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Business Opportunity for Stormwater Projects

Monday, April 08, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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Rain GardenMIDDLETOWN - The Little Conestoga Partnership has released two requests for qualifications, one to develop residential stormwater management plans and another to install the best management practices recommended by those plans.

The Little Conestoga Partnership is a locally-led partnership in Lancaster County formed to assist municipalities and suburban/urban landowners with innovative, cost-effective tools and approaches to reduce stormwater pollution and improve the health of the Little Conestoga Creek watershed. The Partnership funds this program with a grant awarded from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

The Conservation Foundation of Lancaster County (CFLC) serves as the administrative and fiscal agent for the program on behalf of the Partnership. Working with CFLC to help administer the program is the Partnership’s Implementation Team, which is comprised of partners with interest and expertise in addressing stormwater runoff from developed lands.

Through this Request for Qualifications (RFQ), CFLC seeks proposals from qualified professionals with interest and experience in conducting stormwater assessments and developing stormwater plans.

For purposes of this RFQ, "stormwater assessment” means a site visit to assess stormwater flow on a property. This assessment will look at the runoff flowing onto the property from upslope, the runoff generated on the property, and the runoff flowing downslope leaving the property.

For purposes of this RFQ, a "stormwater plan” is a written plan developed based on the findings of the stormwater assessment. It must consist of a map or maps showing existing conditions (including impervious areas, turf areas, natural areas, and stormwater flow pathways) and location of proposed BMPs, brief descriptions of proposed BMPs, and an estimated size of proposed BMPs.

The second RFQ seeks landscape professionals to provide installation assistance to landowners who are interested in implementing best management practices (BMPs) that reduce stormwater runoff from residential, municipal, institutional and commercial lands to improve the quality of water entering the Little Conestoga Creek.  Agricultural landowners are also eligible for this program provided they have and are implementing a conservation plan and nutrient management plan on their farm.

This program provides interested landowners with technical and financial assistance to plan, design, and implement the following BMPs: rain gardens, riparian buffers, tree plantings, native meadows, pervious pavers, rain barrels and cisterns.

Through this Request for Qualifications (RFQ), CFLC seeks proposals from qualified professionals with interest and experience in designing and implementing one or more of the following stormwater BMPs:

  • rain gardens
  • forest riparian buffers
  • tree plantings
  • native meadows
  • pervious pavers
  • rain barrels
  • cisterns

The Partnership will review the qualifications received and develop a list of pre-approved professionals to implement stormwater BMPs in the watershed. The list will be shared with landowners in the Little Conestoga Creek watershed who are interested in participating in the Incentives Program. Landowners may choose the professional with whom they wish to work. Approved professionals will receive direct payment from CFLC for work completed, verified, and eligible for cost share. Landowners will be responsible for any additional costs of the project.

Approved professionals must have the professional expertise, licensing, and insurance and liability coverage to design and implement stormwater BMPs on private and public lands. Approved professionals must have experience designing and implementing stormwater practices that provide water quality benefits and mimic runoff characteristics of the site in its natural state. These characteristics include infiltration, evapotranspiration, filtration, and moderation of runoff peak velocities. Approved professionals must be familiar with and committed to using Pennsylvania native plants in all projects that require vegetation. Installation of vegetative BMPs shall be supervised or completed by a Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturalist (PCH) and/or a Landscape Industry Certified Technician (CLT).

Download the full RFQ's here:
Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Stormwater Assessment and Plans in the Little Conestoga Creek Watershed
Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to Design and Implement Stormwater Best Management Practices in the Little Conestoga Creek Watershed

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