U.S. seeks firms for biological, fish studies in Northwest

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on small businesses able to perform biological studies and fish studies in the Snake and Columbia river basins and other areas of the Pacific Northwest. Responses to separate "sources sought" notices are due May 4.

In the first of two queries, the Corps' Walla Walla District seeks information on small businesses able to perform biological studies in the region. It issued a similar request for information in 2012.

The district seeks information on small firms with a range of professional and technical scientific expertise that could perform biological studies related to objectives of the Columbia River Fish Migration Program, the Continuing Authorities Program, the Project Authorities of Dams, and other programs managed by the Corps.

Responses to the request for information will be used to determine the type of solicitation issued. The Corps intends to make multiple awards of indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contracts.

Most work conducted under previous contracts has focused on passage of salmon, lamprey, and resident fish at hydroelectric projects. The Corps said future research topics, techniques, and scope of biological studies might need to evolve based on changing priorities identified through regional discussions.

That sources sought notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. W912EF13RSS23 in the "Keyword/Solicitation #" box.

In a second sources sought notice, the Walla Walla District seeks information on small businesses able to provide biological studies of vertical distribution and acclimation depth of sub-yearling chinook salmon. Responses to the request for information will be used to determine the type of solicitation issued.

The Corps seeks studies to validate salmon survival estimates while determining if a significant difference in survival might be present due to depth pressure acclimation of run-of-river fish relative to directly released surface acclimated fish.

The second sources sought notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. W912EF13RSS24 in the "Keyword/Solicitation #" box.

Responses to both notices are due by 4 p.m., Pacific time, May 4. For information, contact Mary Van Sickle, Contracting, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, 201 N. 3rd Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362; (1) 509-527-7204; Fax: (1) 509-527-7802; E-mail: mary.m.vansickle@usace.army.mil.

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