Three Mile Creek - Invasive Species Control Plan

Total Invasive Species Coverage

THREE MILE CREEK WATERSHED
Invasive Species Control Plan

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Three Mile Creek is a tributary of the Mobile River and drains approximately 30.1 sq. mi. through a mix of residential, commercial, industrial, and undeveloped sections of Mobile and Prichard, Alabama. The area includes habitat-rich wooded wetlands supporting a broad diversity of freshwater, estuarine, and marine species, along with highly urbanized areas.

Competition among species is a natural part of any ecosystem, but introduction of exotic species can disrupt intricate balances and relationships evolved over thousands of years among native species and their communities. These invasions often cause a loss of biological diversity within both the plant and animal communities (Vitousek 1990). To prevent this loss of biological diversity and improve water quality, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program requested development of an Invasive Species Control Plan for the Watershed.

The purpose of this Invasive Species Control Plan is to remove or control invasive plant and animal species within the Three Mile Creek Watershed, based upon available and survey data.

In order to provide a quantitative evaluation of invasive species within the Three Mile Creek Watershed, the Team used a plot-based sampling design to document invasive and native species and their locations within major waterway corridors. Spring and fall field surveys were completed to coincide with peak visibility of target species and to maximize positive identification through flowers or other diagnostic features.

The surveyed waterways included the entire run of the main channel of Three Mile Creek, extending from its headwaters downstream to approximately 1 km from the confluence with the Mobile River. A total of 368 sites were sample and equaled an area of 304,200 m2 (75.2 acres), or approximately 9.3% of the riparian area of the Three Mile Creek Watershed (810 acres).

From the survey, a total of 43 invasive plant species and two invasive animal species were quantified within the Three Mile Creek Watershed during the two sampling events. The five invasive plant species most frequently observed in the plots on a presence/absence basis were Chinese tallow tree, alligatorweed, Chinese privet, cogongrass, and Japanese climbing fern. The most prevalent invasive animal observed was the island apple snail.

From this data, watershed-wide and species-specific control applications were developed to control invasive species within the Three Mile Creek Watershed. The plan is broken into eight key areas for implementation and should be followed as listed below.

  1. Obtain access to large parcels within the Watershed for invasive control efforts
  2. Strategy 1. Manage and protect existing intact native communities
  3. Strategy 2. Target high or moderate density non-native invasive communities
  4. Strategy 3. Continue and expand island apple snail removals
  5. Use budgeting tool and species location maps to prioritize site selection
  6. Reestablish native plant communities in riparian areas
  7. Continue monitoring the Watershed to detect new invasive species while they are present in low numbers
  8. Conduct community outreach regarding invasive species detection and control

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Posted on 05/15/19 at 08:34 PM Permalink

RFQ: Fowl River Marsh and Shoreline Stabilization and Restoration Phase I Engineering and Design

May 6, 2019

Notice for Request for Statements of Qualification (RFQ)
Fowl River Marsh and Shoreline Stabilization and Restoration Phase I Engineering and Design
Mobile County, Alabama

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The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program requests qualified engineers, land surveyors, geoscience, or other similar professionals to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) through a competitive, qualification-based selection process to develop engineering and design documents and secure permits to protect priority shorelines and marshes.

OVERVIEW

The MBNEP has secured funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (NFWF) and seek qualified engineers, land surveyors, geoscience, or other similar professionals to undertake engineering and design to stabilize and enhance:

  1. Shorelines of priority coastal zone spits in the marine and transitional zones identified in the Fowl River Watershed Management Plan.  
  2. Interior tidal marsh consisting primarily of smooth cord grass and saltwater rushes with some pine savannah at higher elevations.

A major focus of MBNEP’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) is to improve the effectiveness of landscape-scale resource management and habitat restoration and conservation strategies. Intertidal marshes and flats; along with freshwater wetlands; and streams, rivers, and riparian buffers; were identified by MBNEP’s Science Advisory Committee as the three most anthropogenically-stressed coastal habitat types.

The Purpose of this project is to improve what people most value about living on the Alabama coast, including beaches and shorelines, fishery resources, and environmental health and resilience, while improving the water quality of the Mobile Bay estuarine system.

The Goals are to:

  • Develop a strategy to conserve, restore, and enhance beaches and shorelines.
  • Conserve, restore, and enhance nearshore intertidal marshes and flats.

The selected consultant will work with the MBNEP to complete the following project Objectives:

  • Informed by results of the Fowl River marsh health study, and with input from Watershed stakeholders, identify final shoreline restoration locations and develop an engineering and construction design plan to stabilize and enhance priority coastal spits and shorelines of Fowl River from negative impacts associated with sea level rise, increased salinity, and boat wakes.
  • Develop all documents necessary to secure permits from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), including a monitoring and adaptive management plan.

Project Approach

The following are some project requirements the Consultant will be expected to complete:

  • Site reconnaissance and compilation and review of existing information
    Review existing literature and data and visit the site to conduct a thorough geologic reconnaissance of the project location and surrounding areas to inform the geotechnical engineering analysis and design recommendations.
  • Surveying
    Acquire topographic and bathymetric (hydrographic) survey information necessary for engineering design and construction drawings.
  • Geotechnical Investigation
    Site-specific subsurface information will be collected for the engineering evaluation of geotechnical factors impacting site planning, marsh creation/land reclamation, and shoreline stabilization. 
  • Design Alternatives Analysis 
    Develop a technical report to summarize all site reconnaissance, surveys, recommended approaches, and other pertinent construction considerations.
  • Engineering and Design Plans
    Develop detailed plans, specifications, and cost estimates at various stages of project development.
  • Permitting
    Prepare applications for necessary permits to be submitted for the MBNEP to applicable agencies as necessary for permit issuance.
  • Project Management and Public Outreach
    Work with the MBNEP to ensure the project remains on schedule and budget and participate in necessary public outreach and engagement events.

Request for Qualifications, Inquiries, Contact Information, and Timeline

Potential Respondents interested in this RFQ should contact the MBNEP and request placement on the RFQ mailing list to ensure receipt of any amendments and other relevant information. Inquiries should be directed to cmiller@mobilebaynep.com.

