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Sample Design: PIT Array O&M Tucannon River
  • ID: 2878
  • State: Finalized
  • Owner: Todd Miller
  • Spatial Design Category: Ease of Access
  • Sites in Design: 4
  • Has Location Privacy: No
  • Data Repository: PTAGIS Website (See Sample Design Overview for full list)
  • Version History: v1.0 Finalized (12/5/2017)

The details of this Sample Design, including all the parameters used to generate it, are included below. Sample designs must belong to a Study Plan.


A portion of the contract funding for this project will cover costs associated with the operation/maintenance of the Tucannon River PIT tag arrays (Four Total Arrays).  Debris floating down the river during high spring time flows have frequently damaged the antennas which require repair or complete replacement;  and the Tag Reader (MUX) requires occasional tune-up/service.  For the lowest array, a solar charging system replaced the propane thermoelectric generator system and now serves as the power source. Limited maintenance is required and minimal battery replacement should be expected.  
PIT tag data from the array will be downloaded on a daily basis (recent upgrades with cell modem allow for this - reduces the chance of data loss due to power outages).  Data will be uploaded automatically (per protocols) to PTAGIS regional database via the subcontracted services provider (that function as a data backup site). Estimating adult salmon and steelhead returns to the Tucannon River, and those that stray above Lower Granite Dam, will be based on the data derived from PIT-tagged fish returning to the Snake River Basin.  [Note: In addition to the data analysis and evaluations supported within the scope of this contract, LSRCP partners and/or other collaborators may provide review of the data through other contract/agency support.]
Note: Currently, all four sites have been set-up for automatic downloads and uploads to PTAGIS daily through QCI, Inc., the current consulting contractor.  In addition, all sites are capable of remote access so status of each site (power, antennas, noise levels) can be checked daily from the office to address operational issues as quickly as possible.  Even with remote site status available via modems, each site will be visited occasionally to remove debris from antennas, especially after high stream flow events.


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In-Stream PIT tag Detection System (IPTDS) Data Standards v1.0

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