The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on September 4, 2001.
Authorized wind testing lease and option agreements with three property owners covering a total of 488 acres for annual payments totaling $1,144. Douglas PUD now has 89 wind testing lease and option agreements covering almost 60,000 acres.
Authorized a professional services agreement with Hamer Environmental. Hamer Environmental will study the migration habits of songbirds at sites being considered for wind generation. Songbirds migrate at night and need to be monitored by radar. Hamer is experienced at this type of monitoring. The contract will include fall and spring migration and is not to exceed $293,539.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the single source provider of bird control at the Wells Fish Hatchery and gull wire maintenance at the Wells Hydroelectric Project. The USDA Wildlife Services is mandated by Congress to handle wildlife damage problems and is the only entity licensed to perform a hazing service on predatory birds. A contract with the USDA will provide for these services mid-September to the end of March and during 2002-spring migration of juvenile salmonids. The bird hazing contract with the USDA shall not exceed $48,825.
Wires installed across the tailrace of the Wells Hydroelectric Project are used to reduce the predation by seagulls, terns and cormorants on juvenile salmon and steelhead as they migrate downstream. Regular maintenance on the wires is needed. The USDA will provide this maintenance plus added hazing in the tailrace for an amount that is not to exceed $12,427.