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GLIN==> USEPA-GLNPO Request for Proposals - due February 15, 2002 REMINDER

REMINDER - THE DUE DATE IS FEBRUARY 15, 2002 (as stated in Federal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes National Program
Office (GLNPO) invites you to submit Proposals for projects to be
awarded from Fiscal Year 2002 funding. The "FY2002-2003 USEPA Great
Lakes National Program Office Request for Proposals/Funding Guidance"
(RFP) requests that Proposals be developed in the areas of:
 -   Contaminated Sediments
 -   Pollution Prevention and Reduction  (Binational Toxics Strategy)
 -   Ecological (Habitat) Protection and Restoration
 -   Invasive Species
 -   Habitat Indicator Development
 -   Strategic or Emerging Issues

A total of $2.9 million is targeted for awards in the Summer and Fall of
2002.  The deadline for Proposals is February 15, 2002.  Assistance
(through grants, cooperative agreements, and interagency agreements) is
available pursuant to Clean Water Act 104(b)(3) for activities in the
Great Lakes Basin and in support of the Great Lakes Water Quality
Agreement.  State pollution control agencies, interstate agencies, other
public or nonprofit private agencies, institutions, and organizations
are eligible to apply.

We are again requesting that proposals be developed using our electronic
Proposal Submission System (PSS2002). The RFP and the PSS2002 program
are available on the Internet from
http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/fund/2002guid/    For general questions, please
contact Michael Russ (russ.michael@epa.gov /312-886-4013).



The following RFP excerpts provide an idea of the projects requested and
criteria  GLNPO  is  using  this  year.  Please  refer  to  the  RFP  at
http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/fund/2002guid/for  full descriptions, including
Lake-  specific  criteria  which  is  not  summarized  below. The dollar
values*  that  are  listed  are planning targets; the actual amounts may

A.  Contaminated  Sediments  -  $1,400,000*. GLNPO will provide funding,
technical  support,  and  vessel support to assist contaminated sediment
work  in  priority geographic areas in the Great Lakes. GLNPO's emphasis
and  ultimate  objective  is  to assist in bringing about remediation of
contaminated  sediments  at  these  sites.  GLNPO  WILL  NOT  FUND BASIC
We are particularly interested in the following projects:
<    sediment assessments (chemical, physical, biological) to better map
contamination at a site.
<   sediment assessment in areas where subsistence fishing is high.
<    data  collection  to  better  understand  the  relationship between
contaminated sediments and fish residues.
<     data   collection   to  support  the  development  of  risk/hazard
<    beneficial  re-use  of  sediments,  including  associated human and
ecological risk.
<    assessment  of  Binational  Toxics  Strategy Priority Pollutants in
Great Lakes sediments.
<   assessment projects to determine benefits/impacts of remediation.
<   on the ground sediment remediation.
<   demonstrations of innovative sediment treatment technologies.

Contact:  Marc Tuchman (312-353-1369/ tuchman.marc@epa.gov )

B.  Pollution Prevention (Binational Toxics Strategy) - $500,000*. GLNPO
will   provide   assistance   for  pollution  prevention,  reduction  or
elimination   projects,   with  an  emphasis  on  substances  which  are
persistent and toxic, especially those which bioaccumulate, in the Great
Lakes basin.

Priority  will  be given to those projects that support the goals of the
US-Canada   Great   Lakes   Binational   Toxics  Strategy  (GLBTS).  See
http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/bns/strategy.html  .  The  Strategy establishes
reduction challenges for twelve A Level I @ persistent toxic substances:
alkyl-lead, benzo(a)pyrene [B(a)P], hexachlorobenzene (HCB), dioxins and
furans,  mercury,  octachlorostyrene  (OCS),  polychlorinated  biphenyls
(PCBs),  and  five canceled pesticides (aldrin/dieldrin, chlordane, DDT,
mirex,  and  toxaphene).  The  US  has  also  identified  A  Level  II @
substances        for       pollution       prevention       activities:
1,2,3,4-tetrachlorobenzene;         1,2,4,5-         tetrachlorobenzene;
pentachlorobenzene; hexachlorobutadiene; and hexachlorocyclohexanes.
We are particularly interested in the following projects:
<     Source   characterization:  Assessment  of  potential  sources  of
persistent bioaccumulative toxic substances.
<    Indicators  of  progress  toward  virtual elimination of persistent
bioaccumulative toxic substances.
<   Proper disposal of persistent bioaccumulative toxic substances.
<   Foster adoption of innovative products that would reduce the use and
release  of  persistent  bioaccumulative  toxic  substances and that are
consistent  with  the  principles  of  EPA= s Environmentally-Preferable
Purchasing Program (see
http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/epp ).
<       Implementation     of    projects/actions    delivering    toxic
reductions/pollution  prevention  in  sectors  targeted  by  the  GLBTS.
Expected environmental outcomes must be quantified.
<    Foster  adoption  of  green  technologies.  In  this context, green
technology  involves  reducing  or  eliminating the use or generation of
persistent  bioaccumulative  toxic  substances  -  including feedstocks,
reagents,  solvents, products and byproducts- during design, manufacture
and  use of chemical products and processes. (The aim of this project is
not  technology  development. We seek projects which advance a developed
technology  within  society, including identification of public policies
which would speed the spread of environmentally kind technologies.)

