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DRBC Request for Proposal & Quotation (Deadline: 4PM, Friday, April 28)
DRBC Seeking Professional Services for Biological Monitoring Program Support
Proposal Content Requirements
Submission Requirements, Deadline
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DRBC Seeking Professional Services for Biological Monitoring Program Support

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is seeking qualified contractors to provide professional services in support of DRBC’s biological monitoring and criteria program. Under this procurement, DRBC anticipates issuing a delivery task-order contract.

This contract award will identify disciplines and specify negotiated hourly rates, fringe, overhead, and other unit costs required. Upon award of the contract, DRBC will issue specific task orders describing the tasks to be completed. The contractor will complete a cost estimate for each task order utilizing the contract specified rates. Differences in DRBC estimates and contractor cost estimates will be reconciled to arrive at an agreed upon costs for each individual task order.

DRBC anticipates a contract period of 5 years (July 1, 2017 through June 2022).

DRBC estimates a base funding level of approximately $60,000 per year for the term of the contract. Actual awards will depend of task orders issued and may be higher or lower than the base amount depending on available funds and needed work.  

Services to be provided under this contract include (but may not be limited to) the following:

  • Development, refinement, and application of multi-metric indices (MMI) of biological integrity;
  • Performance of field based biological monitoring including macroinvertebrates, periphyton, aquatic plants, freshwater mussels, and fish in the mainstem Delaware River and its tributaries;
  • Performance of field based ecological assessments in the mainstem Delaware River and its tributaries;
  • Development of proposed biological criteria and assistance with coordination among stakeholders;
  • Review and evaluation of previous biological monitoring assessment tools and protocols;
  • Assessment of estuary phytoplankton and ichthyoplankton data; and
  • Development and execution of estuary biological monitoring plans.

For field based activities, the contractor may be supplementing DRBC field staff. Details will be described in each task order.

DRBC will evaluate proposals based on technical qualifications and competitiveness of unit costs.

Given the expectation of field support, collaboration, and the need for occasional meetings, vendors maintaining a physical presence within the basin states (PA, NJ, DE, NY) in proximity to the DRBC offices are preferred.

Proposal Content Requirements

Submit three copies of a proposal document, including the following 3 sections. See Submission Requirements, Deadline (below).

Past Performance:

Description of past performance relevant to the services indicated in the Introduction section of this announcement, especially within the Delaware River Basin or its states. Past Performance section not to exceed 10 pages, double sided, 11-point font minimum.

Qualifications of Personnel:

Resumes, CVs, or equivalent of key personnel anticipated to provide services under this contract, especially as relates to the services indicated below and in the Introduction section of this announcement. Qualifications of Personnel section not to exceed 20 pages, double sided, 11-point font minimum.

At the team level, expertise in the following is required:

  • Intimate knowledge of the Delaware River, estuary, and bay;
  • Benthic macroinvertebrate ecology and taxonomy of NE U.S. rivers and estuaries;
  • Algal ecology and taxonomy of N.E. U.S. rivers and estuaries;
  • Large river and estuary habitat evaluation;
  • Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) ecology and taxonomy of N.E. U.S.;
  • Freshwater, estuarine, and marine bivalve ecology and taxonomy;
  • Field and laboratory protocols for water quality, macroinvertebrates, periphyton, plankton, mussels, aquatic vegetation, and habitat in large rivers and estuaries;
  • Development and analysis of ecological community metrics, multi-metric indices, and O/E models;
  • Ecological statistical analyses; biological data management;
  • Aquatic toxicology analyses;
  • Aquatic life standards and criteria development; and
  • Communication of scientific information via journal articles and public outreach materials.

Unit Costs: Submit in a Separate, Sealed Envelope marked 'Unit Cost':

Tables and/or spreadsheets documenting:

  • Proposed hourly unit costs for key personnel or job class categories;
    • Labor multipliers (such as overhead and fringe);
    • Clear indication of how multipliers are applied;
  • Daily or hourly unit costs for any anticipated equipment, including vessels;
  • Unit costs for anticipated supplies and expendables;
  • Per mile unit costs for motor vehicle(s); and
  • Per diem costs.

Applicants may propose different costs for each year of the anticipated contract. Unit Costs section not to exceed 2 pages, double sided, 11-point font minimum.

Submission Requirements, Deadline

Interested parties shall submit three (3) paper copies and one (1) electronic copy on CD of a proposal for this work as described above to:

Elba L. Deck, CPA, Director of Finance and Administration
Delaware River Basin Commission
25 Cosey Rd.
P.O. Box 7360
West Trenton, NJ 08628

Submittals must be received at the commission’s offices no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 28, 2017.

Please note:

  • Proposals received after this time will not be considered;
  • Delaware River Basin Commission reserves the right to reject any submittals;
  • Please review DRBC's Standard Contract (pdf 108 KB);
  • If the contractor cannot execute the Standard Contract in its current form, the contractor must describe the exceptions in their proposal; and
  • DRBC reserves the right to select multiple contractors based upon convenience, location, and cost.
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