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Hudson River Estuary Program - 2019 Restoration of Watershed Connectivity-HREP

Grants to New York Municipalities, Nonprofits, For-Profits, Consulting
Firms, and Institutions for Hudson River Watershed Management Plans

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New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

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08/02/19 12:00 PM Noon


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Grants to New York nonprofits, for-profits, consulting firms, municipalities, and academic institutions to develop municipal plans to manage the Hudson River Estuary watershed area. Projects must involve at least two municipalities. Funding is intended to restore aquatic habitat connectivity for herring and eel, reduce localized flood risks, and improve conditions on Hudson River Estuary tributaries. To be eligible for this RFP, the project must be within the Hudson River Estuary watershed, from the Federal Dam at Troy to the Verazzano Narrows.

Specifically, this RFP is for proposals to create and secure adoption of municipal management plans that:

- Document barriers to fish movement such as dams and culverts that have been identified following the protocol of the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC),
- Document constrictions that cause flooding at culverts and bridges,
- Prioritize sites for mitigation of these environmental impacts, and
- Add priority sites into municipal hazard mitigation plans, highway department capital plans, and/or comprehensive plans, where feasible.

The project will also develop at least two conceptual construction designs, and one final construction design for priority sites for each municipality. The designs must focus on priority sites for flood mitigation and/or habitat, however at least one must be focused on high quality stream habitat for fish passage.

Using existing assessments conducted under the NAACC protocol, the funding will help municipalities develop management plans and designs to correct inadequate road-stream crossings. The funding may also help municipalities assess road-stream crossings using the NAACC protocol if such assessments have not been done for the entire municipality, provided that a management plan is also developed, and designs are produced to correct inadequate road-stream crossings.

Neighboring municipalities are encouraged to work together to plan on a watershed scale, especially if they share a tributary to the Hudson in common. Although that is not required, extra points will be awarded in the scoring. Selection of municipalities sites for plans and sites for design will also be evaluated in the scoring on the degree to which they offer the potential forboth ecological and flood resiliency benefits.

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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186244

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Number of Grants:

At least two contracts

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Proposals with budgets that exceed the identified funding cannot be considered.

Term of Contract:

Although the project start date is anticipated to be on or about September 13, 2019 this date may change based on the time the actual agreement is established. Projects must have a completion date no later than September 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants who are eligible to submit proposals in response to this RFP include: for-profit organizations and consulting firms, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and municipalities. If an applicant is not a municipality, a letter of support from the impacted municipality(ies) within the study is required.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A conference call will be held on Monday July 15th 2019 at 10:00 AM EDT to answer clarifying questions submitted by potential applicants. If you want to participate in the conference call, please send a request to participate to Megan Lung by close of business on July 8th 2019.

Only questions submitted by email prior to the call will be answered and no additional questions will be answered after the conference call. It is not necessary to submit a question to participate in the call. All interested applicants will be contacted by email with details for joining the call.

Pre-Application Information:

The schedule for this RFP is estimated to be:

- Informational Meeting Call for Applicants July 15, 2019
- Proposals Due to NEIWPCC August 2, 2019 12:00 PM (noon)
- Applicants Notified of Funding Decisions (subject to change) August 16, 2019
- Detailed Project Work Plans Due August 30, 2019
- Anticipated Project Start Date (subject to change) September 13, 2019
- Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) To be completed prior to data collection activities
- Quarterly Report October 10, 2019
- Quarterly Report January 10, 2029
- Quarterly Report March 10, 2020
- Quarterly Report July 10, 2020
- Final Report Due to NEIWPCC September 30, 2020

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For information regarding the application process, contact:

Peter Zaykoski
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
650 Suffolk Street, Suite 410
Lowell, MA 01854

To submit questions for the pre-application conference call or inquire about QAPPs, contact the NEIWPCC Project Manager:

Megan Lung
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY 12561.

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USA: New York City;   New York: The project must be within the Hudson River Estuary watershed, from the Federal Dam at Troy to the Verazzano Narrows.

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