Background: Through its Integrated Fish & Wildlife Program, BPA partners with Columbia Basin Tribes, Federal, State, and private organizations who implement fish and wildlife projects under contract with BPA. BPA publishes the results of these projects via technical and non-technical reports in a searchable publications database.
BPA combines the information gathered from the project reports and Pisces metrics and focal species into reports on how the agency is meeting the requirements of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's Fish and Wildlife Program, the FCRPS BiOp, and other Biological Opinions.
Types of Reports and Publications: Contractors report their progress and accomplishments in a variety of ways. The type of publication is based on the level of reporting, the kind of work being done, and the product or service the contract or project provides.
Draft Reports and Publications: Draft reports and scientific papers submitted to BPA (uploaded to Pisces) are typically held for 30 days to allow for BPA and/or peer review before publication. Soliciting peer review is the responsibility of the report author, and comments or questions about a report should be directed to him or her. The report author or BPA project manager may upload comments about a report into Pisces and make these comments available through the publications search page along with the report.
- Contract status reports, based on contract milestones and deliverables, are submitted by contractors monthly or quarterly via Pisces, BPA's project management software tool for fish and wildlife projects. While contract-level status reports are not viewable by the general public, Project Summary/Status reports, which present aggregate data about all of the contract deliverables under a given project, are available by searching for a project in www.cbfish.org.
- Technical annual progress reports are required for BPA fish and wildlife project sponsors who have the following work elements in their contract(s):
A project-specific template is accessed from the project page in www.cbfish.org. The report template will provide project sponsors with specific questions to address F&W Program strategies to help ensure reports provide accessible information and results that BPA can use to report on its progress toward Program objectives and RM&E strategies. Information on how to access the report template is available in the Procedural Guidance for RM&E Reports. These reports are registered with the Department of Energy (DOE), and assigned a unique publication number. These publications are available to the public on-line through our publications search page.
- Non-technical reports and (annual) progress reports may be produced by contractors in cases where Pisces status reporting alone is not sufficient to document important results from a contract/project, but a technical report is not necessary. These results may include lessons learned and tabular summaries of very simple monitoring results. A non-technical report may also be produced when the extra documentation of results is so technically simple that a DOE technical publication is not warranted. This type of report may be used for any project that is not performing research, monitoring, and evaluation work (see technical publications, above). BPA recommends that non-technical reports cover activities in the scope of work whose results were not sufficiently presented in the Pisces status reports. Non-technical reports and (annual) progress reports are uploaded to Pisces, and are publicly available through the publications search page, but are not published as DOE technical reports.
- BiOp reports are required for BPA projects that support FCRPS BiOp RM&E Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs) 50 to 73. A separate RPA Report using a standard format is accessed from the project page in www.cbfish.org. This report should describe compliance with RPA requirements as well as how results inform actions relative to RPA requirements. More information on the BiOp reports is available in the Procedural Guidance for RM&E Reports.
- Technical manuscripts or other publications are sometimes produced by research projects and scientific studies funded by BPA, and may include symposium papers, and scientific journal articles. These reports are relatively all-encompassing (spanning the scope of the contract/project), detailed, formal, and often structured according to a prescribed format.
Contractors should review the formatting guidelines prior to uploading reports to Pisces.