U.S. calls conference on endangered species studies for Northwest hydroelectric system

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled a pre-proposal conference on a proposed solicitation for biological studies in the Pacific Northwest involving endangered species in the federal hydroelectric system. Registration is due Oct. 3 for the Oct. 7 conference.

The Corps’ 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 now says 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. A solicitation is expected about Sept. 30, with bids to be due about Oct. 30.

A pre-proposal conference is scheduled at 9 a.m., Pacific time, Oct. 7 at Corps offices in Walla Walla. Registration to attend must be made by e-mail to the address below by Oct. 3. The subject line should be labeled “Biological Studies in the Snake and Columbia River Basins Pre-Solicitation Registration.”

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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