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RPJ - Rapid River Hatchery Pond

Status:   Active - Non-Operational
Site Type: Monitored Fish Release  |  Organization: Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
General Operational Period: Seasonally
Start Date: 4/20/1999 1:55 PM

This site monitors the outfall of the Rapid River Fish Hatchery pond. It operates seasonally from when fish are delivered to the pond until after all fish have been forced out at the end of the volitional release period.

Current Operations

Last File Loaded: RPJ-2021-295-P-020.json
Date Last File Loaded: 10/22/2021 8:02 PM
Date Last File Opened: 10/22/2021 6:00 PM
Date Last File Closed: 10/22/2021 7:00 PM
Last Observation Tag: 3DD.003D3E8BD0
Last Observation Date: 4/22/2021 3:52 AM
Detection Summary: Last Day's Observations


Primary Contact:

Don Warf

Data Steward:

Nicole Tancreto


Coordinates: 45.353681, -116.394575  |  River Km: 522.303.140.007.006

Operational History

Operational history describes the period the site was interrogating for PIT tags. The comments provide anecdotal information about the operation of the site during this period. Site operational periods are updated typically at the end of the calendar year.

Year Start Date End Date Comments
2020 2/19/2020 12:00 PM 4/24/2020 11:00 AM
2019 2/7/2019 10:00 AM 4/26/2019 11:27 AM Remaining fish forced from pond April 25. Site equipment removed and stowed April 26
2018 2/15/2018 10:30 AM 4/26/2018 1:24 PM Volitional released started March 13. All fish removed from pond April 26. Antennas removed and transceivers powered down April 30.
2017 2/9/2017 12:00 AM 4/27/2017 12:00 AM
2016 3/3/2016 12:00 AM 4/29/2016 12:00 AM
2015 2/11/2015 1:00 PM 4/24/2015 11:30 AM Volitional release started March 15. The primary computer rebooted several times during the season; any detections that were missed during reboots were filled with data from the secondary computer. All remaining fish were forced out of the pond and the transceivers were shut down on April 24.
2014 2/10/2014 12:00 AM 4/28/2014 11:37 AM Antenna 05 down February 10-20. Volitional release started March 17. Power outage occurred March 20 for approximately 3 hours; buffers were downloaded and detections were submitted in recapture file PIT14079.RPJ. All remaining fish were seined out of the pond and the transceivers were shut down on April 28.
2013 2/6/2013 12:00 AM 4/29/2013 1:00 PM
2012 2/7/2012 11:46 AM 5/1/2012 10:46 AM The detection equipment was installed on February 7. Volitional release began on March 12. Pond drained and detection equipment removed May 1.
2011 2/8/2011 2:45 PM 4/22/2011 12:00 AM The detection equipment was installed on Feb. 8. Volitional release began on Mar. 15. Remaining fish were seined from the pond on Apr. 21. Site was shut down and equipment removed on Apr. 22.
2010 2/4/2010 12:00 PM 4/23/2010 10:30 AM Rapid River Hatchery staff pulled the raceway screens on March 15 to allow fish to volitionally exit the facility. The pond was emptied and the equipment was disabled on April 23.
2009 2/9/2009 1:00 PM 4/24/2009 9:35 AM Detection activities began on Feb. 9. The volitional release began at approximately 6AM (PST) on March 16. All remaining fish were crowded out on Wednesday, April 22. The interrogation equipment was deactivated on April 24.
2008 2/19/2008 2:00 PM 4/25/2008 9:30 AM The RPJ detection system was enabled on Feb. 19, with tagged fish already in the pond. The boards were pulled around noon on Mar. 19 to allow volitional release. The remaining fish were forced out, and the pond dewatered, on April 25, 2008.
2007 2/16/2007 12:45 PM 4/27/2007 12:00 PM Volitional release apparently began on March 15, 2007. All remaining fish were forced out on April 27, 2007.
2006 2/13/2006 11:30 AM 4/25/2006 10:44 AM RPJ was activated on February 13, 2006. There were ~100k PIT-tagged fish in a pond of ~1M total fish. Volitional release began on March 17 and concluded on April 25, 2006.
2005 2/28/2005 12:00 AM 4/25/2005 12:00 AM The RPJ site was activated on February 28, 2005. The first pond boards were pulled on March 15. The pond was fully dewatered by April 25, 2005.
2004 1/29/2004 8:00 AM 4/21/2004 3:00 PM The PIT tag detectors were activated at 8:00am on 1/29/04. Scheduled volitional release commenced at approximately 2:00pm on 3/15/04. The pond was drained and any remaining fish were forced out by 3:00pm on 4/21/04.
2003 3/17/2003 1:00 PM 4/28/2003 5:00 PM IDFG tagged fish for the CSS program between Feb 3-6. BioMark tagged fish for NMFS between 2/10-19. The screens were removed from the (monitored) outfall at 1:00pm on 3/17/03; fish were allowed to exit the pond volitionally until April 28, after which the ponds was drained. The last PIT tags were detected on 4/29/03.
2002 3/6/2002 8:00 AM 4/22/2002 12:00 PM First tagged fish in pond on 3/6; screens pulled on 3/18 in the AM.
2001 3/15/2001 3:42 PM 4/24/2001 12:34 PM Dates and times based on first/last reported detections.
2000 3/19/2000 12:15 PM 4/25/2000 10:22 AM Dates and times based on first/last reported detections.
1999 4/20/1999 1:55 PM 4/22/1999 10:50 AM First year of (test) deployment; more a proof of concept. Dates and times based on first/last interrogation files received.


