U.S. seeks fish passage contractors for New Savannah Bluff Dam

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms capable of constructing a fish passage facility at New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam on the Savannah River on the Georgia-South Carolina border. Responses are due Feb. 7.

The Corps’ Savannah District, which operates three hydroelectric projects on the Savannah River, has determined the 1937 dam no longer serves its navigation function and does not justify the cost of needed rehabilitation. However, a consortium of local industries and governments seeks to take over the project for its water supply and aesthetics of the dam pool in the Augusta, Ga., area. Lock+Hydro Friends Fund XLIX holds a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission preliminary permit (No. 13808) to study building an 8.75-MW hydroelectric project at the site.

Additionally, environmental funding linked to planned expansion of Savannah harbor includes a fish passage structure at New Savannah Bluff Dam to allow passage of sturgeon, shad, and robust redhorse fish upstream. The Corps now seeks information on firms capable of constructing the 250-foot-wide, 2,000-foot-long passage facility adjacent to the dam on the South Carolina side of the river.

A sources sought notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering solicitation No. W912HN13Z0003-01 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Responses are due by 2 p.m., Eastern time, Feb. 7. For information, contact Whittni Wright, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, Attn.: CESAS-CT, P.O. Box 889, Savannah, GA 31402-0889; (1) 912-652-5476; E-mail: whittni.c.wright@usace.army.mil.

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