State agency accepting proposals for water cleanup grants

Contact: CoriAhna Rude-Young, 651-757-2680

St. Paul-- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking proposals for projects that will reduce nonpoint source pollution in Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams. This type of pollution comes from several indirect sources, such as stormwater runoff from cropland and developed areas. Funding for selected projects will be provided by Federal Clean Water Act Section 319 (Section 319) grants.

Proposals must address nonpoint source development, education or applied research projects (DER) projects, or implementation projects for Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies or Watershed Protection and Restoration Strategies (WRAPS). The MPCA anticipates about $2.5 million will be available this year.

There is a maximum limit of $300,000 per project funding request. Projects must be funded with at least a 45-percent local cash or in-kind match. Grant funds are limited and MPCA urges proposers to request only those funds needed to complete a project by Aug. 31, 2018. For TMDL/ WRAPS implementation projects, eligible proposers must have a TMDL Implementation Plan or WRAPS approved by the MPCA by June 30, 2014.

The complete Request for Proposal (RFP), proposal form, and other information is available on the state SWIFT e-supplier portal. It is listed as Event Number 2000002803 on the right side of the page. Prospective responders must have a SWIFT Vendor ID and Supplier Portal Account set up to apply. Please note that it can take up to four days to receive your vendor ID from SWIFT. If you need assistance registering in the Supplier Portal so you can bid on this solicitation, you may contact the Minnesota Department of Administration, Materials Management Division at 651-201-8100, option 1. Then follow the prompts to connect you to the correct contact person.

Proposals must be electronically received through the state SWIFT Supplier Portal no later than 2 p.m. Friday, July 11. Submissions received after the deadline will not be eligible for consideration. Successful proposers will be notified around Aug. 1 and will then be required to submit a detailed work plan, budget and timeline/Gantt chart.

The date and all other information in this notice are subject to change and updates will only be found in the SWIFT Vendor ID and Supplier Portal Account.

Questions may be e-mailed to Contracts.pca@state.mn.us, Attention: Julianne LaClair.