MassBays National Coastal Condition Assessment RFR
The Massachusetts Bays Program (MassBays) is seeking proposals for a contractor to conduct water quality and sediment monitoring along the entire Massachusetts coast. This monitoring is for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2015 National Coastal Condition Assessment, a nationwide monitoring effort that takes place every five years. MassBays is managing the current effort for Massachusetts. The selected contractor will be tasked with collecting water column and benthic grab samples from 52 stations along the Massachusetts coast during the summer of 2015. All training and most supplies will be provided and sample analysis will be conducted by EPA. For more information, to view the Request for Responses, and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website. Applications are due by February 20.
Green Infrastructure Stormwater Handbook
MassBays is pleased to introduce a new guidance document entitled “Using Green Infrastructure to Treat and Control Stormwater in Coastal Communities." The handbook, developed in partnership with EPA, is targeted towards departments of public works and planning, conservation commissions and agents, and nonprofits concerned about water quality in coastal ecosystems. Check out the handbook file size 11MB. Workshops were held around the MassBays planning area to present the handbook. If you missed these workshops, the presentation can be viewed here file size 8MB and the Fact Sheet for the Handbook can be viewed here file size 1MB.