RE-ISSUANCE Notice to Contractors-Twelve Mile Creek Headwaters

NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS OF RE-ISSUANCE OF REQUEST FOR BIDS:

Sealed proposals will be received by Dauphin Island Sea Lab / Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP), Attention Roberta Swann, 118 North Royal St. Suite 601, Mobile, AL 36602 on February 4th, 2021, until 3:00 PM (CDT), for: 12 Mile Creek Headwater Restoration Project Mobile, AL
at which time and place they will be publicly opened and read. A cashier’s check or bid bond payable to Dauphin Island Sea Lab / Mobile Bay National Estuary Program in an amount not less than five (5) percent of the amount of the bid, but in no event more than $10,000, must accompany the bidder’s proposal. Performance and Payment Bonds and evidence of insurance required in the bid documents will be required at the signing of the Contract. The work consists of implementing a stream restoration project in the headwaters of 12 Mile Creek in Mobile, AL along an approximately 1,800-foot-long reach between Dickens Ferry and Foreman Road. Electronic PDF sets of Bid Documents will be available free of charge and can be obtained from the Engineer by emailing Ryan Stokes
at: Ryan.T.Stokes@stantec.com (Office: 828-229-8447, Mobile: 307-258-3357). A download link will be provided.
Printed copies of the Bid Documents may be obtained from the Engineer for a fee of $150.00 per set. Bid Documents will be available by contacting Engineer’s Office: Ryan Stokes, PE, 56 College Street, Suite 201, Asheville, NC, 28801-2848
Requests for printed Bid Documents shall include a check made payable to “Stantec Consulting Services” along with mailing address, street address, telephone/fax number, and contact (including e-mail address).

A Mandatory Virtual Pre-Bid Meeting will be conducted on January 19, 2021 at 10:00 AM (CDT). Bidders not in attendance at the Pre-Bid Virtual Meeting will not be allowed to submit a bid for the construction of the project. Bidders must request an invitation to the Virtual Pre-Bid Meeting by sending an email to Carl.Ferraro@Stantec.com, with the subject line referencing “12 Mile Creek Pre-Bid Meeting”. An invitation to the Virtual Pre-Bid Meeting, including a meeting link and call-in phone number, will be sent.
Bidders may request a site visit with the Owner by contacting Christian Miller at cmiller@mobilebaynep.com (Phone: 251-459-8871). Requests for a site visit must be submitted by 5:00 PM Central Time, January 22, 2021. Site visits with the Owner must take place during normal business hours during the week of January 25-29th, 2021. Bids must be submitted on proposal forms furnished by the Engineer or copies thereof. All bidders bidding in amounts exceeding that established by the State Licensing Board for General Contractors must be licensed under the provisions of Title 34, Chapter 8, Code of Alabama, 1975, and must show evidence of license before bidding or bid will not be received or considered by the Engineer; the bidder shall show such evidence by clearly displaying his or her current license number on the outside of the sealed envelope in which the proposal is delivered. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to waive technical errors if, in the Owner’s judgment, the best interests of the Owner will thereby be promoted. END OF DOCUMENT

Posted on 12/21/20 at 12:00 AM Permalink

Sea Grant announces greater amberjack funding opportunity for Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic regions

Sea Grant announces greater amberjack funding opportunity for Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic regions

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) is accepting proposal submissions to estimate the abundance of greater amberjack in the U.S. waters in the Gulf of Mexico (GoMEX) and South Atlantic (SA) regions. Proposal instructions are available in the funding request. This funding opportunity is to develop additional data sources, assessment approaches and knowledge to improve agency and agency-independent estimates of the abundance of greater amberjack throughout the greater amberjack's range. The successful applicant(s) will determine the absolute abundance of the greater amberjack by habitat type, including artificial reefs, natural reefs and unclassified habitats. MASGC anticipates funding one or more proposal(s). The total funding available for the competition is $9 million plus a non-federal match requirement of $2.7 million (30%). Funds for this research competition are provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program and NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). 

