DNR SOLE SOURCE CONTRACTS
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Current Sole-Source Contracts by DNR
Notice Of Sole Source Services Contract to Provide Scientific Expertise to the Type N Eastside Effectiveness Technical Writing Implementation Group
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is planning to award a sole source contract to Dr. Richard Woodsmith. The purpose of this sole source contract is to provide scientific expertise as a research scientist to the Type N Eastside Effectiveness Technical Writing Implementation Group (TWIG).
The Cooperative Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research Committee (CMER) has been developing an eastern Washington stream buffer effectiveness monitoring study design using a multi-caucus committee of four scientists. Dr. Woodsmith is one of the four scientists and is the only person who is paid by a non-profit non-governmental organization through a participation grant with DNR. Originally, his role was to review and comment on products produced by the CMER scientist who was the principle investigator and lead writer. The scope of the project has changed. The Timber Fish and Wildlife Policy Committee (Policy), the project approval body of The Forest Practices Board (Board), recommended splitting the project into two studies and directed the TWIG to design two projects.
The scientists were directed to develop study designs for seasonal streams (intermittent), and perennial streams because of their unique characteristics. As a result, Dr. Woodsmith has been asked to take on a larger role as the principle investigator/lead writer for the intermittent stream study. The non-profit, non-governmental organization supporting Dr. Woodsmith works on a limited budget and will not be able to financially support his expanded role on the project team. As a result, DNR, acting on behalf of CMER, proposes to contract with this scientist to retain the technical expertise and continuity required for the project.
Dr. Woodsmith was appointed in March 2013 to participate in the Type N Eastside TWIG. The charge of the TWIG is to develop a study design by June 2015. Dr. Woodsmith is a retired USDA Forest Service research scientist with an educational background in geosciences and hydrology. His research and publication record closely parallel the type of research and monitoring being designed. He has 27 years of experience as a research scientist and over 10 years as a research hydrologist. He held the position of team leader for the Aquatic and Land Interactions Research Program of the Pacific Northwest Research Station, in Wenatchee, Washington. This is the region of the state where the CMER research and monitoring study will be conducted.
Consequently, Dr. Woodsmith is familiar with the geology and hydrology of eastern Washington streams. He has also conducted effectiveness monitoring of floodplain channel aquatic habitat including: salmon relationships and channel condition assessment; characteristics of woody debris and sediment distribution in headwater streams; and water quality trends in eastern Washington streams.
The study being designed will evaluate the effectiveness of forest practices rules on water quality, sediment transport, and riparian and aquatic habitat conditions in headwater streams. Dr. Woodsmith has the expertise, background, and the experience required to complete the scope of work. The sole source contract to hire him as one of the principal investigators will maintain project consistency and momentum to meet the deadline and to comply with the project goals.
The contract will be issued on or about April 1, 2014 for 15 months with the option for extension. The estimated contract value is Ninety Thousand Dollars ($90,000).
Offerors contemplating the above requirements are required to submit capability statements detailing their ability to meet the state’s requirements within five business days of this announcement. The following information should be included in the capability statements: expertise and experience in evaluating water quality, sediment transport, and riparian and aquatic habitat conditions in eastern Washington headwater streams.
In the absence of other qualified sources, it is DNR’s intent to make a sole source award of the contract.
To submit capability statements or for questions, contact: Patti Shramek, DNR Contract Specialist at email@example.com or 360-902-1388.