Proposed Timeline:
Solicitation Issuance/Advertising Date                          Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Pre-Submittal Conference*                                          Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Statement Receipt Closing Date                                    Friday, June 7, 2019
Short List Notifications                                                Monday, June 17, 2019
Short List Interviews                                                    Thursday, June 27, 2019
Award Exclusive Negotiating Right                             Monday, July 1, 2019

*Attendance at the Pre-Submittal Conference is mandatory for Statement consideration.

Pre-Submittal Conference

The most current RFQ document with any edits or modifications will be available at the MBNEP website. A mandatory pre-submittal conference will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in the Killian Room at the International Trade Center located at 250 N. Water St. in Mobile, AL 36602.

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Posted on 05/06/19 at 10:05 PM Permalink

Two New Additions to the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2019

Two New Additions to the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) announces the hiring of Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop to serve as Deputy Director of the program and Katie Dylewksi as Project Manager.  Bloodworth Botop has served as Director of Economic and Community Development for the City of Fairhope since 2017.  Dylewski graduated from Auburn University with a M.S. in Horticulture and was employed by the University for five years. 

Bloodworth Botop returned to the Alabama Gulf Coast in 2017 from Washington D.C. where she led the national foundation for the American Institute of Architects.  She served on the first White House Innovation team under the president’s Climate Action Plan and from this work was selected to participate in Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative which she completed in 2015.  She received the Points of Light Award for her recovery and rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Katrina. 

“I look forward to working with Sherry-Lea in partnership with MBNEP. She is one of the most positive, collaborative people I’ve worked with”. Mayor Karin Wilson of Fairhope

Katie comes to the MBNEP having played a key role in developing the Low Impact Development Handbook for the State of Alabama and the Alabama Smart Yards Program.  Her experience with watershed management planning, grant writing, teaching workshops, and stream restoration will serve her well as she oversees and coordinates restoration projects in both Mobile and Baldwin counties. 

“Katie Dylewski brings a wealth of knowledge of watershed education, restoration, and problem solving.  She was a tremendous asset to Alabama Extension Water Team and will hit the ground running to improve, protect, and restore coastal watersheds as a member of the MBNEP team”.  Eve Brantley, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Auburn University & Alabama Cooperative Extension System

The MBNEP has grown in recent years and established itself as a leader in watershed planning and restoration initiatives.   “We are excited for Sherry-Lea and Katie to join our team and contribute to building resilient communities through environmental protection efforts recommended in Respect the Connect:  A Comprehensive Conservation & Management Plan for Alabama’s Estuaries and Coast.  Sherry-Lea’s expertise working with local governments and community development and Katie’s field knowledge of plants and low impact development practices will be invaluable in improving how we manage Alabama’s coastal resources”.  Roberta Swann, Director, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

The mission of the MBNEP is to promote wise stewardship of Alabama’s estuaries and coast. It is a non-regulatory program focused on collective impact 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. The MBNEP works with these groups to determine how to best treat the Bay, our associated coastal waters, and their surrounding watersheds to ensure their protection and conservation for our lifetimes and beyond.

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Posted on 04/30/19 at 09:13 PM Permalink

45 Day Open Public Comment Period - RESTORE Council Planning Framework Draft

Hale Boggs Federal Building
500 Poydras Street
Suite 1117
New Orleans, LA 70130
www.RestoreTheGulf.gov

On April 26, 2019, the RESTORE Council staff begins a 45-day public review and comment period on the Planning Framework draft, that will conclude at 11:59 pm MDT on June 12, 2019. The RESTORE Council staff will host and record two live public webinars on April 29, 2019. During each live webinar, Council staff will present an overview of the Planning Framework draft, and respond in real time to selected questions from webinar participants. 

The registration links for the live public webinars are below:
April 29, 2019 at 2:00 pm (CDT) Webinar Registration Link 
April 29, 2019 at 6:00 pm (CDT) Webinar Registration Link 

You may register for these webinars in advance. Once registered, a link to access the webinar will be sent to the email address provided during registration. A recording of the presentation and a list of all questions and responses from each webinar will be posted at www.restorethegulf.gov

In order to give the public additional opportunities to learn about the Planning Framework draft, ask questions, and provide comments, the RESTORE Council will host public meetings in each of the Gulf Coast states during the public comment period. Please forward this invitation to others interested in the RESTORE Council’s activities. 

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Keala J. Hughes
Director of External Affairs & Tribal Relations
(504) 717-7235
keala.hughes@restorethegulf.gov

Posted on 04/26/19 at 05:02 PM Permalink

RFQ: Develop A Standard Habitat Classification Scheme and Change Analyssis

April 15, 2019

REQUEST FOR STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS TO DEVELOP A STANDARD HABITAT CLASSIFICATION SCHEME AND A HABITAT CHANGE ANALYSIS FROM HABITAT MAPPING PRODUCTS CONDUCTED IN 2001/2002 AND 2015/2016

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The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program is seeking to procure qualified engineers, land surveyors, geoscience, or other similar professionals through a competitive, qualification-based selection process to develop a standardized classification scheme for identifying priority habitats identified in the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan 2013-2018 and conducting a trend analysis of changes of distribution and extent of the priority habitats. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process will be used to select a Contractor who can successfully perform this service on an agreed upon schedule. 

Interested firms should respond with a letter of interest, statements of qualification, firm brochures, and photographs of previous projects, experience and other relevant information. 

Submit one hard copy and one electronic copy of the responses to the address below, as follows: 

Ms. Roberta Swann, Director
Mobile Bay National Estuary Program
118 N. Royal St., Suite 601
Mobile, AL  36602
rswann@mobilebaynep.com

Proposals should be received no later than 4:00 p.m. CDT, on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

 

Summary of Offering

The MBNEP has secured funding from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, State Lands Division, Coastal Section to implement the provisions of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, to conduct a habitat mapping update to include a change analysis for Mobile and Baldwin counties. The mission of the MBNEP is to promote wise stewardship of the water quality characteristics and living resource base of the Mobile Bay estuarine system. A major focus of MBNEP’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) is to improve the effectiveness of landscape-scale resource management and habitat restoration and conservation strategies

In 2009, the online geospatial Mississippi Alabama Habitats Tool and The Prioritization Guide for Coastal Habitat Protection in Mobile and Baldwin Counties, Alabama (the “Guide”) were developed as part of a collaborative project of the MBNEP, TNC, and the Coastal Services Center (CSC) and Office of Habitat Conservation (OHC) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The primary goal of this effort was to provide new information and mapping tools to support conservation planning and implementation of the habitat management goals of the CCMP and its partners.  The development of a Habitat Mapper was achieved by bringing federal, state and local entities together to update and improve the 2006 Atlas through a scientifically-based methodology of using geospatial datasets to identify priority habitat “patches” irrespective of property boundaries.  Part of this project was identifying focal habitat types across Mobile and Baldwin counties.

