SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District awarded a $430,289 contract Sept. 29 to Abide International Inc. of Sonoma to conduct routine maintenance on the slide gates at Black Butte Dam near Orland.
Maintenance work will consist of removing and replacing the slide gate control valves on the five service and five emergency gates. The valves will also get a new electrical system and be equipped for remote operation. The work will be done on one set of gates at a time so that regular operations and water flows are not interrupted.
"Modernizing the dam so we can operate it remotely is just a smart thing to do to make sure this critical piece of infrastructure keeps doing the job we expect it to for years to come," said Zeffy Ruvalcaba, a lead engineer with the Sacramento District’s operations division.
Work is expected to begin in mid-October and be completed by mid-December 2014.
Abide International is a U.S. Small Business Administration-designated small business. The federal government sets aside certain contract bid opportunities exclusively for small businesses.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District provides planning, engineering, project management, environmental restoration, and construction services to military and civilian customers in parts of eight western states, including California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming.
Release no. 14-070