Conference of Governments report 6. 1/12 Yakima Basin Joint Board report regarding Aerial Assessment of the Lower Yakima River for Fall Chinook Salmon Spawning Areas 2011 7. Yakima Interfaith Coalition January 2012 report Resolution Ordinance Other (specify) Contract: Mail to: Contract Term: Amount: Expiration Date: Insurance Required? No Funding Source: Phone: APPROVED FOR SUBMITTAL: City Manager STAFF RECOMMENDATION: BOARD /COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION: ATTACHMENTS: Click to download El information packet C MEMORANDUM February 2, 2012 TO: The Honorable Mayor and City Council Members FROM: Michael Morales, Interim City Manager SUBJECT: Weekly Issues Report • YAKIMA TRANSIT — HOPESOURCE: The Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission (WUTC) held a hearing on the new commuter service between Yakima and Ellensburg after Yakima Airporter filed a petition against the WUTC decision to exempt HopeSource from state laws regulating rates and allowing other commuter service providers the opportunity to object to the new commuter service. The Commissioners denied the petition recognizing that HopeSource filled a necessary gap in commuter service between Yakima and Ellensburg and that Airporter could not provide the same service. • DING HO MEDIATION: This litigation is from the intersection improvement at 16 and West Washington Avenue. In order to construct improvements to the intersection, it was necessary to obtain additional right -of -way from adjoining landowners. The City was able to obtain negotiated settlements with every affected landowner except for the owner of the Ding Ho Restaurant. It became apparent that the property owner was not going to readily settle through negotiations and filed condemnation action in order to obtain the necessary right -of -way. The restaurant owner claimed just compensation and severance damages totaling $151,574.16. After mediation a recommended settlement of $92,000 was recommended subject to my approval. • PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT: The City received major applications for the Davis High School rebuild as well as a major application from YVCC to rebuild Parker Hall, Palmer Hall, Martin Hall, and related street vacation These projects will be coming up at Council in April. CITY MEETING SCHEDULE For February 6, 2012 — February 13, 2012 Please note: Meetings are subject to change Monday, February 6 10:00 a.m. City Council Media Briefing — Council Chambers 11:00 a.m. Bid Opening — Council Chambers Tuesday, February 7 10:00 a.m. County Commissioners Meeting — Council Chambers 5:00 p.m. City Council Executive Session — Council Chambers 6:00 p.m. City Council Meeting — Council Chambers Wednesday, February 8 11:00 a.m. Boundary Review Board — Council Chambers 11:30 a.m. Sports Commission Meeting — Holiday Inn 3:30 p.m. Yakima Planning Commission — Council Chambers 5:30 p.m. Parks & Recreation Commission — Council Chambers Thursday, February 9 9:00 a.m. Hearing Examiner — Council Chambers 1:00 p.m. Harman Center Board Meeting — Harman Center 1:30 p.m. Yakima County Regional Clean Air Board Meeting — Council Chambers 4:00 p.m. North 1 Street Ad Hoc Committee meeting — CED Conference Room Monday, February 13 8:30 a.m. Pension Board Meeting — HR Conference Room 2:00 p.m. Bid Opening — Council Chambers 5:30 p.m. Yakima Air Terminal Study Session — Airport Conference Room Office Of Mayor /City Council Preliminary Future Activities Calendar Please Note Meetings are subject to change Meeting = ' "Organization' . Purpose': , : Pa tici Meeting Location Date/Time`- . e , t.. ; µ r � ' x . N . r ,, w t ^ Y ., A" „ r ? ! 1 T � f yb JM1 Mon. Feb. 6 1000 a.m. City Council Media Briefing Scheduled Meeting - Council Chambers Tue. Feb. 7 12.00 p m Miscellaneous Issues Scheduled Meeting Cawley, Adkison TBD 5 00 p m. City Council Executive Scheduled Meeting Council Council Chambers Session 6 00 p m. City Council Meeting Scheduled Meeting Council Council Chambers Wed. Feb. 8 11:30 a.m Sports Commission Board Meeting Ettl Holiday Inn 3 30 p.m. Regional Planning Scheduled Meeting Ensey Council Chambers Commission 5 30 p m. Parks Commission Meeting Scheduled Meeting Adkison Council Chambers Thur. Feb. 9 1.00 p m Harman Center Board Board Meeting Cawley Harman Center Meeting 2.00 p m. Yakima Regional Clean Air Scheduled Meeting Lover Council Chambers Meeting 4 p.m. N 1st Street Ad Hoc Scheduled Meeting Cawley, Coffey, CED Conference Room Committee Ettl alt Mon. Feb. 13 8 30 a m Pension Board Meetings Board Meeting Coffey HR Conference Room 5 30 p m Yakima Air Terminal Study Scheduled Meeting Adkison Airport Conference Room Session Tue. Feb. 14 11.00 a m. Council Nominating Scheduled Meeting Adkison, Ensey, Mayor's Office Committee Bristol 12 00 • m Miscellaneous Issues Scheduled Meetin. Cawle Adkison TBD Wed. Feb. 15 12.00 p m PAL Board Meetin. Board Meetin. Coffe PAL Center Mon. Feb. 20 m,.._.._�. .r,w. b,.w...._.M..m. .,�..