 

The focal habitat types include 10 distinct ecological systems:

  • freshwater wetlands
  • riparian buffers
  • longleaf pine
  • pine savannah
  • maritime forest
  • intertidal marshes and flats
  • beaches and dunes
  • submerged aquatic vegetation
  • oyster reefs
  • rivers and streams

For this request, the habitat of interest include each of the above except for oyster reefs and submerged aquatic vegetation.

In 2015, the MBNEP, with funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, produced Habitat Maps of Mobile and Baldwin counties at one-meter resolution.  Due to the higher resolution of the imagery and a new methodology for classifying habitats, the habitat map product produced several inconsistencies and as a result these maps were not able to be used to conduct a full analysis of habitat change.  

Because of the different applications of Cowardin and Anderson habitat classification codes (Anderson et al., 1976; Cowardin et al., 1979) by different contractors classifying habitats in 2001/2002 and 2015/2016, initial analyses showed some very large and unexpected changes across the 10 common habitats given the groupings.  The differing methodologies used for classifying habitat data, even though both contractors used the same Cowardin and Anderson codes, made it very difficult to analyze any changes in habitat types over the time period from 2001 to 2016. For example, the classification PF04C – Palustrine Forested Needle-Leaved Evergreen Seasonally Flooded – was grouped into pine savanna in 2001 and into freshwater wetlands in 2016.  Both are correct, but they are not comparable, as this makes it seem that large expanses of pine savanna were lost when, in fact, they were just classified differently, leading to errors in the change analyses.

As the MBNEP coordinates the creation of a habitat restoration plan for coastal Alabama and continues to undertake comprehensive watershed planning across Alabama’s two coastal counties, it has become apparent that a habitat change analysis is critical component for project prioritization and restoration investments related to actions recommended in WMPs being developed for all tidally-influenced watersheds draining into Alabama’s estuarine waters.

Objectives

  • Develop a standardized classification scheme for use in identifying the distribution and extent of the suite of focal habitat types defined in this RFQ
  • Apply the standardized scheme to the 2015/2016 Radiance produced upland and wetland habitat maps (http://www.mobilebaynep.com/images/uploads/library/QSI_IMAGE_Aquisition_Report.pdf).
  • Validate the Radiance produced maps with field surveys and by utilizing the currently available soil surveys for both Baldwin and Mobile counties.
  • Produce a trend analysis of habitat loss or gains from previous studies.

 

Project Approach

  • Study Area. The geographic focus of this wetland/upland habitat mapping project is the MBNEP study area (1,892,190 acres), which includes both Baldwin (1,074,510 acres) and Mobile counties (826,680 acres).
  • Imagery. Imagery was acquired in 2016 by Quantum Spatial, Inc. and processed by Radiance Technologies using object-oriented classification with automated segmentation algorithms as a mapping methodology. While the imagery meets expectations, habitat data development, field surveys, wetlands/uplands classification, and trend analysis remain to be completed. In 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center performed independent mapping primarily of wetlands habitats in the middle and upper Bay area, and these data form bases for the Mobile Harbor General Reevaluation Report and the Alabama Coastal Comprehensive Plan. Though officially “preliminary,” the USACE Mobile District has expressed a willingness to share these complementary data with the MBNEP to use in this effort.
  • Habitat Data Development. Required format: ESRI polygon feature class. The Contractor will specify the software package and the method used to process the data. The Contractor should describe the entire classification process including procedures for assessing accuracy.
  • Field Surveys. The Contractor must give a detailed plan for conducting field surveys for this project. The plan shall include field methods, equipment, and personnel involved in the surveys. Field surveys shall include physical verification for accuracy, as well as a soil core sample to identify soil types at each field survey location. Contractor should include methodologies for ensuring field verification accuracy in their Statement.
  • Wetlands/Uplands Classification. The contractor should utilize Cowardin (1979) and Anderson (1976) classification methodologies. See description of Past Efforts below. The contractor will provide MBNEP a detailed description on how the wetlands and uplands will be assessed and classified.

Deliverables.

The deliverables to the MBNEP for this project include:

  • A comprehensive report detailing classification scheme methodology and results.
  • Trend analysis of the focal habitat types listed in this RFQ.
  • ESRI geodatabase of focal habitat polygons.
  • Maps.
  • Presentation poster of results.
  • All raw material used by the Contractor, including completed metadata to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Data Archive

 

Statement Contents

The Statement of Qualifications (Statement) should be not more than ten 8.5” X 11” single-sided pages, Times New Roman 11-point font (inclusive of the cover letter, conceptual approach, experience and background, and project team/level of participation), and should be divided by section, with Table of Contents (cover pages and table of contents do not count against the 10-page limit). All Statements (an original and hard copy) shall be received by mail or hand-delivered to the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (Attn: Roberta Swann), 118 North Royal Street Suite 601, Mobile, AL 36602. An electronic copy in PDF format should be delivered on CD or jump drive or emailed to bdickey@mobilebaynep.com.

Statements submitted in response to this RFQ shall include a complete response to the requirements in the order presented below. Statements should provide a straight-forward delineation of the Respondent's capability to satisfy the intent and requirements of this RFQ and should not contain redundancies or conflicting statements. An officer authorized to make a binding commitment for the Respondent making the Statement shall sign the Cover Letter. Contents of the submitted Statements must include the following to be deemed responsive for evaluation:

A.  Cover Letter
The Statement must include a cover letter accompanying the Statement and acknowledging receipt of all issued amendments to the RFQ. The letter should be addressed to: Roberta Swann, Director, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, 118 North Royal St. Suite 601, Mobile, AL 36602.

