Secretary Salazar Announces $62 Million Contract for Folsom Dam and Reservoir Modification Project

Project Improves Flood Control and Safety

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100
Kip White, 202-513-0684

For Release: April 27, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $62,587,197 contract for Phase II of the Joint Federal Project at Folsom Dam and Reservoir.

The award, which is the second in a series of construction contracts for a new auxiliary spillway at Folsom, went to Martin Brothers Construction of Sacramento, California. The contractor is certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as a HUBZone small business and is registered in its 8(a) Business Development Program. The auxiliary spillway, or Joint Federal Project, represents an unprecedented partnership among Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency. When completed, the project will address the hydrologic risk to Folsom Dam identified through Reclamation's Safety of Dams evaluation program.

Hydrologic risk refers to possible overtopping of the dams and dikes during an extreme storm event. The project also achieves the Corps objective of increasing flood control at Folsom.

While this project will not be funded with the $260 million slated for California from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act announced by the Secretary on April 15, 2009, it is consistent with the President's goal to jumpstart the economy, create jobs, and addresses long-neglected challenges so the country can thrive in the 21st Century.

The project consists of a water-side approach channel, a control structure with six submerged tainter gates, a concrete-lined spillway chute about 3,000-feet long, and a stilling basin that acts as an energy dissipation structure prior to discharges converging with the American River below the main concrete dam. The project is being constructed in three successive phases by Reclamation and the Corps.

A previous award for Phase II construction work had been made in September 2008; however, a protest against the award was upheld by the SBA, and that contract was rescinded. Discussions were then held with the offerors who remained in the competitive range of the original solicitation, resulting in this new award.

The Phase II contract with Martin Brothers Construction includes additional spillway excavation, construction of a stilling basin coffer dam, relocation of a 42-inch water supply pipeline, and ancillary access roads. Work will begin in spring 2009 and will be completed in fall 2010. Phase III construction by the Corps will follow shortly thereafter, and the project is expected to be completed by 2015.

In addition to the Joint Federal Project, Reclamation will complete additional dam safety work on Dikes 4 and 6 and the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam. Additional information on the project is available on Reclamation's website at

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Relevant Link:

Joint Federal Project Website