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Teaming Opportunities for Environmental and Fisheries Research for Offshore Wind Energy Development

The New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan advances the development of offshore wind (OSW) in a manner that is cost-effective while also being sensitive to environmental, maritime, economic, and social issues. This Program Opportunity Notice (PON) supports independent research to improve the scientific and technical foundation for addressing key policy-relevant questions related to the development of OSW and stakeholder-identified environmental and fisheries concerns.

About the Solicitation

The research questions addressed in this solicitation build on the goals of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan and support OSW development by providing relevant information to key stakeholders on high priority environmental and fisheries issues. The solicitation addresses key research needs identified as high priority by scientists, fishermen, environmental organizations, New York State and federal regulators, and offshore wind developers engaged in environmental (E-TWG) and fisheries (F-TWG) technical working groups formed under the OSW Master Plan. Through this solicitation, NYSERDA expects to select one or more projects in the following five categories:

A. Ecosystem dynamics: Examine the relationships between environmental processes, primary productivity, and distributions of species at higher trophic levels
B. Understanding offshore wind development constraints to commercial fishing access
C1. Approaches for offshore wind pre- and post-construction monitoring
C2. Approaches for leveraging non-traditional data for offshore wind environmental decision-making
C3. Modeling the effects of offshore wind developments on the Cold Pool stratification

Full solicitation available at NYSERDA Funding Opportunities
Deadline: May 14, 2019

Teaming Opportunities

Proposers that are interested in collaborating and identifying other potential proposers to work with should email with the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Categories (example: A and C2)
  • Brief description of what you offer another team or what you are looking for to augment your team (<250 words)

By sending this information to NYSERDA, you are consenting to your information being included on a list of individuals/entities interested in collaborating on a proposal on this website. Beyond making the information available, NYSERDA will not proactively endeavor to build teams.

Current Teaming Opportunities

Name: Jay Word, EcoAnalysts, Inc.
Email Address:
Categories: A, B
Description: Our laboratory in Moscow, Idaho focuses on taxonomic identification of organisms. From benthic invertebrate to planktonic (ichthyo, phyto, and zoo) taxonomy we can accurately identify many of the communities that may be impacted by construction events. These community data can be used to understand initial impacts to these communities as well as trophic implications in the food web. EcoAnalysts also has an aquatic ecotoxicology laboratory that conducts bioassay and bioaccumulation experiments. The results of these evaluations can be used to measure sensitivity of surrogate organisms to multiple environmental stressors. The ecological consequences of disturbance or stress range from individual sensitivity to ecosystem-wide impacts. We used the data generated in our laboratories, as well as other sources, to investigate ecological responses in five general categories. These five categories can be used for understanding the ecosystem dynamics as well as investigating constraints from development to commercial fishing access.

  1. Individual Sensitivity,
  2. Population Resilience,
  3. Community Resilience,
  4. Habitat Involvement, and
  5. Food Web Impacts.

Name: Jen Mathia, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.
Email Address:
Categories: All
Description: Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc is looking for teaming opportunities for this RFP.  We are a national firm with a strong presence along the eastern seaboard.  Our team has expertise in marine biology, hydrodynamic/hydraulic analyses, as well as USACE and NOAA/ESA permitting.   Additionally, we support our wind development clients in permitting land-based installations. 

Name: Paul Bidwell, Commercial Dive Solutions LLC
Email Address:
Description: We offer over 30 years of dive experience with quality workmanship from only certified commercial divers. We excel in underwater construction, video inspections and environmentally conservative solutions to underwater projects. We maintain the highest quality of work and ethics in a timely safe manner. We are a proud member of ISN net world (Information Systems & Networks Corporation). We offer a wide variety of services and have a large clientele base on the East Coast. Commercial Dive Solutions LLC. Has on staff a DMT (Dive Medic Technician) and a CHT (certified Hyperbaric Technician) as well as a 6G structural welder. All divers have been CPR, First Aide and Hazwhoper trained. Our mobile operation was built with environmental conservation in mind; we can operate in any climate for a period of 3-4 days without re-fueling any equipment. Our welding equipment runs on propane to slightly lessen our emissions and carbon foot print.

Name: Ruben Fijn, Bureau Waardenburg Ltd
Email Address:
Categories: C1
Description: Bureau Waardenburg offers 20 years of experience in offshore ecology with emphasis on effect studies in offshore wind farms, both in the North Sea as well as abroad. Our ecologists have an extensive track record of collecting data (a.o. baseline aerial/ship surveys of birds and marine mammals, radar studies, tracking studies with GPS, visual observations using standard protocols such as panorama scans, post-construction underwater monitoring) and analyzing large databases to study flight behavior of birds in and around offshore wind farms, calculate collisions victims with Band models, analyze population effects with Leslie matrix population models and carry out cumulative assessments of these effects. We therefore have a profound knowledge of monitoring protocols and pros/cons based on extensive field experience with such protocols. Experience we are very willing to share with partners in the USA!

Name: Tim Schmitt, LimnoTech
Email Address:
Categories: C1, C3
Description: C1: LimnoTech has recently worked for the only other active offshore project in North America, which is proposed by LEEDCo near Cleveland, Ohio. As part of support work for LEEDCo, LimnoTech developed a pre-, during-, and post- construction monitoring plan in coordination with local scientific subject matter experts. This included working with state biologists and a regional consortium of stakeholders on identifying key research questions and monitoring strategy. The monitoring plans and general project approach were approved by the State of Ohio and supported portions of the NEPA assessment and other state and federal permits. LimnoTech then worked over the field seasons of 2016, 2017, and 2018 to collect the required pre-construction monitoring data, analyze data trends, propose adjustments to monitoring, and perform annual reporting to all involved. C3: LimnoTech has extensive experience using a wide range of hydrodynamic and circulation models including EFDC, FVCOM, MIKE, OpenFOAM and others in rivers, estuaries, coastal environments, and across all five of the Great Lakes. We’ve investigated circulation/turbulence patterns around bridge piers, inside large underground tunnels, and on the open waters of the Great Lakes and the Ocean. These qualifications/experience would fit well with the hydrodynamic portion of C3.

Name: Wally Erickson, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
Email Address:
Categories: C1
Description: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST) has over 25 years of experience providing statistical and environmental consulting services to government and industry. Our expert team of ecologists, biologists, and statisticians understand wind-energy development and operations. Our biologists have a strong understanding of the many wildlife species affected by wind energy, and our biometricians use the latest statistical tools to effectively guide the study design, management strategies, and data analysis of pre- and post-construction wind energy monitoring methodologies. We utilize cutting-edge technologies to design new survey methodologies, and have developed new risk-based approaches for advising clients on unique project needs, compliance, and mitigation strategies for both on and offshore wind energy.  West has designed bird, marine mammal, sea turtles and other ocean environment surveys. WEST is well-positioned to lead a team of expert biologists and statisticians to research and develop new approaches and survey methodologies for pre- and post-construction monitoring at offshore wind energy projects. WEST has exceptional experience in designing and conducting surveys for birds, bats, and other sensitive species impacted by wind turbines, including visual, aerial, capture, camera/drone, and acoustic monitoring techniques. WEST is interested in teaming with partners who have expertise in biology of marine mammals, sea turtles, fish, and invertebrates in coastal waters, to help establish baseline criteria for monitoring and inform risk assessments. Potential partners will have experience with a variety of survey methods including passive acoustic monitoring, use of hydrophones, underwater infrared systems, and others.