  • The letter should indicate a primary contact for the Respondent and that person's name, title, address, phone number, and email address.
  • The letter should introduce the Respondent’s project team. The Project Team is defined as the lead plus members who are critical for consideration by the evaluation team and should include relevant professional certifications (e.g., Professional Engineer, Certified Wetland Scientist, etc.) for each.
  • The letter should include a general statement of approach distinguishing why the Respondent is the most suitable choice for this planning effort.
  • The letter should include the statement that the Project Team is willing to complete the Project in a timely manner.
  • The letter must include a statement that the firm is not in arrears in the payment of any obligation due and owing to the State of Alabama, including tax payments and employee benefits, and that it shall not become so during the term of the agreement if selected; a statement that the proposing Respondent will negotiate in good faith with the MBNEP, and a statement that the firm grants to the MBNEP a non-exclusive right to use, or cause others to use, the contents of its Statement, or any part thereof, for any purpose.

B.  Conceptual Approach and Methodology
Respondents are requested to demonstrate their understanding of this process by submitting a conceptual approach and methodology for project implementation. This narrative should articulate the Respondent’s methods and approach of

  • Using multispectral image classification software to classify imagery to characterize habitat class polygons according to prescribed hierarchical classification schemes,
  • Applying standard field surveys and methods to ensure accuracy of classification scheme.
  • Grouping habitat coverage classes appropriately under the previously seven listed priority habitat types.
  • Comparing mapping products to polygon data from previous mapping efforts to conduct a trend analysis and provide a change detection map highlighting habitat losses or gains.

C.  Experience and Background
Given the unique nature of the Project and its importance to the resource management community and stakeholders, it is essential to fully understand the experience and capabilities of all key members of the Project Team. Respondent should include the following information about the Project Team:

  • Describe your team’s experience in projects relevant to habitat characterization, mapping, and trend analyses.
  • Demonstrate the ability and experience of key individuals on the Respondent’s proposed Project Team to complete projects of the scale and complexity envisioned in this RFQ on budget and on schedule.
  • Provide up to three examples of projects involving characterization of habitats from aerial imagery, comparison with earlier mapping products, and development of a trends analyses.
  • Provide the names and phone numbers of references for at least two completed projects for which the Project Team acted as Consultant and may be considered comparable to the project envisioned in this RFQ. For each reference, indicate the contact person’s role in the completed project and the period of their involvement.
  • Respondents should identify with specificity any other relevant organizational, consulting, or other available resources that will be committed to the Project.

D.  Project Team/Level of Participation
MBNEP must understand the roles of key Project Team members, their availability to complete specific Project tasks in a timely manner, and the overall organization and decision-making process of the Project Team.

  • Identify key Project Team members with responsibility for leading main Project tasks, including the percentage of time each is expected to commit through the duration of the Project.
  • Include an organizational chart of the Project Team showing lines of communication, clearly-defined roles, availability, and decision-making hierarchy.

Contractor Selection Procedure

A. Project Selection Criteria
All proposals accepted by the MBNEP will be reviewed to determine whether they are responsive to the requisites of this RFQ. Statements that are determined by the MBNEP to be non-responsive will not be further considered. The MBNEP will evaluate statements based on the project selection criteria below.

a. Specialized expertise, capabilities, and technical competence, as demonstrated by the proposed approach and methodology to meet project requirements.

b. Resources available to perform the work, including any specialized services within the specified time limits for the project.

c. Record of past performance, quality of work, ability to meet schedules, cost control, and contract administration.

d. Availability to and familiarity with the project locale.

e. Proposed project management techniques.

f. Ability and proven history in handling special project contracts.

B. Evaluation Criteria
Statements will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Demonstrated Quantity and Quality of Successful Relevant Experience     (50 points)
Demonstrated Level of Organizational Capability                                         (25 points)
Quality of Program Approach                                                                        (25 points)

C. Basis for Contract Award
A contract will be awarded to the respondent whose proposal is determined to be the most advantageous to the MBNEP, taking into consideration the factors or criteria which are set forth in this RFQ. Greater consideration will be given to statements that propose a match or in-kind services with their proposal. Contract award will be subject to the timely completion of contract negotiations between the MBNEP and the selected proposer.

MBNEP reserves the right to reject all proposals, negotiate further with any entity submitting proposals, or seek additional proposals. Selection is estimated to occur on or before May 30, 2019.

Non-Discrimination. The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, pregnancy, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability in its hiring or employment practices nor in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities.

Open Trade. By submitting a proposal, the Submitter represents that he/she and the business entity he/she represents is not currently engaged in the boycott of a person or entity based in or doing business with a jurisdiction with whom the State of Alabama can enjoy open trade, as defined in Act 2016-312.

Non-Commitment of Funds. Any contract related to this proposed project is subject to the availability of funds and/or the needs of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program and therefore the MBNEP, at its discretion, may or may not issue a final contract as a result of this RFQ. Further, even in the event an initial selection is made by the MBNEP, no selection is final until full execution of a written agreement detailing an agreed upon scope of work. If the MBNEP deems, at is sole discretion, that a satisfactory agreement cannot be reached in accordance with an initial selection; the MBNEP reserves the right to proceed with efforts to make another selection based upon proposals submitted pursuant to this RFQ.

Open Records Act. All responses received will be subject to the Alabama Open Records Act, Ala. Code § 36-12-40, (1975), as amended, and may be subject to public disclosure upon request.

 

 

 

Posted on 04/16/19 at 03:38 PM Permalink

RFQ: Provide Baseline Sediment and Water Quality Assessments for Area Watersheds

REVISED, April 23, 2019

REQUEST FOR STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS

TO PROVIDE BASELINE ASSESSMENTS TO INCLUDE SEDIMENT AND WATER QUALITY ANALYSES FOR THE FLY CREEK, BAYOU SARA AND COLD CREEK, WHITEHOUSE CREEK AND BAY MINETTE CREEK, PALMETTO CREEK, PERDIDO/GULF FRONTAL, MOBILE-TENSAW APALACHEE, LOWER CHASAW, WESTERN SHORE (OF MOBILE BAY), AND DAUPHIN ISLAND WATERSHEDS.

