U.S. seeks Red Bluff Diversion Dam decommissioning for fish passage

Red Bluff Diversion Dam

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to decommission the Red Bluff Diversion Dam on California's Sacramento River. Bids are due July 1.

The Red Bluff Diversion Dam Fish Passage Improvement Project began in 2010 with the construction of an interim screened pumping plant to deliver irrigation water while Red Bluff Diversion Dam's gates were raised to provide passage for threatened and endangered salmon, steelhead and green sturgeon. That was followed by construction of a 1,118-foot-long fish screen, a permanent pumping station, and an electrical switchyard.

Reclamation included $2.9 million in its fiscal year 2013 budget for final work on the Red Bluff Pumping Plant and Fish Screen.

In a solicitation set aside for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, Reclamation's Mid-Pacific Region now seeks bids to decommission Red Bluff Diversion Dam. Work is to include demolition of the interim pumping facility, a research pumping plant, a temporary pumping plant, settling basin drum screens, and Tehama Colusa Canal Check drum screens. It also includes decommissioning of the dam and two concrete fish ladders, removal of steel sheet piles, fabrication of stoplogs and lifting beam for a siphon outlet, and construction of a concrete cutoff wall to separate the stilling basin from the river.

The work is expected to cost $1 million to $5 million.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. R13PS20169 in the "Keyword/Solicitation #" box.

Bids are due July 1. For information, contact Tracy N. Tenholder, Contract Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation – MP – Regional Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Room E-1815, Sacramento, CA 95825; (1) 916-978-5110; E-mail: ttenholder@usbr.gov.

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