U.S. seeks firms for salmon study in area of 2.79-MW Warm Springs, Coyote Valley dams

A U.S. fisheries agency seeks information on firms able to monitor salmon in California’s Russian River in the areas of the 2.79-MW Warm Springs and Coyote Valley dams. Responses are due Jan. 23.

NOAA Fisheries said it seeks firms able to support its annual monitoring of juvenile survival and adults returning to spawn in the Russian River watershed. NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service took bids in 2013 for 50,000 passive integrated transponder tags for fish passage studies in the federal Columbia River Basin hydropower system.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates Warm Springs and Coyote Valley dams, raises steelhead and coho salmon at fish facilities as mitigation for the loss of spawning and rearing habitat caused by the dams’ construction. A federally licensed hydro project (No. 3351) is operated at Warm Springs Dam by Sonoma County Water Agency.

In a sources sought notice, NOAA now seeks information on firms able to support its monitoring of Russian River coho salmon, which are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Responses will be used to determine the type of solicitation to be issued. It anticipates a base year contract with four option years.

The sources sought notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. NRMA000015JEC01 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box. Responses are to be labeled “Monitoring and Evaluation of the Survival, Out-migration and Escapement of Stream Stocked Russian River Coho Salmon.”

Responses are due by 1 p.m. Central time, Jan. 23 by e-mail to the address below. For information, contact Joan Clarkston, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 601 E. 12th St., Room 1756, Kansas City, MO 64106; (1) 816-426-7469; Fax: (1) 757-664-3623; E-mail: joan.e.clarkston@noaa.gov.

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