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The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program is seeking to procure qualified engineers, land surveyors, geoscience, or other similar professionals through a competitive, qualification-based selection process to perform baseline assessments to include sediment and water quality analyses at the 12-digit hydrologic unit code scale for watersheds slated for development of comprehensive watershed plans. These assessments include determination of bed and suspended sediment loads and water quality sampling to establish baseline data and sedimentation rating curves to inform subsequent watershed management planning. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process will be used to select a Contractor who can successfully deliver:

  • Stream discharge data over a range from high to low flow at selected sites across drainage areas,
  • Field parameters (including pH, specific conductance, salinity, turbidity, temperature, and dissolved oxygen) at each site for monitored discharge events with multiple, depth-integrated measurements to establish vertical profiles,
  • Bed-sediment regression models to determine bed sediment transport rates at each site,
  • Regression with Centering digital models developed based upon collection of water samples to determine total suspended sediment (TSS) concentrations with stream discharge data and nitrate and total phosphorus concentrations at each site, evaluation of land use with acquired field data and sediment and nutrient loads to determine likely sources of sediment and other water quality impairments, and
  • A final report including descriptive text and supporting charts, graphs, and maps.

Interested firms should respond with a letter of interest, statements of qualification, firm brochures, and photographs of previous projects, experience, and other relevant information.

Submit one hard copy and one electronic copy of the responses to the address below, as follows:

Ms. Roberta Swann, Director
Mobile Bay National Estuary Program
118 N. Royal St., Suite 601
Mobile, AL  36602
rswann@mobilebaynep.com

Proposals should be received no later than 4:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, May 6, 2019.

 

Summary of Offering

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program has secured funding from the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council and the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States (RESTORE) Act to continue undertaking a watershed approach to coastal environmental resource management that prescribes watershed management plans (WMPs) at the 12-digit hydrologic unit code scale to ensure restoration efforts are based in science and fit into an overall management plan. This approach is directed to areas draining to specific bodies of water, independent of geopolitical boundaries that limit available actions. The protocol of performing sediment loading and water quality analyses to inform watershed management planning efforts has been adopted by the MBNEP’s Project Implementation Committee and incorporated into its Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) five-year Ecosystem Restoration and Protection Strategy. Sediment and water quality analyses identify sources of sediment and establish baseline data and sedimentation rating curves useful to watershed planners. Contractors have utilized modeling techniques to determine bed and suspended sediment loads and identify point sources of sediment, including man-made and natural drainage ways. Monitoring is based on precipitation and resulting stream discharge and includes basic field acquired physical and water quality parameters useful in determining impacts of land-use change and to focus resources in areas of greatest need for remedial actions.

SUSPENDED-SEDIMENT

The basic concept of constituent loads in a river or stream is simple. However, the mathematics of determining a constituent load may be quite complex. A constituent load is the mass or weight of a constituent that passes a cross section of a stream in a specified interval of time. Loads are expressed in mass units (e.g., tons, kilograms) and are considered for time intervals that are relative to the type of pollutant and the watershed area for which the loads are calculated. Loads are calculated from concentrations of constituents obtained from analyses of water samples and stream discharge, which is the volume of water that passes a cross section of the stream in a specific amount of time.

Suspended sediment is defined as that portion of a water sample that is separated from the water by filtering. This solid material may be composed of organic and inorganic material that includes algae, industrial and municipal wastes, urban and agricultural runoff, and eroded material from geologic formations (for example, sand and silt). These materials are transported to stream channels by overland flow related to storm-water runoff and cause varying magnitudes of turbidity. Concentrations of total suspended solids (TSS) in mg/L are determined by laboratory analysis of periodic water grab samples. Annual suspended-sediment loads are estimated using the computer regression model Regr_Cntr.xls (Regression with Centering). The program is an EXCEL adaptation of the U.S. Geological Survey seven-parameter regression model for load estimation (Cohn et al., 1992). The regression with centering program uses average daily discharge and TSS to estimate annual loads.

BED SEDIMENT

Transport of streambed material is controlled by a number of factors primarily related to stream discharge and flow velocity, erosion and sediment supply, stream base level, and physical properties of the streambed material. Most streambeds are in a state of constant flux in order to maintain a stable base level elevation. The energy of flowing water in a stream is constantly changing to supply the required force for erosion or deposition of bed load to maintain equilibrium with the local water table and regional or global sea level. Stream base level may be affected by regional or global events including fluctuations of sea level or tectonic movement. Local factors affecting base level include fluctuations in the water table elevation, changes in the supply of sediment to the stream caused by changing precipitation rates, and/or land use practices that promote excessive erosion in the floodplain or upland areas of the watershed.

Bed-sediment is composed of particles that are too large or too dense to be carried in suspension by stream flow. These particles roll, tumble or are periodically suspended as they move downstream. Traditionally, bed sediment has been difficult to quantify due to deficiencies in monitoring methodology or inaccuracies of estimating volumes of sediment being transported along the streambed. This is particularly true in streams that flow at high velocity or in streams with excessive sediment loads.

NUTRIENTS

Excessive nutrient enrichment is a major cause of water-quality impairment. Excessive concentrations of nutrients, primarily nitrogen and phosphorus, in the aquatic environment may lead to increased biological activity, increased algal growth, decreased dissolved oxygen concentrations at times, and decreased numbers of species.

NITRATE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for nitrate in drinking water is 10 mg/L. Typical nitrate (NO3 as N) concentrations in streams vary from 0.5 to 3.0 mg/L. Concentrations of nitrate in streams without significant nonpoint sources of pollution vary from 0.1 to 0.5 mg/L. Streams fed by shallow groundwater draining agricultural areas may approach 10 mg/L (Maidment, 1993). Nitrate concentrations in streams without significant nonpoint sources of pollution generally do not exceed 0.5 mg/L (Maidment, 1993). ADEM established a reference standard for nitrate+nitrite nitrogen for level IV ecoregion 65f (including the MTA) of 0.33 mg/L.

PHOSPHORUS

Phosphorus in streams originates from the mineralization of phosphates from soil and rocks or runoff and effluent containing fertilizer or other industrial products. The natural background concentration of total dissolved phosphorus is approximately 0.025 mg/L. Phosphorus concentrations as low as 0.005 to 0.01 mg/L may cause algae growth, but the critical level of phosphorus necessary for excessive algae is around 0.05 mg/L (Maidment, 1993). Although no official water-quality criterion for phosphorus has been established in the United States, total phosphorus should not exceed 0.05 mg/L in any stream or 0.025 mg/L within a lake or reservoir in order to prevent the development of biological nuisances (Maidment, 1993). ADEM established a reference standard for total phosphorus for level IV ecoregion 65f (including the MTA) of 0.04 mg/L.

