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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RFQ: Deer River Coastal Marsh and Shoreline Stabilization Engineering and Design

April 30, 2019

Notice for Request for Statements of Qualification (RFQ)
Deer River Coastal Marsh and Shoreline Stabilization and Restoration Phase I Engineering and Design (AL)
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 a 5,600-foot shoreline and an adjacent interior salt marsh tidal creek.

 

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 Christian Miller, 251-459-8871, cmiller@mobilebaynep.com.

 

Proposed Timeline:

Solicitation Issuance/Advertising Date                          Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Pre-Submittal Conference*                                          Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Statement Receipt Closing Date                                    Friday, May 31, 2019
Short List Notifications                                                Monday, June 10, 2019
Short List Interviews                                                    Thursday, June 20, 2019
Award Exclusive Negotiating Right                             Monday, June 24, 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 here. 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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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

RFP: Natural Hazards and Community Resilience Public Information Program Development

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
NATURAL HAZARDS AND COMMUNITY RESILIENCE PUBLIC INFORMATION PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

The County of Mobile is soliciting proposals from qualified firms and individuals interested in providing professional planning and community engagement services related to the development and implementation of the Mobile County Public Information Program Project. The goal of this project is to provide a coordinated public information program to foster a more resilient community, healthier watersheds, and lower costs associated with managing natural hazards and storm water. This environmental education and outreach project will focus on reaching target audiences through a range of activities identified through a planning process that includes a diverse stakeholder group. 

The overall project will include, but not be limited to, the following activities: develop and implement a Public Information Program (PIP) that is consistent with the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System program and focused on informing the public about watershed protection, natural hazards, and community resilience. It is envisioned that implementation of the PIP will lead to the creation of multi-media communication products that provide content focused on increasing the public understanding of flood risk, stormwater management, and community resilience; and the implementation of a campaign that promotes management measures and other actions to address flood impacts, the purchase of flood insurance, natural hazards and water quality protection.

Firms interested in performing the work will be considered on the basis of a written response to this Request for Proposals. All applicants must provide detailed information on the firm’s proposed methodology to develop a Public Information Program, their professional qualifications, and list any prior experience with Federal and State programs, or Federal agency related projects particularly projects similar in nature and scope to the above services being requested. 

Prior to the award of a competitively procured contract to a consultant having one or more employees in the State of Alabama, Alabama law requires that the contractor provide the County proof of enrollment in E-Verify (see www.uscis.gov/everify). All applicants must furnish an affidavit attesting that they are enrolled in E-Verify and to execute a certificate of compliance with the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer And Citizen Protection Act (Act 2011-535), as amended by Act 2012-491.

Proposals will be rated according to the following criteria:

  • Project Methodology and approach – 30 pts
  • Prior experience with state or federally funded programs – 30 pts
  • Professional Qualifications – 30 pts
  • Ability to meet production schedule within budget – 10 pts

 These proposals are being requested in accordance with 2 CFR 200.320 (d) (5), as issued by the Office of Management and Budget.

The firm that is selected will be notified and a contract negotiated. The contract will be for a period coinciding with the completion and closeout of the project for which services are being requested. Additional services related to this or other projects of a similar nature may be contracted under this solicitation at the option of the County. The County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to waive any irregularities or informalities in the proposal process. 

A mandatory pre-submittal meeting will be held on May 3, 2019, at 2:00 pm at the Environmental Services Conference Room, 7th Floor, South Tower, 205 Government Street, Mobile, AL 36602. All prospective submitters must have a representative present at the pre-submittal meeting in order to submit their statement of qualifications. 

Proposal will be limited to six (6) one-sided printed pages, equal to three (3) pages front and back. Cover and resumes are not included in the page count. Three copies of the proposal must be sealed and properly labeled and may be mailed or hand-delivered to Ms. Tina Sanchez, Environmental Grants Director, Mobile Government Plaza, 7th Floor, South Tower, 205 Government Street, Mobile, Alabama, 36644. Proposals should be labeled “NATURAL HAZARDS AND COMMUNITY RESILIENCE PUBLIC INFORMATION PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT.” All proposals shall contain original signatures; facsimile copies will not be accepted. Proposals must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 10, 2019. All proposals will be evaluated, and a selection will be made and approved by the County Commission. The County of Mobile is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minority firms and women business enterprises are encouraged to submit proposals. 

ADVERTISE FOR ONE TIME ONLY MOBILE PRESS REGISTER: April 10, 2019

Posted on 04/11/19 at 03:12 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

RFP: Improving Floodplain Management in Mobile and Baldwin Counties

Request for Proposals
Improving Floodplain Management in Mobile and Baldwin Counties

Deadline for Submission: April 19, 2019 at 5 p.m. Central Time

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Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) is seeking proposals from local units of government in Mobile and Baldwin Counties to address flooding resilience and enhance local floodplain management activities. This competitive funding opportunity is administered by the Alabama Coastal Area Management Program utilizing federal funds provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) pursuant to Section 309 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972.

Purpose of Funding Opportunity

The overall goal of this funding opportunity is to help communities take action to address flooding vulnerabilities and mitigate flood impacts through non-structural measures. Funds may not be used for construction, maintenance, or land acquisition.

