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This project is a part of the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan (LINAP), a multiyear effort funded by New York State and managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the LIRPC to: 1) assess nitrogen pollution in Long Island waters, 2) identify sources of nitrogen to surface waters and groundwater, 3) establish nitrogen reduction endpoints, 4) develop an implementation plan to achieve reductions.
Throughout Long Island, water quality data necessary for making important resource management and regulatory decisions exist in various forms and with different degrees of accessibility. Data collected by Federal, State, and local government agencies are mostly publicly available; however, not all are readily accessible via an electronic database/repository that can be remotely queried. The NYSDEC, through the LINAP, has identified the need for a single portal by which users, both public and regulatory, can access all available data via an interactive mapper and further interrogate the data with web-based tools.
As a result, the Long Island Quality of Water Integrated Data System (LIQWIDS) has been developed. LIQWIDS is a multifaceted system, designed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which provides a custom, map-based user interface for sharing ambient water quality data in a format that allows local stakeholders to visualize their data along with all other available data. The stakeholders include NYSDEC, LIRPC, officials from Nassau and Suffolk Counties, USGS, South Shore Estuary Reserve, Peconic Estuary Partnership, Long Island Sound Study, environmental groups, academic institutions, water quality monitoring groups and other interested parties.
Water quality data will be pulled from existing online databases through web services and dynamically linked, rather than incorporated, into a new database as to avoid duplicating databases. In cases where monitoring data without sensitive components/information exists but is not available through a web-service link (for example, Suffolk County Department of Health, Office of Ecology), the consultant and USGS will work with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide training and assistance to get an account established in order to upload these data to the EPA Water Quality Exchange (WQX). LIQWIDS has been designed to link to the EPA Water Quality Portal (WQP), which is a repository for data submitted through WQX. [WQX is the mechanism for data partners to submit water monitoring data for public dissemination. WQP is the mechanism for anyone to retrieve water monitoring data from EPA WQX.]
The LIQWIDS data system will leverage WQX and WQP to store, manage, and query most chemical, physical and microbiological water quality data, allowing resource managers to access data in a user-friendly interface. Table- and field-based validation are enforced before any data can be inserted into the database to help quality-assure data entry. New data will be checked by automated validation steps to ensure completeness of record (data and metadata). Attributes in the LIQWIDS data system will allow for select sensitive data and metadata to be flagged and not accessible via the public mapper and interface.
In coordination with the LIRPC and the NYSDEC who will set work priority, the consultant will provide direct assistance along with overall coordination, administration and short and long-term planning for assisting entities with preparing their water quality data for uploading to USEPA’s WQX. This will also include data developed by entities for a period of five calendar years immediately prior to execution of the contract. The consultant will then take possession of data ready for uploading and perform all steps necessary to assure the data is accurately uploaded to WQX.
Scope of Work
Receipt of Data Sets:
1. The consultant will provide the appropriate data template from WQX for the data providers to submit the data to the consultant for uploading. The template will be in Excel format.
2. Each data provider will prepare their data sets in accordance with the data template and email them to the consultant or deliver them by other agreed upon means.
3. Consultant will assist data providers where necessary in preparing the data sets in accordance with the data template. This includes but is not limited to developing tools for importing data into the data template.
Testing and Feedback:
The consultant will test and provide feedback on bug fixes and verify the functionality when adjustments and changes are made to the system.
Tracking Data Submittal:
Consultant will track each data set received in a basic tracking software, spreadsheet, database or program, including specific parameters, who submitted the data, date when the data set was submitted, date of successful import or failure of importing the data set, any errors and how they were resolved, and any other pertinent information related to the status of the data set.
Dataset Review and Data Import:
1. After receipt of data, consultant will perform an initial review of each data set for errors, valid values, unit of measures and data type. The consultant will need some knowledge of the type of data being reviewed. The consultant is expected to assist the data providers in correcting errors and with resubmitting the corrected data set.
2. Review data for sensitive data/fields and ensure those are flagged appropriately (if not already included as part of the data template and/or processing).
3. After review of the datasets, consultant will upload datasets to the EPA WQX database.
4. When one or more upload errors occur, consultant will review the conditions that caused the data upload process to fail. Whether the consultant uploads a clean dataset or prepares to request a resubmission for a dataset that requires revision, it should be cataloged in the datasets tracking software. After errors are corrected consultant will resubmit data to WQX and repeat this process until data is uploaded successfully.
5. Enter in the tracking software whether the upload is successful or the conditions preventing the upload.
Communication with data provider, the LIRPC and NYSDEC:
1. Receipt of data submission: Sometimes, in the initial e-mail message with the dataset, data providers request a receipt confirming that we have received their data. In such cases, the consultant should respond accordingly.