Concentrations of nitrate and total phosphorus, in mg/L, are determined by laboratory analysis of periodic water grab samples. Total phosphorus loads are estimated using the computer regression model Regr_Cntr.xls (Regression with Centering). The program is an EXCEL adaptation of the U.S. Geological Survey seven-parameter regression model for load estimation (Cohn et al., 1992). The regression with centering program uses average daily discharge and constituent concentrations to estimate annual loads.

LAND USE

Land use is directly correlated with water quality, hydrologic function, ecosystem health, biodiversity, and the integrity of streams and wetlands. Land-use patterns, when evaluated with stream discharge and water-quality data, can be an essential part of an overall assessment strategy to determine sources of water-quality impacts, to support watershed management, and to develop remedial actions. Land use classification for this project area will be determined from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service 2013 Alabama Cropland Data Layer (NASS CDL) raster dataset (USDA, 2013).

Objectives

  • The contractor will consider locations; proximity to wetlands, impoundment, and tidal influence; accessibility; and stream channel and flow characteristics to determine sampling sites in all accessible tributary locations in each watershed.
  • The contractor will conduct sampling across the range of precipitation events to determine stream discharge rates, basic field parameters, and targeted constituent loads, including suspended sediment, bed sediment, nutrients (e.g., nitrate and phosphorus).
  • The contractor will evaluate current land use with acquired field data and sediment and nutrient loads to determine likely sources of sediment and other water quality impacts in the watershed.

Scope of Work and Deliverables

Work elements and deliverables will include:

  1. The contract will develop a sampling strategy and determine site locations designed to comprehensively determine general water quality, physical characteristics, volumes and sources of sediment, and nutrient loading.
  2. The contractor will measure or estimate stream discharge over a range from low to high flow at each sampling site within the watershed.
  3. The contractor will collect field parameters at all sampling sites for each monitored discharge event, including pH, specific conductance, salinity, turbidity, temperature, and dissolved oxygen. Multiple depth-integrated measurements will be made at determined sites to establish vertical profiles for field parameters.
  4. The contractor will measure bed sediment transport rates at all applicable sites for each monitored discharge event. The contractor will use bed sediment transport rates and stream discharge to prepare a bed sediment load regression model to determine bed sediment loads at each monitored site.
  5. The contractor will collect water samples at each sampling site for each monitored discharge event and submit samples to a certified geochemical laboratory for analysis of TSS concentrations. The contractor will use TSS concentrations and stream discharge with the Regression with Centering digital model to estimate suspended sediment loads at each monitored site.
  6. The contractor will collect water samples for each monitored discharge event at each sampling site and submit samples to a certified geochemical laboratory for analysis of nitrate and total phosphorus concentrations. The contractor will use analytical results and stream discharge with the Regression with Centering digital model to estimate nitrate and phosphorus loads at each sampling sites.
  7. The contractor will evaluate current land use with acquired field data and sediment and nutrient loads to determine likely sources of sediment and other water quality impacts in the watershed.
  8. The contractor will prepare a final report including descripting narrative and supporting charts, maps, and graphs, and provide a digital version of the report.

Proposal Submittal Instructions

The Proposal should be not more than ten 8.5” X 11” single-sided pages, Times New Roman 11-point font (inclusive of the cover letter, conceptual approach, experience and background, and project team/level of participation), and should be divided by section, with Table of Contents (cover pages and table of contents do not count against the 10-page limit).

An original hard copy Statement shall be received by mail or hand-delivered to the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (Attn: Bethany Dickey), 118 North Royal Street Suite 601, Mobile, AL 36602. An electronic copy in PDF format should be delivered on CD or jump drive or email to bdickey@mobilebaynep.com.

Submitted Proposals shall include a complete response to the requirements in the order presented below. Statements should provide a straight-forward delineation of the Respondent's capability to satisfy the intent and requirements of this RFQ without redundancies or conflicting statements. An officer authorized to make a binding commitment for the Respondent submitting the Proposal shall sign the Cover Letter. Contents of the submitted Proposal must include the following to be deemed responsive for evaluation:

A.  Cover Letter
The Proposal must include a cover letter acknowledging receipt of all issued amendments to the RFQ. The letter should be addressed to Roberta Swann, Director, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, 118 North Royal St. Suite 601, Mobile, AL 36602.

  • The letter should indicate a primary contact for the Respondent and that person's name, title, address, phone number, and email address.
  • The letter should introduce the Respondent’s project team.
  • The letter should include a general statement of approach distinguishing why the Respondent is the most suitable choice for this planning effort.
  • The letter should include the statement that the Project Team is willing to complete the Project in a timely manner.
  • The letter must include a statement that the firm is not in arrears in the payment of any obligation due and owing to the State of Alabama, including tax payments and employee benefits, and that it shall not become so during the term of the agreement if selected; a statement that the proposing Respondent will negotiate in good faith with the MBNEP, and a statement that the firm grants to the MBNEP a non-exclusive right to use, or cause others to use, the contents of its Statement, or any part thereof, for any purpose.

B.  Conceptual Approach and Methodology
Respondents are requested to demonstrate their understanding of this process by submitting a conceptual approach and methodology for project implementation. This narrative should articulate the Respondent’s methods and approach of:

  • Determining appropriate and representative sampling sites.
  • A strategy for data collection over the range of stream discharge from low to high.
  • A strategy for collecting and quantifying bed and suspended sediment loads.
  • Strategy for evaluating land use to determine sources of sediment and water quality impacts.

C. Experience and Background
Given the unique nature of the Project and its importance as a precedent for watershed management planning, it is essential to fully understand the experience and capabilities of all key members of the contractor’s team. Respondent should include the following information:

  • Describe the contractor’s experience in projects of similar scope.
  • Provide the names and phone numbers of references for at least two completed projects for which the contractor acted as a consultant and may be considered comparable to the project envisioned in this RFQ. For each reference, indicate the contact person’s role in the completed project and the period of their involvement.

