Wetland Mapping, Vegetation Survey and Ecological Condition Assessment

Agency: Boulder County
State: Colorado
Type of Government: State & Local
NAICS Category:
  • 541370 - Surveying and Mapping (except Geophysical) Services
  • 541620 - Environmental Consulting Services
  • 541690 - Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services
Posted Date: Mar 27, 2020
Due Date: Apr 23, 2020
Solicitation No: 7134-20
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Wetland Mapping, Vegetation Survey and Ecological Condition Assessment
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Due Date: 04/23/2020 2:00 pm
Bidding Number: 7134-20
Bidding Categories: Parks and Open Space
Other Comments:

BACKGROUND:

Wetlands are a vital and sensitive resource within the arid west and in Boulder County. Wetlands function as significant habitat to a wide variety of plants and animals and provide an array of ecosystem services that benefit the people of Boulder County. They are recognized as an “important environmental resource” in the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan – Environmental Resource Element. Unfortunately, today wetlands face a broad range of threats. From invasive species degrading plant communities, to a decrease of water inputs associated with precision agriculture, to alterations in precipitation and hydroperiod due to climate change. Wetlands both globally and locally are rapidly changing.

While Boulder County Parks and Open Space (BCPOS) has collected data on wetlands in the past, the last update to wetland mapping on BCPOS land occurred in 2008 and less than 6% of wetlands within the county have ever received a standardized quality assessment. This data is critical for decisions made regarding the stewardship and management of wetlands.

Therefore, the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department is seeking proposals to conduct a spatial mapping update and rapid ecological condition assessment for a targeted sample of wetlands on numerous BCPOS properties. The methodology will include a GPS delineation of the wetland feature, species inventory, percent cover estimate, and some, but not all, components of the ecological integrity assessment following the methods outlined in the Colorado National Heritage Program’s (CNHP) 2015 Colorado Wetland Ecological Integrity Assessment protocol (Field Manual Version 2.1) and associated Level 2.5 field data form located at: ( https://cnhp.colostate.edu/cwic/library/manuals/ ). It is the selected Contractors responsibility to become familiar with the assessment protocol document.

BCPOS has collected data on wetlands in the past but has never completed a comprehensive inventory and much of the data is out of date. Previously collected BCPOS wetland data, as well as, the CNHP National Wetland Inventory will be used as a baseline for the field inventory. Due to the large number of features on BCPOS lands in these data sources, this effort will focus on emergent wetlands and exclude a majority of riverine or freshwater pond/lake features. For 2020 this project will be limited to northern Boulder County (see Attachment B). There is an estimated total of 141 wetland features and 299.9 acres that are currently mapped on forty six (46) BCPOS properties; and an additional sixteen (16) wetland features and 411.3 acres currently mapped on seven (7) conservation easement properties in the baseline dataset that will be field verified and inventoried as appropriate, as part of this effort.

Note that much of the current mapping was done by aerials and accuracy is highly variable; many of the features in the dataset have not been confirmed on the ground and may be omitted from the inventory during field verification, if they do not meet the criteria for a wetland. A large majority of the currently mapped wetlands occur on the plains in the eastern part of the county, although this may be a result of previous mapping priorities and difficulty distinguishing wetlands via aerials at higher elevations. If additional wetlands that are not in the baseline dataset are observed in the field during the inventory, they should be documented with a photograph and provided to Boulder County to determine if they should be added to the assessment. Attachment B shows the distribution of the current baseline wetland layer that will be verified and inventoried or documented and removed as part of this effort.

The data collected through this effort will be used to rank the overall ecological integrity of existing wetlands, help guide future management decisions and allow for repeated monitoring of BCPOS wetlands in the future.

CONTRACT LANGUAGE:

The successful proposer will be required to enter into a Contract for Services and meet all insurance requirements as required prior to any work beginning.

All proposers are instructed to thoroughly review all the stated insurance requirements for this Project, the insurance requirements stated are the minimum and standard for Boulder County Government, for this Project. All hired contractors are required to meet the insurance requirements, as stated, for contracted services as part of the Boulder County contracting process. Owner/Sole Proprietors/Officer are not exempt from the county’s insurance requirements and coverage limits. Please refer to the Insurance Requirements in this RFP.

In the event the selected contractor is unable to commence work as agreed to, the Boulder County Commissioners may rescind the bid award and proceed to award the contract to another proposer based on RFP # 7134-20, re-bid the work, or proceed in any lawful manner the County deems necessary.

PRE-PROPOSAL MEETING:

A Pre-proposal meeting will NOT be held for this Project.

