U.S. plans salmon survival research project on Penobscot River

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks information from prospective contractors able to research survival estimates for Atlantic salmon at 15 hydroelectric projects on the Penobscot River in Maine. Responses are due June 21.

NOAA’s Eastern Region Acquisition Division issued a request for information on behalf of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole. NMFS seeks to develop desktop survival estimates for Atlantic salmon smolts and kelts at the 15 dams on the Penobscot.

Federal, state, utility, tribal, and environmental officials approved the Penobscot River Restoration Project in 2004 to open more than 500 miles of habitat to Atlantic salmon and other native species. Part of the settlement agreement allowed four of the Penobscot projects to increase generation in exchange for removal of three others. (HydroWorld 7/2/09)

NMFS seeks compilation of existing information needed to develop numerical distributions of salmon smolt and kelt survival at hydro projects based on site-specific operations (such as number and types of turbines, head, wicket gate settings, etc.), station capacity and flow duration data, downstream fishways and their effectiveness, and Atlantic salmon life history factors (such as size and migration timing).

The project will not require collection of new data but will require close coordination with numerous hydroelectric project owners and natural resource agencies.

Hydro projects included in the analyses include: 19.2-MW Mattaceunk (No. 2520) (HydroWorld 3/27/08), 8-MW Great Works (No. 2312), 8-MW Veazie (No. 2403), 8-MW Milford (No. 2534), 13-MW West Enfield (No. 2600), 3.44-MW Medway (No. 2666), all on the Penobscot; 2.78-MW Orono (No. 2710) and 1.95-MW Stillwater (No. 2712), both on the Stillwater River; 2-MW Howland (No. 2721) (HydroWorld 9/21/09), 594-kW Browns Mills (No. 5613), and Dover Upper Dam of the 300-kW Moosehead project (No. 5912), all on the Piscataquis River; 695-kW Milo (No. 5647) and 867-kW Sebec, both on the Sebec River; 1-MW Lowell Tannery (No. 4202) on the Passadumkeag River; and 400-kW Frankfort (No. 6618) on Marsh Stream.

NMFS said it expects significant changes in operation at up to five of the projects.

For planning purposes, the request for information asks firms to describe how they would perform the work and to provide cost estimates, but does not ask for bids.

A request for information notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering solicitation No. NFFM51001011698 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Responses are due by 4 p.m. Eastern time, June 21, by e-mail to Timothy Wampler, Contract Specialist, (1) 757-441-6563, at timothy.wampler@noaa.gov, with a courtesy copy to Brendon Johnson, Contracting Officer, (1) 757-441-3344, at brendon.johnson@noaa.gov, and hard copy to U.S. Department of Commerce/NOAA/ERAD, Norfolk Federal Building, 200 Granby St., Room 815, Norfolk, VA 23510.

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