Advisory Committee (FAC)
Advisory Committee (FAC) reviews incoming proposals and advises the Service
on the selection of projects for funding from the FEMRF. A list of members
who serve on the FAC can be found on the FEMRF
Fact Sheet. Two subcommittees of the FAC have been established, the
Eel Study Group and the Conservation Work Group. The primary task of both
of these groups is to develop a strategy for requesting, receiving, and
evaluating incoming proposals in a particular area of interest.
The Eel Study Group (ESG) is a continuation of the Eel Work Group established
during the relicensing negotiations for the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project.
It includes representatives from the New York Power Authority (NYPA),
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), and the Service. The task of this
group is to investigate and develop upstream and downstream passage for American
eel (Anguilla rostrata) at the Moses-Saunders Dam. Upstream passage
for the American eel has been developed and implemented. A state-of-the-art
eel ladder was installed in July 2006. The ESG is now focusing its attention
on developing a method for downstream passage of the American eel.
has developed a strategy and a framework for a study program designed
to identify and test a program to trap and transport outmigrating silver
eels around the hydroelectric power dams in the upper St. Lawrence River
(River) and thereby improve the survival of these eels. This program has
identified five preliminary research areas:
Collecting, holding and transporting of eels
• Potential use of light as part of a system to concentrate and
collect eels at Iroquois Dam,
• Potential use of infrasound as part of a system to concentrate
and collect eels at Iroquois Dam,
• Potential use of attractants or deterrents as part of a system
to concentrate and collect eels at Iroquois Dam, and
• Methods to tag and track outmigrating eels as part of a deterrent
or concentrating system utilizing some or all of the above bulleted items
in the River near Iroquois Dam
phase of the ESG’s plan involves a series of white papers to review
the status of the five areas. Based on these papers, additional research,
evaluations and pilot studies may be pursued in some or all of these areas.
The program is expected to be adaptive and build upon what is learned.
It is anticipated that much of the future work will be directed by the
ESG and that much of the work will be conducted in direct response to
Requests for Proposals that will be developed by the ESG. Individuals
interested in learning more about this work and in submitting proposals
for consideration by the FAC should contact Scott Schlueter of the Service
at (607) 753-9334 or Scott_Schlueter@fws.gov.
The Conservation Work Group (CWG) includes representatives from U.S. Geological
Services, New York Rivers United, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, the Thousand
Islands Land Trust, Ducks Unlimited, the NYSDEC, NYPA, SUNY-Environmental
College of Forestry, and the Service. The expert fisheries scientists
included in the CWG are developing a conservation strategy to benefit
the recovery of the native fish species and State-listed fish species
that were historically found in the St. Lawrence River. These species
were discussed at length in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement prepared
in 2003 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the relicensing
of the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project. These same native fish species
are also targeted in 18 comprehensive plans developed by international
conservation agencies and groups on both sides of Lake Ontario and the
St. Lawrence River.
target native fish species have been selected to facilitate species-based
sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens), muskellunge (Esox masquinongy), northern
pike (Esox lucius), walleye (Sander vitreus) and sensitive minnows and darters. The category
of sensitive minnows and darters includes primarily the State-listed eastern
sand darter (Ammocrypta pellucida), mooneye (Hiodon tergisus), and pugnose
shiner (Notropis anogenus).
area would encompass New York and Canadian waters of the upper St. Lawrence
River, including Akwesasne tribal lands and surrounding tributaries and
catchments. Enhancement or restoration of spawning and nursery habitat,
both quantity and quality, is a primary focus.
kind of proposals would qualify for FEMRF funding?
The Service is especially looking for projects that will benefit fish
species native to the St. Lawrence River and its tributaries. The FEMRF
will give priority consideration to any projects related to on-the-ground
restoration or enhancement of aquatic habitats for these native fish species.
Priority aquatic habitats to enhance or restore are those needed for spawning,
rearing and fish passage corridors. We are also interested in research
that would support downstream passage of the American eel.
also will accept proposals consistent with the purpose of the FEMRF, i.e.,
mitigation and enhancement of fisheries resources of the Lake Ontario/St.
Lawrence River Basin. For more information on the purpose of the FEMRF,
go to the FEMRF Fact Sheet
need to include a monitoring component to evaluate the benefits of the
research or effects of the habitat improvements on the target population.
Operation and maintenance costs for any proposals will only be for a specified
period and should be requested with the proposal costs.
targeting New York State-listed fish species, e.g., lake sturgeon, also
need to be compatible with NYSDEC's recovery objectives for these species.
For more information about these objectives, click on the underscored
species' name above.
to submit proposals
Contact the FEMRF Project Manager Scott Schlueter at (607) 753-9334 or Scott_Schlueter@fws.gov to discuss your idea for a proposal. He can help you determine if your
proposal has a good chance of being funded as is, or if you need to develop
it further. The next step is to fill out the Pre-proposal
Form and submit it to the FEMRF Project Manager. Please refer to the Pre-proposal Form Instructions prior to submitting the form. Any proposals relating to the American eel
will be forwarded to the ESG for their preliminary evaluation and recommendations
prior to FAC review. Proposals relative to fish species native to the
St. Lawrence River may similarly be evaluated by members of the CWG.
accepts Pre-proposals throughout the year; there is no filing period or
deadline. The FEMRF is also linked to the Great Lakes Watershed Restoration
Grant Program's Request for Proposals, to solicit proposals. We anticipate
that there will be requests for specifically targeted proposals, as an
outgrowth of the conservation and research strategies developed by the
ESG and the CWG in the future.