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GLIN==> USEPA GLNPO Funding Guidance / Request for Initial Proposals. Due 8AM, March 29, 2004







The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes National Program
Office (GLNPO) is requesting Initial Proposals for projects,
collectively totaling up to $4,180,000, furthering protection and clean
up of the Great Lakes ecosystem. Projects should address Contaminated
Sediments, Pollution Prevention and Toxics Reduction, Habitat
(Ecological) Protection and Restoration, Invasive Species, Strategic or
Emerging Issues, and Other Lakewide Management Plan or Remedial Action
Plan (LaMP/RAP) Priorities.  Initial Proposals are requested through the
"USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office FY2004-2005 Funding
Guidance,"  available at:
 http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/fund/2004guid/

The deadline for all Initial Proposals is 8:00 AM  Central time, Monday
morning, March 29, 2004.

Assistance 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 request that Initial Proposals be developed using our electronic
Proposal Submission System (PSS2004). The Funding Guidance and the
PSS2004 program are available on the Internet from
http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/fund/2004guid/

For your convenience, we have appended excerpts from the Funding
Guidance to give you a better idea of the projects requested this year.
Please refer to the Funding Guidance for full descriptions.

To be added to our mailing list which announces and provides information
about our funding opportunities, we request that you register at:
http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/maillist/index.html  For general questions,
please contact Michael Russ.

*****************************************************
Michael Russ
USEPA-Great Lakes National Program Office
Program Planning and Budget Team Leader
77 West Jackson Blvd. (G-17J)
Chicago, IL 60604-3590
russ.michael@epa.gov
phone 312-886-4013
fax 312-353-2018
www.epa.gov/glnpo/
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EXCERPTS FROM FY2004-2005 FUNDING GUIDANCE

A. Contaminated Sediments - $1,100,000 targeted for 5 to 12 projects for
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 research focusing on the development of technologies for
treating contaminated sediments.  We are particularly interested in the
following projects:

Top priority will be given to projects which will fill information or
other gaps essential to achieving sediment remediation in the Areas of
Concern (AOCs), pursuant to the Great Lakes Legacy Act, such as:
<    sediment assessments to support the development of remedial
     alternatives.
<    conduct evaluations of remedial alternatives for sites moving
     toward remediation.
<    conduct source identification/source control projects.

* Applicants should note that GLNPO has also also issued a separate $10
million Request for Projects addressing contaminated sediments in Areas
of Concern pursuant to the Great Lakes Legacy Act. Unlike the Funding
Guidance, the Legacy Act Request for Projects: is intended for larger
projects in Areas of Concern, is not a grant process and requires a 35%
non-federal match.

B. Pollution Prevention and Toxics Reduction - $500,000 targeted for
8-15 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.  We are particularly
interested in the following projects:
<    Source characterization: Assessment of potential sources of
     persistent toxic substances.
<    Indicators of progress toward virtual elimination of persistent
     toxic substances.
<    Proper disposal of persistent toxic substances.
<    Foster adoption of innovative products that would reduce the use
     and release of persistent toxic substances and that are consistent
     with the principles of EPA’s Environmentally-Preferable Purchasing
     Program.
<    Implementation of projects/actions delivering toxic
     reductions/pollution prevention in sectors targeted by the Great
     Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy.
<    Foster adoption of green technologies.  In this context, green
     technology  involves reducing or eliminating the use or generation
     of persistent toxic substances - including feedstocks, reagents,
     solvents, products and byproducts-during design, manufacture and
     use of chemical products and processes.
<    Outreach to achieve source reductions from targeted sectors or
     groups, e.g., designing a campaign for educating the XX industry on
     ways to reduce usage and releases of YY chemical.
<    Develop Great Lakes Basin-wide burn barrel outreach materials which
     target multiple user groups.  Project should consider the best ways
     to disseminate materials to rural communities, in consultation with
     user organizations (e.g., LaMP Forums).
<    Support for development of delisting targets for identified
     beneficial use impairments in AOCs related to fish and wildlife
     consumption, fish tumors or other deformities, and bird or animal
     deformities or reproductive problems.

C.1. General Habitat (Ecological) Protection and Restoration.  $875,000
targeted for 8 to 18 projects that demonstrate practices and tools for
protecting and restoring aquatic, terrestrial, and wetland ecosystems.
Acquisition projects will not be considered.  Basinwide projects having
large-scale ecological implications for the Great Lakes ecosystem, and
multi-organizational, binational partnerships are encouraged. Regional
projects must be consistent with Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP)
priorities, with Tribal priorities, or with regional ecological
protection and restoration planning effort priorities. Local or
site-specific projects must implement techniques that demonstrate
protection and restoration measures or the need for standard protection
and restoration techniques, and define expected outcomes. Projects of
particular interest are described in the Funding Guidance at basinwide,
regional, and local scales.

C.2. Habitat (Ecological) Conferences and Printing.  $75,000 targeted
for 15 to 25 projects for conferences, workshops, meeting, and
educational materials which address Great Lakes ecological protection
and restoration issues, information, and/or actions.

D. Invasive Species - $100,000 targeted for 2 to 4 projects 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 two topic areas:
1.   Development and demonstration of strong and innovative programs 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 Basin.
3.   Documenting ecological impacts of invasive species on the Great
     Lakes Basin food web.
4.   Documenting the economic impacts or potential economic impacts of
     invasive species already in the Great Lakes Basin.
5.   Identification of chemical, physical, and biological conditions
     that promote the establishment of invasive species.
6.   Development of innovative education/outreach projects.
7.   Monitoring and followup on past exotic controls.

E. Strategic or Emerging Issues - $120,000 targeted for 4 to 8
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 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.
Areas of particular interest include:
<    Chemicals of potential environmental concern such as polybrominated
     flame retardants, pharmaceuticals, and endocrine disruptors.
<    Documentation and investigation of causes and effects of observed
     changes in components of the Great Lakes ecosystem (for example,
     population estimates, nutrient loads; changes in lower food web
     assemblages, including Mysis, Diporeia, benthos and plankton; and
     effects of these changes on the lake fisheries).
<    Quantify and/or assess the connection between environmental
     contamination directly related to Great Lakes water quality and
     human health.
<    Social and economic issues affecting Great Lakes management and
     environmental decision-making.
<    Harnessing the innovation of market forces in environmental
     protection via air or water emissions trading.
<    Conferences, workshops, and meetings whose theme addresses
     strategically important issues under the under the Great Lakes
     Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) and/or the 2002 Great Lakes
     Strategy.

F. Other LaMP/RAP Priorities - $795,000 targeted for 14 to 42 projects
which advance Lakewide Management Plan and Remedial Action Plan
implementation and development. Projects of particular interest include:
1. RAP Delisting Projects for the 31 US AOCs
2. Lake Ontario Projects totaling up to $850,000 for 6-21 projects,
including: RAP Coordination; Contaminant Source Trackdown; Tributary
Load Monitoring, and Lake Ontario Mass Balance Model.
3. Lakes Michigan, Erie, Superior, and Huron projects totaling up to
$530,000 for 7-18 projects, including:
     a. LaMP/RAP Implementation through Facilitating Forum Stakeholders
     b. Tribal LaMP and RAP Implementation.
     c. Lake Michigan Monitoring Coordination
     d. Lake Michigan Environmental Education Boat Tour
     e. Lake Michigan RAP / Tributary Monitoring
     f.  St. Louis River RAP Infrastructure.
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