Specifically, the project will result in development of a planning guide/handbook for river access sites, both along the Hudson River mainstem and its tidal tributaries, with suggestions for flood risk assessment, design principles and improvements, and decision-making principles that can be adopted to: reduce capital expenses resulting from repeated flood damage; improve the way river access sites withstand flooding; and anticipate the changes that will be necessitated due to a projected increase in frequency and severity of storm events as well as the impacts from rising sea levels as is occurring now. The geographic scope of this study is the shoreline of the Estuary and the tidal portion of its tributaries from the Troy dam to the southern border of Westchester and Rockland counties. The project will incorporate best environmental practices and universal design principles and will include the use of natural and nature-based approaches as much as possible, where suitable. The project is expected to be awarded in early 2019 and to be completed no later than August 31, 2020. Extensions will not be granted. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2019.
There is a total of $50,000 available for this request for proposals (RFP).
A pre-application conference call was held on January 30, 2019 to answer clarifying questions submitted by potential applicants. The following questions were submitted in advance of the call and the accompanying answers were provided on the call:
Q: How much site reconnaissance of existing access locations is required? Is there a certain number of sites to be reviewed to establish a representative cross-section? For this piece, is it related to actual existing conditions or users/owners experience and needs?
A: The applicant should propose a way to address this.
Q: Does DEC have a definition for or definitive list of access sites in the Hudson River Estuary or is the expectation that the consultant would define this in concert with stakeholders?
A: This information is provided in the RFP. Look at Hudson Valley Natural Resource Mapper, scenic and recreation layers, fishing and/or boat launch access.
Q: Would proposals be accepted that completed the project in a shorter time period – i.e. 6 months, or 1 year – than the six quarters described?
A: Yes, in fact that is encouraged.