U.S. solicits proposals to study fish behavior, passage

The Corps of Engineers said it will seek proposals to study the behavior and passage of adult chinook and steelhead at 810-MW Lower Granite and 810-MW Little Goose dams for the 2008 fish passage season.

The Corps said it would issue the solicitation (No. W912EF-08-R-0015) on the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov. Proposals are to be due about Feb. 11. The Corps expects to award the contract about Feb. 22.

The work involves specialized expertise in adult salmon and steelhead tracking with telemetry to provide information on migration characteristics and survival of adult fish as they approach and pass the dams. In order to be eligible for award, contractors must illustrate their ability to obtain an Endangered Species Act permit from NOAA Fisheries to handle adult salmon and steelhead.

In 2007, the Corps awarded a $1.9 million contract to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to count fish at eight hydro projects on the Columbia and Snake rivers, including Lower Granite and Little Goose, both of which are on the Snake River in Washington. (HNN 4/6/07)

Firms must register at the Federal Technical Data Solutions’ Internet site, www.fedteds.gov, to obtain documents. For information, contact Carol Strimmel at the Corps’ Walla Walla District, E-mail: carol.j.strimmel@usace.army.mil.

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