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GLIN==> USEPA-GLNPO Request for Preproposals - Closes February 18, 2000



USEPA's Great Lakes National Program Office is requesting
Preproposals for Great Lakes projects.  This request is part of
the "FY2000-2001 Great Lakes Priorities and Funding Guidance"
and seeks Preproposals for projects addressing:
  -  Contaminated Sediments 
  -  Pollution Prevention and Reduction (Binational Toxics
Strategy)
  -  Habitat (Ecological) Protection and Restoration
  -  Invasive Species
  -  Emerging Issues

A total of $3.04 million is targeted for awards in the Summer and
Fall of 1999.  The deadline for Preproposals is February 18,
2000.  We are again requesting that preproposals be developed
using our electronic Preproposal Submission System
(PSS2000).  State pollution control agencies, interstate
agencies, other public or nonprofit private agencies, institutions,
and organizations are eligible to apply.

The Great Lakes Funding Guidance and the PSS2000 program
are available on the Internet from
http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/fund/2000guid/    Email
"pss_support@glnpo.net" or call Tony Kizlauskas
(312-353-8773) if you would like assistance in downloading the
submittal program.  Technical contacts for each funding category
are listed in the Funding Guidance and are also listed below. 
For general questions, please feel free to contact Michael Russ
(russ.michael@epa.gov /312-886-4013).  
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The following excerpts from the Great Lakes Funding Guidance
provide an idea of the projects requested and criteria GLNPO is
using this year.  Please refer to the Funding Guidance for full
descriptions.

General Criteria.   Project selection criteria include consideration
of: (i) Rationale/Relevance/Bias for Action, (ii)
Scientific/Professional Merit, (iii) Innovativeness, (iv)
Performance Capability, (v) Stakeholders, (vi) Geographic Scope,
(vii) Dissemination of Results, (viii) Appropriate Budget, (ix)
Leveraging, and (x) Availability of Other Funding Sources.  We
especially welcome projects which address environmental
justice and have community-based support.  Applicants with
existing GLNPO projects should be up-to-date on reporting and
other requirements.  Explanations of these general criteria are
contained in the Application Instructions.

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CONTAMINATED SEDIMENTS -$1,400,000*

* Planning Target -subject to change for various reasons,
including Congressional and Agency 
action such as development and approval of annual operating
plans.


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.  

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
assessments.
- bench/pilot studies to support remedial efforts.
- 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.

Evaluations will also consider the specific needs and priorities
of geographic areas within the Great Lakes, particularly those of
Lakewide Management Plans and geographic initiatives such as
the Remedial Action Plans for Areas of Concern.  Projects
dealing with the following topics will receive great consideration:
-Lake Erie and the St. Clair/Lake St. Clair/Detroit River basin. 
Projects addressing the chemicals associated with the
beneficial use impairments as identified by the Lake Erie LaMP 
(PCBs, mercury, PAHs, lead, chlordane, dioxins, DDE/DDT,
mirex), with priority given to projects involving PCBs and mercury.
-Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River, and Niagara River basins. 
Projects which address the critical pollutants as identified in the
1998 Stage I Lake Ontario LaMP and/or the Niagara River Toxics
Management Plan and projects that protect or restore habitats
within these basins.
-Lake Michigan basin.  Projects for (i) the possible beneficial
reuse of contaminated sediments and (ii) tools and models for
public education and involvement in sediment cleanups.
-Lake Superior basin.  Projects addressing either of the St. Louis
River or St. Mary's River Areas Of Concern (AOCs) and their
directives to remove impairments of beneficial uses.

GLNPO's Preproposal evaluation will seek a balance among
sediments activities; however, Preproposals will be prioritized in
the following order: (i) on-the-ground cleanup, (ii) remedial
design, and (iii) field work and assessment.  Evaluations will
also consider: 
- public outreach component of activity.
- availability and assessment of baseline conditions for
remediation proposals.
- likelihood that remedial measures, including enforcement, will
result.