ATTACHMENTS:

The following documents are part of this RFP:

  1. Attachment A: Sample CNHP Field Data Form with Required Metrics
  2. Attachment B: Boulder County POS Wetland Maps
  3. Attachment C: Table of Wetland Acreages and Properties
  4. Attachment D: Boulder County Metadata Standards
  5. Attachment E: Parks and Open Space Metadata Standards
  6. Attachment F: Sample Contract

WRITTEN INQUIRIES:

All inquiries regarding RFP # 7134-20 will be submitted via email to the Boulder County Purchasing Office at purchasing@bouldercounty.org on or before 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 13, 2020. A response from the county to all inquiries will be posted and sent via email no later than end of day Thursday, April 16, 2020.

Please do not contact any other county department or personnel with questions or for information regarding this solicitation.

SUBMITTAL INSTRUCTIONS:

Submittals are due at the email box listed below, for time and date recording on or before 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, proposals will only be accepted electronically by emailing purchasing@bouldercounty.org .

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County Response Due:
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SUBMITTAL DUE DATE:
Boulder County Purchasing
1325 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302
purchasing@bouldercounty.org
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
COVER PAGE
7134-20
2020 Boulder County Parks and Open
Space Wetland Mapping, Vegetation
Survey and Ecological Condition
Assessment
N/A
Monday, April 13, 2020 by 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
purchasing@bouldercounty.org
Proposal Instructions
Terms and Conditions
Specifications
Insurance and W-9 Requirements
Proposal Section
Submittal Checklist
Evaluation Criteria
Sustainability Questionnaire
Signature Page
Attachments A-F
Thursday, April 23, 2020 by 2:00 p.m.
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Boulder County Purchasing
1325 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302
purchasing@bouldercounty.org
PROPOSAL INSTRUCTIONS
BACKGROUND:
Wetlands are a vital and sensitive resource within the arid west and in Boulder County.
Wetlands function as significant habitat to a wide variety of plants and animals and provide an
array of ecosystem services that benefit the people of Boulder County. They are recognized as
an “important environmental resource” in the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan -
Environmental Resource Element. Unfortunately, today wetlands face a broad range of threats.
From invasive species degrading plant communities, to a decrease of water inputs associated
with precision agriculture, to alterations in precipitation and hydroperiod due to climate
change. Wetlands both globally and locally are rapidly changing.
While Boulder County Parks and Open Space (BCPOS) has collected data on wetlands in the
past, the last update to wetland mapping on BCPOS land occurred in 2008 and less than 6% of
wetlands within the county have ever received a standardized quality assessment. This data is
critical for decisions made regarding the stewardship and management of wetlands.
Therefore, the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department is seeking proposals to
conduct a spatial mapping update and rapid ecological condition assessment for a targeted
sample of wetlands on numerous BCPOS properties. The methodology will include a GPS
delineation of the wetland feature, species inventory, percent cover estimate, and some, but
not all, components of the ecological integrity assessment following the methods outlined in
the Colorado National Heritage Program’s (CNHP) 2015 Colorado Wetland Ecological Integrity
Assessment protocol (Field Manual Version 2.1) and associated Level 2.5 field data form located
at: (https://cnhp.colostate.edu/cwic/library/manuals/ ). It is the selected Contractors
responsibility to become familiar with the assessment protocol document.
BCPOS has collected data on wetlands in the past but has never completed a comprehensive
inventory and much of the data is out of date. Previously collected BCPOS wetland data, as well
as, the CNHP National Wetland Inventory will be used as a baseline for the field inventory. Due
to the large number of features on BCPOS lands in these data sources, this effort will focus on
emergent wetlands and exclude a majority of riverine or freshwater pond/lake features. For
2020 this project will be limited to northern Boulder County (see Attachment B). There is an
estimated total of 141 wetland features and 299.9 acres that are currently mapped on forty six
(46) BCPOS properties; and an additional sixteen (16) wetland features and 411.3 acres
currently mapped on seven (7) conservation easement properties in the baseline dataset that
will be field verified and inventoried as appropriate, as part of this effort.
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Note that much of the current mapping was done by aerials and accuracy is highly variable;
many of the features in the dataset have not been confirmed on the ground and may be
omitted from the inventory during field verification, if they do not meet the criteria for a
wetland. A large majority of the currently mapped wetlands occur on the plains in the eastern
part of the county, although this may be a result of previous mapping priorities and difficulty
distinguishing wetlands via aerials at higher elevations. If additional wetlands that are not in the
baseline dataset are observed in the field during the inventory, they should be documented
with a photograph and provided to Boulder County to determine if they should be added to the
assessment. Attachment B shows the distribution of the current baseline wetland layer that will
be verified and inventoried or documented and removed as part of this effort.
The data collected through this effort will be used to rank the overall ecological integrity of
existing wetlands, help guide future management decisions and allow for repeated monitoring
