2019 Restoration of Watershed Connectivity-HREP
The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYS DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program, is inviting proposals for projects that will help restore aquatic habitat connectivity for herring and eel, reduce localized flood risks, and improve conditions on Hudson River Estuary tributaries.
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.
A successful project will engage at least two municipalities. 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. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read scoring criteria below before developing a proposal, as site selection and volume of work will greatly influence the scoring.
Municipalities, Non-profits, and private consultants are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is August 2, 2019 at 12:00 pm, noon.
There is a total of $215,000 available through this RFP. We anticipate awarding two contracts, with each containing plans for two or more municipalities plus two-three conceptual designs, and at least one final design for each municipality. Proposals may also include additional NAACC assessments, if a municipality has not been fully assessed. Cost effectiveness of the scope and scale of the project is a major factor in the scoring criteria. We encourage proposals which produce a higher volume of work for the cost. High quality proposals that go beyond the minimum requirements will receive much higher scores for cost effectiveness.
A pre-application conference call was held on July 15, 2019 for this RFP. Answers were provided to questions submitted in advance of the call. The questions addressed and answers provided are available here.