UPDATE – U.S. seeks bids to build California reservoir

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to build an 8,000-acre-foot reservoir and conveyance system at All American Canal Drop Structure No. 2 in Imperial County, Calif. Bids are due June 6.

BuRec’s Lower Colorado Region said the Lower Colorado River Drop 2 Storage Reservoir project would provide space to conserve flows from Imperial Dam that are not captured in the lower Colorado River system. (HNN 3/24/08) Capture of the water ultimately would reduce releases from 2,078-MW Hoover Dam and annually save 72,000 acre-feet of Colorado River water, BuRec said.

The agency estimated the cost of the construction project would exceed $100 million. It anticipates work would begin in September and end in October 2010.

A site visit is planned May 13. BuRec said prospective bidders may make arrangements to attend by contacting Marge Schafer, (1) 702-293-8394; E-mail: mschafer@lc.usbr.gov.

Solicitation No. 08SP308114 is available on the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov. Bidders must register in the federal government’s Central Contractor Registration system, www.ccr.gov.

The All American Canal System, in the southeastern corner of California, is part of the Boulder Canyon project. It consists of Imperial Dam and desilting works, the 80-mile All American Canal, and the 123-mile Coachella Canal. Imperial Irrigation District built hydroelectric plants totaling 72.4 MW on the canal system at Pilot Knob and Drop Nos. 2, 3, and 4.

Imperial Hydro LLC, an affiliate of Symbiotics LLC of Rigby, Idaho, has applied for a preliminary permit to study developing a 2.1-MW Imperial Diversion Dam hydroelectric project (No. 12947) at Imperial Dam. The application, filed in August 2007, is pending with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. BuRec maintains Imperial Dam is not under FERC jurisdiction, meaning approval for private development must come from BuRec.

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