Bids for dam removal out to contractors
Klamath River Renewal Corp. last week put out its request
for proposals for removal of the four hydro-electric dams on
the Klamath River: Iron Gate, Copco No. 1 and 2 in
California; and J.C. Boyle in Oregon.
request for proposal — formally known as the Dam Removal
Design-Build Contract — will decide who will be the general
contractor for the project, slated to be one of the largest
dam removal and restoration projects in the Pacific
Northwest and perhaps in U.S. history. The general
contractor is expected to be named in March 2019 and removal
may start in early 2021.
joint meeting of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce and
Klamath County Economic Development Association board last
Tuesday in downtown Klamath Falls, plans were outlined about
the dam removal and the jobs it would create.
understand that this project has been controversial in our
area, and we are not taking a pro or con position on dam
removal,” the chamber said in a news release. “However, it
appears that this project is moving forward and we believe
that local businesses should benefit from it. The money will
be spent, and we want as much of it as possible to be spent
in our area.”
Consider that the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, or KRRC,
has up to $450 million for the project. The money comes from
funds appropriated by California Proposition 1 water bond
funds, as well as a surcharge collected from ratepayers and
customers of PacifiCorp, the current owner of dams.
is awaiting a decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission to take ownership of the dams, due late this
fall. If it is awarded, then the dams’ decommissioning
timeline will start.
will likely have huge ripple effects for jobs in the region,
according to officials.
is extremely aware that local contractors get an opportunity
to work on this project,” KRRC Executive Director Mark
Bransom told the audience of about 30 people, some of them
contractors. “As such, KRRC is required to hire local
contractors up to at least 5 percent of the so-called
contract price and, also, tribal businesses up to 5
project is expected to create some 400 direct jobs and 1,500
support jobs. Hundreds of the trades will be affected. There
will be the need for surveyors, heavy equipment operators,
manual laborers, drilling and explosives experts, truck
drivers, site security, road improvements and recreational
site designers. Along with that comes housing, food and
equipment suppliers and all the support tied to those
present there are requests for proposals out for collecting
wild seed in the area that will be used for reseeding some
8,000 acres of land that will be exposed once the reservoirs
are drawn down to just riverbanks.
drawdowns are expected to start simultaneously at all four
reservoirs behind the dams, sometime between January and
mid-March of the drawdown year to minimize the impact to
are some 12 diversion tunnels connected to the dams that
will be opened (some for the first time as they are sealed
with concrete barriers) to draw down the water.
For further information on the project, and to read the
77-page RFP, go to klamathrenewal.org and
follow the links.
Klamath River Dam Removal Project: https://www.heraldandnews.com/klamath-river-dam-removal-project/pdf_47c66d1d-d778-5cae-8825-7bc4f6840915.html
Timeline for Klamath River Dam Removal: https://www.heraldandnews.com/timeline-for-klamath-river-dam-removal/pdf_8a445100-d32b-5a3c-8d50-d79c357b6aeb.html
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