Proposal Evaluation and Contract Award Procedures

A. Project Selection Criteria
All Statements of Qualifications accepted by the MBNEP will be reviewed to determine whether they are responsive to the requisites of this RFQ. Statements that are determined by the MBNEP to be non-responsive will not be further considered. The MBNEP will evaluate Statements based on the project selection criteria below.
 

     a. Specialized expertise, capabilities, and technical competence, as demonstrated by the proposed approach and methodology to meet project requirements.

     b. Resources available to perform the work, including any specialized services within the specified time limits for the project.

     c. Record of past performance, quality of work, ability to meet schedules, cost control, and contract administration.

     d. Availability to and familiarity with the project locale.

     e. Proposed project management techniques.

     f. Ability and proven history in handling special project contracts.

B. Evaluation Criteria
Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Demonstrated Quantity and Quality of Successful Relevant Experience     (50 points)
Demonstrated Level of Organizational Capability                                         (25 points)
Quality of Program Approach                                                                        (25 points) 

C. Basis for Contract Award

A contract will be awarded to the responsible proposer whose proposal is determined to be the most advantageous to the MBNEP, taking into consideration factors or criteria which are set forth in this RFQ. Greater consideration will be given to statements that propose a match or in-kind services. Contract award will be subject to the timely completion of contract negotiations between the MBNEP and the selected proposer.

MBNEP reserves the right to reject all proposals, negotiate further with any entity submitting proposals, or seek additional proposals. Selection is estimated to occur on or before May 30, 2019.

Non-Discrimination. The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, pregnancy, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability in its hiring or employment practices nor in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities.

Open Trade. By submitting a statement of qualifications, the Submitter represents that he/she and the business entity he/she represents is not currently engaged in the boycott of a person or entity based in or doing business with a jurisdiction with whom the State of Alabama can enjoy open trade, as defined in Act 2016-312.

Non-Commitment of Funds. Any contract related to this proposed project is subject to the availability of funds and/or the needs of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program and therefore the MBNEP, at its discretion, may or may not issue a final contract as a result of this RFQ. Further, even in the event an initial selection is made by the MBNEP, no selection is final until full execution of a written agreement detailing an agreed upon scope of work. If the MBNEP deems, at is sole discretion, that a satisfactory agreement cannot be reached in accordance with an initial selection; the MBNEP reserves the right to proceed with efforts to make another selection based upon proposals submitted pursuant to this RFQ.

Open Records Act. All responses received will be subject to the Alabama Open Records Act, Ala. Code § 36-12-40, (1975), as amended, and may be subject to public disclosure upon request.

Posted on 04/15/19 at 04:20 PM Permalink

Job Opening: Monitoring & Science Coordinator

Monitoring & Science Coordinator

Background:  The mission of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) is to promote wise stewardship of water quality and living resources of the Mobile Bay and Tensaw Delta.  Established as part of the Clean Water Act and funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency and its state and local partners, MBNEP helps lead local efforts to preserve ecological integrity in coastal Alabama.

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program brings citizens, local governments, non-profits, government agencies, and landowners together to protect and restore things that people value most about living in coastal Alabama:  Access, beaches, fish and wildlife, environmental health and resiliency, heritage and culture and water quality. The Estuary Program is a non-regulatory organization, administered by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, that coordinates monitoring and research, restores natural habitats, and educates residents and visitors on how to be better stewards of our coastal environment. The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program is one of 28 national estuary programs around the country that are working to safeguard and improve the health of some of our nation's most important coastal waters. The Estuary Program achieves results by closely collaborating with many partners to accomplish our shared goals of protecting and restoring things that people value most about living in coastal Alabama. The program’s restoration and conservation work is dictated by its Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. For more information about the program and its management plan, visit http://www.mobilebaynep.com.

The CCMP is a watershed-based action plan presenting a broad range of strategies to be pursued by federal, state, local and private organizations for the restoration, protection and sustainable management of Mobile Bay’s coastal resources.  MBNEP’s role in its implementation is to partner with many different stakeholders, locally, regionally and nationally, to initiate actions identified in the CCMP, coordinate and communicate local needs and actions on a regional and national level, and to improve understanding about this unique estuarine ecosystem and its role in sustaining coastal Alabama’s environmental and economic health.  Program activities include measuring status and trends of ecosystem health, ecosystem restoration, building community capacity and increasing citizen environmental stewardship. 

Responsibilities:  The Monitoring and Science Coordinator has the following responsibilities: Lead the coordination of monitoring activities including implementing the Mobile Bay Subwatershed Restoration Monitoring Framework and restoration monitoring activities (baseline and post-construction); coordination with the Science Advisory Committee and regional entities to ensure consistency with other monitoring guidelines throughout the Gulf; and Provide staff support for the Science Advisory Committee (SAC) including assistance with development and communication of data related to baseline conditions through habitat, SAV, restoration projects, volunteer monitoring and other data sets.

Qualifications:  Job requirements include a minimum of a B.S. in Environmental Sciences (Ecology, Biology or other related focus) and 5+  years of experience in environmental monitoring, coordinating monitoring programs, or other related field; Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to a wide range of individuals and groups; experience in the use of Geographical Information Systems is a plus; Ability to work with minimal supervision. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, monitoring data, and remote sensing products; Ability to respond effectively to common inquiries or complaints from citizens, government agencies, or academia; Ability to effectively present information to top management and government agencies

Salary Range:  Negotiable        Job Location:  118 North Royal St., Suite 601, Mobile, AL 36602

Closing Date:  May 3, 2019.  A Dauphin Island Sea Lab Employment Application (REQUIRED) may be downloaded from the DISL website (http://www.disl.org) or requested by phone, fax, or email.  Return application along with cover letter and resume to:  Ms. Roberta Arena Swann, Director, or email kbarfoot@mobilebaynep.comThe Mobile Bay National Estuary Program/Dauphin Island Sea Lab is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  DISL does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Posted on 04/10/19 at 02:02 PM Permalink

RFQ: Little Lagoon/Perdido Pass Complex Watershed Management Planning

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS: The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program seeks a qualified environmental planning, engineering, natural resource planning, or other similar firm to prepare a Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan for the Little Lagoon/Perdido Pass complex of watersheds in Baldwin County, Alabama.

A Request for Qualifications process is being used to select a firm who can develop such a conceptual engineering master plan based on new and available data. A mandatory pre-submittal conference will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 in the Gulf Shores City Council Chambers located at 1905 W. 1st St., Gulf Shores, AL 36542.  