__...,.,.,....." ,......r...... CITY OFFICES CLOSED Volume 39...Issue 2 4 "`�° YAKIMA VALLEY February 2012 CONFERENCE OF GOVERNMENTS , �.; -��. aMpr�,.�,.,. rr�n, ..;�7P°�i•'.; 2tai= �sa��„ �. i�z�w�r.; r? y, �. :%s.','.° ",��:,u-�.�e:��i�4 °'�+ za'� ,� i ''+e y a`` ya'T y {2' I xs k fI Et 'tt d`} 3 3 MEMBER JURISDICTIONS: � �� � ���� a '? w r �1 i z Grandview "Wirlar f,.�,� ��T W �'"�� s � - Granger h 'l - 1 -� 7 i " Harrah s ti Mabton Moxee Regional Transportation "Planning Organization Naches (RTPO) PRIORITIES Selah Sunnyside By Deb LaCombe, Senior Planner Tieton During the 2011 legislative session, the Washington State Legislature directed Toppenish the regional transportation planning organizations ( RTPOs) to "work together to Union Gap provide a comprehensive framework for sources and uses of next - stage invest - Wapato ments in transportation" as part of their ongoing regional transporta- Yakima tion planning. This work is intended t� serve as a follow -up to the Yakima County regional "Top 20" lists developed in 2010 for the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC). YVCOG was fortunate to Zillah have regional priorities already identified by our two regional trans- '' a - YVCOG EXECUTIVE portation coalitions: Driving Rural Yakima Valley's Economy (DRYVE) and TRANS- Action. COMMITTEE: James A. Restucci, Chair The "Top 20" lists developed for WSTC were well received by legislators, but Sunnyside City Council outdated shortly after they were produced Enter Forward Washington. Mike Leita mj Yakima County Commissioner :{_ : r The concept is easy; the 14 RTPO's select and enter their Vacant 4 "1 reg pr i n di v id ually i n t o • an onl database. The Yakima City Council % , r * " x result is up -to -date priorities with maps and project or pro - gram details available for viewing at the real -time speed of Area 1 — Dan Olson the internet. Regional priories are available in a statewide Union Gap City Council picture that can be displayed by region, legislative district, Area 2 — Randy Taylor or category such as safety, economic vitality, preservation, congestion relief, or Toppenish City Council transit and travel demand management. By viewing the details of each project/ Area 3 — Mario Martinez program entry, the viewer can see the funding already invested to a project and Mabton City Council the funds and time still needed for successful completion. RTPO webpages are Member At Large already accessible at: www.forwardwashington.net although most are still being John Hodkinson, Jr. updated often. The purpose of this pilot program is to display illustrative lists of various types of regional transportation system investments and is not meant to be a compre- '�� :.. hensive 10-year list or a promise of projects and programs to be funded. tx +ti b Please take time to browse through the Forward Washing ' �5 . '' ton website and if you have suggestions, photos, project ' o 5 x : sketches, or other documents you think would add to our 311 North 4th Street, Suite 202 Presentations please do not hesitate to contact Deb --ti Yakima, WA 98901 LaCombe at lacombed or 574 -1550. 509-574 -1550 :....:.. FAX 509 -574 -1551 ' ` TITLE VI Notice to the PUbliC YVCOG fully coni lies with Title : bf the www yvcog.org 'Rights'Act ofI964;and`related statutes:and regulations in all ro rams and ti ac- Titfe;VI Complaint!,'Form " vities;.. Fo,r:more, °information q '; of to :obtain,a; ee ww w .:. , ; ca 5Q9 ,5�4= 1:550.,;; ; ;, ; , : ,, 2012 -13 YVCOG Executive 8 -- Committee Selected 4� t I ti • By Page Scott, Executive Director k -� • ro Braving cold, icy conditions, local officials came out on January 18 "' ` r'" 1 _ , to the YVCOG General Membership Annual Meeting in Toppenish � ' �: � ,_..�!..�� �; to elect the Executive Committee representatives for the next 2 _ i years. Incumbents Jim Restucci, (Sunnyside); Dan Olson, Union 1. t' f� Gap City Council (Area 1); and John Hodkinson (Member at Large) ta ' were re- elected for another two -year term Yakima County Corn missioner Mike Leita will be returning to the Executive Committee .�'m..t 9r,.� .r _..n.r ,r�R . `.� "�. ,, �.. .- . 4 <?.. 