The Division of Ecological Restoration (DER), Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, is seeking proposals from Massachusetts municipalities interested in replacing an undersized, perched, and/or degraded culvert located in an area of high ecological value. Total funding available in FY19 is anticipated to be $750,000. The purpose of this funding is to encourage municipalities to replace culverts with better designed crossings that meet improved structural and environmental design standards and climate resiliency criteria. Only projects that intend to meet the goals of the Massachusetts Stream Crossing Standards will be considered for funding. Incorporating these Standards into culvert design will improve river function and access for fish and wildlife, and will reduce hazards to public safety, such as flooding, culvert failure, and road washout. Massachusetts municipalities are eligible to apply for funding to support advancement of one culvert replacement project toward completion. Interested communities should view the full announcement, including eligibility and evaluation criteria, found here: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/culvert-replacement-municipal-assistance-grant-program/
The PRE-Request For Responses (RFR) period, February 12, 2018 to March 12, 2018, provides a preview of the RFR that DER will issue March 12, 2018. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Carrie Banks to discuss possible projects during this period.