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

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POLLUTION PREVENTION AND REDUCTION/BINATIONAL
TOXICS STRATEGY -$670,000*

*Planning Target -subject to change for various reasons,
including Congressional and Agency
 action such as development and approval of annual operating
plans.

GLNPO will provide assistance for pollution prevention,
reduction or elimination, with an emphasis on substances which
are persistent and toxic, especially those which bioaccumulate,
from the Great Lakes basin.    Priority will be given to those
projects that support the goals of the US-Canada Great Lakes
Binational Toxics Strategy.   For reference, this document may be
found at http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/bns/strategy.html.  The
Binational Toxics Strategy establishes reduction challenges for
twelve "Level I" persistent toxic substances: alkyl-lead,
benzo(a)pyrene [B(a)P], hexachlorobenzene (HCB), dioxins and
furans, mercury, octachlorostyrene (OCS), PCBs, and five
canceled pesticides (aldrin/dieldrin, chlordane, DDT, mirex, and
toxaphene).   The US has also identified "Level II" substances for
pollution prevention activities: 1,2,3,4-tetrachlorobenzene,
1,2,4,5-tetrachlrobenzene, pentachlorobenzene,
hexachlrobutadiene, hexachlrocyclohexanes.  Although priority
will be given to those projects that further BNS environmental
goals, Preproposals aiming to prevent the use and release of
other pollutants having the potential to significantly impact the
Great Lakes ecosystem will also be considered.    

We are particularly interested in the following projects:
-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. 

-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) .

Evaluations will also consider the specific needs and priorities
of geographic areas within the Great Lakes, particularly those of
Lakewide Management Plans (LaMPs) and geographic
initiatives such as the Remedial Action Plans (RAPs) for Areas of
Concern.  Reviewers associated with each of the lakes will
prioritize pollution reduction or elimination activities targeting
critical pollutants and priority toxics identified in the respective
LaMP, RAP or other applicable management plan.  Projects that
can jointly target common goals under the BNS and the LaMPs
will be favorably received.  Projects dealing with the following
topics will receive great consideration:

-Lake Erie and St.Clair/Lake St. Clair/Detroit River basins. 
Projects addressing the chemicals associated with the
beneficial use impairments as identified by the Lake Erie LaMP
(PCBs, mercury, PAHs, lead, chlordane, dioxins, DDE/DDT,
mirex) with priority given to projects involving PCBs and mercury
or which reduce the release of atrazine to the waters of Lake
Erie.

-Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River and Niagara River basins. 
Projects addressing pollutants identified in the 1998 Stage I
Lake Ontario LaMP, and other persistent, bioaccumulative toxics
as well as projects along the Niagara River which address the
priority toxics identified in the Niagara River Toxics Management
Plan.

-Lake Michigan basin.  Projects building on or replicating (i) the
Cook County, Illinois PCB/Mercury Clean Sweep Partnership
Pilot or (ii) the Lake Michigan Forum's Indiana steel mills
mercury voluntary reduction agreement.

-Lake Superior basin.  Projects addressing the chemicals s
identified as critical  pollutants: PCBs, dioxins, DDT and
metabolites, toxapehene,  chlordane, aldrin/dieldrin, mercury,
hexachlorobenzene and octachlorostyrene, with priority given to
projects involving PCBs and dioxins (with special emphasis on
burn barrels as a source).  Projects which can build on or
replicate the PCB/Mercury Clean Sweep Partnership Pilot of
Cook County, Illinois.

-Lake Huron basin.  Pollution prevention efforts are necessary to
address the leveling-off of previous declines of toxic
contaminants. The Lake Huron Initiative  has identified  priority
pollutants which should receive special attention including
PCBs, Chlordane, Dioxin, Mercury. Pollution prevention efforts,
along with habitat conservation, will help ensure a sustainable
Lake Huron watershed.
 
Projects which include an evaluation of the potential reductions
of pollutants in the environment will be favored. 

