McMillen Jacobs Associates Water Resources Division Awarded Owner’s Representative Contract for Klamath Dam Removal Project

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In the first quarter of 2020, McMillen Jacobs Associates Water Resources Division was awarded a contract from The Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) to provide owner’s representation services for the Klamath Dam Removal Project (Project).

The Project is located on the Klamath River approximately 200 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the states of Oregon and California and is currently owned and operated by PacifiCorp. Klamath dams trap nutrient-rich waters in shallow reservoirs. The result is massive blooms of toxic blue-green algae that pose a threat to wildlife and human health. The algae blooms also trap heat and deplete oxygen, further degrading water quality. Restoring the river will eliminate the reservoirs associated with algae blooms and improve water quality that will benefit the region’s wildlife, recreation, economy, and health.

The four facilities include the Iron Gate, Copco No. 1 and No. 2, and J.C. Boyle dams. The purpose is to achieve a free-flowing river condition and volitional fish passage as well as site restoration including previously inundated lands. Dam decommissioning will improve the habitat and health of fisheries by allowing salmon, steelhead, and lamprey access to over 400 stream-miles of historic spawning habitat upstream of the dams. Decommissioning will also prevent stagnant reservoirs from increasing water temperatures in the summer and help alleviate the poor habitat conditions that contribute to fish diseases below the dams.

McMillen Jacobs’ responsibilities include the administration of the progressive design-build contract with direct oversight and facilitation of the design, construction, demolition, and habitat restoration services on behalf of KRRC. Scope of work includes budget development including Guaranteed Maximum Price for the Progressive Design-Build Contract, design coordination, input on progress and quality, risk management, and primary point of contact between KRRC and other project team members.

Mort McMillen is serving as the Program Manager for McMillen Jacobs, providing guidance for overall project implementation and risk management, along with his support team of environmental, engineering, and construction staff.

“I have been fortunate to work on a wide range of water resources, hydropower and dam, and fisheries projects over my 35-year career,” said Mort McMillen. “The Klamath dam removal provides an opportunity to bring all of these elements together into one exciting and challenging project that offers tremendous value to fish, wildlife resources and communities.”

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