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Kwoneesum Dam Removal Project Construction Management Support Services

General Information:

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe (Tribe) secured private, State, and Federal grant funding for the removal of Kwoneesum Dam to restore fish passage and enhance Wildboy Creek and other associated tributaries northeast of Washougal in Skamania County, Washington. The Kwoneesum Dam project site is located roughly 18 miles above Washougal on Columbia Land Trust (CLT) property, and accessed via Skamania Mines Road and Weyerhaeuser’s 1200 Road.

The 55-foot-tall and 425-foot-long rock fill embankment dam creates a roughly 9-acre reservoir and blocks all fish passage to 6.5 miles of productive tributary habitat. The Tribe plans to remove the dam during summer 2024, immediately restoring fish passage and reestablishing downstream geomorphic processes to support the recovery of Washougal River coho salmon and summer steelhead populations. Project restoration work will include instream placement of large wood structures during dam removal. In support of this effort, the Tribe seeks to hire a Construction Management (CM) firm to provide project support as needed.

Critical Dates:

• RFP Issued: May 25, 2023
Mandatory Site Tour: June 6, 2023 – 10:30am PST
• Request for Clarification/Question Submittals by: June 13, 2023 – 6:00pm PST
• Response to Questions: June 20, 2023 – 6:00pm PST
Proposal Submission Deadline: June 26, 2023 – 2:00 pm PST
• Tentative Award Selection: June 30, 2023
• Anticipated Project Timeline: June 2023 – December, 2024

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The legacy of an ancient people in southwest Washington is rich with descendants who manage a growing portfolio of health, education, scientific research, housing, transportation, development, elder care, conservation and legal issues. The Cowlitz Tribe is a growing force in community building in what are now Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis and parts of Pierce, Skamania and Wahkiakum Counties, a vast territory occupied by numerous Cowlitz villages prior to non-Cowlitz exploration and seizure. Today, an elected Tribal Council is composed of professionals adept at managing multiple programs and projects.