of BCPOS wetlands in the future.
CONTRACT LANGUAGE:
The successful proposer will be required to enter into a Contract for Services and meet all
insurance requirements as required prior to any work beginning.
All proposers are instructed to thoroughly review all the stated insurance requirements for this
Project, the insurance requirements stated are the minimum and standard for Boulder County
Government, for this Project. All hired contractors are required to meet the insurance
requirements, as stated, for contracted services as part of the Boulder County contracting
process. Owner/Sole Proprietors/Officer are not exempt from the county’s insurance
requirements and coverage limits. Please refer to the Insurance Requirements in this RFP.
In the event the selected contractor is unable to commence work as agreed to, the Boulder County
Commissioners may rescind the bid award and proceed to award the contract to another proposer
based on RFP # 7134-20, re-bid the work, or proceed in any lawful manner the County deems
necessary.
PRE-PROPOSAL MEETING:
A Pre-proposal meeting will NOT be held for this Project.
ATTACHMENTS:
The following documents are part of this RFP:
1. Attachment A:
Sample CNHP Field Data Form with Required Metrics
2. Attachment B:
Boulder County POS Wetland Maps
3. Attachment C:
Table of Wetland Acreages and Properties
4. Attachment D:
Boulder County Metadata Standards
5. Attachment E:
Parks and Open Space Metadata Standards
6. Attachment F:
Sample Contract
WRITTEN INQUIRIES:
All inquiries regarding RFP # 7134-20 will be submitted via email to the Boulder County
Purchasing Office at purchasing@bouldercounty.org on or before 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 13,
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2020. A response from the county to all inquiries will be posted and sent via email no later
than end of day Thursday, April 16, 2020.
Please do not contact any other county department or personnel with questions or for
information regarding this solicitation.
SUBMITTAL INSTRUCTIONS:
Submittals are due at the email box listed below, for time and date recording on or before 2:00
p.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, April 23, 2020.
Your response can be submitted by email only. Please note that email responses to this
solicitation are required but are limited to a maximum of 25MB capacity. NO ZIP FILES
ALLOWED. Electronic submittals must be received in the email box listed below. Submittals
sent to any other box will NOT be forwarded or accepted. This email box is only accessed on
the due date of your questions or proposals. Please use the Delivery Receipt option to verify
receipt of your email. It is the sole responsibility of the proposer to ensure their documents
are received before the deadline specified above. Boulder County does not accept
responsibility under any circumstance for delayed or failed email or mailed submittals.
Email
purchasing@bouldercounty.org; identified as RFP # 7134-20 in the subject line.
All RFPs must be received, and time and date recorded by authorized county staff by the above
due date and time. Sole responsibility rests with the proposer to see that their RFP response is
received on time at the stated location(s). Any proposals received after due date and time will
be returned to the proposer.
The Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, to waive
any informalities or irregularities therein, and to accept the proposal that, in the opinion of the
Board, is in the best interest of the Board and of the County of Boulder, State of Colorado.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): If you need special services provided for under the
Americans with Disabilities Act, contact the ADA Coordinator or the Human Resources office at
(303) 441-3525 at least 48 hours before the scheduled event.
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Boulder County Purchasing
1325 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302
purchasing@bouldercounty.org
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. Proposers are expected to examine the drawing, specifications, schedule of delivery, and
all instructions. Failure to do so will be at the proposer’s risk.
2. Each proposer will furnish the information required in the Request for Proposals.
3. The Contract/Purchase Order will be awarded to that responsible proposer whose
submittal, conforming to the Request for Proposals, will be most advantageous to the
County of Boulder, price and other factors considered.
4. The County of Boulder reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to waive
informalities and minor irregularities in proposals received, and to accept any portion of
or all items proposed if deemed in the best interest of the County of Boulder to do so.
5. No submittal will be withdrawn for a period of thirty (30) days subsequent to the opening
of proposals without the consent of the County Purchasing Agent or delegated
representative.
6. A signed purchase order or contract furnished to the successful proposer results in a
binding contract without further action by either party.
7. Late or unsigned proposals will not be accepted or considered. It is the responsibility of
proposers to ensure that the proposal arrives at the Administrative Services Information
Desk prior to the time indicated in the “Request for Proposals.”
8. The proposed price will be exclusive of any Federal or State taxes from which the County
of Boulder is exempt by law.
9. Any interpretation, correction or change of the RFP documents will be made by
Addendum. Interpretations, corrections and changes of the RFP documents made in any
other manner will not be binding, and proposer will not rely upon such interpretations,
corrections and changes. The County’s Representative will not be responsible for oral
clarification.
10. Confidential/Proprietary Information: Proposals submitted in response to this “Request
for Proposals” and any resulting contract are subject to the provisions of the Colorado
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