U.S. seeks firms for sturgeon studies, hatchery work on Missouri River

Missouri River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to perform studies and hatchery work aimed at propagation of endangered pallid sturgeon on the Missouri River. Responses to four notices are due Jan. 28.

Under the Missouri River Recovery Program, the Corps is required to monitor, propagate and conduct focused investigations in the Missouri River on pallid sturgeon to meet jeopardy avoidance requirements of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2003 amended biological opinion.

The Corps' Omaha District issued four sources sought notices seeking information on firms able to perform work involving pallid sturgeon in the Missouri in Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas.

In the first notice, No. W9128F14R0022, the Corps seeks information for a proposed five-year indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract valued at $5 million for work on the Missouri below 185.3-MW Fort Peck Dam in Montana. The work is to require a hatchery that has a Fish and Wildlife Service permit for raising pallid sturgeon, a FWS endangered species handling and collection permit for monitoring and focused investigations related to the sturgeon species and other equipment necessary to the work. If the Corps determines there are no other qualified sources, it intends to issue the contract to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission.

In another notice, No. W9128F14R0023, the Corps seeks information for a proposed five-year indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract valued at $9 million for work on the Missouri below the Nemaha River in Nebraska to the Mississippi River and in the lower Kansas River below Bowersock Dam, site of the 6.5-MW Kansas River project (No. 13526) in Kansas. The work is to require a hatchery that has an FWS permit for raising pallid sturgeon, a FWS endangered species handling and collection permit for monitoring and focused investigations related to the sturgeon species and other equipment necessary to the work. If the Corps determines there are no other qualified sources, it intends to issue the contract to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

In another notice, No. W9128F14R0024, the Corps seeks information for a proposed five-year indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract valued at $9 million for work on the Missouri below 132.3-MW Gavins Point Dam in Nebraska to the Nemaha River in Nebraska. The work is to require an FWS endangered species handling and collection permit for monitoring and focused investigations related to the sturgeon species, a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission endangered species collection permit and other equipment necessary to the work. If the Corps determines there are no other qualified sources, it intends to issue the contract to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

In another notice, No. W9128F14R0025, the Corps seeks information for a proposed five-year indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract valued at $5 million for work on the Missouri in South Dakota. The work is to require an FWS endangered species handling and collection permit for monitoring and focused investigations related to the sturgeon species, a South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks endangered species permit for pallid sturgeon and other equipment necessary to the work. If the Corps determines there are no other qualified sources, it intends to issue the contract to the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks.

The sources sought notices may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering the solicitation numbers above in the "Keyword/Solicitation #" box.

Responses are due by e-mail to the address below by 5 p.m., Central time, Jan. 28. For information, contact Tracey S. McKay, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, 1616 Capital Ave., Omaha, NE 68102-4901; (1) 402-995-2060; E-mail: tracey.s.mckay@usace.army.mil.

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