Elwha fish hatchery site preparation to begin; groundbreaking not yet scheduled

PORT ANGELES — Construction equipment is scheduled to arrive next month at the future site of the Lower Elwha Klallam’s new fish hatchery.

But a dedication ceremony and groundbreaking of the facility — part of the National Park Service’s Elwha River restoration project, which includes the removal of the two dams — has not been set.

Ed Tafoya, a Park Service contracting officer working on the project, said site mobilization will begin Jan. 18.

A Jan. 12 pre-construction meeting will likely set a groundbreaking date, said Tafoya, who works in the Park Service’s Denver office.

Construction was originally expected to begin in October but was delayed when two of the eight project bidders filed a protest with the federal Government Accountability Office over the awarding of the $16,364,094 contract to the James W. Fowler Co.

The contract was awarded by the park service, which is paying for construction of the fish hatchery.

[READ MORE]