Louisiana seeks coastal partners

Louisiana is seeking private partners to deliver integrated coastal protection projects under an alternative project delivery method.

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA)  has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) to provide full delivery of marsh creation and/or ridge restoration projects within southeast Louisiana.

The private partner will finance, design, construct and monitor integrated coastal protection projects. The partner will provide all capital to finance the delivery of marsh creation and/or ridge restoration projects. Capital must be secured through private sources.

It is the intent of CPRA to select multiple proposers from this solicitation. The highest qualified proposers determined through this RFQ shall be invited to propose specific projects through a separate RFP process. Contracts for projects selected via the RFP are presently anticipated to range up to $65m in value. Projects must be located within the Barataria Basin.

Projects may be implemented through the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) restoration planning effort to restore for damages caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as well as other coastal planning and restoration funding sources.

The objectives of these projects are to re-establish and nourish inland marsh and ridge habitat by hydraulically and mechanically dredging material from riverine, inshore and offshore borrow sources. Marsh creation and/or ridge restoration shall increase habitat areas and help improve storm buffering ability as a part of the multiple lines of defense protecting geographically and socially vulnerable communities.
Discrete projects will be solicited through a subsequent RFP and will consist of inland marsh creation and/or ridge restoration via dredged sediment that may come from multiple potential borrow sources to be identified and secured by the proposer upon approval by CPRA.

Under the outcome-based performance contract  (OBPC) the CPRA shall contract with a proposer for results-based, specific agreed-upon outcomes, goals, or outputs, with payment provided by an owner upon successful completion of the pre-agreed result, outcome, goal, output, or result.

Responses are due August 13, with questions due by July 18.

The RFQ document is available here.