The principal investigator (PI) of a proposal must be located at a research university located within a coastal state extending from Virginia to Texas. Co-investigators, including state agencies, non-governmental organizations and the fishing industry, may be in any U.S. region. Federal partners may also participate as uncompensated collaborators. MASGC encourages applicants of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, education levels, job classifications, veteran status types, and income and socioeconomic status types to apply for this competitive research opportunity. Greater amberjack is an important recreational and commercial species in the GoMEX and SA regions. According to NMFS, the greater amberjack is not overfished and not undergoing overfishing in the SA. However, the GoMEX stock of greater amberjack has been in an overfished state and undergoing overfishing for an extended period of time despite implementing a rebuilding plan. Given this issue, evidence for regional and sub-regional differences in stock dynamics exists, and biological information on greater amberjack distribution and movement in U.S. waters of the SA and the GoMEX regions is lacking. 

A Zoom meeting will be held to discuss this funding opportunity on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, from 1-2:30 p.m. Central Time. Please register for the ZOOM meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpcu2grj4vE9FmFWbLDB6JSakTqGXsR_jw. The meeting will be recorded and posted on the MASGC greater amberjack webpage. A letter of intent is required to submit a full proposal and is due by 6 p.m. Central Time on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. The proposal submission deadline is 6 p.m. Central Time on Friday, April 9, 2021.

Posted on 01/14/21 at 09:22 AM Permalink

The MS/AL Sea Grant Consortium is accepting pre-proposals for its 22-24 Research Program

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) is accepting pre-proposals for its 2022-2024 Research Program. Projects selected for funding will address innovative research on coastal issues in Alabama and Mississippi in these four focus areas: healthy coastal ecosystems; sustainable fisheries and aquaculture; resilient communities and economies; and environmental literacy and workforce development.  Funding requests for individual projects shall not exceed $75,000 per year of federal support. One-year projects and projects requesting lower annual amounts of funding will also be considered.

Pre-proposals are due at 5:00 p.m. Central Time on Feb. 22, 2021, and should be submitted using MASGC’s new online eSeaGrant system.

If you have questions on application materials, contact MASGC Research Coordinator Loretta Leist at 228-818-8835 or loretta.leist@usm.edu.  For questions on research priorities, contact MASGC Director LaDon Swann at 251-648-5877.

Posted on 12/18/20 at 05:08 PM Permalink

Wolf Bay Watershed Management Plan Completion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Herndon Graddick
Mobile Bay National Estuary Program
hgraddick@mobilebaynep.com (251) 422-3947
http://www.mobilebaynep.com

Mobile Bay National Estuary Program announces publication of Wolf Bay Watershed Management Plan

Mobile Bay National Estuary Program announced this week completion and publication of its Wolf Bay Watershed Management Plan (WMP).  The Plan will serve as a roadmap for citizens, policy makers, stakeholder organizations, and other groups who care about Wolf Bay to make informed decisions about potential actions having a direct effect on the health and productivity of their local waters.  It includes extensive input from the public, business, and environmental communities, as well as from local and state governments.

Because Wolf Bay is designated an Outstanding Alabama Water by the Alabama Environmental Management Commission, the vision of the Wolf Bay WMP was to identify specific and achievable measures to restore, protect, conserve, and preserve features of the Watershed to help maintain its special status. As with other MBNEP-developed watershed management plans, the Wolf Bay WMP describes the current conditions of the Watershed and identifies areas of concern as well as potential actions to improve conditions of Wolf Bay and prevent degradation in the future.

The Plan is the culmination of work by the MBNEP and the team of Volkert, Inc. and Allen Engineering and Science, who were awarded the contract for plan development in 2018. Located in southwestern Baldwin County, the Greater Wolf Bay Watershed includes three sub-watersheds: the Sandy/Wolf Creek, Miflin Creek, and Graham Bayou watersheds, encompassing approximately 36,296 acres, an area almost as large as Washington, DC. 

The mission of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program is to promote the wise stewardship of Alabama’s estuaries and coast by using the best available science to measure status and trends, to restore benefits of healthy ecosystems, to build local capacity for environmental management and community resilience, and to grow the number of citizen stewards across our region.

