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Water Quality Monitoring

The Ausable River Association (AsRA), a non-profit environmental conservation organization based in Wilmington, New York, is seeking a qualified contractor to provide field work and water sample analysis.

Project Overview

This project will collect data necessary to optimize and reduce road salt loading in the Chubb River sub-watershed and Lake Champlain Basin. Salt application from municipal equipment will be quantified using automatic vehicle location loggers, these data will be coupled with stormwater monitoring data, and continuous monitoring stations to quantify the road salt pollutant load to Mirror Lake and the Chubb River. These data will be used to inform and test the effectiveness of best management practices to reduce road salt use while maintaining safe driving and walking surfaces.

  • Task 1. QAPP development. Provide necessary information about field and laboratory procedures so that AsRA staff can develop a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) for the overall project. Anticipate 13 hours of work.
  • Task 2. Discharge measurements. Collect stream discharge measurements every 3-weeks on average during the project period (see below) at five sites in the Village of Lake Placid. In addition, collect a water sample for laboratory analysis. A total of 34 site visits should be made during the project period.
  • Task 3. Stream water sample analysis. Water sample analysis for lab pH, specific conductance, apparent color, total phosphorus, nitrate+nitrite, ammonium, total nitrogen, DOC, alkalinity, chloride, calcium, & sodium using standard protocols (APHA, APHA 2510 B, APHA 2120 C, APHA 10200 H, APHA 4500-P H, APHA 4500-NO3 I, EPA 301.2, EPA 300.0, EPA 200.7). A total of 170 water samples will be analyzed during the project period.
  • Task 4. Lake water sample analysis. Water sample analysis for lab pH, specific conductance, apparent color, chlorophyll-a, total phosphorus, nitrate+nitrite, ammonium, total nitrogen, DOC, alkalinity, chloride, calcium, & sodium using standard protocols (APHA, APHA 2510 B, APHA 2120 C, APHA 10200 H, APHA 4500-P H, APHA 4500-NO3 I, EPA 301.2, EPA 300.0, EPA 200.7). A total of 80 samples will be analyzed during the project period; 40 will include chlorophyll-a, 40 will exclude chlorophyll-a.
  • Task 5. Stormwater analysis. Water sample analysis of stormwater samples for major cations, chloride, and specific conductance. A total of 200 samples will be analyzed during the project period.
  • Task 6. Quarterly and final reporting. Work with AsRA staff on data management, quarterly, and final reporting. Anticipate 50 hours of work.

We request that you include a per sample trip and per water sample analysis costs in your quote. You may provide a quote for all or a portion of the work outlined above.

Project Timeline

The project will run from June 2020 to June 2022.

About AsRA

Since 1998, AsRA has been working with landowners, local, state, and federal government, NGOs, researchers, and other stakeholders to conserve the valued resources of the Ausable watershed. AsRA's conservation programs provide transferable solutions to issues that challenge many watersheds. We undertake rigorous monitoring to mitigate the effects of pollutants on aquatic life and drinking water; provide early detection, education, and outreach to reduce invasive species threats; assess the abundance of aquatic native species, such as brook trout, and work to protect their habitat; and we restore the health and balance of our streams, sustaining ecological diversity and providing flood resilience for our communities. See our website: www.ausableriver.org for more details.

How to Apply

Submit a completed quote including specific qualifications to brendan@ausableriver.org no later than NOON on October 18, 2019. Vendors interested in bidding on this project should review this entire RFQ and direct any questions on the project to the email address listed here.

Municipal Salt Tracking

The Ausable River Association (AsRA), a non-profit environmental conservation organization based in Wilmington, New York, is seeking a qualified contractor to provide road salt application tracking on municipal vehicles operated by the Village of Lake Placid and Town of North Elba.

Project Overview

This project will collect data necessary to optimize and reduce road salt loading in the Chubb River sub-watershed and Lake Champlain Basin. Salt application from municipal equipment will be quantified using automatic vehicle location loggers, these data will be coupled with stormwater monitoring data, and continuous monitoring stations to quantify the road salt pollutant load to Mirror Lake and the Chubb River. These data will be used to inform and test the effectiveness of best management practices to reduce road salt use while maintaining safe driving and walking surfaces. 

  • Task 1. QAPP development. Provide necessary information about automated vehicle location equipment (AVL) so that AsRA staff can develop a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) for the overall project. This will include hardware used, data ping intervals, online data storage system, automated or manual quality assurance procedures, and other relevant information.
  • Task 2. Purchase and install equipment. Provide and install AVL equipment to track vehicle location, speed, and salt/sand application for four municipal vehicles (2 large plow trucks, 1 pickup truck, and 1 sidewalk applicator). Work with municipalities to calibrate equipment at least twice per year, or as outlined in the QAPP.
  • Task 3. Online data collection and viewing platform. AVL data needs to be made available through an online data collection and viewing platform. Data on vehicle location, speed, and application rate should be available for download as a common file format (xlsx, csv, txt, etc.), or exported on request.
  • Task 4. Operations assessment and feedback. Provide municipal two operators with two sessions that provide an overview of what has been learned about their operation using the AVL equipment and suggest areas where salt reduction may be achieved through improved operational efficiency or equipment investments.

You may provide a quote for all or a portion of the work outlined above.

Project Timeline

The project will run from October 2019 to June 2022. The first winter season (2019-2020) will be used to collect baseline data prior exploring the implementation of changes to winter road/sidewalk maintenance operations. 

About AsRA

Since 1998, AsRA has been working with landowners, local, state, and federal government, NGOs, researchers, and other stakeholders to conserve the valued resources of the Ausable watershed. AsRA’s conservation programs provide transferable solutions to issues that challenge many watersheds. We undertake rigorous monitoring to mitigate the effects of pollutants on aquatic life and drinking water; provide early detection, education, and outreach to reduce invasive species threats; assess the abundance of aquatic native species, such as brook trout, and work to protect their habitat; and we restore the health and balance of our streams, sustaining ecological diversity and providing flood resilience for our communities. See our website: www.ausableriver.org for more details.

How to Apply

Submit a completed quote including specific qualifications to brendan@ausableriver.org no later than NOON on October 18, 2019. Vendors interested in bidding on this project should review this entire RFQ and direct any questions on the project to the email address listed here. 

 

 

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