This RFP is being postponed pending discussions about the approach to and funding for hydrologic modeling. This bid site will be updated again when more information is available.
The County of Mono, California, is seeking a multi-disciplinary environmental planning and policy firm for the preparation of a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) analysis of the County’s potential adoption of a water transactions policy related to the restoration of Walker Lake in Nevada. The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) would consider the impacts of the voluntary leasing and sale of surface water rights in the Walker River Basin in Mono County. Regional specialists / consultants may be sought to work with the multi-disciplinary firm or may be included in the firm’s team, as appropriate, to build upon recent or ongoing research within the watershed. The EIR is related to the County’s consideration of participation in the Walker Basin Restoration Program’s water transaction program, managed by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), which supports the voluntary sale and lease of water and related interests from willing sellers. This Program has been active in the Nevada portion of the Walker Basin, and Mono County is now considering adopting a policy into the general plan that will guide its participation in the Program so as to maximize benefits to the County and Walker Lake and minimize harmful impacts.