Sacramento District California In-Lieu Fee Program Request for Proposals

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (“NFWF”) is excited to announce the availability of more than $8M in funding for aquatic resources restoration projects within the Sacramento District California In-Lieu Fee Program Area (“ILF Program Area”), which spans 37 counties and 65,000 square miles within the State of California.

The ILF Program offers permittees an in-lieu fee option to satisfy their compensatory mitigation obligations for impacts to aquatic resources. Through the sales of Aquatic Resource Credits and Vernal Pool Credits the ILF Program has accumulated certain funds that may be made available to fund projects that establish, enhance, restore, or in certain circumstances, preserve wetland resources in an applicable Service Area. The RFP specifically calls out the Kings River Watershed Aquatic Resource Service Area ($3,774,000 available), San Joaquin River Watershed Aquatic Resource Service Area ($408,000 available), and the Southern Sierra Foothills Vernal Pool Service Area ($2,782,500 available) as high priority Service Areas for funding.

In each case, the restoration, establishment, enhancement, and/or preservation benefits provided by the project must be clearly demonstrated and must meet all applicable requirements set forth in the 2008 Compensatory Mitigation for Losses of Aquatic Resources Final Rule (“2008 Rule”). These requirements are set forth in the 2008 Rule at 33 CFR Part 332.8(j) and 33 CFR Part 332.4(c)(2)-(14); and 40 CFR Part 230.98(j) and 40 CFR Part 230.94(c)(2)-(14).

Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribal entities, educational institutions, and private businesses.

The application process will be administered in two stages: 1) pre-proposal; and 2) full proposal. Respondents who are successful in the pre-proposal stage will be invited to submit a full proposal.

There is currently no deadline for submitting proposals as funds are continuously being received by the NFWF via credit sales. Proposals will be continuously accepted as funds are available.  For additional information on the ILF Program and how to apply for funding, please visit the NFWF website or view the PDF version of the RFP here.

Contact Information:
Jana Doi, Manager
Impact-Directed Environmental Accounts
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
90 New Montgomery Street, Suite 1010
San Francisco, CA 94105
Direct: 415.243.3102
Jana.Doi@nfwf.org

Chris Gurney, Wetland Program Director
Impact-Directed Environmental Accounts
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
90 New Montgomery Street, Suite 1010
San Francisco, CA 94105
Direct: 415.593.7627
Christopher.Gurney@nfwf.org

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