U.S resets conference, seeks bids for endangered species studies of Northwest hydro system

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has rescheduled a pre-proposal conference on a solicitation for biological studies in the Pacific Northwest involving endangered species in the federal hydroelectric system. The conference is scheduled Nov. 14, with registration due by Nov. 12. Bids are due Nov. 29.

The Corps’ Walla Walla District previously canceled the conference, scheduled for Oct. 7, as a result of a federal government shutdown at that time. The 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.

In a solicitation set aside for small businesses, the Corps now seeks 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 solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. W912EF14R0004 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

The pre-proposal conference is scheduled for 10 a.m., Pacific time, Nov. 14 at Corps offices in Walla Walla. Registration to attend must be made by e-mail to the address below by Nov. 12. The subject line should be labeled “Biological Studies in the Snake and Columbia River Basins Pre-Solicitation Registration.”

Bids are due Nov. 29. 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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