Reclamation awards $30 million contract for environmental and cultural resources

Media Contact: Amee Andreason, 801-524-3769,
Kathy Callister, 801-524-3781,

For Release: September 21, 2018

Salt Lake City - The Bureau of Reclamation today awarded a five-year, $30 million blanket purchase agreement to multiple vendors to obtain a full range of environmental, cultural and related services for projects located within the Upper Colorado Region states of Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Texas and Wyoming.

The Upper Colorado Region is involved with contemporary water issues that must be carefully balanced and managed to accommodate residential, industrial, agricultural, hydropower generation, environmental and recreational needs. This blanket purchase agreement will provide the region with a means to access environmental and cultural resources support through individual call orders on an as needed basis. Each call order will contain specific requirements, plans, specifications and schedules for the requested services.

The agreement includes services and activities associated with, but not limited to the following laws: • National Environmental Policy Act • Endangered Species Act • Migratory Bird Treaty Act • Clean Air Act • Clean Water Act • National Historic Preservation Act • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act • Archaeological Resources Protection Act • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act

Specific disciplines covered by this agreement include: • Cultural Resources including Archeology, Historical Architecture, History, and Ethnography • Paleontology • Air and Water Quality • Terrestrial, Wetlands, and Aquatic Ecology • Biology • Economics • Environmental Sciences • Hydrology • Geology • Geographic Information Systems • Adaptive Management • Collaborative Partnerships • Meeting Facilitation and Support

All work performed under the agreement must comply with all applicable federal, state, Tribal and local regulations and standards and all specific laws and regulations for states located within the region.

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