To download a copy of the plan, please click here. Hard copies can be accessed at Foley City Hall, Graham Creek Preserve, and Elberta Town Hall. 
Christian Miller, Watershed Mngt Coordinator. MBNEP cmiller@mobilebaynep.com
Paige Felts, Project Manager, Volkert, Inc. paige.felts@volkert.com
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Posted on 11/18/20 at 02:25 PM Permalink

Notice for Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Dauphin Island Watershed Management Planning

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program seeks a qualified environmental or natural resource planning, engineering, or another similar firm to prepare a Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan (WMP) for the Dauphin Island (HUC  031700090202) Watershed in Mobile County, Alabama. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process will be used to select a firm who can develop such a conceptual engineering master plan based on new and available data. Statements of Qualifications (Statements) must be sent to the attention of Christian Miller and received no later than 3:00 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 15th, 2020. Click here to read and download the full proposal

Posted on 10/01/20 at 12:34 PM Permalink

MBNEP Announces Hire of Henry Perkins as Community Relations Manager; Watershed Management Coordinat

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) announced today the hiring of Henry Perkins as Community Relations Manager, as well as the expansion of duties for longtime Watershed Management Coordinator Christian Miller. 

In his role as Community Relations Manager, Perkins will oversee the Business Resources Committee, where he will manage the MBNEP’s vital relationships with the business community as well as launch programs to foster sound economic development that also builds environmental resilience.  Among the first initiatives on his agenda will be work toward the creation of a revolving loan fund to support our local fishing and oyster industries.

Perkins is a lifelong Mobilian with a passion for helping others build relationships. He previously worked for the Downtown Mobile Alliance, bringing thousands together in celebration of the city and connecting dozens of entrepreneurs with the resources they needed to get their businesses off the ground.  He also gets his hands dirty in his spare time, working with Mobile Urban Growers to establish community gardens all around Mobile.

Perkins is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where he studied Community Organization, and of the University of South Alabama, where he was awarded a Master’s in Business Administration.

The MBNEP also announced today that longtime key Program staffer, Christian Miller will be expanding his role at the organization to include management of ecosystem restoration projects.  Miller, originally hired in 2008, is currently also responsible for overseeing of the development of the signature Comprehensive Watershed Management Plans that lead much of the group’s work, as well as provide guidance to millions of dollars in grants each year for projects in Alabama’s coastal watersheds.

The MBNEP is the well-established regional leader in watershed management planning and in ecosystem restoration initiatives.  The mission of the MBNEP is to promote wise stewardship of Alabama’s estuaries and coast. It is non-regulatory, focused on strategic impacts, by bringing together citizens; local, state, and federal government agencies; businesses and industries; conservation and environmental organizations; and academic institutions to meet the challenges resulting from human impacts on the environment.

Posted on 09/25/20 at 03:32 PM Permalink

Another Big Milestone Reached in the Restoration of Baldwin County’s D’Olive Watershed

Posted on 09/07/20 at 02:35 PM Permalink

The MBNEP Commences Development of the a Watershed Management Plan for the Eastern Shore

Posted on 08/31/20 at 02:47 PM Permalink

2020 Bays and Bayous Symposium Call for Abstracts Deadline Extended

The 2020 Bays and Bayous Symposium Steering Committee is announcing that it has made the decision to make the symposium virtual. The decision came among COVID-19 concerns, including social distancing and employer travel restrictions.

The symposium will be held in an online format Dec. 1-3 and will not take place at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, as initially planned.

The call for abstracts is currently open, and tracks include disasters and disruptions, healthy coastal ecosystems, living marine resources, resilient communities and economies, and water quality and quantity. 

Oral presentations will be submitted as 12-minute pre-recorded talks. 

The typical poster presentations will be replaced with pre-recorded three-minute, three-slide lightning talks. More presentation details will be released after abstracts are accepted.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is Friday, Sept. 11.

You can keep up with any symposium changes through the event website at http://baysandbayous.org.

Posted on 08/28/20 at 10:36 AM Permalink

MBNEP at work: Wolf Bay Watershed Management Plan Draft Opens for Public Comment

Posted on 08/27/20 at 02:39 PM Permalink