UPDATE – U.S. seeks bids for Chiloquin Dam removal

The Bureau of Reclamation issued a call for bids to remove Chiloquin Dam from the Sprague River in Oregon, and to construct a pumping plant and fish screen on the Williamson River for Modoc Point Irrigation District. Bids are due Dec. 8.

BuRec said the contract is expected to be worth $5 million to $10 million to remove Chiloquin Dam, about 30 miles north of Klamath Falls in Klamath County. (HNN 10/19/06) All contracted work must be completed within 720 calendar days, based on an assumption the government issues a notice to proceed April 15, 2007.

The U.S. Indian Service built the dam between 1914 and 1918 to for an irrigation project. In 1988, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found two fish species in the area, the shortnose and Lost River suckers, to be endangered. It concluded Chiloquin Dam was a major factor contributing to their decline.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and Modoc Point Irrigation District agreed to remove the dam and to construct an electrically powered pumping plant to replace it as an irrigation water source. The agreement also provides $2.48 million to the district to mitigate the effects of dam removal.

The request for proposals is available on the Interior Department’s Electronic Acquisition System � Electronic Commerce Internet site, http://ideasec.nbc.gov, under document No. 07SP200016.

For information, contact Debra Keith at BuRec’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Room E-1815, Sacramento, CA 95825; (1) 916-978-5135; E-mail: dkeith@mp.usbr.gov.

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