U.S. to seek water facilities operation after Elwha River dams’ removal

The National Park Service plans to seek bids for operation and maintenance of water treatment and pumping facilities made necessary by removal of the 12-MW Elwha and 12-MW Glines Canyon dams from the Elwha River in Washington. A pre-proposal conference and site visit are tentatively scheduled the week of June 16.

Congress passed the Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act in 1992, requiring the Secretary of Interior to restore the Elwha River ecosystem and native anadromous fisheries. The Interior Department determined that dam removal was the only option that would accomplish full restoration. The removal also is intended to protect and restore treaty fishing rights for affected Indian tribes. Removal, to cost $40 million to $60 million, began in 2011.

The Park Service plans to seek bids for operation and maintenance of the Elwha Water Treatment Plant, Elwha Surface Water Intake, Temporary Diversion Pumping Facility and Nippon Paper Industries Chemical Feed System. The EWTP is designed to treat water supplied by the ESWI or TDPF for use in industrial, municipal and fisheries applications by removing suspended sediments. The Nippon Paper system is designed to remove soluble iron and manganese from EWTP treated water being supplied to the Nippon paper mill.

Operation of the EWTP will be required to satisfy daily demands of the city of Port Angeles, the Nippon mill, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Elwha River fish rearing facility and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal fish hatchery. The EWTP has been and will continue to be operated during periods of high sediment release resulting from removal of Elwha and Glines Canyon dams.

The work is to be performed from October 2014-October 2019 at a cost of $2.25 million to $2.6 million per year.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. P14PS00816 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box. A pre-proposal conference and site visit are tentatively scheduled the week of June 16. A solicitation is expected in early June.

For information, contact Darrin Knapp, Contracting Officer, National Park Service, 12795 W. Alameda Parkway, P.O. Box 25287, Denver, CO 80225-0287; (1) 303-969-2055; E-mail: darrin_knapp@nps.gov.

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