2022 Restoration of Watershed Connectivity-HREP
NEIWPCC, in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program, is inviting proposals for projects that will help prepare communities to 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. Culverts will have been identified following the protocol of the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC). Dams may have been identified by the NYS Inventory of Dams or by the applicant for unregulated dams.
- Document constrictions that cause flooding at culverts and bridges,
- Prioritize sites for mitigation of these environmental impacts,
- Add priority sites into municipal hazard mitigation plans, highway department capital plans, and/or comprehensive plans, where feasible. These plans should refer to the Climate Smart Communities Program, as municipalities may be able to claim points through the Culvert and Dam action.
- Provide technical assistance to municipalities over the course of the project that is relevant to stream habitat restoration and climate resiliency as needed.
A successful project will engage at least two municipalities. The project will also develop at least four conceptual (30%) construction designs for priority sites for each municipality (at least eight total designs). The designs must focus on priority sites for flood mitigation and/or habitat. At least two must be focused on high quality stream habitat for fish passage, per municipality. Ultimately, NEIWPCC anticipates these projects will lead to on-the-ground infrastructure projects (under a separate funding source) that replace culverts and bridges with better structures that accomplish aquatic passage and reduced flood risk goals.
There is a total of $130,000 available through this RFP. We anticipate supporting one project to develop plans for two or more municipalities, which include four or more conceptual designs for each municipality (at least eight conceptual designs total).
Proposals must be received by June 10, 2022 (12:00 noon EST).
We received a single question for our pre-application webinar, “Is there flexibility on the timeline for getting through the contracting phase and for the project itself, once the award is made?” We provided the following answer to the entity with the question, “Yes. The schedule in the RFP is the optimal timeline; however, we will consider projects that vary from this timeline and we understand that the processes required in the administrative phases of the timeline (e.g., contracting) vary based on each individual entity. If you submit a proposal, please include your best understanding of the timeline you anticipate based on your specific circumstance.”