PROFESSIONAL SERVICES DESCRIPTION
FOR THE POSITION OF:
Paulsboro Marine Terminal
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Survey
August 6, 2009 at 2:00 P.M.
FAIR AND OPEN PUBLIC SOLICITATION PROCESS
FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
GLOUCESTER COUNTY IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY
109 BUDD BOULEVARD
WOODBURY, NEW JERSEY 08096
Through this Request for Qualifications/Proposals, the Authority, on behalf of the South Jersey Port
Corporation (SJPC) seeks to engage a specialty consultant for the term from the date the successful
contractor is issued a notice to proceed letter until completion of the work on or before December 31,
2009. This contract will be awarded through a fair and open process pursuant to N.J.S.A.. 19:44A-20.4 et
The proposal must be received and will be publicly opened and read aloud on August 6, 2009 at 2:00 P.M.
at the GCIA administrative office located at 109 Budd Boulevard, Woodbury, New Jersey. Each specialty
consultant is advised that compliance with the “Fair and Open Standardized Submission Requirements and
Selection Criteria” is required. These requirements must be obtained by contacting Danae Ciociola of the
GCIA at 856-848-4002.
The following is a description of the professional services needed including, where appropriate, a brief
description of the tasks involved:
Scope of Services
In support of the Paulsboro Marine Terminal development program, the scope of work is to perform a
submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) survey, particularly wild celery, within the Paulsboro Marine
Terminal’s projected footprint within the Delaware River and Mantua Creek. Refer to Attachment A for a
display of the survey footprint or area boundary(ies). The SAV survey is to be performed in accordance
with the technical requirements and sampling protocol of the NJDEP, particularly NJAC 7:7E and the
Seagrass Survey Guidelines for New Jersey dated December 1991 prepared by Jeffrey Lockwood of the
National Marine Fisheries Service, Habitat and Protected Resources Division. The survey is designed to
determine (i) seagrass presence, (ii) species composition, (iii) seagrass bed acreage, (iv) seagrass habitat
acreage and (v) seagrass bottom coverage for the different locations throughout the project site. The
findings shall include, at a minimum, graphics that indicate the location, quantity and quality of existing SAV.
Due to the growing seasons and project requirements, all field work must be completed prior to September
30, 2009. The following area designations are provided for reference purposes:
• Area A pertains to Delaware River shoreline and western edge of entrance to Mantua Creek
• Area B continues from the end of Area A and pertains to the western edge (only) of Mantua Creek
for the approximate distance indicated
• Area C continues from the end of Area B but pertains to the eastern edge (only) of Mantua Creek
for the approximate distances indicated
Based on the Specialty Consultant’s similar survey experience and in compliance with the Seagrass Survey
Guidelines, activities of the SAV survey are to include, but not be limited to the following task items:
1. As part of the response to this Fair and Open Solicitation, submit a curriculum vitae (CV) and
documentation describing qualifications and experience of specialty consultant(s) and / or the firm
that is represented. If the Specialty Consultant is selected to perform the work, the CV and the
documentation will be forwarded to the NJDEP for their review prior to the commencement of the
2. As part of the response to this Fair and Open Solicitation, the Specialty Consultant is to submit a
proposed sampling plan (e.g. extent of sampling area including the number of samples per discreet
sampling area) that corresponds to the areas shown in Attachment A.
3. Perform an aerial SAV survey of the project area as shown on Attachment A, which will be a
supplement to an in-water survey, and will provide a qualitative overview of seagrass distribution.
The aerial photography will be submitted in 8” x 10” prints from a large format mapping camera (or
equivalent) showing land reference points. In addition, a location map will show (a) the flight lines
and (b) provide a location of each survey photo.
4. Following the aerial SAV survey, perform an on-site (e.g. along shoreline) and in-water SAV
survey and evaluation of the designated project areas whereby existing SAV conditions are
identified, delineated and mapped via GPS or similar survey system. The mapping is to show (a)
location of transects and stations, (b) sediment types, (c) seagrass species / composition, (d)
seagrass bed acreage / coverage for each station and (d) extents of seagrass habitat quality per
station. Due to tidal influences experienced at the project site and along Mantua Creek, field work
is to be performed in accordance with the tides as detailed in the Seagrass Survey Guidelines.
5. Utilizing Wharf Infrastructure Alternatives 3 and 4 and their corresponding dredging footprints as
provided by the Gloucester County Improvement Authority (GCIA), overlay the SAV findings for
both alternatives. Describe and quantify the anticipated impacts for each of the two (2) wharf
alternatives. For the Consultant’s information and use, approximate locations of the intertidal and
sub-tidal zones in the Delaware River portion of the project are provided in Attachment B.
6. If the results of the completed survey and wharf alternative overlays indicate the potential for SAV
impacts, the Consultant will identify and recommend a mitigation strategy that (a) minimizes impacts
associated with Wharf Alternatives 3 and 4 and (b) detail a recommended strategy (e.g. by
description, detail and plan views) for mitigating impacted SAV along a segment of the existing
Mantua Creek shoreline.
7. Summarize the work conducted in Tasks 1 thru 6 in a written draft report, which will be submitted
to the GCIA and South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC). For easy reference, the report is to
include a table that identifies the following:
• Table of station coverage values, plant color and epiphyte coverage for each species of
• Table of mean coverage values for each species of seagrass
• Estimates of project acreage, seagrass acreage and seagrass habitat acreage
• Description of survey method used, location, date, time and any unusual conditions
8. Present the SAV findings to the project team and state and federal resource agencies.
9. Finalize and submit the written SAV Report based upon comments received on the draft report and
the agency presentation
Materials Available For Review
• Topographic and Location Survey – Area A
• Bathymetric Survey – Areas A and B
• Geotechnical Water Borings – Area A
• Wharf Alternative No.’s 3 and 4
The Specialty Consultant shall immediately commence and perform the Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
work. All field work shall be completed within 4 weeks of the Notice-to-Proceed or prior to September
30, 2009, whichever is earlier. A notice to proceed is targeted for No-Later-Than August 28, 2009. The
draft final report shall be submitted within 3 weeks of the completion of field work. The final report shall be
submitted within 2 weeks after receipt of comments from the GCIA.
I. Project schedule (barchart format) from Notice to Proceed to submittal of Submerged Aquatic
II. Copy of any NJ State or Federal permit approvals necessary to conduct the scope of services prior
to the commencement of field work.
III. Detailed report logs during aerial and on-site survey periods, indicating at a minimum the work area
performed for the particular day and a summary of the findings. Daily reports are to be faxed to the
GCIA at 856.423.3634 prior to 9:00AM on the following day after field activities.
IV. The Consulant shall provide six (6) full size, color paper and electronic versions of a Draft and Final
SAV Report. The SAV Report is to include an Executive Summary as well as detailed findings.
The cost of the work is to be performed on a lump sum basis. Line item details are to be provided for each
of the task items on a per AREA designation with a Subtotal provided for each Area and a Grand Total
provided for the complete scope of services. The GCIA retains the right to award the SAV survey work
based upon Area A only, a combination of Areas A and B, a combination of
Areas A and C, or a combination of all three Areas.
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
Intertidal / Subtidal Zones