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Puget Sound Watershed Management Assistance Grants

Note: The Request for Proposals has been updated with corrected email links as of 1/14/2010.
Due Date Extended: Proposals now due Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 4:00 pm

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Proposed Schedule

November 16, 2009Public Workshop: A workshop was held on Nov 16. Below are links to the meeting summary with questions and answers and the two power point presentations with speaker notes.
Public Meeting Notes (PDF) (10pp., 43KB)
PS Watershed Management Assistance Grants (PDF) (33pp., 256KB)
Puget Sound Characterization and Assessment Project (PDF) (11pp., )
January 26, 2010Proposals Due: Proposals must be received in hard copy to the EPA Region 10 office or by e-mail at pugetsound_proposals@epa.gov by 4:00pm Pacific Standard Time (PST).
March 19, 2010Finalists notified and requested to negotiate and submit a formal application package.
April 12, 2010Grant applications and work plans received via hard copy.
May 28, 2010Awards made.

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Description of Grant Program and Funding

EPA is issuing a competitive grant announcement, soliciting proposals under Puget Sound Watershed Management Assistance Program. The program will assist local and tribal governments as they implement the Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda, support protection and restoration of high value, aquatic resources, and enhance local programs in areas threatened by growth. Successful proposals are expected to achieve measurable outcomes through protection and recovery of water quality and aquatic resources across watersheds.

The total amount available is $10 million dollars. We plan to award approximately 15 cooperative agreements for the Puget Sound basin. Awards will range from approximately $300,000 to $1,000,000, and have a project period of two to four years.

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Eligible Applicants

Entities of local governments, special purpose districts and federally recognized Indian tribes in the greater Puget Sound Basin are eligible to apply. State agencies, institutions of higher learning and non-governmental entities are not eligible to directly receive grant awards under this announcement; however, EPA encourages tribes and local governments to solicit their participation as local collaborators.

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Eligible Activities

Local and tribal governments are at various stages of developing and applying effective and robust watershed programs. Some need to improve the scientific understanding of their watersheds. Others understand how their watersheds work and need assistance implementing the plan. A “watershed” can range from a small drainage analysis unit to a larger basin or tributary system, such as a Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA).
Successful proposals will match proposed activities to the appropriate scale watershed to ensure activities will lead to an environmental result.

Successful proposals will demonstrate how activities address the impacts of growth while achieving watershed protection and restoration goals. See request for proposals for a list of eligible activities.

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Outcomes expected as a result of the awards under this announcement could include:

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Past Proposals

Over the past two years, EPA Region 10 has funded ten watershed projects in Puget Sound through solicitations similar to the Puget Sound Watershed Management Assistance RFP. Each proposal or work plan describes how the work leads to environmental results in the watershed. Below are links to some of the successful proposals:

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Local Navigation

URL: http://yosemite.epa.gov/r10/water.nsf/Office+of+Water/WEI09RFP

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