Funding Opportunity Objectives

  • Identify possible measures and initiate implementing measures that will reduce flooding in a community and/or improve the effectiveness of local floodplain management programs
  • Increase community dialog about flood risk and preparedness
  • Encourage communities to take action beyond the National Flood Insurance Program’s minimum standards, including implementation of activities outlined in the 2017 Community Rating System Coordinator’s Manual
  • Assist communities not already enrolled in the Community Rating System program to evaluate what additional actions (if any) are needed to meet the program’s minimum requirements

Funding Amount: The preferred minimum funding amount is $10,000, and the preferred maximum is $25,000. Match is encouraged but is not required. Funds may not be used for construction, maintenance, or land acquisition. Funds may be used to hire a consultant or provide staff support to complete all or a portion of a community’s project.

Eligible Applicants: Coastal units of government including Mobile County, Baldwin County, and municipalities or tribal governments within Mobile and Baldwin counties are eligible to apply for and receive funds through this request. Selected communities must agree to participate in the South Alabama Flood Engagement Team (SAFE-T) during the project period.

Example Project Types  – The following project types are provided as examples. Communities may submit proposals for other project types that meet the funding opportunity objectives.

  • Enhance Floodplain Management Program: Projects that strengthen the effectiveness of a community’s existing floodplain management program, such as
    • taking steps to join the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
    • taking steps to join the NFIP Community Rating System (CRS) program, including completing the CRS Quick Check tool for documenting current activities and calculating possible credit points
    • developing and implementing new procedures for permit reviews in the Special Flood Hazard Area
    • hiring a consultant to identify areas for improvement in your local floodplain management program
  • Review or Update Standards and Other Management Measures: Projects to develop, amend, and implement local ordinances, bylaws, planning standards, and other management measures to reduce flood damages and impacts. Projects intended to result in formal local adoption are strongly encouraged. Examples include:
    • adopting the Alabama model flood damage prevention ordinance for coastal communities
    • amending current subdivision regulations or zoning ordinance to address flooding
    • adopting regulations that encourage developers to set aside flood-prone areas as flowage easements
    • equiring freeboard above the base flood elevation
    • prohibiting installation of new septic systems in the floodplain
    • adopting and implementing a department standard to inspect and regularly maintain natural channels within the community
    • prohibiting the dumping or disposal of debris throughout the community’s drainage system
  • Public Education and Communication: Projects that increase public understanding of flood risk and develop support for management measures and other actions to address flood impacts, including the purchase of flood insurance. Creative communication products that provide ongoing benefits and can be adopted by other communities (or are developed in coordination with multiple communities) are strongly encouraged. Examples include:
    • working with real estate agencies or realtor associations to provide flood hazard information to prospective buyers
    • working with property owners’ associations to provide flood hazard information to current property owners
    • conducting a flood insurance coverage assessment and implementing an outreach plan to improve coverage
  • Flood Damage Reduction and Preserving Natural Floodplain Functions: Projects that strengthen a community’s ability to acquire or relocate existing buildings out of the flood hazard area and preserve a floodplain’s natural functions through the preservation of open space and green infrastructure approaches. Examples include: o identifying and mapping buildings in the regulatory floodplain that could be considered for acquisition, relocation, and/or removal
    • identifying and mapping flood-prone areas to consider for open space preservation
    • identifying and planning for non-structural (or green infrastructure) approaches that enhance natural floodplain functions and provide flood damage protection

Submission: Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. Central Time on April 19, 2019. Application forms must be submitted electronically to Will Underwood (will.underwood@dcnr.alabama.gov) using the application form located at www.alabamacoastalprograms.com Funding for selected projects will be provided in two rounds. Projects selected in the first round will begin on July 1st, 2019 and must be completed by March 31st, 2020. Projects selected in the second round will begin on October 1st, 2019 and must be completed by September 30th, 2020.

Timeline:

April 19, 2019 Proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. Central Time
June 1, 2019 Applicants will be notified of their selection status

Applicants should be prepared to discuss their proposals and how it relates to improved floodplain management at any time during the review period. A meeting or conference call may be arranged if the review panel has additional questions for the applicant.

Questions: Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact staff if assistance or guidance is needed.

Mike Shelton 251-928-9792 mike.shelton@dcnr.alabama.gov
Will Underwood 251-621-1216 will.underwood@dcnr.alabama.gov

Projects will be viewed favorably if they:

  • Involve implementation of permanent measures with ongoing benefits (for example, adopting enhanced regulatory standards in a new or updated flood damage prevention ordinance)
  • Have strong support from city/county officials, local organizations, and/or other relevant boards and commissions within the community as demonstrated by a letter of support, dedicated staff time to the project, and/or leveraged funding
Posted on 03/25/19 at 12:52 PM Permalink

RFQ: Western Shore Watershed Management Planning

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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 Western Shore complex of watersheds in Mobile 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 2:00 p.m. CST on Monday, February 18, 2019  in the Killian Room at the International Trade Center located at 250 N. Water St. in Mobile, AL. Statements must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. CST, Friday, March 8, 2019. Inquiries should be directed to: Christian Miller,  cmiller@mobilebaynep.com 251-459-8871.

The most recent RFQ can be found in our library or downloaded here.
 

Posted on 02/08/19 at 09:32 PM Permalink