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Request for Proposals (RFP) Solicitation

RFP #0000007027, Monitoring Enterprise Review

Submittal packages are due April 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.


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  • January 11, 2018 - RFP Available to Perspective Respondents
  • January 31, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m. - Last date/time to register for Mandatory Pre-bid Teleconference
  • February 1, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m. - Mandatory Pre-bid Teleconference
  • February 20, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m. - Written Questions Due.
  • February 23, 2018 - Council Provides Answers to Submitted Questions
  • April 18, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m. - RFP Submittal Packages Due
  • April 19 - May 9, 2018 - RFP Evaluation Process
  • May 10, 2018 - Notice of Intent to Award
  • May 18, 2018 - Notice of Award
  • June 15, 2018 - Anticipated Contract Effective Date

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The Delta Reform Act of 2009 charged the Delta Stewardship Council (Council) to appoint a Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) with oversight of the scientific research, monitoring, and assessment programs that support adaptive management in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (the Delta). Due to the high number of individual programs to review and the limited time to accomplish them, the Delta ISB is meeting its review mandate by bundling known programs into thematic “bins” that tend to follow the current organization of the Delta Plan. To date, the Delta ISB has reviewed, or is in the process of reviewing the following programs:

  • the use of research, monitoring, and assessment in ecosystem restoration,
  • the use of research, monitoring, and assessment in water supply reliability,
  • the use of research, monitoring, and assessment of Delta as a Place,
  • levee research, monitoring, and assessment, and
  • water quality research, monitoring, and assessment.

The ongoing and completed reviews by the Delta ISB highlight the importance of monitoring in the Delta. These reviews provide recommendations for maintaining or increasing the value of these monitoring efforts in terms of the specific themes covered. Therefore, the Delta ISB has decided to undertake a review of the overall monitoring enterprise in the Delta. The monitoring enterprise in the Delta ranges across many disciplines in the natural and biological sciences, and extends into the social sciences as well. These programs, while expensive, are important to many regulatory and research activities in the Delta. The monitoring data, in some cases now collected over decades, have improved management and planning decisions. Of key interest to the Delta ISB (and consistent with the provisions of the Delta Reform Act of 2009), monitoring is also an essential part of adaptive management, a vital component of the Delta science enterprise1.

  1. Description of Services

    The Review Process

    The Delta ISB review will have two major components. Component 1 is the subject of this Request for Proposals (RFP), which will result in a contract issued to gather and assess information about monitoring programs throughout the Delta, and how these programs are being used explicitly or implicitly in supporting adaptive management [Water Code Section 85280(a)(3)].

    Component 2 will be an evaluation of the information obtained about the monitoring programs focusing on specific information described below. Component 2 will be conducted by the Delta ISB as part of their mandate, as described above. Portions of the two components may run in parallel.

    Expectation of Work

    The Contractor is expected to compile and organize a comprehensive inventory of current, on-going, and planned Delta monitoring activities in support of adaptive management, and of the management and policy needs related to monitoring programs. The monitoring inventory shall include A) physical, chemical and biological components of the Delta, and B) social and economic drivers2 of ecosystem function and processes (e.g., effects of land use and recreational fishing on water quality or aquatic communities).

    The Delta is defined for this purpose as the 11 counties comprising the Bay-Delta region and the Central Valley of the upper Delta watershed. However, many economic and social factors often extend beyond the Delta. Therefore, the Contractor may consider drivers outside of the Delta if appropriate when developing a proposal.

    There are many different approaches with compiling and organizing a comprehensive inventory of Delta monitoring activities, which should be described in the proposal. The end goal for Component 1 is for the Contractor to produce a report with inventory results, and review and synthesis of the comprehensive monitoring inventory that sets the stage for Component 2 by the Delta ISB.

    The Contractor is expected to communicate progress and seek periodic input from selected members of the Delta ISB during the inventory process and as interim products are developed. The Contractor may consider the following activities when gathering and assessing information about monitoring programs throughout the Delta to complete Component 2.


1 Science Enterprise refers to the collection of science programs and activities that exist to serve managers and stakeholders in a regional system. The elements of an enterprise range from in-house programs within individual agencies or other organizations to large-scale collaborative science programs funded by governments. Included in this definition is academic research, recognizing that academic researchers often operate independently of management and stakeholder entities. Defined in The Science Enterprise Workshop: Supporting and Implementing Collaborative Science. Proceedings Report (2016).

2 Social and economic drivers might include cultural, recreational, agricultural, economic, levee and water infrastructure, risk reduction and climate change related components.

Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)