Thursday, July 23, 2009

$5 Million RFP For Atmospheric Deposition Network Operations

Jul 22: U.S. EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) is requesting applications for an estimated $5 million in funding over five years for the management and operation of the Integrated Atmospheric Deposition Network (IADN) and to potentially conduct additional special studies and enhancements to IADN. Applications for the funding are due by August 17, 2009 by midnight, CDT.

GLNPO expects to make funding available for the management and operation of IADN October 1, 2009, to September 30, 2014, and for potential additional special studies and enhancements to IADN. EPA is requesting that applicants submit applications for up to $760,000 for Year 1, followed by four more years of funding, adjusted roughly for inflation, for an estimated total of up to $5 million over five years.

IADN is called for in Annex 15 of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. IADN is a binational cooperative effort between EPA and Environment Canada aimed at estimating atmospheric deposition of Persistent, Bioaccumulative, Toxic substances (PBTs) to the Great Lakes. It is used as a platform for conducting research, monitoring, and surveillance activities to assess the atmospheric deposition of PBTs to the Great Lakes. IADN presently collects data on the deposition of toxic pollutants (PCBs, PBDEs, organochlorine pesticides, and PAHs) to the Great Lakes at 15 sites (5 in the U.S.) through wet and dry deposition and gas exchange.

Access links to the complete application and related background information (
click here).