1 . fi't aY while newcomers Mario Martinez, Mabton City Council (Area 3) - and Randy Taylor, Toppenish City Council (Area 2) will be welcomed at the February 18 meeting. The City of Yakima representative will be appointed by City Council at their next meeting. Thank you to our outgoing Executive Committee members: Loren Belton, Toppenish (Area 2), Kevin riiyKwou Bouchey (Yakima County), and Angel Reyna, Mabton (Area 3) for your service to the YVCOG membership. *° Census Data Now Available By John Rohrbaugh, GISP Recently, Department they retiring legacy y, the US Census De artment announced that the are retirin the le ac 'American Fact Finder' system on January 20, 2012. The data, once available, will be available through FTP and other download methods but advanced searching and downloading of specific reports will no long- er be available. Some of the information being archived includes • 1990 Census • 2000 -2004 American Community Survey • 2000 -2001 Supplementary Survey �, • 1997 Economic Census !tom,;$ %f \=?;�` • 2003 Annual Survey of Manufactures ;, % • 2003 Nonemployer Statistics Although this means the demise of older data, it also provides an opportunity for Census to roll out the new American Fact Finder with current 2010 Census information available in many formats. American Fact Finder will now be availa- ble through the link: http: / /factfinder.census.gov The newly available information includes of wealth of data such as: • 2010 Annual Survey of Manufactures s • 2010 Census Summary File 1 National GCTs " ° � 2. • 2007 Economic Census (partial) • 2002 Economic Census (partial) " • 2005 Business Patterns (CB0500A2) • 2004 Business Patterns (CB0400A2) - • 2009 Population Estimates (except GCTs) 4_7' L. • 2007 Population Estimates {. • 2006 Population Estimates • 2010 American Community Survey 5- Year Estimates (available down to census tract level in AFF, block group via FTP) • 2010 American Community Survey 3- Year PUMS • 2009 Population Estimates (GCTs only) As well as a large number of other Census related datasets. With this, Census has created a completely overhauled site that allows for better, 'deeper' searches such as those we are all accustomed to with sites such as Google, quick reports for communities across the country, and even the creation of "on the fly" GIS datasets for use in mapping utiliz- ing Census information. Census Data continued to Page 4... Page 2 Telecommuting . 1 (EBRUARY COMMITTEE MEETINGS Works! : ' 1 1 M /RTPO Technical Advisory Committee �V 's Thursday, Feb 9 at 1000 a.m. By Brian Curtin, CTR Coordinator , YVCOG MPO /RTPO Executive Committee & Policy Board So, you think you've heard it all carpool y & YVCOG Executive Committee Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 1:30 p m. ing, public transit, vanpools and corn- S r ' X t' The 300 Bldg* 2nd Fir * 311 North 4th St * Yakima r . ' 1 ' pressed work week and you've even tried -^i' � For more info, call (509) 574 -1550. riding your bike and walking to work. Now something you've never heard of before, called telecom- Telecommuting continued from below... muting, comes along and you're just wondering. .; is this something that could work for me and my company ?" Well, I'm here to tell you, looking at the 6 inches of snow How telework benefits your employees: on the ground outside my office, today would have been • They have the opportunity to be more creative and more a great day to be a teleworker. But overcoming an in- productive, and to do higher quality work. clement weather commute is only one advantage to tele- • They feel better about themselves and their job because work. they are given trust, responsibility and in- dependence. - «r -µ t y Telecommuting is working at home or at a satellite office. • They save time and money, and have less " '''' .', or telework center near home one or more days a stress because they commute less. ,; „ week--instead of commuting to the main office or place ` of business. Because telecommuting, often called tele- How telework benefits your community: work or alternative officing, reduces the work commute, it • Decreased traffic congestion. conserves fuel, relieves traffic congestion and improves • Cleaner air. air quality Telework can result in higher quality work at a • Conservation of limited energy resources because of lower cost. It also empowers people to work inde- lower gasoline consumption pendently and have greater control over their lives. That's why many experts are calling telecommuting "a It is imperative that you determine up front how you will significant working arrangement for the future.” It is esti- define the success of your telecommuting effort. Set pro - mated that there are currently 12 million