U.S. to seek bids for Chiloquin Dam removal

The Bureau of Reclamation intends to seek bids for removal of Chiloquin Dam on the Sprague River, and for construction of a pumping plant and fish screen on the Williamson River for Modoc Point Irrigation District. The government said it would issue a solicitation about Oct. 25.

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

Once posted, the request for proposals is to be 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.

Bureau of Indian Affairs, irrigation district sign agreement

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and Modoc Point Irrigation District planned a ceremony Oct. 19 to sign an agreement for removal of the dam. The agreement also defines the roles of BIA and the irrigation district for planning and constructing the electrically powered pumping plant to replace Chiloquin Dam as an irrigation water source. It also provides $2.48 million to the district for mitigation of the effects of dam removal.

The U.S. Indian Service built the dam between 1914 and 1918 to establish an irrigation project for the Klamath Tribe. Congress terminated the tribe’s status in 1954, and the government transferred ownership to the irrigation district in 1973. Congress later restored federal recognition the Klamath Tribe.

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