Questions and Responses
Does TSMP have DBE participation goals?
While the TSMP is non-discriminatory in our procurement of goods and services, we do not have specific DBE participation goals.
Will any preference be given for teams that include DBE participation?
Will TSMP accept proposals below the requested amount and award multiple contracts?
Yes. While our goal is to procure the stated mitigation target for each advertised Service Area, we recognize it may be necessary to aggregate two or more projects to achieve that goal. However, as stated in the pre-proposal meeting, TSMP does not want to assume management responsibility for projects generating only small amounts of mitigation credit.
Will TSMP consider projects above the requested amount?
Will milestone payments to the awarded contractor be based on total credits contracted or released credits?
Payments will be based on released credits.
Can preservation credits be proposed by a commercial entity in conjunction with restoration/enhancement credits?
Yes. The TSMP will consider preservation as approved by the regulatory agencies.
Will TSMP favor projects with a larger restoration/enhancement component over preservation projects?
No. The TSMP will evaluate each project for ecological lift, risk, cost, etc., but we will not necessarily favor any certain approach.
Is there a limit to the total amount of preservation TSMP will accept?
No. The TSMP will consider any preservation project acceptable to the regulatory agencies.
Will TSMP require a performance bond or other financial assurances to limit TSMP from project delivery risk?
Performance bonds or other financial assurances will not necessarily be required. However, we reserve the right to require performance bonds based on project complexity and risk.
How will TSMP deal with IRT uncertainty regarding crediting methodology?
We encourage Contractors to consult with the regulatory agencies as needed to determine potential crediting.
Will contractors have an opportunity to adjust their proposals and bids should crediting methodology be changed during proposal evaluation or project development?
No. We do not plan to re-negotiate contracts based on credit adjustments resulting from the regulatory review and approval process. However, depending on the quality and cost of a proposed project, we may be open to making an exception to this approach.
Will TSMP use a qualitative and objective scoresheet to evaluate sites?
No. We will use the criteria stated in the RFP along with our experience to evaluate the proposals.
Will TSMP provide the scoresheet or scoring criteria in advance of the proposal submittal deadline?
Will TSMP weight cost proposals based on technical scoring/ranking to promote projects with more credit certainty and greater ecological uplift?
Will TSMP utilize the Functional Pyramid assessment tool to score/rank sites?
Yes, to the extent that the IRT uses this approach in evaluating stream mitigation projects. Recently, the IRT has required preliminary project proposals to include at least the reach level existing conditions portion of the approach to be completed prior to conducting an initial site visit to offer feedback on a project’s suitability and likely crediting.
How long is the contractor required to document control of the proposed project area? Typically, a minimum of one year is needed to place an easement on a parcel.
We recommend at least a one year term with an option to extend.
Will TSMP consider alternative easement holders than TN Wildlife Resources [Foundation]? In either case is there an easement endowment required by the contractor?
Yes, other easement holders are acceptable to TSMP. If we are to hold the easement we would not require an easement endowment. If another entity is proposed as the easement holder/long-term manager, TSMP would consider that a positive factor for the proposal, but the stewardship endowment must be factored into the cost per credit with the proposal.
Will a long-term steward also be required?
Does TSMP have any priority sub-watersheds that will be favored for project location?
No. However, the TSMP prefers projects that will provide demonstrable improvements in water resource value (ecological lift). This is often the case in watersheds that have been assessed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation as impaired in accordance with Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act for factors that can be addressed by stream mitigation projects (e.g. habitat, siltation, etc.).
Will TN Wildlife Resources [Foundation] require an easement endowment? If yes, will that fee or fee formula be made available prior to the submittal deadline?
If TWRF/TSMP is the easement holder/long-term steward, a stewardship fee will not be required.
One questioner wanted to confirm that the credit release and payment schedule presented in the RFP is just an example and that proposers can negotiate individual release schedules for projects with the IRT. The questioner would prefer to see a payment schedule based on individual project deliverables such as prospectus, conservation easement, mitigation plan, etc. This would increase the frequency of payments to the provider and reduce our carrying costs, which lowers credit price. TSMP investment can be protected with credit adjustments with each deliverable (if required) and through performance bonds or casualty insurance.
As stated in the RFP and in the pre-proposal conference, the credit release schedule included in the RFP is an example of what has recently been approved for TSMP projects. Proposers are free to negotiate credit release schedules different in both the milestones triggering credit releases and in the percentage of credits released at a given milestone. We do want to be clear that it is our intent to base contract payments on released credits at the proposed per-credit price.