Request for Input on Puget Sound Funding Priorities
Comments are requested by June 23.
Contact Chris Castner (email@example.com) at (206) 553-6517 or Linda Anderson-Carnahan (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (206) 553-2601.
Or mail comments to: EPA Region 10, Attn: Linda Anderson-Carnahan, 1200 Sixth Ave, Suite 900, ETPA-087, Seattle, WA 98101.
Concept/Options Paper: Proposed Plan for Allocating Fiscal Year 2010 Puget Sound Appropriation (PDF) (9pp, 81K) - May 24, 2010
EPA Region 10 is preparing an approach for disbursing Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10) Puget Sound appropriation funds through a series of Requests for Proposals (RFPs). EPA's FY10 Appropriation Language provides the Agency with $50 million for the protection and restoration of Puget Sound.
The appropriation language specifies:
From within the funds provided, $4,000,000 is included for the Puget Sound Ecosystem Research Initiative at the University of Washington's College of the Environment. These funds are to conduct, coordinate, and disseminate scientific research to inform policy decisions necessary to carry out the Puget Sound Action Agenda. The remaining funds are for the Agency's intramural costs, cooperative agreements, interagency agreements, contracts and competitive grants, including a competitive grant to manage implementation of the Action Agenda. Prior to announcing any requests for proposals for competitive grants, the conferees expect the Agency to coordinate with the State on priorities for the proposals.
In an effort to carry out EPA’s responsibilities under the FY10 appropriation language, EPA coordinated with the State, Tribes, and others stakeholders with interest in Puget Sound. EPA sought input through ‘listening sessions’ with the Puget Sound Partnership, Leadership Council, Science Panel, Ecosystem Protection Board, Tribes and Tribal Consortia, Federal, State and Environmental Caucuses and other interested parties. The Concept/Options Paper reflects the input received.
EPA is specifically seeking comment on the following issues addressed in the Concept/Options Paper:
In addition, other comments on this concept/options paper are welcome.
Send comments to Linda Anderson-Carnahan (email@example.com) and Chris Castner (firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 23.
- Should lead organizations for each category be required to use a competitive process to make subawards?
- What is the relative percentage of the remaining funding that should be applied to each category?
- Is 45 days sufficient for preparation of a proposal for the Request for Proposal(s)?