Configuration metadata includes details about the equipment used at the site to detect and record PIT tags. A new configuration sequence record is created when equipment is added or removed from the site and the period of time it was active. A configuration sequence without an End Date is currently active.

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Start Date:  3/15/2002
End Date:  ----

Equipment History

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Event Log Summary

This displays the last 25 events, to see the full history, log in to the Dashboard and go to Interrogation Site > Event Logs.

Event Date Event Type Comments
9/9/2021 8:00:00 AM General

Installed M5 mini PC's into HSIP. Added surge arresters, fuses and 'oring diodes'. Configured and tested M5. Verified operation and remote access. Performed site inventory.

7/14/2021 7:00:00 AM General

Disabled alerting from transceivers 06 and 08. They appear to be dead. Tried stopping and starting services on M4. No communications to transceivers 06 and 08. This will need to be addressed before start of next season.

4/29/2021 9:31:37 AM General STE upgrade complete. Pulled in 1 additional circuit to STE for redundancy. Labeled all fiber optic jumpers with the correct antenna ID. Found transceiver 02 with an ID of 05, not sure for how long this has been like this or what this does to the individual coil detection efficiencies. Met with Ziply fiber for replacement of the DSL modem, reconfigured the Sonicwall and VPN connection. Inventoried all equipment on-site compared to the equipment list provided.
4/27/2021 3:00:00 PM SiteDown Final fish detections were on 4/22/21 and the pond was drained. the antennas were removed from the pond, cleaned and stored away on 4/27.
4/7/2021 8:03:02 AM General A power outage occurred 4-6-2021 from ~0830 to ~1147. The DCP remained on UPS power until 1133. The UPS power for the xcvrs ran out at ~0930. No data exist to fill the resulting gap.
4/7/2021 7:33:16 AM TASS These alarms were generated by a power outage from Idaho power. It last from 10-14:00 hrs on 4-6-2021.
4/5/2021 11:00:00 AM General O&M site visit on 4/5/21. All readers working properly. Diagnostics look good and noise levels were all less than 7%. Test tags read at 100% on all antennas and all antennas read stick tags.
3/29/2021 12:00:00 PM General O&M visit on 3/29/21. I checked diagnostics and tune on all readers. Test tag reads were 100% on all antennas. Everything looked good.
3/15/2021 8:14:00 AM General Volitional fish release began on 3/15. Site visit the same day. I swapped out the spare transceiver 02 with the original one that was repaired in Kennewick. I tuned and tested all transceivers and tested comms with the data computers. Fish were actively leaving the pond and being detected while I was on site.
3/2/2021 7:57:25 AM TASS Noted
3/2/2021 7:57:25 AM TASS Noted
3/2/2021 7:57:18 AM TASS Noted. The transceiver has been replaced.
2/26/2021 7:24:18 AM TASS Noted.
2/24/2021 11:00:00 AM SiteUp Antenna arrays were installed on 2/24/21. All readers turned on and tuned, and lithium batteries changed. Each antenna was tested with test tags. No problems to report. The site is up for 2021. Volitional release is set to begin on March 15.
4/24/2020 11:03:27 AM SiteDown The final fish were pushed out of the pond. The readers were shut off and the antennas were removed from the pond. The site is shut down for the remainder of 2020.
4/13/2020 11:00:00 AM General O&M visit on 4/13. Reader 04 test tag efficiency was in 95-99% range. I tweaked it up to 100% All other readers were at 100%. All readers read stick tags. Everything looks good. At the time I left, there were about 30,000 detections.
4/7/2020 2:42:00 PM General O&M visit on Tuesday, 4/7/20. Test tag efficiency was 100% on all antennas. Each reader read stick tags. Everything looked good.
3/31/2020 2:42:00 PM General O&M visit on Tuesday 3/31. All readers read test tag efficiency at 100% and read test tags. Everything checked out okay.
3/23/2020 3:27:02 PM General A dead fish with a tag on it got stuck on antenna 04 on 3/18. It was removed on 3/23. Timer tags were not able to be read during this time and regular tag reads were probably also adversely affected. After the dead fish was removed noise dropped from mid 60% to about 5%. Test tag efficiency was 100% Test tag efficiency on all other antennas was 100% Diagnostics looked good on all antennas.
3/16/2020 1:00:00 PM General O&M visit for volitional release day. All readers checked out okay. !00% reads on test tag diagnostic for each antenna. When I left about 1300 PST the screens for the fish had not yet been removed.
2/20/2020 7:12:34 AM TASS Clearing TASS for season start.
2/19/2020 12:00:00 PM SiteUp Antenna arrays were installed on 2/19/20. All readers turned on and tuned, and lithium batteries changed. No problems to report. The site is up for 2020. Volitional release is set to begin on March 16.
4/29/2019 12:53:03 PM General Restarted M4 services and disabled M4alerts on both PCs.
4/29/2019 7:43:46 AM General Stopped M4 services on both PCs.
4/26/2019 11:27:40 AM SiteDown The remaining fish were forced from the pond yesterday afternoon. I uninstalled the antennas, cleaned them and stored them away for the year. The transceivers were turned off. Site is down until next year.