telecommuters. gram objectives that can be measured by results. Gather - ing information regarding the home environment, work en- There are powerful reasons for the popularity of this vironment, attitudes toward telecommuting, job perfor- work arrangement: mance, job satisfaction and travel patterns is necessary to • Organizations' desire to recruit and retain the best em- evaluate the success of your program. ployees. • Pressure on organizations to improve the bottom line With all of this in mind the good folks at Kitsap Regional by doing more work and getting better results with few- Coordinating Council developed and conducted a 15 er resources. month study of Telework in Kitsap County. This pilot pro- • Rapid development of technology that allows fast and ject was funded by a grant from the Washington State De- easy movement of information. partment of Transportation (WSDOT) The Kitsap Telework • Increasing concern with the environmental, social and Pilot Project received the 2009 Puget personal costs of commuting. Sound Regional Council Vision 2040 • Employee's need to balance work and home lives as Award in recognition of its work toward the �t�z the number of two working - parent and single - parent Vision 2040 goals to promote a more liva -x households rises. ble region through wise growth manage- a ment, economic, and transportation strate- y , c ,, How telework benefits your organization: gies • Improved effectiveness and work quality. The project's mandate was to provide tools to enable em- • Higher employee morale and ployers to implement telework in their organizations and to job satisfaction. % ;;. provide community leaders with guidance to promote the • Increased ability to attract * adoption of teleework in their communities. To address the and keep valued em ployees. r- °" P P Y �„ first oal the project has produced a comprehensive online : 9 P j P P • Greater employment oppor- , • ,, , ,.- Telework Toolkit that provides information for employers, tunities for persons with disc- i',�, ° ,„;., employees, and managers. Readers are bilities. encouraged to explore the toolkit at tOO • Increased ability to meet air quality or transportation www.teleworktoolkit.corn Additional links to , ,4 , ^ mandates (Note: does the CTR survey ring a bell ?) Telework information can be found at''' www.yvcoq.org . ( Telecommuting continued above... Page 3 • • • 0 0 �� Upcoming Grant Opportunities 1 a By Shawn Conrad, Senior Planner 1.-u-j law The Land and Water Conservation Fund supports outdoor recreation and preservation projects, including parks, trails, and wildlife habitat. Typical projects include community park renovation, building new active recreation facilities such as skate parks or athletic fields, trails, community gardens, and protecting wildlife habitat. A 50% match is 0 required; for local agencies and special purpose districts, at least 10% of the total project cost must be from a ; non - state, non - federal contribution. • Deadlines: Plans establishing grant eligibility (i.e. adopted parks or comprehensive plans) due March 1, ) 2012; Applications due May 1, 2012 • Information and application http. / /www.rco.wa.gov /grants /Iwcf.shtml The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Association - Public Works and Economic Adjust- ment Assistance Programs support development in economically distressed areas of the United States by fostering job creation and attracting private investment through construction, non - construction, and revolving loan fund invest- ments. • Deadlines: March 8, 2012 and June 9, 2012 ,= • Information and application http. / /www.eda.gov /PDF /FY 2012 EDAP FFO 11 -18 -11 FINAL.pdf) If � P��, E 1 considering applying, contact regional office for more information and guidance at (206) 220 -7669 The Planning Only Community Development Block Grant assists Washington State small cities, towns and coun- ties in carrying out planning efforts that principally benefit low- and moderate - income (LMI) persons Applications must meet one of the following program priorities: addresses public health and safety issues, improves essential services to low- and moderate - income persons; completes a necessary and specific step in a broader community development strategy; assists communities in meeting planning requirements that f will principally benefit low- and moderate - income persons; or supports local planning to affirmatively, a t p F , , further fair housing. • Deadline Starting May 1, 2012 until funds run out. Appli - • s j . Information and application wwwcommercewagov/ YVCOG General x site /314 /default.aspx Membership March 3C O. Meeting o • ° ° ``Z = ` v , WHERE: Ahtanum Park Youth Barn 'e 00 °o Union Gap ,�5 00.., x Ci 4F % � x WHEN: lifiarch 21, 2012 . 