Reclamation seeks zebra mussel studies for western U.S.

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks information from contractors capable of performing studies related to invasive zebra and quagga mussels. Responses are due April 5.

The bureau’s Denver office issued a sources sought announcement to determine if there are an adequate number of interested and qualified firms to complete work related to the foreign species, which are spreading through U.S. waterways. (Hydro Review, March 2010) Based on information received, Reclamation would decide whether to proceed with an unrestricted solicitation for the work or to set aside the acquisition for small businesses or other subcategories of contractors.

The agency seeks firms with knowledge of invasive mussel issues and expertise in prevention; monitoring; detection; impacts at hydropower, water conveyance, water distribution, and related water resources facilities; mitigation; control strategies; and facility protection technologies. It seeks experience in conducting at least three facility vulnerability assessments, research related to invasive mussel biology and environmental suitability for survival and establishment, and performing independent peer review for a broad range of mussel-related research.

Work would be performed in 17 western states under Reclamation jurisdiction.

Interested firms are invited to respond by e-mail to the address below by April 5. For information, contact Melanie Russell, Contract Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, DO Acquisition Operations Group, P.O. Box 25007, 84-27810, Denver, CO 80225; (1) 801-524-3851; E-mail: mrussell@usbr.gov

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