ADVERTISEMENT FOR REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The Tampa Bay Estuary
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ADVERTISEMENT FOR REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) is requesting proposals from qualified respondents to conduct the following project: Development of a Coordinated Watershed Approach for Linking Compensatory Mitigation and Tampa Bay Habitat Restoration Goals Request for proposal instructions and associated proposal documents may be obtained by contacting Ron Hosler at TBEP, 100 - 8th Avenue S.E., St. Petersburg, Florida 33701, (727) 892-2765 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sealed proposals will be received at the above-stated address until 2:00 p.m. EST, Thursday, January 29, 2009, at which time they will be publicly opened. TBEP encourages and promotes the utilization of organizations owned or controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged, Minority Business Enterprises and Women's Business Enterprises. TBEP reserves the right to reject any and all proposals. TAMPA BAY ESTUARY PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT OF A COORDINATED WATERSHED APPROACH FOR LINKING COMPENSATORY MITIGATION AND TAMPA BAY HABITAT RESTORATION GOALS CALL FOR PROPOSALS Proposals are due to the TBEP office by 2:00 pm EST on Thursday, January 29, 2009 The Tampa Bay Estuary Program is seeking a broad range of services to assist with the development of a coordinated watershed approach to compensatory mitigation in the Tampa Bay watershed. The project will involve the development and pilot implementation of a federal-state-local partnership to coordinate publicly-funded wetland habitat restoration, and regulatory compensatory mitigation, activities in the Tampa Bay watershed. A summary of the scope of services anticipated includes, but is not limited to, the following Tasks: 1. Project Initiation (partners and contractor) a. Prepare and submit an EPA-approved Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP). b. Communicate project objectives and partnership commitments. c. Establish detailed project schedule, milestones and meeting dates. d. Prepare materials for meeting; develop meeting minutes. 2. Freshwater Wetland Change Analysis (contractor) a. Use available aerial photographic and GIS resources to estimate freshwater wetland changes (losses and gains) in the Tampa Bay watershed from circa 1950 to current. b. Quantify wetland changes (losses and gains) by wetland type and by major drainage basins. 3. Goal and Target Setting Workshops (partners and contractor) a. Establish freshwater restoration and protection goals at the watershed and major drainage basin levels. b. Identify and prioritize target freshwater wetland preservation and restoration sites within the watershed. c. Develop watershed-specific performance standards for compensatory mitigation. 4. Agency Coordination Workshops (partners and contractor) a. Develop a coordinated, watershed-wide reporting mechanism and protocols for quantitatively documenting permitted wetland impacts and wetland gains through publicly-funded restoration and compensatory mitigation. b. Develop a coordinated, watershed-wide monitoring and assessment program for documenting the success of wetland habitat restoration and compensatory mitigation projects. c. Develop financial mechanisms for cooperative leveraging of public funds for habitat restoration. d. Develop incentives for private mitigation bank investments in freshwater wetland restoration for compensatory mitigation credits. e. Draft a Memorandum of Understand/Agreement among the partners. 5. Final Report Preparation (contractor) a. Draft report preparation. b. Review of draft report by partners. c. Final report preparation. 6. Contractor Project Management The duration of the TBEP development of a coordination watershed approach is 21 months. Total cost is estimated at $80,000 – $100,000 with a required in-kind match of $21,500 from the selected contractor. Request for proposal instructions and associated proposal documents may be obtained by contacting Ron Hosler at TBEP, 100 - 8th Avenue S.E., St. Petersburg, Florida 33701, (727) 893-2765 or email@example.com. Sealed proposals will be received at the above-stated address until 2:00 p.m. EST, Thursday, January 29, 2009, at which time they will be publicly opened.