Thursday, March 19, 2009

NOAA Seeking "Shovel-Ready" Habitat Restoration Proposals

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking proposals for coastal habitat restoration projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in an unprecedented effort to jumpstart the economy, create and save several thousand jobs, and restore valuable coastal and marine habitat for fish, birds and other animals.

NOAA is formally seeking proposals for a variety of habitat restoration projects - including wetlands restoration, removal of unsafe, obsolete dams, construction of fish passages, oyster and other shellfish restoration and coral reef restoration. To ensure relevance, readiness and accountability to the American public, the 30-day solicitation requires that projects be "shovel-ready." Proposals are due by April 6, 2009. Typical investments by NOAA are expected to range between $1.5 million to $10 million per project; applications will be accepted for projects ranging from $500,000 up to $20 million.

For more information about this federal funding opportunity, please visit the NOAA habitat recovery website: or contact Jennifer Steger, Northwest and Alaska Regional Supervisor for the Restoration Center 206.526.4363,

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