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Reminder - Closing Date February 16, 2001
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes National Program
Office (GLNPO) invites you to submit Preproposals for projects to be
awarded from Fiscal Year 2001 funding. The "FY2001-2002 USEPA Great Lakes
National Program Office Request for  Preproposals" (RFP) requests that
Preproposals be developed in the areas of:
 -   Contaminated Sediments
 -   Pollution Prevention and Reduction  (Great Lakes Binational Toxics
     Strategy)
 -   Ecological (Habitat) Protection and Restoration
 -   Invasive Species
 -   Indicator Development
 -   Strategic or Emerging Issues

A total of $3.15 million is targeted for awards in the Summer and Fall of
2001.  The deadline for Preproposals is February 16, 2001.  Indicator
Development is a new category, building upon work done through the State of
the Lakes Ecosystem Conferences. 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 preproposals be developed using our electronic
Preproposal Submission System (PSS2001). The RFP and the PSS2001 program
are available on the Internet from http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/fund/2001guid/
For general questions, please contact Michael Russ (russ.michael@epa.gov
/312-886-4013).
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The following RFP excerpts provide an idea of the projects requested and
criteria GLNPO is using this year.  Please refer to the RFP for full
descriptions, including Lake-specific criteria.

A. Contaminated Sediments.  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 BE FUNDING BASIC RESEARCH
FOCUSING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNOLOGIES FOR TREATING CONTAMINATED
SEDIMENTS.

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.
-    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.

B. Pollution Prevention (Binational Toxics Strategy).  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 (see
http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/bns/strategy.html).  The 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), polychlorinated biphenyls (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-tetrachlorobenzene; pentachlorobenzene; hexachlorobutadiene; and
hexachlorocyclohexanes.

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.  (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.)
-    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).

C. Ecological (Habitat) Protection and Restoration. GLNPO will fund
projects that demonstrate new and innovative practices and tools for
protecting and restoring aquatic, terrestrial, and wetland ecosystems. When
developing Preproposals, 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.  Applicants should note
that:
-    Acquisition projects will not be considered.
-    Basinwide projects, projects having large-scale implications for the
     Great Lakes ecosystem, are encouraged.  Preproposals must indicate
     specific project outcomes as well as identify workplan contents.
-    Regional projects must be consistent with described Lakewide
     Management Plan priorities, with Tribal priorities, or with
     Biodiversity Investment Area development as described in the SOLEC
     2000, Shoreline Biodiversity Investment Area Integration paper <
     http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/solec/indicators2000-e.html >.
-    Local or site-specific projects must demonstrate innovative measures
     to protect or restore, and define expected outcomes.

D. Invasive Species.  GLNPO will provide assistance to address invasive
(non-indigenous) aquatic and terrestrial species in the Great Lakes Basin
with an emphasis on prevention.  This priority is proposed to be funded
using Congressionally directed funding.

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 nuisance 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
     Basin.
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.

E. Indicator Development.  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 indicators selected for reporting
at the biennial State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conferences (SOLEC).  These
indicators are intended to be easily understood and objectively represent
the condition of the Great Lakes ecosystem components.  The information
generated is targeted toward making better management decisions concerning
the restoration and maintenance of Great Lakes ecosystem health.  The
complete descriptions for the indicators can be found on the web at: <
http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/solec/indicators2000-e.html>.

Eighty indicators are currently on the list.  At SOLEC 2000, information
was presented on 31 of the 43 indicators.  Funded projects are in place for
the development and testing of 5 indicators.  The remaining 32 indicators
require further refinement of the indicator itself, identification and
testing of methodology, data collection, establishment of monitoring
programs, or other efforts to bring the information forward for reporting
at SOLEC.  The underdeveloped indicators are associated with all of the
SOLEC indicator categories except coastal wetlands, which is being
addressed through a Coastal Wetlands Consortium cooperative agreement.
Preproposals are now being requested for development of the following SOLEC
underdeveloped indicators (as each is fully described at the above URL):
-    Nearshore and offshore waters (#6, #120, #8142)
-    Nearshore terrestrial (#8132, #8134, #8136, #8137, #8139, #8141,
     #8149)
-    Land use (#7053)
-    Societal (#3509, #3510, #3511, #3512, #3513, #7042, #8140)
-    Human health (#113, #4088, #4177, #4178, #4179)
-    Unbounded (#4519, #4857, #4858, #8150)

While priority will be given to the selection of Preproposals for the
underdeveloped indicators, GLNPO will also consider Preproposals for
enhancements to the existing 43 SOLEC indicators.  Any such Preproposal
should assist with full scale implementation of the indicator, perhaps
adding to the time period covered by the indicator or expanding its
geographic scope.

The purpose of projects funded in this category is to demonstrate the
utility of selected indicators across the Great Lakes basin.  Applicants
seeking funding for indicator development research should pursue funding
from USEPA's Office of Research and Development.  Additional information is
available at < http://es.epa.gov/ncerqa/rfa >.

F. Strategic or Emerging Issues.   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 strategic or emerging issues of
basin-wide  importance.  This priority is proposed to be funded as a result
of Congressionally directed funding.

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 "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
     disruptors.
-    human health.
-    economic issues.
-    environmental impacts of lower lake levels.

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Michael Russ
U.S. EPA - Great Lakes National Program Office
Program Planning and Budget Team Leader
77 West Jackson Blvd., G-17J
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 886-4013 [voice]
(312) 353 - 2018 [fax]


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