Instream flow analysis sought to protect fish habitat in U.S. West

The U.S. Forest Service seeks bids to perform instream flow monitoring, analysis, and reporting to help protect fish habitat on Forest Service lands in the Intermountain West. Bids are due May 22.

The Forest Service, a unit of the Agriculture Department, says federal authorizations of water diversions, such as those for hydroelectric projects, on National Forest System lands might require consultation under the Endangered Species Act to evaluate effects of water withdrawal on threatened or endangered fish species. The Northwest Forest Plan approved by Congress in 1994 requires the Forest Service to restore and maintain connectivity within and between watersheds on Forest Service land.

The agency seeks collection of stream flow, habitat information, topography, other instream flow data, and diversion data to determine effects of diversions on stream flow and fish habitat.

The contractor is to be responsible for collecting field measurements, providing a technical report that details the data collection methodology, site characteristics, summary of habitat mapping, and flow to habitat relationships. The work is to be located primarily in the intermountain regions of Idaho and southwestern Montana in the Boise, Payette, Sawtooth, Salmon-Challis, Bitterroot, and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National forests.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. AG84M8S130008 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Responses are due by 3 p.m., Mountain time, May 22. For information, contact Brian J. Wharton, U.S. Forest Service, Intermountain Region, 324 25th St., Ogden, UT 84401; (1) 801-625-5748; Fax: (1) 801-625-5365; E-mail: bwharton@fs.fed.us.

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