contracts at five of seven Oregon mitigation hatcheries that are currently
operated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife but owned and funded by
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may actually stay with ODFW.
early February, the Corps said it would end its cooperative agreements with
ODFW to operate the seven hatcheries and would instead solicit bids and award
contracts for the hatcheries, effectively privatizing their operations by July
1. ODFW’s 5-year agreements at each
of the hatcheries with the Corps will end June 30.
the hatcheries are operated to mitigate for the loss of trout and anadromous
fish as a result of the construction of Corps dams in Oregon.
week Portland District Corps spokesperson Michelle Helms said the agency is
instead hoping to stick with ODFW for operations at five of the hatcheries
through sole source contracts and the most recent to receive that designation
is the Bonneville Hatchery at Eagle Creek near Bonneville Dam.
been talking with ODFW regarding the Bonneville Hatchery and we believe there
is justification to sole source hatchery operations to Oregon,” she said.
of the hatchery is not straightforward because the Corps owns the hatchery, but
ODFW owns an abatement pond at the hatchery, which is important to aquaculture
activities at the hatchery.
Corps has found similar co-ownership situations at other Corps-owned hatcheries
in the Willamette Valley. Those are Marion Forks Hatchery (1951) on Marion
Creek a tributary of the Santiam River, South Santiam Fish Hatchery (1925),
Willamette Fish Hatchery (rebuilt in 1952) near Oakridge, and the McKenzie
Hatchery (rebuilt in 1975).
all five cases, Helms said, the Portland District needs to get approval from
Corps headquarters in Washington D.C.
released a 15-day notice of intent this week for the Bonneville Hatchery and
will send the proposal to headquarters for approval while it awaits approval on
the other four co-owned Willamette Valley hatcheries. Comments regarding the
action must be made via email to Patrick.Collins@usace.army.mil by 2 pm, March
23, 2017. If there are no responses, an award will be made without further
notice the NOI said.
NOI is at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=73f719bc448c0356bd8c0674062c226e&tab=core&_cview=0.
said the Corps expects to go out soon to advertise for a full competition to
operate the Cole Rivers hatchery (built in 1973) on the Rogue River. That
currently is operated by ODFW.
trout production by the Corps, also a mitigation action, was done out of the
Leaburg Hatchery (1953) on the Willamette River, but the Corps said it will
remove production of trout from the hatchery and bid it out in an unrestricted
solicitation. Trout production will cease at the hatchery. However, the Corps
says it will continue to meet its trout mitigation goals and will do so through
the solicitation for trout production.
of other salmonids at the hatchery is under discussion and will likely continue
after June 30.
is an important facility in that community,” Helms said. “We’ve talked with
ODFW about transferring it to the state, but there is no final decision on
this time, a contract solicitation for the hatchery has not been written, she
at the hatcheries is also an issue. As the contracts are awarded, ownership of
some of the homes could be kept with the Corps. However, Helms said, much of
the housing at Willamette Valley hatcheries could be transferred to ODFW.
to 1990 the Corps had contracts with ODFW, but that practice transitioned to
cooperative agreements in the 1990s, Helms said in February. A cooperative
agreement is something akin to a grant that helps an entity fund an activity,
whereas a contract is where the Corps pays a contractor to do work on its
behalf to support a Corps authorization.
Acquisitions Regulations say that the most appropriate approach is to go back
to a bidding process and award contracts for hatchery operations.
allows us to meet the requirements of regulations, it will lead to efficiencies
and it also would allow us to be more specific in how the hatcheries are
operated,” Helms said.
with these administrative changes, the Corps still intends to continue to meet
its “full obligation to all species.” There is not a time limit on mitigating
for fish losses at the dams, Helms said.
are also Corps-funded mitigation hatcheries in Washington and Idaho, including
Dworshak National Fish Hatchery in Idaho, Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery
on the Columbia River, Ringgold Springs Hatchery on the Yakima River, and the
Little White Salmon Hatchery, all in Washington.
other Corps hatcheries could be subject to contracts, Helms said, each would be
unique as they relate to the agencies involved. Federal to federal agreements
fall under different acquisition regulations than those with state agencies or
February 10, 2017, “Corps To Bid Out Operations At Seven Corps-Owned Oregon
Hatcheries Now Managed By ODFW, http://www.cbbulletin.com/438309.aspx