2. Resubmission request: When, for whatever reason, the consultant requires further revision of a dataset from a data provider, the consultant will inform the data provider of the conditions causing the failure and work with the data provider to correct such conditions.
3. Confirmation of the successful upload of data: In cases where the consultant successfully uploads data to the WQX, the data provider should be informed as such.
4. On a monthly basis, consultant will use tracking information to provide a summary report to the LIRPC and the NYSDEC about the number of datasets uploaded, number rejected, any pattern of upload failure, and any systemic issues or problems that need resolutions.
1. After emails are sent to the data provider regarding the successful upload of a dataset, consultant will retain & archive the data sets.
1. After data is uploaded to the WQX database and all relevant parties are contacted, the consultant reviews the data uploaded to the database with the use of crosstab and LIQWIDS reports generated from the uploaded data to confirm that all of the data present in the database continues to comply with the rules and standards established by EPA and USGS.
2. In cases where the data present in the database require revision, the consultant would consult with the data provider to make necessary corrections. There are options for revising the data, which sometimes involve rolling back old data, and/or uploading revised data packages. In each case, the consultant will be responsible for performing any and all necessary revisions. The data provider(s) should in all cases be included in the planning and execution of these changes.
In this RFP, Groundwork Hudson Valley, a highly regarded local and regional nonprofit, seeks to hire an environmental planning and design firm to work with us, our partners, and the local community on assessing the potential connection of the Yonkers Greenway into and through the Northwest corner of Van Cortlandt Park. Groundwork was established twenty years ago to work at the intersection of environmental restoration and equitable development and is based in downtown Yonkers. It has the working mission of Changing Places, Changing Lives. Since 2012, the organization has championed the development of the Yonkers Greenway in partnership with the City of Yonkers, New York State Parks, and hundreds of neighborhood residents along its route. The Greenway follows the abandoned path of the Yonkers Branch of the Putnam Railroad that stopped running over 70 years ago. The project’s long-term goal is to connect the Hudson River waterfront in downtown Yonkers to Van Cortlandt Park and New York City via a multiple-use path. The new trail will incorporate playgrounds, urban habitats, public art, interpretive signs and opportunities to walk, run, and bike. In Yonkers, the path of the former rail line traverses some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the region, including communities with significant public health issues that greatly need better and more accessible green spaces. Now, as the Greenway moves forward in Yonkers, support is sought from planning firms to help us examine one of the project’s most challenging locations: the connection between Westchester County and New York City. This so called “Gateway” site has yet to be planned but is essential to the overall success of the project and its continuity. The Gateway site must be considered with great care and thoughtfulness as it is currently used and loved by a host of existing groups, including naturalists, horseback riders, hikers, cross-country runners and more. Thus, in exploring ideas for the Gateway, the team must maintain the integrity of existing uses as it examines how to address safety, graffiti and trash issues at the site, how to manage the flow of Greenway users through this section on both sides of the border, how best to implement a non-paved solution on the Van Cortlandt side, and how to promote urban habitat, environmental education, and public health in the final design.
The Town of Ossining, New York is located in Westchester County and is comprised of the Village of Ossining, a majority of the Village of Briarcliff Manor, and an unincorporated area. The entire town is 11.5 square miles including waterfront property in area with a population of 38,257 people, according to the 2017 American Community Survey. The Unincorporated Town of Ossining is approximately 3.1 square miles with a population of 5,007. The Town of Ossining adopted its latest comprehensive plan in 2002, with updates in 2015 and only includes the unincorporated area of the Town. The updates in 2015 primarily addressed the “Vision Plan” section without updates to the base information. Recommendations made in the 2015 update were implemented in recent years, specifically, regarding updates to the Town’s environmental codes and zoning codes. Although some recommendations from the 2002 Comprehensive Plan remain somewhat relevant today, the Town Board recognizes the need to collect updated base information and revisit the recommendations to remain current with the trends in the Town of Ossining today. The Town of Ossining will submit for Climate Smart Communities Certification under the following Pledge Element 6 actions: Comprehensive Plan with Sustainability Elements and Planning and Infrastructure for Bicycling and Walking. The Town of Ossining is working with Pace University Land Use Law Center and Westchester County on this project. This project has been funded in part by the Climate Smart Community Grant Program, Title 15 of the Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, under contract #C00774 “Town of Ossining Climate Smart Communities Certification.”
PROPOSAL ARE DUE ON JUNE 12, 2020 by 4:00PM (ET).
PRE-BID/ PROPOSAL CONFERENCE: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 10:00 AM (ET) MANDATORY: No
LOCATION: Department of Administration (Powers Building), One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI – 2nd Floor, Conference Room “A”. Following conference there will be a site visit of the project location (85 Parade St., Providence RI) 3/17/2020 @ 1:00 PM (ET). For vendors convenience a second project site visit will be held Monday, 3/24/2020 @ 10:00 AM. Interested parties please report directly to 85 Parade St. Providence, RI. Questions concerning this solicitation must be received by the Division of Purchases at email@example.com no later than May 15, 2020 @ 11:00AM (ET).
