U.S. hydropower operator seeks systems to control quagga, zebra mussels

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks information on firms able to provide underwater pulsed pressure generating systems and expertise to control invasive quagga and zebra mussels. Responses are due July 30.

The mussels are invasive species that arrived in North America from Europe in the 1980s. By 1990, zebra mussels had been found in all five Great Lakes and over the next two years made their way into the major tributaries of the Mississippi River system.

Reclamation has been conducting a multi-pronged effort to find ways to combat zebra and quagga mussels in its reservoirs. It solicited information in February on firms able to produce custom antibodies that would bind to quagga and zebra mussel larvae to simplify their detection in water resources facilities.

The agency now has issued a sources sought notice seeking information on firms able to provide underwater pulsed pressure generating systems and expertise to control the mussels. Pulsed pressure technology — such as air guns or water guns used for seismic surveying or electrical hydroacoustic technologies — are proposed to either kill or prevent settlement of larval mussels on submerged hydraulic structures and in piped systems.

Responses to the sources sought notice might be used by Reclamation for issuance of a request for proposals.

The sources sought notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering solicitation No. R13PS80533 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Responses are due by e-mail to the address below by July 30. For information, contact Thomas Elliott, Contract Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Acquisitions Operations Group, P.O. Box 25007, 84-27810 Denver, CO 80225; (1) 303-445-3669; E-mail: telliott@usbr.gov.

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