Statements must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. CST, Friday, May 3rd, 2019. Inquiries should be directed to: Christian Miller, cmiller@mobilebaynep.com 251-459-8871. The most recent RFQ can be found on the MBNEP’s website: www.mobilebaynep.com/the_watersheds/little_lagoon_perdido_pass/

Download RFQ:  Perdido Little Lagoon WMP RFQ (PDF 64KB 4/5/2019)

Posted on 04/04/19 at 04:48 PM Permalink

Job Opening: Qualified Restoration Project Manager

Restoration Project Manager

Background: The mission of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) is to promote wise stewardship of water quality and living resources of the Mobile Bay and Tensaw Delta. Established as part of the Clean Water Act and funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency and its state and local partners, MBNEP helps lead local efforts to preserve ecological integrity in coastal Alabama.

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program brings citizens, local governments, non-profits, government agencies, and landowners together to protect and restore things that people value most about living in coastal Alabama: Access, beaches, fish and wildlife, environmental health and resiliency, heritage and culture and water quality. The Estuary Program is a non-regulatory organization, administered by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, that coordinates monitoring and research, restores natural habitats, and educates residents and visitors on how to be better stewards of our coastal environment. The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program is one of 28 national estuary programs around the country that are working to safeguard and improve the health of some of our nation's most important coastal waters. The Estuary Program achieves results by closely collaborating with many partners to accomplish our shared goals of protecting and restoring things that people value most about living in coastal Alabama. The program’s restoration and conservation work are dictated by its Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. For more information about the program and its management plan, visit http://www.mobilebaynep.com.

The CCMP is a watershed-based action plan presenting a broad range of strategies to be pursued by federal, state, local and private organizations for the restoration, protection and sustainable management of Mobile Bay’s coastal resources. MBNEP’s role in its implementation is to partner with many different stakeholders, locally, regionally and nationally, to initiate actions identified in the CCMP, coordinate and communicate local needs and actions on a regional and national level, and to improve understanding about this unique estuarine ecosystem and its role in sustaining coastal Alabama’s environmental and economic health. Program activities include measuring status and trends of ecosystem health, ecosystem restoration, building community capacity and increasing citizen environmental stewardship.

A major component of MBNEP’s role within the community is the ability to cultivate relationships and garner investment in estuary activities from diverse sectors of the community. This role requires preserving the fine balance of cultural, economic and environmental assets that make coastal Alabama a unique and desirable place to live and do business.

Responsibilities: This person will develop and oversee habitat restoration projects within the Mobile Bay Watershed with an emphasis on efforts that improve water quality, enhance important habitats, and protect the estuarine environment. He/she will oversee project implementation, including budgets, grant management, subcontracting, permitting, construction oversight, reporting, and monitoring. He/she will report to the Director and be an ambassador for the National Estuary Program on estuarine and watershed conservation efforts.

Qualifications: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in related field, Master’s degree preferred and minimum three years of experience in watershed conservation or related field with demonstrated success; ability to communicate effectively (written and verbal) and through public speaking and presentation; experience writing technical reports; strong project management and problem solving skills; ability to adapt to changing needs; technical/computer proficiency; knowledge of regulatory and permitting requirements for environmental work
in Alabama. GIS software proficiency and a strong understanding of physical processes related to watershed function are desired.

Salary Range: Negotiable           Job Location: 118 N. Royal St., Suite 601, Mobile, AL 36602

Closing Date:  May 3, 2019. A Dauphin Island Sea Lab Employment Application (REQUIRED) may be downloaded from the DISL website (http://www.disl.org) or requested by phone, fax, or email. Return application along with cover letter and resume to Ms. Roberta Arena Swann, Director, or email kbarfoot@mobilebaynep.com. The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program/Dauphin Island Sea Lab is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. DISL does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Posted on 04/04/19 at 01:14 PM Permalink

Press Release: CCMP Public Comment Period Extended

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


March 28, 2019

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) extends public comment period regarding updates to their five-year Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP)

The Draft Update of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for 2019-2023 was released to the public for a 45-day comment period on February 1, 2019.  At the request of members of the MBENP Management Conference, the comment period has been extended an additional 45 days to allow for further review. A pdf file is available for viewing and downloading on the MBNEP webpage: 2019 RESPECT THE CONNECT: An Updated Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for Alabama’s Estuaries and Coast Draft.  Comments should be directed to Bethany Dickey at bdickey@mobilebaynep.com by close of business on Friday, May 3, 2019.

In August 2018, the MBNEP hosted a day-long workshop at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center to gather input from 178 community leaders and key stakeholders to provide the framework to update Respect the Connect – A Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for Alabama’s Estuaries and Coast 2013-2018. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, who administers and funds the MBNEP, requires that the CCMP be updated every five years.

The MBNEP, like the other 27 National Estuary Programs, operates through the development and implementation of a CCMP, which serves as a “blueprint” for management of coastal and estuarine resources. A CCMP is developed based on local input and supporting local priorities to protect water quality, sustain living resources, manage coastal habitats, reduce human impacts, and build citizen stewardship. It is developed through a consensus-building and collaborative decision-making process by the MBNEP Management Conference, which includes federal, state, and local officials and agencies; industries; businesses; academia and citizen groups. Management Conference partners commit to roles implementing CCMP Goals, Objectives, and recommended activities to protect and restore the water quality and ecological integrity of Alabama’s coastal waters and coasts.

Through community engagement efforts, MBNEP identified six values of shared importance to our coastal quality of life: Access; Beaches, Dunes, and Shorelines; Fish and Wildlife; Heritage and Culture; Resilience, and Water Quality. Goals and objectives of the CCMP are directed to ensure attention to what people value about living in coastal Alabama. This comment period provides an additional opportunity to have your concerns addressed moving forward for the next five years. The mission of the MBNEP is to provide the tools and support community-based efforts to promote the wise stewardship of the quality and living resources of Alabama’s estuarine waters and coasts. Contact: Rick Frederick  rfrederick@mobilebaynep.com  (251) 380-7941.

Download draft: 2019 RESPECT THE CONNECT: An Updated Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for Alabama’s Estuaries and Coast Draft

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Posted on 04/02/19 at 12:39 PM Permalink