6:30 -9:00 p.m. ewt r Census Data continued from Page 2 x DINNER: $18 at 7 p.m. , ; 75 N x c F�s-r. , x Reservations and cancellations for a voting quorum x ia; s a,� ® , ze and the caterer are appreciated no later than Fri - ? � _` \ �, -,. day March 16, 2012 at noon. Please RSVP to Sarah The Census department has worked for months to cre- or Tami at (509) 574 -1550 or email to hay- x ate a new interface that was better suited to the needs x wardt @yvcog.org. x X of the layperson and the general public. The new Amer- 40,04,00 „x a 44 .� ae . low ican Fact Finder is being populated with more and more data on a monthly basis and Your YVCOG Staff: / Y \ should continue to provide use- I ful tools to analysts, planners, ` _ J Page Scott, Executive Director : 2?„ , and the general public for at � i4 �'. . % • -: Brian Curtin, CTR Coordinator 1 least t he next 10 ears. Be f , g� Deb Lacombe, Senior Transportation Planner ( y. . fk' Shawn Conrad, Senior Planner �/ sure to visit the site and experi ment with the new tools and t_ John R. Rohrbaugh, GIS Analyst/Systems Administrator . _ 1 ' � r Chris Wickenhagen, Administrative Finance Officer reporting options at: http: // • , Tamara Hayward, Office Specialist factfinder.census goy. F' , Sarah A. Hyndman, Office Specialist Serena Pettit, Office Technician (CTR Intern) Aerial Assessment of the Lower Yakima River for Fall Chinook Salmon Spawning Areas, 2011 David B. Child DC Consulting LLC 2807 W. Washington Ave. Yakima, WA 98903 January 2012 Prepared for the Yakima Basin Joint Board Acknowledgements I appreciate the Yakima Basin Joint Board for funding this research and Becca Wassell, Marcella Appel, Rachel Little and Tom Elliot for seeing value in doing the surveys to support their salmon recovery assessments. Access to boat based survey data was provided by Paul Hoffarth and Melinda Davis, so thanks. I also appreciate my other colleagues for their interest, comments and suggestions on how to improve this report for this and other years. I hope the effort continues. I really appreciate the skillful flying of Don Clayhold in the Cesna 182 aircraft. A good pilot makes all the difference with these surveys. Bergstrom Aircraft Inc. has provided very professional services over all three years. ii Contents 1.0 Introduction 4 2.0 Methods 5 3.0 Results 6 4.0 Discussion 14 5.0 References 16 Appendix A 17 Appendix B 18 Figures 1 Lower Yakima River survey site, with cities and river miles indicated 5 2 Several salmon redds near RM 28, downstream of Benton City (grass removal site) 7 3 Several salmon redds located just upstream of Benton City, near RM 31 7 4 Several salmon redds located downstream of Granger, near RM 78 8 5 Redds observed at river miles 0 - 18, lower Yakima River 9 6 Redds observed at river miles 21 - 48, lower Yakima River 10 7 Redds observed at river miles 59 - 83, lower Yakima River 11 8 Redds observed at river miles 83.5 - 91.5, lower Yakima River 12 9 Redds observed at river miles 91.5 - 109, lower Yakima River 13 Table 1 Fall Chinook salmon redd`counts in the lower Yakima River, river flows, and flight conditions during aerial surveys conducted October and November 2011 6 iii 1.0 Introduction The Benton Conservation District (BCD), Mid- Columbia Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Yakama Nation, with a variety of other partners, are currently working on grants awarded through the Salmon Recovery Funding Board to identify high - priority actions for the lower Yakima River and the Wapato Reach of the Yakima River (from Mabton to Union Gap), that will directly benefit local salmonid species. The objectives of the grants are to perform assessments of the lower Yakima River and the Wapato Reach of the Yakima River with the end goal of identifying potential future projects that would enhance, protect, or restore spawning and rearing habitat in the Yakima River and its side channels. To assist in both the lower Yakima River assessment, Yakima Delta assessment, and the Wapato Reach assessment, DC Consulting LLC (a technical advisor for the assessments) contacted the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to conduct aerial surveys of fall Chinook salmon spawning areas in the lower Yakima River in 2009, 2010 and completed the surveys with funding from the Yakima Basin Joint Board (YBJB) in 2011. The YBJB's interest in funding the survey is to continue to document improved conditions for salmonids in the Yakima River Basin. PNNL conducted