DNR Contracting for the Procurement of Goods and/or Services
   

Sole Source Contracts

Washington state law (RCW 39.26.140(1)) requires the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to make sole source contracts available for public inspection for a period of not less than ten working days before the proposed starting date of the contract. Please refer to the Washington Department of Enterprise Services (DES Policy POL-DES-140-00) for additional information.
 
Sole source contracts that DNR contemplates awarding are listed below. For more information, or to receive a copy of the contract, please refer to the contact listed under each project.
 
Posted May 2, 2022.
 

NOTICE

STATE OF WASHINGTON

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESORUCES

SOLE SOURCE NOTICE 93-103281

 
 
 
The WA State Department of Natural Resources contemplates awarding a sole source contract to the University of Chicago to provide environmental data and analysis of kelp and seagrass (eelgrass and surfgrass) dynamics on the outer coast of Washington State.
 
DNR is mandated to manage state-owned aquatic resources under RCW 79.10.  DNR’s Aquatic Resources Division is mandated to manage state-owned aquatic lands in a manner that protects their long-term sustainability and functions. Marine vegetation, especially kelp and seagrass, is recognized to be critical nearshore habitat in Puget Sound. It provides habitat and food web support for many valued and imperiled species, including Orca whales, salmon, forage fish, and a wide range of marine birds. For this reason, its protection is a centerpiece of DNR environmental protection, both in existing regulations and in DNR’s stewardship measures for aquatic land management. In addition to supporting DNR’s legislative mandate, this project supports The Puget Sound Partnership’s initiative to protect and restore Puget Sound.  An important aspect of DNR management responsibility is understanding long-term trends in kelp and seagrass and how human activities are affecting these populations. This need was identified in the recent Puget Sound Kelp Conservation and Recovery Plan. Unfortunately, long-term data on kelp populations is extremely limited. So, DNR is reaching out to longstanding researchers in the area to gather and analyze historical data, as well as to understand the impact that historical and current kelp populations have on environmental conditions.
 
The primary purpose of this contract is to extend long-term scientific datasets on kelp from Tatoosh Island and to link these datasets to ongoing monitoring by DNR at other sites in Washington State. The project will link the long-term datasets to drone imagery collected by DNR. Additionally, the analysis will consider factors that affect vegetation abundance such as grazers and climate. Finally, the analysis will consider photosynthesis rates and carbon uptake for individual species, important factors to consider with respect to ocean acidification and climate change.
 
The contract will be issued on or about May 17, 2022 for 13 months. The dollar value is estimated at Eighty Thousand and Thirty-Three Dollars ($80,033).
 
Offerors contemplating the above requirements are required to submit capability statements detailing their ability to meet the state’s requirements within five (5) working days of this announcement.  The following information should be included in the capability statements: The contractor must have access to long-term data sets that can be analyzed to inform scientific knowledge of kelp demographics in Washington State waters; linked data on factors affecting abundance such as grazers and climate; data on photosynthesis rates and carbon uptake of species; and expert-level expertise in temperate marine vegetation in Washington State that is demonstrated by extensive publishing on these topics in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
 
In the absence of other qualified sources, it is the state’s intent to make a sole source award of the contract. 
 
To submit capability statements or for questions, contact:
                             
Contact Name: Helen Berry
Phone: 360-902-1052
 

Emergency Contracts

Washington state law (RCW 39.26.130(2)) requires that DNR make emergency contracts available for public inspection within three working days following the commencement of work or execution of the contract, whichever comes first. Please refer to DES Policy DES-130-00 for additional requirements related to emergency procurement and purchases.
 
Emergency procurement and purchases available for public inspection include the following. For more information, or to receive a copy of the procurement/purchase, please refer to the contact listed under each project.
 
None at this time.
 

 
 
 

DNR Contracting

For a complete list of state contracts and related rules and policies, please visit the Department of Enterprise Services procurement webpage
 
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources Contracting for Goods General Terms and Conditions can be found here: dnr.wa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/em_obe_contract_terms.pdf. By accepting the purchase order, the vendor agrees to comply with all terms and conditions therein.
 
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources Contracting for Services generic template can be found here: dnr.wa.gov/publications/em_obe_contracting_template.docx. Vendor agrees to comply with all terms and conditions therein at contract execution. 
 
Per RCW 43.01.135  Sexual harassment in the workplace, AGENCY contractors hereby have access to DNR Policy PO01-007 Harassment Prevention: dnr.wa.gov/publications/em_PO01-007_harassment_prevention.pdf
 
Per RCW 39.34.040, Interlocal Cooperation Act regarding the filing of agreements, a complete list of known DNR agreements is electronically retrievable on the Department of Enterprise Services procurement web page.
 
For information about contracting for goods and services with the Department of Natural Resources, please contact Lislie Sayers, contracts and procurement manager, at 360-999-8009, or by email at lislie.sayers@dnr.wa.gov.