Niantic River Estuary RFP

February 9, 2016

The Nitrogen Work Group is pleased to announce the award selection for its data synthesis and nitrogen effects project. A request for proposals was posted on October 13, 2015 and notification of the award was made to the University of Connecticut on January 19, 2016.

Dr. Jamie Vaudrey, Dr. Jason Krumholz & Dr. Christopher Calabretta propose to fulfill the following project objectives:

• Synthesize available data to evaluate the relationship between environmental impacts (eelgrass extent, hypoxia) and stressors (river flow, nutrient input),
• Develop an ecosystem model (biogeochemical coupled to physical mixing) based on work done in Narragansett Bay,
• Develop recommendations for a target nitrogen load protective of eelgrass,
• Utilize already developed watershed nitrogen loading model to evaluate mitigation strategies, and
• Assess the transferability of this study to other LIS embayments

Visit Dr. Vaudrey’s webpage for project updates and information

For additional information, please contact Kelly Streich, CTDEEP, at or 860.424.3864.


The Nitrogen Work Group RFP Committee is inviting proposals for the synthesis of nutrient related data from a long term data set collected on the Niantic River Estuary (NRE), its tributaries, and Niantic Bay; and to conduct a nitrogen effects analysis. This project is intended to aid resource managers (federal, state, and local municipal) in the implementation of actions and best management practices in order to minimize the negative impacts of excess nutrient loading on the Niantic River Estuary ecosystem.

To view and download RFP documents, click on the following links:

Request for Proposals – Data Synthesis and Nitrogen Effects Analysis
Attachment A – Niantic River Estuary Data Sources
Attachment B – Proposal Title Page
Attachment C – Overall Budget Form
Attachment D – Task-Based Budget Form

Please submit your proposal by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.  All applicants will  be notified of the funding decision on January 28, 2016.

For administrative information regarding the application process, please contact                            John Swenarton at:

Millstone Environmental Laboratory
Dominion – Millstone Power Station
PO Box 128, Rope Ferry Road
Waterford, CT 06385
(860) 447-1791 x4534

For technical information regarding the data synthesis/nitrogen effects analysis,                  please contact James S. Latimer at:

EPA Atlantic Ecology Division/ORD
27 Tarzwell Drive
Narragansett, RI 02882
(401) 782-3167

The Niantic River Nitrogen Work Group (NWG) represents a partnership comprised of federal, state, and local managers, research scientists, non-government entities, and members of the Niantic River Watershed Committee (NRWC). This partnership’s focus relates to understanding nutrient loading and its impact on ecosystem functions, such as water column dissolved oxygen, plant growth and health, and eelgrass survival. The NWG meets quarterly to exchange research results and information, to provide guidance and advisement on studies, to identify gaps and data needs, and to help guide a path forward towards improved resource management.