four aerial flights in the lower Yakima River in 2009 and documented an estimated 473 fall Chinook salmon redds located from Richland to near Union Gap. In 2010 PNNL was only able to conduct 2 aerial flights in the lower Yakima River and documented an estimated 200 fall Chinook redds. In 2011 the redd counts were considerably higher at an estimated 779. Prior to these surveys only limited aerial surveys had been conducted for spawning locations in the lower sections of the river because of degraded water clarity. The most recent of those was done by PNNL in 2002, when 176 redds were counted between the Highway 240 bridge and Wanawish Dam. During the past several years, however, water quality and clarity have improved. The Yakama Nation now conducts boat -based redd surveys in the Yakima River upstream of Prosser, and the WDFW conducts raft surveys in the lower river downstream of Prosser. Fall Chinook salmon escapement to the Yakima River has been determined using the redd counts, carcass surveys, and sport catch in the lower river (downstream of Prosser Dam) and the adult count at Prosser Dam, which is monitored by the Yakama Nation. Based on past surveys by the Yakima Nation, minimal fall Chinook salmon spawning is expected to occur on the Yakima River upstream of Union Gap, Washington (near river mile 107). The BCD is currently working in tandem with other entities to get a more accurate account of spawning within the lower river. They have also been active in a pilot program to remove water star grass (Heteranthera dubia) within certain locations and determine if salmon are utilizing these regions for spawning. The specific objective of the PNNL assessment and DC Consulting LLC's effort was to determine spawning areas and enumerate redds, via aerial observation, throughout the spawning range of fall Chinook salmon in the lower Yakima River. The likelihood of observing redds from other salmonids in these mainstem stream reaches is low, (i.e. coho etc.). Both the lower Yakima River Assessment, Yakima Delta Assessment and Wapato Reach Assessment planning processes have used this information to determine the general locations where salmon are spawning; other physical data collected along the river can be used to further characterize these and other locations that are providing suitable spawning habitats. 4 2.0 Methods Visual surveys were conducted from a fixed -wing aircraft (Cessna 182) flying about 700 ft above the water surface at air speeds ranging from 110 to 130 km/h. The flight plan for each survey included departure from the Richland or Pasco Airports and flights along the Yakima River from the Highway 240 bridge in Richland to just downstream of Union Gap, Washington (Figure 1). The total flight time to complete each survey was generally around 2 to 3 hours. River discharge data for each flight date were obtained via a real -time database from a U.S. Geological Survey gauging station located at Kiona (RM 30). The redds of fall Chinook salmon, which can attain an overall size of about 100 ft were distinguished by light - colored patches, suggesting clean or disturbed substrates that indicate salmon spawning sites. As redds were observed, their numbers were tallied and the locations were marked on corresponding maps of the river during the flights. Yakima: , — • UnionG'ap _ ,,," ' 'I •Ziillati' _ , _ - - r. • , - `. ;,, : : ". , - - Richland 'RM :B2 -- SX "S _ _ ',.d':n - - , RM ,60_ - _ Benton City ` RM 40 I Ma6tori ,. ..�. >., ".. ". Prosser . , 5" 0 5 10 Miles N ' - - -- Y� - _ - _. -, Figure 1. Lower Yakima River survey site, with cities and river miles indicated 5 3.0 Results Two survey flights were conducted in 2011; on 31 October and 8 November 2011. The river stretch of interest was subdivided into six segments for reporting purposes. Other attempts were made to conduct additional surveys but poor weather factored into the flights being cancelled. Redds were observed and counted during both flights with 502 on the October flight and 779 on the November flight. The highest redd count for all river segments was in the area around Granger and Zillah. The majority of all redds or 60% were observed upstream of Mabton (Table 1). River flow recorded at Kiona was 2,340 cfs for the first flight and 2,160 cfs for the second. Water clarity was good for both surveys with very clear water conditions on the 2 flight. Fall Chinook salmon redds were observed on both surveys and were detected easily from the plane. For purposes of illustration and to identify areas of spawning activity this report will present digital photography and air photo mapping