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CLOSED-SPU Wildfire Risk Assessment; SPU RFP/Contract# 20-060-S

Original Date Posted: July 21, 2020 7:30 am

2:00 PM, August 11, 2020

Request for Proposals (RFP) for


SPU Wildfire Risk Assessment
SPU RFP/Contract# 20-060-S

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is seeking Proposals from consulting firms to provide a Wildfire Risk Assessment for the Cedar River and South Fork Tolt Municipal Watersheds.

A large wildfire in the Cedar River or South Fork Tolt Municipal Watersheds poses a significant risk to SPU’s primary mission of high-quality drinking water supply as well as to federally listed fish and wildlife species under the Cedar River Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). These 100,000 acres of watersheds supply water to over 1.5 million customers. SPU utilizes watershed access control, fire detection, and a wildland fire team to prevent, detect, and suppress wildfires in the municipal watersheds. Currently, fuels treatment mitigation efforts are limited to mitigative actions from existing vegetation modification activities.

Climate change is predicted to extend and intensify the fire season, increasing likelihood and intensity, and thereby risk exposure to high-value resources and infrastructure. SPU needs to understand the current wildfire threat in the watersheds, how future changes may alter the wildfire risk, and what mitigative actions are effective. A quantitative assessment of wildfire risk will be used to inform watershed management decision making.

The cost of this project is estimated in the range of $85,000 to $100,000. Contract services are expected to start late 4th quarter 2020 and conclude on March 31, 2022.

Interested consultants are encouraged to review the RFP, background documents, and any RFP addenda online at .  Note that you are required to complete a free registration to view, print or save documents posted on this website.

The deadline for submitting Proposals is 2:00 PM, August 11, 2020, electronic only via e-mail to .

SPU PRE-SUBMITTAL CONFERENCE:  A pre-submittal conference will be held on July 28, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific Time, via Webex Meeting number (access code): 146 631 6653, meeting password: g2KGCijPS34 at URL:

Or join by phone at one of the following: 1-206-207-1700; 1-408-418-9388. Seattle Public Utilities will review the scope of work, consultant expectations, and answer questions from the prospective bidders.

Written questions related to this RFP are encouraged and shall be directed to Sher Arciniega, Contract Administrator & SPU’s designated contact person, at . To facilitate preparation of responses to questions, please submit questions by no later than 3:00 PM on Friday, July 31, 2020. All responses to questions and Addenda will be posted at .

The City of Seattle is an Equal Opportunity Employer and selection of the Consultant is subject to applicable laws and ordinances regarding equal opportunity employment.

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