U.S. seeks science advisers for 1,312-MW Glen Canyon Dam management program

Glen Canyon Dam

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks expressions of interest to serve as science advisers to the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program that advises on operation of 1,312-MW Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. Responses are due May 7.

Reclamation initiated the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program in 1997 to deal with the effects of dam operations on downstream resources in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Grand Canyon National Park. The program has conducted a series of high-flow releases to determine whether there is a sustainable mode of dam operation that will rebuild and maintain downstream sandbar habitats. Glen Canyon Dam operations are constrained by factors including turbine flow capacities, cavitation risk, vortex prevention, sandbar protection, operational/manpower limitations, storm flow management and environmental concerns.

The Science Advisory Board independently assesses program proposals of the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center and outcomes to ensure scientific objectivity and credibility.

In a solicitation set aside for small businesses, Reclamation said science advisers are to be selected based on qualifications and their record of publication in peer-reviewed literature or other demonstrable scientific achievements. It also seeks an executive coordinator to lead the advisory panel and serve as liaison to the Adaptive Management Work Group and the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. R15PS00518 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Responses are due May 7. For information contact Melanie Russell, Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Regional Office, 125 S. State St., Room 8100, Salt Lake City, UT 84138; (1) 801-524-3867; E-mail: mrussell@uc.usbr.gov.

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