Contacts:  EMarie Phillips (312-886-6034/ phillips.emarie@epa.gov )

C.  Ecological  (Habitat)  Protection and Restoration - $450,000*. GLNPO
will  fund  projects  that  demonstrate new and innovative practices and
tools  for  protecting  and  restoring aquatic, terrestrial, and wetland
ecosystems.   When  developing  Proposals,  Applicants  should  consider
concepts  from  the State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conferences (SOLEC) and
from  previously  funded  GLNPO  projects.  SOLEC and final grant report
documents  are at < http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/solec/indicators2000-e.html >
and   <   http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/ecopage/>   respectively.   GLNPO  is
requesting Proposals for projects which will:
?    Have biological importance on a regional or global scale.
?    Test new techniques or approaches to protection or restoration.
?    Identify and report on demonstrated environmental results.
?    Incorporate an education or outreach component.
?    Create new partnerships.
?    Impact a significant number of acres of aquatic, wetland, riverine,
and terrestrial habitat.

Contact:   Karen Rodriguez (312-353-2690/ rodriguez.karen@epa.gov )

D.  Invasive  Species  -  $300,000*.  GLNPO  will  provide assistance to
address invasive (non-indigenous) aquatic and terrestrial species in the
Great  Lakes  Basin  with an emphasis on prevention. We are particularly
interested in the following projects, with the highest priority given to
the first three topic areas:
1.    Development  and  demonstration  of strong and innovative programs
(education  and  outreach, new technology, or biological) to prevent the
introduction  of  new invasive species (aquatic or terrestrial) into the
Great Lakes Basin.
2.    Development and demonstration of strong and innovative programs to
control  the  spread of invasive species within and from the Great Lakes
3.    Projects  that  allow  for the prediction of new invaders into the
Great  Lakes  Basin  and the development of contingency plans to address
these potential invaders.
4.    Documenting  ecological  impacts  of invasive species on the Great
Lakes Basin food web.
5.    Documenting  the economic impacts or potential economic impacts of
invasive species already in the Great Lakes Basin.
6.     Projects   which  identify  chemical,  physical,  and  biological
conditions that promote the establishment of invasive species.

Contact:  Marc Tuchman (312-353-1369/ tuchman.marc@epa.gov )

E. Habitat Indicator Development - $150,000*. In order to better fulfill
its  mission  under  the  Great  Lakes  Water  Quality Agreement for the
restoration  and  maintenance  of the chemical, physical, and biological
integrity  of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem, GLNPO is seeking directed
projects  which further develop, define, test or otherwise implement the
following underdeveloped habitat indicators:
-  8129  area  quality  and protection of special lakeshore communities:
sand dunes
- 8134 nearshore plant and wildlife problem species
- 8150 breeding bird diversity and abundance

Contact:  Karen Rodriguez (312-353-2690/ rodriguez.karen@epa.gov )

F.  Strategic or Emerging Issues - $100,000*. In order to better fulfill
its  mission  under  the  Great  Lakes  Water  Quality Agreement for the
restoration  and  maintenance  of the chemical, physical, and biological
integrity  of  the  Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem, GLNPO is seeking one to
three  innovative  Great  Lakes  environmental  projects which deal with
strategic  or  emerging  issues of basin-wide importance. We expect that
projects in this area would:
-    not  fit neatly under other existing GLNPO funding categories (i.e.
Contaminated Sediments, Pollution Prevention, Ecological Protections and
Restoration,  Invasive  Species,  and  Indicator  Development) but might
contain elements of one or more of those categories;
-    address assessment, causes and/or effects of chemical or biological
pollutants not in the regulatory A mainstream; @
-   cut across or overlap two or more of the foregoing areas; or
-   address some other unanticipated area.
We   especially   encourage   projects   which   identify   and  propose
solutions/mitigation  for  strategic  or  emerging issues of Great Lakes
Basin-wide  applicability,  particularly  if  they  are being identified
through  the  Lakewide Management Plans and geographic initiatives (such
as  the Remedial Action Plans for Areas of Concern). Areas of particular
interest include:
<    investigating  chemicals of potential environmental concern such as
polybrominated   flame   retardants,   pharmaceuticals,   and  endocrine
<    human  health and food web concerns (for example, avian botulism in
Lake Erie).
<  economic issues.
<   environmental impacts of lower lake levels.

Contacts:   Paul Horvatin (312-353-3612/ horvatin.paul@epa.gov )/Michael
Russ (312- 886-4013/ russ.michael@epa.gov )

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