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Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) Request for Proposal (RFP) Aaron Lauster Acting MRBI Coordinator USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service . MRBI Objective.
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Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) Request for Proposal (RFP) Aaron Lauster Acting MRBI Coordinator USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

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MRBI Objective Improve the wellbeing of the Mississippi River Basin by working with makers to help them intentionally actualize preservation frameworks which: Avoid, control and trap supplement overflow Restore/upgrade untamed life living space Maintain farming profitability 2

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MRBI Funding - NRCS will offer this Initiative for 4 monetary years: 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. NRCS will devote at any rate $80 million in FA in each of these monetary years. Financing is above normal program subsidizing levels in these 12 States. 3

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Requests for Proposals (RFP) The MRBI will incorporate 2 RFPs for 2010 The first of the 2 RFPs (CCPI and WREP) was distributed on March 2, 2010 The second RFP will cover the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) and will be a subpart of the national CIG RFP 4

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MRBI RFP Funding FA Funding for Proposals: $50 million for Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) $25 million for Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP) 5

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Submitting Proposals All proposition submitted to NHQ, Gregory Johnson specifically. Duplicate to State Conservationist (STC) STCs will pick up information and input from State Technical Committees 6

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Who May Apply Federally perceived tribes State and neighborhood units of government Non-legislative associations CCPI furthermore names: Farmer cooperatives Producer affiliations Institutes of advanced education Individual landowners and horticultural makers may not submit proposition under the RFP 7

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Submitting Proposals Must submit isolate recommendations for CCPI and WREP MRBI is not a Grant Program No specialized help assets will be given to accomplices through the MRBI-CCPI assention State Conservationist may go into particular understandings for specialized help through ordinary components 8

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Watersheds Focus Areas 9

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Watershed Selection Proposals must address one or more 12-digit HUC watershed inside an assigned 8-digit HUC center territory. 12-digit HUCs don\'t precisely coordinate 8-digit HUCs (list accessible on the Website) 10

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Partner Activities Partners may, through the association assentions: Facilitate the accommodation of program applications Encourage collaboration and advance development Provided extra specialized and budgetary help Recommend custom-made practice records or wetland exercises Recommend program adaptabilities (CCPI) Provide different assets, including observing and assessment 11

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CCPI FA Funding Availability $40 Million EQIP $ 5 Million WHIP 278,000 sections of land in CSP Partners are not required to give money related or specialized help but rather will get higher need thought 12

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CCPI Landowners and agrarian makers must: Participate in a venture territory characterized by an affirmed understanding Enroll in EQIP, WHIP, and/or CSP. Meet program qualification necessities Be assessed and positioned by NRCS and chose in view of destined to accomplish program goals (Partners can suggest adaptabilities required for EQIP, WHIP and CSP through CCPI extend proposition.) 13

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CCPI Financial help for checking and assessment will be guided 10% greatest of aggregate budgetary help supports in a proposition might be assigned for edge-of-field observing through maker contracts. New NRCS interval rehearse standard for checking and assessment has been created. An installment calendar will be created for cost-sharing on the checking and assessment rehearse. 14

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WREP FA Funding Availability: $25 Million Partners are required to give a money related match of no less than 5 percent of the securing and/or reclamation costs. Accomplices who give extra budgetary or specialized help will get higher need thought 15

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WREP Landowners must Participate in a venture range characterized by an affirmed understanding Meet WRP program qualification necessities Protect, reestablish, or upgrade wetlands Be assessed and positioned by NRCS and chose in light of well on the way to accomplish program targets Enroll in a perpetual easement; 30-year easement; or 30-year contract (on tribal land just) 16

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Proposal Requirements Proposal Cover and Summary Objectives and Actions Proposal Criteria Partner history Watershed assignment Coordinated program Partner parts and duties 17

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Proposal Requirements (proceeded with) 3) Proposal Criteria, proceeded with Duration and timetable (may not surpass 5 years) Resources utilized Monitoring, assessment, and reporting arrangement Ranking criteria Estimate of investment and effort exercises 18

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Proposal Requirements (proceeded with) 3) Proposal Criteria, proceeded with Estimate of yearly subsidizes required by program Conservation frameworks, movement arrangements, upgrades, and accomplice exercises to be executed with appraisals (CCPI) Requested approach, strategy, or specialized conformities (CCPI) 19

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Selection and Review State Conservationist will audit proposition for: Potential collaboration or duplication of endeavors Adherence to program prerequisites Benefits of usage Local issue or concerns Provide suggestion to the Chief 20

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Ranking Criteria Higher need will be given to recommendations that: Demonstrate High potential to accomplish water quality goals Demonstrated history of progress Provide effort to generally underserved customers Facilitate landowner applications Significantly influence non-Federal assets Coordinate with other nearby, State, tribal, and/or Federal projects Provide checking and assessment 21

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Ranking Criteria Continued Higher need will be given to proposition that: Assist with meeting administrative necessities Propose creative execution strategies and conveyance Coordinate both CCPI and WREP Demonstrate High potential to enhance natural life environment Demonstrate powerful watershed arranging Accelerate execution and rebuilding 22

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Selection Process Chief will make last segment in view of positioning criteria Applicant will be informed of determination or non-choice 23

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Partnership Agreements Identify parts of partner(s) and NRCS: Monitoring and assessment duties Format and recurrence of reports Plan of work and spending Project plan Other prerequisites 24

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RFP Timeline March 2 Release of Requests for Proposals (CCPI & WREP) May 3 Closure of Requests for Proposals May 31 Selection of Project Areas (12-digit HUC\'s) June 30 Enter into Agreements with Partners in Project Areas, and Conduct information exchange with Landowners/Producers All assets committed by Obligate supports through Agreements and September 1 Contracts; Begin Conservation Practice Implementation

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Questions? Follow-up inquiries can be sent to Aaron Lauster Acting MRBI organizer aaron.lauster@mi.usda.gov or 202-690-0318 26

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EEO Statement The U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) denies separation in every one of its projects and exercises on the premise of race, shading, national root, age, incapacity, and where appropriate, sex, conjugal status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual introduction, hereditary data, political convictions, response, or on the grounds that all or a part of an individual\'s pay is gotten from any open help program. (Not all precluded bases apply to all projects.) Persons with handicaps who require elective means for correspondence of program data (Braille, vast print, audiotape, and so on.) ought to contact USDA\'s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To record a protest of segregation keep in touch with USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equivalent open door supplier and boss. 27

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