Request for Proposals — Planning grant funds available to develop watershed-based plan to address sodium chloride in drinking water supply watersheds

 

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) is soliciting project proposals to address nonpoint source (NPS) pollution through the development of a watershed-based plan in a water supply watershed that has a documented sodium and/or chloride impairment. Projects must develop a sodium and chloride-based watershed restoration plan to address sodium and chloride and other NPS problems (if warranted) and must include a quantitative plan for assessing progress and watershed-based implementation success in the future. The watershed-based plan must have a clear water quality goal and either include the nine, minimum elements (a) through (i) required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for watershed-based plans (Appendix A) or develop an EPA and NHDES approved alternative plan that focuses upon sodium and chloride as priority pollutants in an impacted surface or groundwater drinking water source.

Full RFP details, information packet, and application form can be viewed and downloaded by visiting: https://www.des.nh.gov/news-and-media/rfp-watershed-assistance-planning-grant-sodium-chloride-drinking-water

The RFP is also posted at: https://apps.das.nh.gov/bidscontracts/bids.aspx  and accessed by searching for Bid# (RFP DES 2023-10).

Inquiries may be directed to the following NHDES staff:

 

Stephen Landry, NPS Program Coordinator
(603) 271-2969 | Stephen.C.Landry@des.nh.gov


Melissa Macheras, Source Protection Coordinator
(603) 271-2950 | Melissa.E.Macheras@des.nh.gov

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REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS for Big Island Pond Watershed-Based Management Plan Development

Request for Qualifications

The Big Island Pond Watershed-Based Management Plan Development project builds on efforts by the Big Island Pond Corporation (BIPC) to improve and protect all the water resources within the lake’s watershed and develop a comprehensive lake-wide management plan for Big Island Pond.  As a major economic asset and natural resource for the local communities as well as the State of New Hampshire, it is extremely important that the lake’s health be protected from further degradation.

Development of an EPA nine key element (‘a-i’) watershed-based management plan for the Big Island Pond watershed will assess the health of the waters in Big Island Pond, result in the identification of sources of pollutants, and provide a roadmap for mitigation and protection efforts in the future.

A steering committee made up of representatives from the Town of Derry, Town of Atkinson, Town of Hampstead, BIPC, and NHDES will work together with the consultant to develop an action plan of strategies that will restore and protect the value, uses, and health of the lake for generations.

Timeline:

January 18, 2023 – RFQ Release

February 1, 2023 – Deadline for submittal of questions on RFQ (4:00pm ET)

February 8, 2023 – Q&A Digest emailed to those requesting a copy

February 15, 2023 – Deadline for receipt of proposals to RFQ (4:00pm ET)

March 15, 2023 – Final selection of contractor and notification (anticipated) to all firms

See the Request for Qualifications for more information.

Contact Craig Durrett at craigdurrett@derrynh.org with questions.

 

 

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Request for Proposals — Planning grant funds available to develop watershed-based plan to address sodium chloride in drinking water

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) is soliciting project proposals to address nonpoint source (NPS) pollution through the development of a watershed-based plan in a priority, water supply watershed that has a documented sodium and/or chloride impairment. Projects must develop a sodium and chloride-based watershed restoration plan to address sodium and chloride and other NPS problems (if warranted) and must include a quantitative plan for assessing progress and watershed-based implementation success in the future. The watershed-based plan must have a clear water quality goal and either include the nine, minimum elements (a) through (i) required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for watershed-based plans (Appendix A) or develop an EPA and NHDES approved alternative plan that focuses upon sodium and chloride as priority pollutants in an impacted surface or groundwater drinking water source.

Full RFP details, information packet, and application form can be viewed and downloaded by visiting: https://www.des.nh.gov/news-and-media/rfp-watershed-assistance-planning-grant-sodium-chloride-drinking-water

The RFP is also posted at: https://apps.das.nh.gov/bidscontracts/bids.aspx  and accessed by searching for Bid# (RFP DES 2023-10).