Contacts: Rita Cestaric (312-886-6815/ Cestaric.Rita@epa.gov
)/Danielle Green (312-886-7594/ Green.Danielle@epa.gov )

Further information:  Please see
http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/p2.html

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ECOLOGICAL (HABITAT) PROTECTION AND RESTORATION
-$400,000*

*Planning Target -subject to change for various reasons,
including Congressional and Agency
 action such as development and approval of annual operating
plans.

GLNPO will assist its partners by funding activities which
demonstrate new and innovative practices and tools for
protecting and restoring aquatic, terrestrial, and wetland
ecosystems.  When developing Preproposals, partners should
consider (i) concepts, such as biodiversity investment areas
(BIA), discussed in the 1996 and 1998 State of the Lakes
Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC) papers; (ii) the basinwide
indicators developed for SOLEC 98; (iii) new ideas generated
from projects described in the1996 GLNPO Mining Ideas Report
and other projects described on the GLNPO website; and (iv) the
1994 report prepared by The Nature Conservancy and funded in
part by USEPA, The Conservation of Biological Diversity in the
Great Lakes: Issues and Opportunities.  (The above documents
can be found on the GLNPO web site at
http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/ecopage.html or contact Larry Brail at
312-886-7474/ brail.lawrence@epa.gov for copies.)  

Projects that are basinwide or regional/local in scale are
encouraged.  The following guidelines apply:

Basinwide:  Basinwide projects are those that have large-scale
implications for the Great Lakes ecosystem.  It is not sufficient to
say the project could be used as a model basinwide -the
Preproposal must indicate what will occur basinwide as a result
of the demonstration, as well as how this will be accomplished. 
Suggested topics are:
-Projects which encourage the improvement of the health of
aquatic and biological resources of the Great Lakes basin.
-Projects which encourage stewardship of public and private
property to preserve biodiversity and stimulate ecological as well
as economic sustainability.

Regional/Local:  Regional or local projects are those that
assess ecosystem needs, formulate regional resource
management plans, and initiate ecological protection and
restoration demonstration projects.  Projects may initiate actions
consistent with Lakewide Management Plan priorities, Remedial
Action Plan priorities, biodiversity investment area needs as
outlined in the State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (1998)
papers, or Tribal priorities.  New ideas are encouraged.  The
following regional priorities should be taken into consideration.
- Lake Ontario, St.  Lawrence River, and Niagara River basins: 
Projects which will assist the Four Parties to address the loss of
fish and wildlife habitat use impairment identified in the 1998
Stage I Lake Ontario LaMP.  Potential projects include
implementation of new habitat protection or restoration projects,
evaluation of the success or effectiveness of completed habitat
restoration, an inventory of existing natural resources, an
inventory of existing restoration/protection/enhancement
projects, and on the ground projects which address a gap in
existing restoration activities or proposed in partnership with
existing restoration/protection enhancement activities.  Projects
in the Niagara River and St. Lawrence River drainage basin
could address the loss of fish and wildlife habitat, including an
inventory of existing resources and on the ground projects to
restore/protect/enhance habitat.  
- Lake Erie and the St. Clair/Lake St. Clair/Detroit River basins. 
Projects which (i) address the loss of fish and wildlife habitat or
(ii) demonstrate innovative technologies for control of pollutant
loadings from the watershed.
- Lake Huron basin.  Projects which (i) support the goals and
objectives outlined by the International Alvar Initiative or (ii)
demonstrate the connection between coastal marshes and the
fishery.
- Lake Michigan basin.  Projects which (i) identify or demonstrate
brownfield to habitat restoration, possibly with attention to
establishing native vegetation on steel slag areas, (ii) protect or
restore sand dunes with native vegetation, or (iii) protect critical
habitats from destruction or degradation, i.e. wetlands.
- Lake Superior basin.  Projects which (i) address the gaps in
species and ecological community inventories, (ii) further
resource assessment at a more local level, or (iii) protect or
restore biodiversity as a result of innovative techniques and
partnerships.

