U.S. seeks firms for study of non-physical fish barriers

KANSAS CITY, Mo., U.S. 4/10/12 (PennWell) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms that are able to evaluate non-physical barriers to deter fish passage in a laboratory setting. Responses are due April 17.

The Corps’ Kansas City District plans to solicit a study of ways to prevent walleye from leaving Rathbun Lake through an outlet in Rathbun Dam on the Chariton River in Iowa. Emigration of walleye during moderate and high flows reduces the overall population of the species in the lake.

The Corps plans to evaluate walleye exposed to negative stimuli including light, sound, and an air bubble curtain to determine which would most effectively divert the fish from the dam outlet. It issued a sources sought notice, seeking firms with the capability and interest to perform the work.

The contractor would work at the Rathbun Lake Fish Hatchery with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The contractor would provide and install equipment in a test pond and be available by telephone and e-mail for consultation during the estimated 120-day study to be performed by Iowa DNR.

The sources sought notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering solicitation No. W912DQ12T1000 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Expressions of interest are due by 2 p.m., Central time, April 17, by e-mail to the address below.

For information, contact Andre D. Vasseur, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, Attn.: CENWK-CT, 700 Federal Building, 601 E. 12 St., Kansas City, MO 64106-2896; (1) 816-389-3435; E-mail: andre.d.vasseur@usace.army.mil.

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