from downstream to upstream. Figures 2, 3 and 4 show images of salmon redds from the air. Figures 5 through 9 show the general areas in which redds were observed from the aircraft. Redd locations are indicated by the red circles within the survey region. Google Earth was used for the air photos. Table 1. Fall Chinook salmon redd counts in the lower Yakima River, river flows, and flight conditions during aerial surveys conducted October and November 2011 Redd Count River Segment 31 October 8 November Portion % Length HWY 240 bridge to Wanawish Dam 44 104 13% 18 mi. Wanawish Dam to Prosser 86 208 27% 26 mi. Prosser to Mabton 0 0 0% 13 mi. Mabton to Granger 200 263 34% 23 mi. Granger to Zillah 129 143 18% 10 mi. Zillah to Union Gap 43 61 8% 16 mi. 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Redds observed at river miles 59 - 83, lower Yakima River 11 .3• s -�'. `.-L �. 'IL .,. __._ ..., -. r Y 'r • , - frograir ' 6 ,.." n J Z. .—,.. . 7iiii. , „... . . I 0 . __, , MI ,. _ irr et. '. -; 11•0 , 1 l ir T . 'w - f •- • - 1187 Ur + .. A, 'rr r. 1 NW' t, 4111111hill _..., , _ 1 ,....,, ..;. :......4,_. __. immi _ _ f X94. -:',I Y., _ _n r h ilki.„.. f.. .:' ao0z r r za∎ .nndto,'.• ' c..,r . s' r.ur.% "' s A.ry.-rti.A-u : Figure 8. Redds observed at river miles 83.5 - 91.5, lower Yakima River 12 lion • le :. , y , • `r w /4 • I .,I 1...11L 'e a.+ ` •. + , Y "1 � '� .4: x +10s• 1!S I * .. ,. :- r C,--.., 'r z 7‘. , _ T ' T .. ,..i.. ,, wit Illittii . 'ti : .-i - • '51i • ill • • , ~� �� � �s f I n '. ». :•r t 4 „ r - ' , iN 4 - 19 6 e , . .• , - 1,4 .. _, Vito , . -.I, ..3. : 1, F` *: „.. ....i ,- , . . Figure 9. Redds observed at river miles 91.5 - 109, lower Yakima River 13 4.0 Discussion As observed in 2009 and 2010, in 2011 the majority of the fall Chinook salmon spawning in the lower Yakima River is occurring upstream from Prosser; the majority of redds (467 of 779) were counted from upstream of Mabton to Union Gap. Flight conditions during the two surveys were very good with only slight water turbidity which enabled good observation conditions. The peak spawning period was estimated to occur near the second survey on November 10. In 2009 the peak was estimated to occur near 9 November and on 10 November in 2010 (Mueller and Child, 2010). River discharge measured at Kiona was very similar for both surveys averaging 2,700 cfs. Adult passage for fall Chinook salmon at Prosser Dam during 2011 was 2,318, which is lower than what was observed in 2010, 2,763 adult fish (DART 2011). The 2009 count was 2,398. In 2009 PNNL counted 449 redds in the lower Yakima River with four survey flights conducted. If weather or river conditions would not of precluded additional flights we predict that a higher redd count would have been made in 2010. In 2011 redd counts suggest that a higher proportion of fall Chinook utilized spawning habitat below Prosser, than in previous years. A total of 312 redds were identified in this downstream area, with much of the activity focused just upstream of Benton City, where in one glide an estimated 54 redds were tallied. Since 2007 the BCD and volunteers have been conducting a water stargrass removal project aimed at clearing sections of the pervasive rooted aquatic macrophyte from the river bottom. Water star grass is a native perennial plant that forms a dense two -inch thick mat of roots. These thick mats cover potential spawning gravels and force fall Chinook salmon to search for more suitable spawning regions further upstream. Through the summer or 2010, BCD staff and volunteers cleared 1.5 acres of the riverbed at several sites. These included locations downstream of the Benton City Bridge, a small island near RM 28 and near Songbird Island at RM 26.5. Raft surveys by WDFW in 2010 indicated three redds upstream of a small inlet downstream of a railroad bridge at the island site at RM 28, but we did not document any redds from the aerial surveys at this location in 2010. Water turbidity or redd size may have influence the ability to detect these redds. In 2011 however redds were observed at the BCD's water stargrass removal site from the air. An estimated 30 salmon redds were observed from the air, along with a BCD survey canoe (see Appendix A and B). The large flow events of this spring likely also helped sort substrates in the lower Yakima River and contributed to the increase in redds noted by the aerial surveys and WDFW raft surveys. During 2011, the WDFW conducted raft surveys and counted a total of 152 redds from 24 October through 4 December in the lower Yakima River between Prosser and the Duportail St. boat launch, near the mouth. This count was a large increase from the 2009 count of 70 total redds and the 2010 count of 57 (Hoffarth 2011). It was a strong year for spawning below Prosser. During 2011, Melinda Davis shared that the Yakama Nation's raft surveys focused on fall Chinook spawn surveys between the Selah and Satus areas of the Yakima River. They counted 331 redds. 