U.S. seeks endangered species monitoring at American River hydro projects

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to perform spawning and stranding surveys of endangered steelhead affected by hydroelectric projects on the lower American River in California. Bids are due Oct. 23.

Reclamation seeks assistance in efforts to comply with a National Marine Fisheries Service biological opinion on operation of the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project under the Endangered Species Act.

“NMFS found in its most recent Biological Opinion that the most influential baseline stressor to steelhead within the American River Division is the presence of Nimbus and Folsom dams, which block steelhead from all of their historic spawning and rearing habitat,” Reclamation said.

The agency seeks bids from contractors to help it obtain field data required to demonstrate performance and to conduct analyses of the effects of regulating 13.5-MW Nimbus and 198.72-MW Folsom on federally listed species’ critical life stage development and to use the data to support operational decision making.

A seasonal crew of a fisheries biologist, fisheries technician and field support staff would survey for steelhead redds within a 12.9-mile reach of the lower American River between Nimbus Dam and Watt Avenue Bridge in Sacramento. The contract would be for one year with four option years.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering solicitation No. R15PS00023 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Bids are due by 10 a.m., Pacific time, Oct. 23. For information, contact Alexandria Hollowell, Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Regional Office, Division of Acquisition Services, 2800 Cottage Way, Room E-1815, Sacramento, Calif. 95825-1898; E-mail: ahollowell@usbr.gov.

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