U.S. seeks surveys of 396 dams in three Maine salmon habitat areas

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks bids in three solicitations to develop and conduct surveys of a total of 396 dams in three salmon habitat recovery units in Maine. Bids are due Sept. 7.

NOAA seeks bids from firms to develop a dam owner survey method, barrier restoration implementation plan, and conduct surveys of the mostly small dams for NOAA’s Northeast Regional Office in Gloucester.

One solicitation, No. EA133F10RQ1368, involves a survey of an estimated 211 dams in Merrymeeting Bay Salmon Habitat Recovery Unit. Another, No. EA133F10RQ1369, involves a survey of an estimated 111 dams in the Penobscot Bay Salmon Habitat Recovery Unit. The third solicitation, No. EA133F10RQ1370, involves a survey of an estimated 74 dams in the Downeast Coastal Salmon Habitat Recovery Unit in eastern Maine.

In June, NOAA requested information from contractors able to research survival estimates for Atlantic salmon at 15 hydroelectric projects on the Penobscot River. (HydroWorld 6/10/10)

Also in June, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accepted the surrender of three hydropower licenses by the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, clearing the way for removal of the 7.9-MW Great Works and 8.4-MW Veazie project dams and the bypassing of the 1.875-MW Howland project in the Penobscot River Basin. (HydroWorld 6/28/10) The trust raised $25 million to acquire the projects from PPL Corp. to open hundreds of miles of the Penobscot River system to Atlantic salmon and other fish.

Solicitation notices may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering the solicitation numbers above in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box. Prospective contractors must register in the government’s Central Contractor Registration database, www.ccr.gov.

Responses to each solicitation are due by noon Eastern time, Sept 7. For information, contact by e-mail Robin Resweber, Contract Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce/NOAA, Norfolk Federal Building, 200 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23510; (1) 757-441-3182; Fax: (1) 757-664-3642; E-mail: robin.resweber@noaa.gov

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