14 In future year's efforts, a comparison table of redd locations by year for the aerial and raft based surveys will be provided, as an illustration of redd numbers over the years. Also, a more in depth evaluation of passage numbers over Prosser Dam compared against the number of redds found by raft or aerial surveys, could lead to adult per redd estimations. This analysis may serve useful in determining the efficiencies of boat or aerial based survey methodologies. As determined in 2009 and again in 2010 and 2011, aerial surveys can be an effective method for determining redd Iocations as well as estimating redd numbers in the Yakima River, providing adequate weather and river conditions. A total of four flights seem to be adequate to get a good representation of the spawning locations. As a supplement to raft based surveys aerial spawning surveys can be a useful tool for biologists and resource managers. It's an effort that many basin interests hope to see continue, funding allowing. • 15 References Dauble DD and DG Watson. 1990. Spawning and Abundance of Fall Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River, 1948 -1988. PNL- 7289, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington. DART. 2010. Columbia River Data Access in Real Time. Columbia Basin Research, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle. Available at http : / /www.cbr.washington.edu/dart/ (December 2010). DART. 2011. Columbia River Data Access in Real Time. Columbia Basin Research, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle. Available at http : / /www.cbr.washington.edu/dart/ (January 2011). Davis, M. 2011. Personal Communication Hoffarth PA. 2010. District 4 Fish Management Annual Report. Annual Report to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 3 Yakima. In press. Hoffarth PA. 2011. Personal Communication. Mueller, RP. 2009. Aerial Assessment of the Lower Yakima River for Fall Chinook Salmon Spawning Areas. PNNL - 19102. Prepared for DC Consulting LLC. Mueller, RP, Child DB. 2010. Aerial Assessment of the Lower Yakima River for Fall Chinook Salmon Spawning Areas. PNNL- 19102. Prepared for DC Consulting LLC. This document should be cited as: Child DB. 2011. Aerial Assessment of the Lower Yakima River for Fall Chinook Salmon Spawning Areas. Prepared for the Yakima Basin Joint Board. Final Report. In press. 16 Appendix A Benton Conservation District \ Ivor 4 15 Wine Country Road 10121 W. Clearwater Ave Prosser, WA 99350 Kennewick, WA 99336 .`.ti—n (509) 786 -1923 x 3 (509) 736 -6000 November 17. 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Salmon Spawning in Yakima. River Habitat Restored by Volunteers Contact: Rachel Little, Biologist. Benton Conservation District rachel- littleaconservewa.net (509)832 -1329 cell ""�� Benton Conservation District staff in .4 4' aluminum canoe count salmon redds in , }" ; habitat restored by volunteers on Yakima -1 * ,v,(41 ..." -..ill -; River near Benton City. Photo by David Child, Biologist, Yakima Basin Joint Board. Permission to reprint t with photo credit l - .4 ' .* 4. _ Chinook salmon are spawning in - . ?- .. � r , areas of the Yakima River that they 7 A ' ' a F en used for almost a decade. "'ter , '''Ne..- ' :; c z & Salmon lay eggs in nests called redds that they build from gravel. Water stargrass began covering the gravel riverbed of the lower Yakima River around 2001. eventually growing so thick that salmon couldn't build redds there. With a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Benton Conservation District (BCD) recruited volunteers to hand - pull water stargrass near Benton City. Salmon are responding to their efforts. Biologists have counted over 30 salmon redds at the habitat restoration site. Salmon redds appear as light patches in center of river to left of BCD's aluminum canoe. Jack Clark. Chair Dan Downs. Vice Chair Mike Sackchewsky, Auditor Nicole Berg. Member Larry Cadwell. Member 17 Appendix B �• . i . } ) te . � j � f • ' ' , x' ' �� 4 1$1, - 0, r r s. us ‘. .,14 . ,7" . ' • ue "S4 ' ! t Songbird Island I ; a r ti ' ' : .. ' i z. �. .. i. TSav 7a21 IX SW ' ? :! .-- �y� c • y 1 � ?±+t'} Tk' - 1 R ailroad Bridg a_, ....., . ' 4 :0: ... 4V. 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