News Release: Lake Champlain Basin Program Seeks Technical Project Pre-Proposals
The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), in conjunction with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) is pleased to announce a Request for Technical Pre-Proposals for services to further the goals and objectives of the Lake Champlain management plan Opportunities for Action. The total request for each project may range from $25,000 to $300,000 for projects anticipated to begin in early 2019.
Through this request, the LCBP seeks pre-proposals for projects that address strategies outlined in Opportunities for Action. The LCBP is particularly interested in funding projects that address the following priorities:
- Innovative pilot or demonstration projects that reduce nutrient loading to Lake Champlain
- Research or implementation projects that use existing, LCBP-funded or other publicly available datasets to create outputs leading to improved water quality in the Lake Champlain Basin
- Projects that improve diversity of native aquatic and riparian species in the Lake Champlain Basin
- Projects that research or control sources of contaminants in the Lake Champlain Basin
“The aim of this new inclusive process is to invite a wide range of innovative and effective projects that will address the complex challenges facing the Lake Champlain Basin,” said Dr. Eric Howe, LCBP Program Director. “We anticipate awarding funds to complete multiple projects.”
This Request for Technical Pre-Proposals is a new process for identifying technical projects for consideration in the next LCBP budget. Applicants will be required to submit a two-page conceptual pre-proposal. After an independent evaluation, a subset of pre-proposal applicants will be invited to submit a ten-page full proposal this winter. Grant award recipients will be selected from the pool of full proposals, and will be notified of their anticipated award in late spring 2018. Pre-Proposals are due to the LCBP by electronic submission on November 8, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
The LCBP will host two informational public meetings to address questions about this new process and other requests for technical proposals:
Monday, September 25, 2017, 2:30 – 3:30pm
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Aiken Center, Room 311
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY
Angell College Center, Alumni Conference Room
For more information, contact Matthew Vaughan, LCBP Technical Coordinator, at (802) 372-3213.
It is anticipated that these projects will be supported with funds awarded to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission in support of the Lake Champlain Basin Program.
Opportunities for Action is available on the LCBP website at plan.lcbp.org. Further information about the Request for Technical Pre-Proposals is available at www.lcbp.org/grants. To receive a paper copy via U.S. Postal Service, contact the Lake Champlain Basin Program office at (802) 372-3213 or toll free in New York and Vermont at (800) 468-5227.