U.S. agency seeks bids to review fisheries, flow studies of 600-MW Susitna-Watana hydro project

The National Marine Fisheries Service seeks bids to help review fisheries and flow studies for the proposed 600-MW Susitna-Watana hydroelectric in Alaska and to study juvenile salmon habitat on glacial rivers. Responses to separate solicitations are due Sept. 14.

NMFS issued a similar solicitation last year to assist the agency in review of fisheries and aquatic studies for Susitna-Watana, to be built on the upper Susitna River.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker last December directed all state agencies, including hydro license (No. 14241) applicant Alaska Energy Authority, to stop non-obligated spending on six major projects, including Susitna-Watana, due to a growing state budget deficit related to falling prices of oil, a major source of state revenue.

In July, the state Office of Management and Budget allowed spending to resume on Susitna-Watana, freeing $6.6 million that was previously appropriated by the Legislature but not spent. AEA said release of the funds would allow the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission pre-licensing process to resume.

In one solicitation, NMFS seeks bids from firms to provide professional services in the review of fisheries and aquatics and instream flow studies for Susitna-Watana. The contractor is to help NMFS review and develop comments for submittal to FERC.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. RFQ_NMFS_AKR_15_0827 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

In a second solicitation, NMFS seeks bids from firms to provide professional services in determining factors influencing juvenile salmon presence, persistence and abundance during winter in off-channel habitats of large glacial rivers under variable flow and ice conditions. Aquatic Restoration and Research Institute issued a report for NMFS in January on juvenile salmon winter habitat in large glacial rivers including the Susitna and Talkeetna rivers in Alaska.

That solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. RFQ_NMFS_AKR_15_0827A in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Bids for both solicitations are due Sept. 14. For information, contact Gilbert Mendoza, National Marine Fisheries Service, James J. Howard Marine Sciences Lab, 74 Magruder Road, Highlands, NJ 07732; (1) 907-586-7579; E-mail: gilbert.mendoza@noaa.gov.

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