Inquiries may be directed to the following NHDES staff:

Andrea Bejtlich, Watershed Specialist
(603) 271-8475 | Andrea.L.Bejtlich@des.nh.gov


Stephen Landry, Section Supervisor
(603) 271-2969 | Stephen.C.Landry@des.nh.gov


Melissa Macheras, Source Protection Coordinator
(603) 271-2950 | Melissa.E.Macheras@des.nh.gov

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Extended to 12/8 for the Annual Nonpoint Source Conference in NY

 

 

SAVE THE DATE! Call for Abstracts Closes December 8th

 

The 33rd Annual Nonpoint Source Conference will take place April 12-13, 2023 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, New York.

The call for abstracts has been extended to December 8th. Submissions are invited from NPS managers at the state, federal, and municipal level, as well as from the private sector, watershed organizations, tribes and nations, and academia.

The conference theme is Environmental Justice, Equity & Climate Change. Abstract submissions that focus on or include aspects of environmental justice, NPS projects adapting to climate change, diversity and inclusion in NPS projects, equity, and Justice40 are encouraged.

Multiple presentation formats are encouraged, including: Poster | Lightning Talk (<10M) | Presentation (30M) | Panel Session (45M-1.5H)

Visit the conference webpage at https://neiwpcc.org/events/annual-nps-conference/ for more information or click on the link below to submit an abstract.

https://neiwpcc.org/events/annual-nps-conference/2023annualnps_cfa/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Request for Qualifications Issued by the Lake Winnipesaukee Association on behalf of the Town of Wolfeboro for Wolfeboro Bay Watershed Management Plan Development

Each consultant will submit a qualifications package to the Lake Winnipesaukee Association (LWA) that will include the following components as described in detail below:

• Cover letter indicating a primary contact for the qualifications package and that person’s title, address, phone number, and email address.  The cover letter should include relevant professional certifications (e.g., Professional Engineer, Certified Wetland Scientist, etc.).

• Cover letter indicating a primary contact for the qualifications package and that person’s title, address, phone number, and email address.  The cover letter should include relevant professional certifications (e.g., Professional Engineer, Certified Wetland Scientist, etc.).

• Description of the respondent’s general approach (i.e., “philosophy”) to watershed planning, skills and specialties for which the respondent is qualified, and a summary of directly-relevant work experience of the respondent.  Responses must address how the respondent meets the desired qualifications; please consult Section V – SELECTION CRITERIA (below) for additional guidance.

• List of references including names, titles, contact information. These will preferably be clients for whom similar work has been performed within the past five (5) years.

• The project team, including project team organization, team member qualifications and the anticipated level of involvement of key team members in each phase of the project as described in the project approach and scope of work.

• A technical proposal that describes the team’s project approach and scope of work (do not include budget, fee schedule, or any type of cost estimate).

• A proposed project schedule.

Complete and timely submittal of all required documents is mandatory for the qualifications package to be considered.

Each consultant will submit the qualifications package via Dropbox
(https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/uozrd9sa4z2bp7vqf0rwt/h?dl=0&rlkey=rehx4imgcn90pv60rvesfzbgv) by close of business on December 1, 2022.

The Dropbox link can also be found on the LWA’s website at:
https://www.winnipesaukee.org/request-for-qualifications-for-the-wolfeboro-bay-watershed-management-plan/

Representatives from the Town of Wolfeboro, the Lake Winnipesaukee Association (LWA), and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) will review qualification packages. After the qualifications-based ranking is complete, the top two to three ranked consultants may be invited for an interview if desired by the review committee. After the interview process, the top ranked consultant will be asked to provide a task-based cost proposal, and the LWA and Town of Wolfeboro will proceed with contract negotiations with that consultant. If these negotiations are not successful, the LWA and Wolfeboro will negotiate with the second ranked consultant, etc. until a contract has been successfully negotiated. The contract will be between the Town of Wolfeboro and the consultant.

