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FW: Additional 604b Funding under ARRA  Cohen, Russ (FWE)
 Mar 11, 2009 13:49 PST 
Fyi in case you haven't already seen this.

______________________________________________
From: Gonyea, Gary (DEP)
Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 3:58 PM
Subject: Additional 604b Water Quality Management Planning Grant
Program Funding under ARRA

With passage of the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009"
(ARRA), Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)
anticipates receipt of an additional $533,605 dollars for the 604(b)
competitive grant program. As with previous 604(b) program funds
received, the Department will focus the ARRA funds towards watershed or
subwatershed based point and nonpoint source assessment-type grant
projects leading to the: 1) determination of the nature, extent and
causes of water quality problems; 2) assessment of impacts and
determination of effluent limitations necessary to meet water quality
standards; 3) Green infrastructure projects that manage wet weather to
maintain or restore natural hydrology; and 4) development of
implementation plans that will address water quality impairments.
MassDEP is seeking project proposals in the $50,000 to $100,000 range
that will identify water quality problems and provide preliminary or
final designs for BMPs to address these problems.

We are planning to hold two pre-RFR meetings, one in Worcester on
Wednesday, March 18th, to be held concurrently with the 319 NPS pre-RFR
meeting from 10 am to Noon, and a second meeting in the Boston DEP
office, One Winter Street, 2nd Floor, on Friday, March 20th, from 10am
to Noon.

We will post the notice of the pre-RFR meetings on CommPass soon. We
expect to release the RFR for the ARRA grants in early April with
proposals due in mid-May.
See also info sheet appended to the bottom of this message
__________________________________________________

Gary Gonyea
Environmental Analyst
Watershed Project Development Program

(617) 556-1152
(617) 292-5850 (FAX)
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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
604(B) Water Quality Management Planning Grant Program

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Laurie Burt, Commissioner
Bureau of Resource Protection
Division of Municipal Services, Steven J. McCurdy, Director

Upcoming Grant Opportunity
March 2009

With passage of the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009"
(ARRA), Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)
anticipates receipt of an additional $533,605 dollars for the 604(b)
competitive grant program. As with previous 604(b) program funds
received, the Department will focus the ARRA funds towards watershed or
subwatershed based point and nonpoint source assessment-type grant
projects leading to the: 1) determination of the nature, extent and
causes of water quality problems; 2) assessment of impacts and
determination of effluent limitations necessary to meet water quality
standards; 3) Green infrastructure projects that manage wet weather to
maintain or restore natural hydrology; and 4) development of
implementation plans that will address water quality impairments.
MassDEP is seeking project proposals in the $50,000 to $100,000 range
that will identify water quality problems and provide preliminary or
final designs for BMPs to address these problems.

Eligibility
The grant recipient must be a regional public comprehensive planning
organizations or interstate organization such as: regional planning
agencies, councils of governments, conservation districts, counties,
cities and towns, and other substate public planning agencies and
interstate agencies. No local match is required, however, providing
additional local funds or in-kind cost sharing as a demonstration of
local support may enhance proposals.

Eligible Projects
Generally, the following types of assessment/planning projects that
focus on watershed or sub-watershed based nonpoint source assessment
efforts will be considered for funding.
* Water Quality Assessment -Identification and characterization of
a specific nonpoint source pollution problem site or resource of
particular concern via water quality sampling. Results used to develop
recommendations for BMP implementation projects and management
strategies consistent with the Department's policies and programs.
* Green Infrastructure - Development of projects that manage wet
weather to maintain or restore natural hydrology by infiltrating,
evapotranspiring, capturing and using stormwater.
* Assessment of Land use Activities -Identification and mapping of
current land use activities within a river basin or drainage area,
including known and potential sources of point and nonpoint pollution
and permitted water withdrawals and discharges.
* Water Supply/Water Quality Source Protection Planning
-Development of water supply planning and protection strategies for
communities with public water supplies within a sub-basin. These
strategies could include development of BMPs to address potential
sources of contamination to public water supplies identified in MassDEP
SWAP reports.
* Wetlands Assessment and Restoration Planning -Identification and
planning for potential wetlands restoration projects.
* Assessment of Local Water Quality Protection Measures -Analyses
of the range and effectiveness of local control measures such as bylaws,
regulations, and enforcement provisions within a river basin or drainage
area.
* Development of implementation plans - Including conceptual
drawings and engineering studies, which can be submitted for funding to
other grant sources and that will lead to remediation of water quality
impairments and restoration of beneficial uses.

Background
The Department will use the ARRA 604(b) monies to fund nonpoint source
pollution assessment activities in basins statewide pursuant to the
five-year basin schedule, the Massachusetts Nonpoint Source Management
Plan, the Massachusetts Watershed-based Plan, and assessment work
identified in EOEEA's Watershed Action Plans developed for each major
watershed.

MassDEP assessment and data needs are identified in:
- the Massachusetts Watershed based plans
(http://public.dep.state.ma.us/Watershed/Intro.aspx),
- the EOEEA watershed action plans
(http://www.mass.gov/envir/water/publications.html),
- the Massachusetts Nonpoint Source Management Plan
(www.mass.gov/dep/water/resources/nonpoint.htm), and
- MassDEP's watershed water quality assessment reports
(www.mass.gov/dep/water/resources/wqassess.htm).

Mass DEP encourages Respondents to propose other suitable water quality
assessment/planning projects that will lead to direct actions by
Municipalities and others to implement water quality improvements.
Projects that target Category 4a and Category 5 waters listed in the
Massachusetts Year 2006 Integrated List of Waters
(http://www.mass.gov/dep/water/resources/tmdls.htm) or that will address
potential sources of contamination of public water supplies identified
in MassDEP SWAP reports
(http://www.mass.gov/dep/water/drinking/swapreps.htm) may be awarded
additional points.   

Application Process
A Request for Responses (RFR) will be issued by MassDEP in April for
competitive projects with proposals due approximately six weeks later.
The RFR contains a schedule for each step of the application process.
The proposals will be evaluated by the Department and selected proposal
awards will be announced within two months following the proposal
submission deadline. Contract development will be expected to begin as
soon as possible after the date of selection by the Department. All
projects funded under the Economic Stimulus bill must be completed
within two years of receipt of contract.

Minimum Evaluation Criteria
Consideration is given to:
* well thought out projects which support EOEEA basin-wide water
quality management activities;
* extent to which the project, scope of services and targeted
watersheds would further the Department's water quality management
priorities or other suitable water quality management goals;
* extent to which the performance-based objectives are well
defined, feasible, practical, cost-effective, and have measurable
results; and
* likelihood of success of the project, including usefulness of
assessment or planning actions, and proposed implementation strategies.

Contact: Gary Gonyea, Department of Environmental Protection, One Winter
Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02108 to obtain additional program
information or a copy of the 604(b) RFR. Email: gary.g-@state.ma.us
Telephone: (617) 556-1152. Indicative Summaries of past 604(b) projects
can be seen at http://www.mass.gov/dep/water/grants.htm#guides.

A publication of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Resource Protection
One Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108

This information is available in alternate format upon request by
contacting the ADA Coordinator
at 617-574-6872.
Printed on recycled paper.
	
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