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File #: 22-1931    Version: 2 Name: 12/19/22 Resolution for PSA with MSU and Appropriate $250,000
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 1/9/2023 In control: City Council
On agenda: 1/9/2023 Final action: 1/9/2023
Enactment date: 1/9/2023 Enactment #: R-23-001
Title: Resolution to Approve a Professional Services Agreement with Michigan State University to Create a Software Tool to Evaluate Water Quality and Appropriate $250,000.00 (8 Votes Required)
Attachments: 1. PSA Low Risk.pdf
Title
Resolution to Approve a Professional Services Agreement with Michigan State University to Create a Software Tool to Evaluate Water Quality and Appropriate $250,000.00 (8 Votes Required)
Memorandum
This resolution approves a sole source professional services agreement with Michigan State University (MSU) for developing and expanding a customized analysis tool within the Great Lakes Watershed Management System (GLWMS) developed by the Institute of Water Research (IWR) at MSU. The contract will be for a period of three years for a not to exceed total of $250,000.00. The contract will be paid out of the Open Space and Parkland Preservation Millage Fund and reimbursed by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through a previously awarded Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) grant.

On August 16, 2021, City Council approved an agreement with USDA-NRCS to accept up to $7,400,000.00 in grant funds over five years for the "Lake Erie Conservation Partnership: Food & Water for the Future of Southeast Michigan" Regional Conservation Partnership Program (R-21-307). RCPP is a federal grant program that provides a guaranteed pool of grant funds for regional conservation activities, primarily conservation easement acquisitions. RCPP grant funding also supports development of innovative quantitative tools aimed at defining environmental benefits of RCPP-related activities.

As part of the City's $7.4M RCPP efforts, a customized expansion of MSU's GLWMS to the Huron River and River Raisin watersheds will enable the City and its partner agencies to use a new quantitative GIS tool for calculating nonpoint source pollution reduction and groundwater recharge benefits of past, current, and future conservation efforts; more effectively evaluating and prioritizing existing project pipelines and target parcels with RCPP funds that will net the largest water quality benefits; and meaningfully communicating cons...

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