See the full RFQ here: Final RFQ_WB_WMP 20221026

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Growing a Green Infrastructure Workforce Webinar

Join EPA for the upcoming webcast Growing a Green Infrastructure Workforce, where speakers from across the country will discuss planning considerations and practices for developing green workforce programs, benefits of being a certified professional, and existing maintenance training and workforce development programs.

All stormwater infrastructure projects, including green infrastructure, must be maintained over time to ensure proper performance. The ongoing maintenance of green infrastructure is an opportunity to create entry-level jobs in the water sector, particularly in under resourced communities. Join EPA’s Green Infrastructure Webcast Series to discuss planning considerations and practices for developing and implementing green workforce development programs. Rob Anderson and Daniel Apt from the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGCIP) will speak about the benefits of being a certified professional; Emily Burton, Operation Storm Surge, will present on unique partnership opportunities to train and build a local workforce; and, Gabe Catenacci, Groundwork Denver’s GRIT Program, will highlight maintenance training and green workforce development programs across the country.

DATE: October 27, 2022

TIME: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET

REGISTER: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_qiBlaHWAQkKeyKXfwebFpQ

 If you have questions, please contact Elise Simons (she/her), Soak up the Rain Coordinator, 617-918-1220 or Soakuptherain@epa.gov

http://www.epa.gov/soakuptherain

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Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series:

Dissolved Phosphorus and Green Infrastructure: Fundamentals, Challenges, and Opportunities

Wednesday, September 28th, 1:30 PM – 3:00PM ET

Click Here to Register

Reducing phosphorus pollution in aquatic ecosystems is a primary goal in many watersheds across the United States to mitigate eutrophication and harmful algal blooms. Several forms of green infrastructure can effectively reduce loads of total phosphorus to surface waters through the retention of particles and associated phosphorus. Retention of dissolved phosphorus has proven to be more challenging, and in some cases poor retention of dissolved phosphorus, or even net dissolved phosphorus release, can compromise phosphorus load reduction goals. Furthermore, limited overall capacity to retain dissolved phosphorus in green infrastructure systems can potentially result in declining performance over time.

In this webinar, Eric Roy will discuss the fundamental biogeochemistry underpinning dissolved phosphorus dynamics in green infrastructure and highlight key mechanisms that control both dissolved phosphorus retention from water and release to water. Drawing on literature and recent research in Vermont, this presentation will address the challenge that dissolved phosphorus poses to water quality improvement efforts, opportunities to better manage dissolved phosphorus and enhance green infrastructure performance (including amendment of soil media with drinking water treatment residuals), and the use of phosphorus metrics to inform green infrastructure design. This webinar will include examples of green infrastructure at multiple scales, including urban green stormwater infrastructure (e.g., bioretention and subsurface gravel wetlands) as well as larger ecosystem-scale systems (e.g., restored riparian wetlands).

Speaker:

  • Eric D. Roy, PhD, Associate Professor at Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources & Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Vermont

Register via Zoom: https://usepa.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_kD1PhX_-SGGsvJLHLb5SaA

 Who Should Attend:

Municipal decision makers, planners, and Department of Public Works (DPW) staff, environmental organizations, practitioners, educators, and interested citizens – anyone who is considering a new project or looking to build on an existing program.

About the Soak up the Rain Webinar Series:

The Soak up the Rain Webinar Series highlights innovative green infrastructure approaches to managing stormwater in New England, presented by leaders from around the region. Through these webinars, you can:

  • Hear about stormwater and green infrastructure tools and resources
  • See who’s soaking up the rain as we showcase green infrastructure projects and programs
  • Engage with others in sharing successes, barriers, and lessons learned while implementing green infrastructure in New England communities.

For more on Soak up the Rain, visit: http://www.epa.gov/soakuptherain

Disclaimer: EPA provides Soak up the Rain webinars solely for your reference and cannot attest to the accuracy of non-EPA information provided by third parties or any linked site. EPA does not endorse any non-federal government websites, entities, products, or services. Also, please be aware that the privacy protection provided on the EPA.gov domain (EPA Privacy and Security Notice) does not apply to these third-party sites. 

