U.S. to deploy system to monitor fish passing dams

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects to seek bids July 31 for development of a passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag detection system to monitor tagged salmon as they pass dams in the Columbia River Basin.

The contractor is to develop and deploy a PIT tag detection system for tagged salmonids passing spillways with, and without, removable spillway weirs (RSWs). One dam, 1,092.9-MW Bonneville on the Columbia, has no RSW. However, RSWs have been or are being installed at 810-MW Lower Granite (2001), 603-MW Ice Harbor (2005), and 810-MW Lower Monumental (2007) dams on the lower Snake River. RSW installation is scheduled for 2009 at 810-MW Little Goose Dam.

Documents for solicitation No. AB133F-06-RP-0176 are to be available on the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fedbizopps.gov. Contractors must be registered with the Central Contractor Registry, www.ccr.gov.

For information, contact Judi Jzyk, NOAA, Western Administrative Support Center, 7600 Sand Point Way, Northeast, Seattle, WA 98115-6349 USA; (1) 206-526-6039; E-mail: judi.m.jzyk@noaa.gov.

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