GLNPO's Preproposal evaluation will also consider whether the
proposed project:
-is located in an area supporting significant biodiversity. 
-has biological importance on a regional or global scale.
-could lead to new ways of integrating economic growth with
conservation.
-has a capability for replicating success and fostering similar
actions elsewhere, creating new partnerships, and testing new
techniques or approaches. 
-tests new biological management practices and new
restoration techniques.
-has potential for identifying and reporting demonstrated
environmental results.
-incorporates an education/outreach component.
-positively impacts a significant number of acres of aquatic,
wetland, riverine, and terrestrial Great Lakes habitat.  

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

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INVASIVE SPECIES -$300,000*

*Planning Target -subject to change for various reasons,
including Congressional and Agency
 action such as development and approval of annual operating
plans.

GLNPO will provide assistance to address invasive
(non-indigenous) aquatic and terrestrial species in the Great
Lakes Basin with an emphasis on prevention.  Applicants
should note, however, that funding for this category is less
certain than that for other categories.  There is currently not a
specific line item in GLNPO's budget for "Emerging Issues," but
this priority is proposed to be funded using Congressionally
directed funding.

We are particularly interested in the following projects: 
- development and demonstration of strong and innovative
programs (education and outreach, new technology, or
biological) to prevent the introduction of new nuisance invasive
species (aquatic or terrestrial) into the Great Lakes Basin.
-development and demonstration of strong and innovative
programs to control the spread of invasive species within and
from the Great Lakes Basin.
-identification of the ecological effects the current suite of
invasives are having on nutrients and contaminants cycling in
the Great Lakes Basin ecosystem.
-documenting ecological impacts of invasive species on the
Great Lakes Basin food web.
-documenting the economic impacts or potential economic
impacts of invasive species already in the Great Lakes Basin.
-projects which identify chemical, physical, and biological
conditions that promote the establishment of invasive species.
-identification of conditions that allow for the establishment of
invasive species.

GLNPO's Preproposal evaluation will consider priorities
associated with invasive species for geographic areas within the
Great Lakes, particularly those of Lakewide Management Plans. 
However, as funding for this category is limited, emphasis will
be placed on projects of Great Lakes Basin-wide applicability. 
Evaluations will also consider:
-potential for project to benefit the Great Lakes ecosystem.
-transferability across the Great Lakes Basin and beyond.
-potential to advance government and private partnerships and
community involvement.

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

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EMERGING ISSUES -$220,000*

*Planning Target -subject to change for various reasons,
including Congressional and Agency
 action such as development and approval of annual operating
plans.

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 innovative Great Lakes
environmental projects which deal with emerging issues of
basin-wide strategic importance.  Comments from participants
in Great Lakes planning meetings and evaluations of the results
of previous GLNPO funding processes demonstrate the
continued importance of a solicitation of this sort.  Prior to last
year, important projects which did not fit neatly in the requested
categories could not be systematically addressed.  Applicants
should note, however, that funding for this category is less
certain than that for other categories.  There is currently not a
specific line item in GLNPO's budget for "Emerging Issues," but
this priority is proposed to be funded using Congressionally
directed funding.
	
We expect that strategic projects in this area would: 
-include efforts in Contaminated Sediments, Pollution Prevention
and Reduction, Habitat (Ecological) Protection and Restoration,
or Invasive Species which do not meet GLNPO criteria for those
areas, 
-cut across or overlap two or more of the foregoing areas, or 
-address Assessment/Indicators or some other unanticipated
area.  

We especially encourage projects which identify and propose
solutions/mitigation for 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 and endocrine
disruptors.
-human health.
-economic issues.
-environmental impacts of lower lake levels.

As funding for this category is limited, emphasis will be placed
on projects of Great Lakes Basin-wide applicability.  Evaluations
will depend on the type of projects submitted, as well as:
-potential to further the restoration and maintenance of the
chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Great Lakes
Basin Ecosystem.
-demonstration of adequate laboratory facilities and
instrumentation to complete the proposed work.

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