Grand Isle, VT – The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), in cooperation with NEIWPCC, is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the facilitation of practitioner meetings to better strategize, coordinate, and amplify the collective messaging of non-regulatory stormwater property assessments and homeowner education initiatives in the New York and Vermont portions of the Lake Champlain Basin. Up to $100,000is available to support this project, and it is anticipated that one proposal will be selected for an award. Please note that this is an updated issuance of this RFP, originally released in February 2021.
Many groups across the Lake Champlain Basin conduct non-regulatory stormwater outreach to private homeowners to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff coming from developed lands that may fall below the requirements for stormwater permits in their jurisdiction (New York or Vermont). This concurrent interest from different watershed groups to develop similar programming has led to a variety of messaging, site assessment tools, recommendations, and incentive structures across the region. A recent stormwater outreach and education collaborative effort in the Lake Champlain region identified the need to better strategize and coordinate non-regulatory stormwater technical assistance on private lands to share resources and amplify collective messaging for stronger impact.
This work is applicable to the Clean Water Goal of the LCBP’s long-term management plan – Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Future of the Lake Champlain Basin (plan.lcbp.org). This project is supported by funds awarded to NEIWPCC on behalf of the Lake Champlain Basin Program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
This Unifying Stormwater RFP is available on the Lake Champlain Basin Program website (lcbp.org/grants). To receive a copy of the RFP via U.S. Postal Service, contact the Lake Champlain Basin Program office at (802) 372-3213 or toll free at (800) 468-LCBP in New York and Vermont.
Applicants must submit proposals no later than: January 31, 2022 at 12pm (noon) EST. Successful applicants will be notified in March 2022.
The Lake Champlain Basin Program coordinates and funds efforts that benefit the Lake Champlain Basin’s water quality, fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, recreation, and cultural resources. The program works in partnership with federal agencies, state and provincial agencies from New York, Vermont, and Québec, local communities, businesses, and citizen groups. NEIWPCC—a regional commission that helps the states of the Northeast preserve and advance water quality—serves as the primary program administrator of LCBP at the request of the Lake Champlain Steering Committee and administers the program’s personnel and finances. LCBP is a program partner of NEIWPCC. For further information, contact the Lake Champlain Basin Program, 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, VT at (802) 372-3213 / (800) 468-5227 or visit www.lcbp.org.