Bear, Mary's, and Ferris Creeks RFP

The Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST) is announcing the opportunity to submit proposals for the Bear, Mary’s, and Ferris Creeks Restoration Project – Literature Review, Cultural Resources Field Survey, and Reporting necessary to achieve compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

The purpose of the contract is to provide cultural resource services for the Bear, Mary’s, and Ferris Creeks Restoration project located in Svensen, Oregon.  The Bear, Mary’s, and Ferris Creeks (BMF) project area is located near River Mile 20 within the Columbia River Estuary (CRE) in Clatsop County, Oregon. The Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST) is proposing a partnership with Clatsop County and three private land owners to restore hydrologic connectivity including floodplain and tidal processes between the Columbia River and the Bear, Mary’s, and Ferris Creek basins. Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) will be funding a portion of the project, and is the federal nexus for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

The purpose of this project is to enhance overall marsh ecosystem function including enhancing rearing habitat for Endangered Species Act listed juvenile salmonids. This project will seek to address habitat and food web limiting factors for estuary habitat as listed in the 2011 Columbia River Estuary ESA Recovery Plan Module for Salmon and Steelhead. This project will also work towards recovery goals of the 2014 Opinion of Federal Columbia River Power System Operations Biological Opinion, as well as the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board Sub-basin Plan biological and physical objectives.

Project elements for the Bear, Mary & Ferris Creeks (BMF) Restoration Project have been proposed for their ability to enhance tidal marsh ecosystem function and rearing habitat for ESA-listed juvenile salmonids. Elements have been proposed that will provide immediate habitat benefit as well as support the longer-term trajectory of functioning tidal habitat. Project elements include levee removal, removal of failed culverts/tidegates, ditch fill, channel re-meandering, marsh channel creation, topographic complexity mound (fill), and revegetation

Cultural resource services will include the following tasks:

  1. Background Research and Literature review: Background research will consist of consulting the Oregon site and survey records, GLO maps, Metsker maps, Sanborn fire insurance maps (as appropriate), etc.  Background research should include sites and surveys within a minimum of one mile from the APE.
  2. Permit: Apply for Oregon State Permit for the portion(s) of the project located on non-federal public lands where shovel testing is required.
  3. Field survey: Lead an intensive pedestrian survey of the APE as defined by above and on the attached APE map. Subsurface shovel test pits (STPs) shall be excavated in high probability areas (HPAs).
  4. Survey report: Survey report will conform to Oregon standards for archaeological field reporting. See Oregon SHPO website for guidelines.

The targeted Bear, Mary’s, and Ferris Creek habitat restoration construction window is the summer of 2018.