Reclamation to seek economic study of Klamath River dams removal plan

The Bureau of Reclamation plans to seek proposals for an economic study of an agreement to remove four dams in the 161.338-MW Klamath hydroelectric project in Oregon and California.

Project licensee PacifiCorp and other parties unveiled a settlement agreement in September 2009 on resolution of Klamath River resource issues and removal of the utility’s main Klamath River hydropower plants and dams, 90.338-MW J.C. Boyle, 20-MW Copco 1, 27-MW Copco 2, and 18-MW Iron Gate. Parties signed two framework agreements in February for removing the dams by 2020 if Congress and Interior Department scientists approve. (HydroWorld 2/19/10) Reclamation awarded a contract to Research Triangle Institute to evaluate the economic potential of fisheries restoration. (HydroWorld 2/16/10)

Reclamation announced it plans to seek proposals for an economic study to complete an environmental review of the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement under federal and California environmental laws. The settlement calls for PacifiCorp customers to pay $200 million of the dam removal costs. The state of California is to provide up to another $250 million with total project costs not to exceed $450 million.

The environmental review is to include development of a federal environmental impact statement, a state environmental impact report, a biological assessment, and a secretarial determination overview report. Additional work is to include providing technical assistance and support for the secretarial determination on removing the four mainstem Klamath dams and transfer of the non-powered Keno Dam to the Interior Department.

The full hydroelectric project (No. 2082) also includes the 3.2-MW East Side and 600-kW West Side developments, which PacifiCorp proposed to decommission voluntarily, and the 2.2-MW Fall Creek development, on a Klamath River tributary.

A pre-solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. R10PS20R30 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

For information, contact Rosana Yousef Goarji, Purchasing Agent, Bureau of Reclamation – MP – Regional Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Room E-1815, Sacramento, CA 95825; (1) 916-978-5004; E-mail: ryousefgoarji@usbr.gov.

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