The Norwalk Redevelopment Agency is soliciting responses from qualified and experienced firms or teams (hereto referred to as consultants) that have successfully performed services relevant to tasks outlined in the attached Scope of Services (Schedule A). The intent of this RFQ is to solicit sealed responses for on-call assistance for Norwalk Redevelopment Agency projects in the areas of site planning, design and engineering. Consultants selected through this RFQ process will qualify to be retained on an on-call basis by the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency.
Introduction: The Norwalk Redevelopment Agency is soliciting responses from qualified and experienced firms or teams (hereto referred to as consultants) that have successfully performed services relevant to tasks outlined in the attached Scope of Services (Schedule A). The intent of this RFQ is to solicit sealed responses for on-call assistance for Norwalk Redevelopment Agency projects in the area of public-private partnerships, real estate development, and financial analysis. Consultants selected through this RFQ process will qualify to be retained on an on-call basis by the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency.
This RFP is an opportunity for the Bethlehem community to obtain expert assistance in an effort to determine the vision for the future of Bethlehem and to address changes affecting the Town in a coordinated and integrated way. The Town views the planning process itself as critical to the success of the plan update project and the implementation of its recommendations. The Plan Update must provide guidance to the Town on how to appropriately address and guide new development and redevelopment within the community in an environmentally sustainable manner while also meeting the service demands that come with community growth.
The purpose of the “Hudson County Ferry Service Expansion Assessment” will be to examine whether an opportunity exists to expand existing ferry service or to create new ferry service within Hudson County. The study will explore market feasibility for intra-county, inter-county, and inter-state ferry service to serve a few general areas of Hudson County: Hoboken, Kearny Point, the Bayfront Redevelopment Area of Jersey City, Bayonne’s Hackensack River waterfront, south Harrison, and West New York.
First, the study will outline existing ferry and transit routes and review recent studies on the expansion of ferry service. Outreach and coordination with transit agencies and other regional organizations will promote collaboration in the assessment of potential expansion of ferry service and connections with other transit systems. Additionally, a literature and data review and outreach to national ferry operators will be conducted, to result in case studies of existing ferry systems with comparable attributes to Hudson County. The study will then evaluate the potential demand for new and expanded service which would augment existing transit service. This will include an analysis of potential ridership, identification of origins and destinations, and the demand for service and potential routes to and from the preferred locations. The study process will engage the public and develop an understanding of interest in potential ferry service options. Lastly, a market assessment will be conducted, with an analysis of potential fares and revenues through an elasticity of demand analysis.
As an essential component of the study process, throughout the course of the project, attention will be given to environmental justice concerns, including ensuring access to participation in the study process, evaluation of potential recommendations for disproportionate and adverse impacts in siting of facilities or other impacts, and ensuring access to destinations and affordability of service.
We anticipate this study will answer several key questions, among others, and provide clear guidance on the following issues:
1. Are all the areas that currently are zoned “industrial”, appropriate for “industrial” uses? Should some of these areas be rezoned for other uses, more appropriate for the neighborhood?
2. What are other communities in the northeast doing to attract the new tech and green manufacturing companies?
3. What factors might deter future “industrial” growth in Norwalk?
4. What are peer communities that are similar to Norwalk geographically, by population and possibly by diversity, doing to attract commercial and manufacturing companies? Are there marketing channels the city could pursue to facilitate this?
5. What is the market demand and market trends based on economic agglomeration, considering Norwalk’s existing tenancy and future tenancy based on the strengths and draws to the City?
6. How do we take advantage of Norwalk’s harbor to increase commercial activity, while ensuring this City asset is something that can be utilized and enjoyed by all Norwalk residents?
7. Similarly, are there commercial maritime opportunities that the city is not pursuing that are appropriate for Norwalk?
8. How do we foster craft industry growth in the City and ensure that thriving business expand and remain in Norwalk?
9. Are there existing permitted uses in the various “industrial” districts that are not compatible with the desired commercial uses?
10. What are the infrastructure (roadways, sanitation, energy, etc.) constraints or limitations that may be preventing the desired commercial expansion?
11. For “industrial” areas that abut residential zones, what additional mitigation measures or strategies should the City consider to reduce conflicts between the commercial and residential properties?
12. Are there sustainable development initiatives, from an economic development standpoint, that can be leveraged to increase the attractiveness of areas under consideration in this study?
The Land Use (formerly Planning) division at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a consultant or consultant team to perform on call land use, environmental assessment and traffic engineering consultant services for various City-owned properties located within the five boroughs.