Request for Qualifications and Bid: Lower Long Tom River Restoration Planning and Community Outreach Project

Request for Qualifications and Bid: Lower
Long Tom River Restoration Planning and
Community Outreach Project

Issued: September 20, 2016

By: Long Tom Watershed Council (hereafter referred to as
“LTWC” or “the Council”).

Bids due: Monday October 10, 2016 at 5 p.m. at the Long Tom Watershed Council
office. Bids can be mailed, hand delivered, or emailed.

Questions and Bids shall be directed to:
Jed Kaul, Long Tom Watershed Council
751 S. Danebo Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402
Email: jkaul@longtom.org
Office phone: 541-338-7058
Cell phone: 541-954-4284

Project Description and Background Information:

The lower Long Tom River between Fern Ridge Reservoir and the Willamette River has
been intensively managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) since the
completion of the Fern Ridge Dam and subsequent channelization of the river, both of
which were implemented in the 1940s to reduce flooding of agricultural lands adjacent to
the river. When the Long Tom River was channelized, its length was reduced from 36 to 23
miles and three low-head dams were installed to stabilize the channel. These dams are all
now varying degrees of passage barriers to native fish such as ESA-listed upper Willamette
River spring Chinook salmon, coastal cutthroat trout, and Pacific lamprey. Passage for
juvenile spring Chinook salmon, which use the lower river for rearing habitat, is blocked at
Monroe by the downstream-most of the three dams. The channelization of the river has
significantly simplified instream habitat.

As vegetation has grown on the bed and banks of the channelized river and increased
sedminetation, its conveyance capacity has decreased. Agricultural lands, infrastructure,
and small communities are now at higher risk of flooding. To maintain conveyance of
floodwaters in the river, the USACE has utilized a variety of techniques since
channelization was complete. This work has included removal of vegetation, gravel bars,
and islands, and armoring the banks of the river, all of which has exacerbated the degraded
habitat conditions in and along the river.

With funding from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and a private donor, LTWC
is working closely with USACE to start the process of restoring fish passage and improving
river and floodplain habitat along the river, while USACE develops a new plan for
accomplishing their flood control and river channel maintenance objectives.
This first phase of work includes two major components:

Request for Qualifications: Lower Long Tom River Restoration Planning and Community Outreach
Long Tom Watershed Council

-The modeling of floodplain inundation during high flows to inform restoration
project opportunities and to identify flood-prone areas, and

-Community outreach to inform and gather input from local residents about the
project, and the development of a restoration plan for the river.

purpose of this RFQ is to recruit a consultant to implement the community outreach
and restoration plan development component of the project. An engineering firm has been
contracted to complete the floodplain inundation modeling component of the project – that
work is underway. LTWC, USACE, and many cooperating private landowners are partners
on this project.
This Contract will be managed and paid for by the Council.

If interested Consultants desire more background information, the Council will
provide the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board grant proposal for the project as
well as the white paper authored by USACE – “Long Term on the Long Tom,” which
explores lessons learned during the USACE relationship with the river and describes
a new path forward for accomplishing flood control and habitat enhancement
objectives. Please contact LTWC if you would like these documents.