Notice for Request for Qualifications (RFQ): Grand Bay Watershed Management Planning


Grand Bay Watershed Planning

Mobile County, Alabama

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program seeks a qualified environmental or natural resource planning, engineering, or another similar firm to prepare a Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan (WMP) for the Bayou Heron-Grand Bay Swamp (HUC 031700090101) Watershed in Mobile County, Alabama. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process will be used to select a firm who can develop such a conceptual engineering master plan based on new and available data. Statements of Qualifications (Statements) must be sent to the attention of Christian Miller and received no later than 3:00 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 24, 2023.

Summary of Offering

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP), in partnership with the State of Alabama, has secured funding through the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States (RESTORE) Act to develop WMPs for tidally-influenced watersheds along the Alabama coast. MBNEP has partnered with stakeholders to develop these WMPs, which will provide a roadmap for restoring or conserving watersheds and improving water and habitat quality in areas where resources could have been damaged by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. These WMPs will chart a conceptual course for improving or protecting the things people value most about living along the Alabama coast, including:

  • Water Quality – The coastal community continues to desire water that is drinkable, swimmable, and able to support aquatic and marine life.
  • Fish and Wildlife – Fishery resources are valued as an industry, a primary recreational pastime, and a staple of the diets of residents and visitors.
  • Environmental Health and Resilience – The coastal community relies upon coordinated actions to reduce vulnerability to and recover from the range of hazards we face, natural and otherwise.
  • Access – Having access to coastal waters and natural resources is something about which people care deeply.
  • Heritage and Culture – Preserving heritage and culture is important due to concerns that the bountiful waters that provided such pleasure through our lifetimes will not be available to our grandchildren.
  • Beaches and Shorelines – They provide critical edge habitat to aquatic and terrestrial animals and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.

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