U.S. awards $1.9 million to count fish at Columbia projects

The Corps of Engineers awarded a $1.9 million contract to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to count fish at eight mainstem hydroelectric projects on the Columbia and Snake rivers in Oregon and Washington.

Fish counters provided by the department are to identify and count adult fish, either by direct visual or by video, as the fish pass through fish ladder counting stations.

Dams include 1,092.9-MW Bonneville, 1,807-MW Dalles, 2,160-MW John Day, 980-MW McNary, 603-MW Ice Harbor, 810-MW Lower Monumental, 810-MW Little Goose, and 810-MW Lower Granite in the Corps’ Portland and Walla Walla districts.

The Corps chose the Department of Fish and Wildlife after reviewing proposals submitted in response to a solicitation. (HNN 1/3/07) The contract, awarded Feb. 12, includes one base year from March 1, 2007, through Feb. 29, 2008, and could include as many as four optional years.

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