Government shutdown cancels U.S. conference on endangered species studies for Northwest hydro system

Fish Study

As a result of a federal government shutdown, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has canceled a pre-proposal conference on a proposed solicitation for biological studies in the Pacific Northwest involving endangered species in the federal hydroelectric system.

The Corps had scheduled the conference for Oct. 7. Announcing the cancellation as a result of Congress’ lack of agreement on spending measures, the Corps’ Walla Walla District said updates on the conference would be posted as they are known.

The Walla Walla District took information in May on small businesses able to perform biological studies and fish studies in the Snake and Columbia river basins and other areas of the Pacific Northwest. It issued a similar request for information in 2012. Most recently, the district awarded a contract to Marine Industrial Construction LLC to construct a prototype lamprey entrance structure in a fish ladder at 980-MW McNary Dam on the Columbia.

In a solicitation expected to be set aside for small businesses, the Corps said it intends to seek multiple-award, multiple-year contracts for biological studies in the Snake and Columbia basins and elsewhere in the Northwest. It said it needs to establish new contracts to continue research and respond to litigation associated with the implementation of the Endangered Species Act in the hydropower-based Federal Columbia River Power System.

Most work conducted under previous contracts has focused on passage of salmon, lamprey, and resident fish at hydroelectric projects. The Corps said future research topics, techniques, and scope of biological studies might need to evolve based on changing priorities identified through regional discussions.

A pre-solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. W912EF13R0033 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box. Due to the government shutdown, the Corps delayed expected issuance of a solicitation to about Oct. 10 from about Sept. 30. The expected bid due date was delayed to about Nov. 10 from about Oct. 30.

For information, contact Mary Van Sickle, Contracting, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, 201 N. 3rd Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362; (1) 509-527-7204; Fax: (1) 509-527-7802; E-mail: mary.m.vansickle@usace.army.mil.

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