New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (NYSDEC) Hudson River Estuary Program and Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve
07/17/17 12:00 PM (noon) EDT Receipt
Grant of up to $75,000 to a New York nonprofit, government agency, educational institution, or for-profit organization for an erosion-prevention conservation project in the City of Watervliet’s Hudson Shores Park. This grant will support one demonstration project that incorporates ecologically-enhanced, engineered shoreline treatments that resist erosion, enhance recreational use and access by the public, and improve the habitat value of the site for fish and wildlife species of the Hudson River Estuary.
The project design will be consistent with existing Federal and State regulatory requirements and address present day conditions as well as account for projected increases in frequency of extreme storms and sea level rise. The design process will require involvement of stakeholders including the New York State DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program and Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve staff as well as State and Federal regulatory staff and the City of Watervliet, NY.
The results of the project will be construction, bid-ready engineering plans with project specifications and permit application materials completed. The plans will be accompanied by a final engineering report that describes existing conditions, the proposed shoreline treatment(s), justification for the proposed design including addressing regulatory thresholds, estimated construction and maintenance costs, construction timelines, and implementation recommendations.
Hudson Shores Park, Watervliet, NY- Site Description:
The Hudson Shores Park is located in the City of Watervliet, Albany County, New York. It is an approximately 1400 foot length of shoreline on the west side of the Hudson River approximately 1.5 miles south of the Federal Dam at Troy. The northern half of the project area consists of a sandy/gravel freshwater intertidal zone with a steep vegetated bank leading to a public park with maintained lawn, benches, a trail and pavilion. The southern half of the shoreline runs approximately 600 feet from the NY Route 2 (19th Street) bridge to the southern park boundary. This area also includes an ADA kayak launch.
The goal of this project is to design an ecologically‐enhanced, engineered shoreline treatment for Hudson Shores Park that resists erosion, enhances accessibility for all recreational users, and improves or maintains the habitat value of the site for fish and wildlife species of the Hudson River Estuary. The designs produced by this project will address shoreline stabilization, habitat, preservation of natural and cultural resources; as well as human use and accessibility issues. The project will produce construction ready plans with bid specifications and permit materials and a final engineering report that describes existing conditions, the proposed shoreline treatment(s), justification for the proposed design, estimated construction and maintenance costs, construction timelines, and implementation recommendations.
This RFP is for services to:
1) Produce a Quality Assurance Project Plan;
2) Review existing data, documentation, and reports relating to the physical environment, ecological resources and adjacent aquatic habitats as well as current climate change and sea‐level rise predictions in the Hudson River at the Hudson Shores Park in Watervliet, NY;
3) Perform any additional site assessment or sampling needed, including topographic and hydrographic surveys to develop a plan for stabilizing the shoreline and addressing stakeholder priorities including “accessibility for all” while incorporating ecologically enhanced engineered shoreline techniques;
4) Coordinate development of designs for each shoreline section with project partners, including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)’s Hudson River Estuary Program, the City of Watervliet, and State and Federal regulatory staff;
5) Develop a full set of bid ready construction plans for the site including cost estimates, bid specifications, completed permit forms, and visual renditions of proposed conditions;
6) Produce a final engineering report that describes existing conditions, the proposed shoreline treatment(s), justification for the proposed design, estimated construction and maintenance costs, construction timelines, and implementation recommendations. The report must also include a project monitoring plan with measurable engineering and ecological success criteria for the shoreline site that will be used to assess project success after construction.
**Please Note: This request does not include submitting a permit application or construction of the project. However, the justification for the proposed design will be used for the project’s permit application narrative. The justification must address project goals, engineering requirements, and regulatory thresholds.
The selected contractor will coordinate all work with the New York State DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program, Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the City of Watervliet to develop a shoreline plan that when implemented will stabilize and enhance the shoreline, enhance the accessibility and intended use of the site by visitors, and minimize impacts to or improve the habitat value of the site. The final designs will account for flooding and erosion caused by projected increases in the frequency of extreme storms and sea level rise (see table below).
Awarded funds may be used for expenses specifically related to the proposed project, including wages and consultant fees. Expendable and non‐expendable equipment directly related to the proposed project may qualify for funding, but requires pre‐approval (prior to proposal submission) by NEIWPCC and must be justified in the proposal.
Indirect costs are allowed, but must be in line with the following procedures: Applicants with a valid Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement with their cognizant federal agency must use that rate, and must provide documentation of the negotiated rate. Applicants that do not have a Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement may charge a maximum indirect rate of 10 percent of direct costs.
GrantWatch ID#: 181770
It is anticipated that one successful project will be chosen.
Up to $75,000
The project start date is on or about August 14, 2017.
The project end date is December 31, 2017.
Applicants who are eligible to submit proposals in response to this RFP include: federal (non-EPA), state, or local government agencies; interstate agencies; private nonprofit organizations and institutions; for‐profit organizations; and academic or educational institutions. Partnerships are allowed.
Although cost share or match is not required, projects providing non‐federal cost share or match will receive favorable consideration over projects without cost share or match.
The schedule* for this RFP is as follows:
-Proposals Due to NEIWPCC: July 17, 2017 ‐ 12:00 PM EST (noon)
-Applicants Notified of Funding Decisions: On or about August 4th, 2017
-Project Start Date: On or about August 14th, 2017
-Project Kick‐Off Meeting: TBD
-Approved Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) Due: TBD
-Quarterly Reports Due: 10th Day of July, October, 2017
-Draft Final Report Due: December 7, 2017
-Finalized Report Due: December 22, 2017
-Project End Date: December 31, 2017
The complete RFP is available on the website of the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To submit your proposal, go to:
For information regarding the application process, contact:
Michael Jennings, NEIWPCC
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
650 Suffolk Street, Suite 410
Lowell, MA 01854
For information regarding the RFP topic, contact the NEIWPCC Project Manager:
(845) 889-4745 ext. 110
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Hudson River Estuary Program
P.O. Box 315
Staatsburg, NY 12580
USA: New York: City of Watervliet (Hudson Shores Park)