U.S. seeks firms to study value of Missouri River flow support

WASHINGTON 3/2/12 (PennWell) -- The Department of Transportation seeks information on firms that could study the value of flow support that Missouri River water projects provide to users of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Responses are due March 9.

Under a 2010 mandate from Congress, DOT is to work with the Energy, Commerce, and Agriculture departments to develop a comprehensive understanding of the full value of river flow support to users on the Missouri and Mississippi.

The analysis is to include:
o energy, including hydropower and generation cooling;
o water transport, including total transportation congestion, transportation energy efficiency, air quality, and carbon emissions; and
o water users, including the number and distribution of people, municipalities, and businesses throughout the Missouri and Mississippi basins that use river water for multiple purposes.

Congress called for DOT to develop recommendations on how to minimize impediments to growth and to maximize water value of benefits related to energy production and efficiency, congestion relief, trade and transport efficiency, and air quality.

The agency issued a sources sought notice seeking information from firms on their capacity and potential approaches to perform the study under contract with DOT.

A sources sought notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. Missouri2012 in the "Keyword/Solicitation #" box.

Responses are due by 5 p.m., Eastern time, March 9. For information, contact Katina Barham, Contracting Specialist, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E., W28-201, Washington, DC 20590; (1) 202-366-2006; Fax: (1) 202-366-3237; E-mail: katina.barham@dot.gov.

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