Elwha fish hatchery project back on track after bidders’ protests dismissed

PORT ANGELES — A fish hatchery — one portion of the project that will result in the
removal of two dams on the Elwha River — is back on track after a delay because of
protests from two contract bidders.

The National Park Service put construction of a new fish hatchery for the Elwha River on hold in the fall when the two unidentified bidders filed protests with the Government Accountability Office over the award of the construction contract to James W. Fowler Co. General Contractors of Dallas, Ore., said Barb Maynes, Olympic National Park
spokeswoman.

The Park Service re-evaluated the bids last month and concluded Nov. 10 that Fowler, with a $16.3 million bid, “still represents the best value to the government,” park service spokeswoman Samantha Richards wrote in an e-mail.

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