||The ILF Program offers permittees an in-lieu fee option to satisfy their compensatory mitigation obligations as determined by any of the Agencies, as applicable, for impacts to aquatic resources authorized under the Clean Water Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, and other applicable laws, in the "Program Area," which covers the geographic area under the jurisdiction of the Sacramento District of the USACE within California. For reference, the overall Program Area is subdivided under the ILF Program into discrete geographies comprising 17 "Aquatic Resource Service Areas" and 12 "Vernal Pool Service Areas." The ILF Program offers two types of Credits: 1) Vernal Pool Credits for authorized impacts to vernal pool wetlands; and 2) Aquatic Resource Credits for authorized impacts to wetlands (excluding vernal pools), other Waters of the United States, Waters of the State, and certain species.
As a result of sales of Aquatic Resource Credits and Vernal Pool Credits to date, NFWF has accumulated certain funds that may be made available to fund projects that establish, enhance, restore, or, in certain circumstances, preserve wetland resources in an applicable Service Area ("ILF Projects"). NFWF is issuing this RFP in order to solicit proposals for the implementation of eligible ILF Projects to be funded through the ILF Program.
This RFP will be administered in two stages: 1) pre-proposal; and 2) full proposal. At the pre-proposal stage, respondents will submit specified information described in the Pre-proposal Requirements Section below for evaluation by NFWF. If a respondent is successful in the pre-proposal stage, the respondent will be invited to submit a full proposal.