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RFA for Wetland Conservation Policy and Registry

Friday, December 19, 2014

Request for Applications (RFA) for Wetland Conservation Policy and Registry

DDOE is seeking eligible entities to provide an update to the District’s 1997 Wetland Conservation Plan. The existing plan includes an inventory and assessment of the District’s wetlands; protection mechanisms of the District Government, neighboring state governments, and the federal government; and strategy and implementation plans. The project shall include written updates to the plan; a comprehensive inventory with ground truthing of District wetlands, including maps and photos of wetlands at appropriate scales; the production of geospatial data and geodatabases of the information gathered; and the creation of a District wetland registry. The total amount available for this RFA is approximately $250,000.00. The amount is subject to continuing availability of funding and approval by the appropriate agencies.

Obtaining text of the RFA: The full text of this Request for Applications (RFA), and the three required attachments, are available as links at the bottom of this page. Additionally, a person may obtain a copy of this RFA by any of the following methods:

Email a request to [email protected] with “Request copy of RFA 2015-1504-WQD” in the subject line;

In person by making an appointment to pick up a copy from the DDOE offices 5th floor reception desk at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002 (call Rebecca Diehl at (202) 535-2648 and mention this RFA by name); or

Write DDOE at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002, “Attn: Request copy of RFA Wetland CPR #1504” on the outside of the letter.

The deadline for application submissions is January 30,2015, at 4:30 pm. Five hard copies must be submitted to the above address and a complete electronic copy must be e-mailed to [email protected].

For additional information regarding this RFA, please contact DDOE as instructed in the RFA document, at [email protected].

Questions & Answers

Question: Are only wetlands being considered in the analysis, or should streams and open water areas be included as well (since they are included in the Districts environmental regulations with wetlands)?

Answer: The larger streams and rivers (i.e. Potomac River, Anacostia River, and Rock Creek) should not be considered in the analysis.  Lower order streams should be considered in the analysis.  Open water (i.e. reservoirs on federal land, Tidal Basin, Washington Channel, and Kingman Lake) should not be considered in the analysis.  Any other open waters should be considered in the analysis.

Question: Private Enterprises are allowed to apply for this grant (per Section 1.6), however as a for-profit, private enterprise, how should we address item 5.1 (d)? Or are we not eligible to apply for the grant?  Similarly, items 5.1 (e) and (f) seem to be geared toward non-profits, do these also need to be submitted by private enterprises?

Answer: Private Enterprises are eligible to apply for this grant.  The response to the request made in section 5.1 (d) of the RFA is “Not Applicable.”  The applying entity must submit the documents requested in section 5.1 (e) and (f), regardless of a legal designation as a non-profit or for-profit business.

Question: Is the requested wetland map expected to be survey-located?  If so, to what degree of accuracy (i.e. conventional survey, GPS [where accuracy depends on tree cover, slope], etc.)?

Answer: The data that makes up the wetland map should be gathered with GPS at the minimum. 

Question: Will DDOE assist in gaining access to properties (e.g., provide proof that the activities requested by the applicant are legitimate, etc.)?

Answer: DDOE will provide proof to the property owner that the grantee’s activities are legitimate for the purpose of the project.

Question: Section 3 of the RFA appears to be geared toward a grant where the end-goal is indeterminate. Since the objectives to be achieved by this grant have been defined by DDOE, is Section 3 applicable, or should a different format be followed?

Answer:  Each item in section 3 of the RFA must be completed by each applicant.  The project description provides a significant amount of information which the applicant will use to affirm the applicant organization understands the request; has a staff with the experience and abilities to perform the work; possesses the necessary tools and materials to apply to the project; and has drafted a plan and timeline for successfully completing the work.