 

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Country Pond Lake Association Releases Requests for Qualifications – Boat Launch Design

Country Pond Lake Association (CPLA) has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to solicit statements of qualification from contractors to provide deliverables requested in the project scope of work.

In partnership with the Town of Newton, CPLA seeks consulting services to design best management practices (BMPs) at the Newton Town Boat Launch Ramp to reduce stormwater runoff volume, along with measures to stabilize the ramp itself, to address erosion and transport of materials into Country Pond. The project addresses stormwater runoff, erosion, sedimentation, and nutrient loading at the gravel ramp. The goal of implementing the proposed BMPs is to reduce turbidity, phosphorus, and other nutrients within Country Pond, thereby helping to prevent water quality degradation.

Qualifications submittals are due September 16, 2022 by 5:00 PM following the submittal procedures described in the RFQ (see website link below to download the RFQ).

To download the RFQ and learn more about the project, please visit:    https://countrypondlakeassociation.org/newton-boat-ramp-project

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2023 Watershed Assistance Grants Available

Reminder: A Pre-proposal Consultation is REQUIRED for both 319 and 604(b) grants.  Call or email the project manager for your watershed to discuss your Pre-proposal by September 2, 2022.

NHDES’ Watershed Assistance Section has released the 2023 Watershed Assistance Grants’ Pre-proposal request for proposals (RFP) to support local initiatives to restore impaired waters or protect high quality waters. Pre-proposals are due by 4 PM, September 16, 2022.

For more information, contact: 

Funds for this grant are appropriated through the US Environmental Protection Agency under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.

Water Quality Planning 604(b) Grants

Water Quality Planning 604(b) grants are available for water quality planning purposes. The 2023 Request for Letter of Intent (LOI) is now available. An approximate total award amount of $160,000 is available. All LOIs are due by 4 PM, September 16, 2022.

2023 Water Quality Planning 604(b) Letter of Intent   .pdf Icon

Section 604(b) of the EPA Clean Water Act requires funds to be allocated to entities for conducting water quality planning, including:

  1. Identifying the most cost effective and locally acceptable facility and nonpoint source (NPS) measures to meet and maintain water quality standards;
  2. Developing an implementation plan to obtain state and local financial and regulatory commitments to implement water quality plans;
  3. Determining the nature, extent, and causes of water quality problems in the state; and
  4. Determining those publicly owned treatment works which should be constructed, taking into account the relative degree of effluent reduction attained and the consideration of alternatives to such construction.

Other eligible projects that address the above water quality concerns may include but are not limited to: developing corridor management plans for designated rivers; conducting monitoring to address specific water quality concerns; planning stormwater retrofits to address water quality impairments; green infrastructure projects that manage wet weather to maintain or restore natural hydrology; working with municipalities committed to adopting specific model ordinances and/or meeting regulations (MS4 Permits) to address priority water quality planning concerns; and/or developing watershed-based plans in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) criteria requiring nine key elements (a) through (i) for watershed-based plans.

Contact Andrea Bejtlich for additional information: andrea.l.bejtlich@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-8475

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New Hampshire Rivers Council Releases Requests for Qualifications for Winnicut River Stormwater Project

The New Hampshire Rivers Council (NHRC) has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to solicit statements of qualification from contractors to provide deliverables requested in the project scope of work. The project addresses stormwater runoff at a  project site within the Winnicut River watershed.

Stormwater flowing over impervious cover at the project site transports nutrients to the Winnicut River. The NHRC proposes design and installation of a raingarden at the project location to reduce amount of stormwater runoff and nutrients reaching the Winnicut River.

Qualifications submittals are due August 17, 2022 by 4:00 PM following the submittal procedures described in the RFQ (see website link below to download the RFQ).

To download the RFQ and learn more about the project, please visit: https://nhrivers.org/winnicut/

 

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