Green Infrastructure Partnership Opportunity Program Application

Eligibility Requirements
The following are the eligibility requirements for MWRD’s Green Infrastructure Partnership Opportunity Program:
  • Projects must be within the MWRD’s corporate boundaries.
  • Projects must be designed to manage stormwater using green infrastructure.
  • Applicants must have (or be able to obtain) perpetual ownership or easement over the project site.
  • Applicants will not use funding to satisfy required obligations due to the MWRD’s Watershed Management Ordinance (WMO) or any other local, state, or federal regulations due to a private or public development project. Please note that some projects may require a WMO permit due to its own project disturbance, a new sewer, etc. Please refer to our WMO Page for additional information on permit requirements.
  • The Applicant must be a public entity able to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the MWRD. Eligible public entities include municipalities, townships, county agencies, park districts, school districts, and other local government organizations.
    • Projects will be required to meet MWRD’s Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE),and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) requirements, as well as the MWRD’s Veterans Business Enterprise (VBE) goals.
    • Please see our main Green Infrastructure Partnership Opportunity Program page for more information on typical IGA requirements
  • The Applicant must agree to maintain and operate the completed project long term.
  • The Applicant should verify the capability to perform all aspects of the project by each department within their agency or community which will take part in funding, contract administration, maintenance and other requirements of the applicant.
Organization
Primary Contact
Project Information
The MWRD ranks all GI project applications on many different criteria, but please note that Design Retention Capacity (DRC), propensity of nearby flooding (including frequency and severity), number of benefitting flood-prone structures as a result of the project, and cost-effectiveness are the most important factors.
Provide a brief description of the proposed project, identify all project locations, identify all major green infrastructure components, and describe how the project will address existing drainage/flooding issues.
Project Location
If your project is a green alley, use either of the following example formats:
  1. the 1900 block between 57th Court & 57th Avenue
  2. between S Homan Avenue and S Trumbull Avenue, bounded by W Columbus Avenue and W 80th Street
If your project spans multiple locations, provide a list of addresses or intersections included with the map
Existing Conditions
Project Status
6) Which stage below most closely describes the project’s status? Note that the MWRD will review plans ranging from conceptual to fully completed designs and provide feedback to maximize the project’s benefits.
Engineering not yet initiated. Drainage/flooding areas have been identified. Sketches, retention volume estimates, & rough costs developed.
Some preliminary engineering plans, construction details, specifications, cost estimates, & retention volume estimates developed.
Finalized (or close to final) engineered plans, construction details, specifications, cost estimate, & retention volume calculations.
Project Milestone Dates
Project Metrics
Please estimate the amount of land area that will drain into the proposed green infrastructure installation.
Please estimate the percentage of the total drainage area that is currently an impervious surface (eg. asphalt, concrete, building areas, etc.)
Green Infrastructure Project BMP Summary (for use in the next two questions): List each type of GI installation included in this project. Add any additional BMPs not noted below to this list.
Rain Gardens
Bioswales
Permeable Pavement (Concrete/ Asphalt)
Permeable Pavers
Native Plantings
Green Roofing
Rainwater Harvesting
0
0
Note: While DRC is important, MWRD also prioritizes that the new DRC volume is best utilized by collecting runoff from more drainage area than simply what falls directly over the installation. Therefore, MWRD prefers proposed projects to be located in low-lying areas and/or designed to collect off-site runoff to maximize infiltration of stormwater runoff.
Please estimate the amount of impervious surfaces that will be converted into permeable surfaces
DRC is the volume of water that can be retained by a green infrastructure installation. It can be estimated utilizing MWRD’s Watershed Management Ordinance Technical Guidance Manual (TGM) or a by a method consistant with the TGM. An example TGM detail and calculation template is below. Please refer to the BMP Summary above to check all GI components to be installed in the project. For each type of GI, indicate the number of individual installations and the total amount of DRC (gallons) to be installed.
Estimate the number of structures experiencing flooding issues that will be positively affected by the project. If detailed hydraulic and hydrologic modeling is not available, estimate the number of structures currently affected by basement backups and/or overland flooding located within the same drainage area of the proposed project. For a first estimate, all structures within a 0.25 mile radius from the installation may be counted. Include a map indicating the location of the benefitted structures as an attachment. Note that auxiliary buildings such as residential garages, sheds, or other uninhabited structures should not be counted in this tabulation.
WMO Diagram

 

WMO Charts Notes

 

Public Outreach & Educational Opportunities
Project Visibility
Maintenance
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Project Finances
21) Please provide an estimate of the project’s Capital costs below.
$
This includes contruction inspection and management
$
If selected and to the extent practicable, MWRDGC biosolids shall be used in any amendments performed to the soils in the proposed project area. These biosolids will be made available free of charge and more information will be provided for those selected project partners.
$
If applicable
$
$0
Maintenance costs should be excluded.

22) Please indicate your planned funding sources below.
$
Total funding by the agency. This will include funding from any other source.
$
Indicate the amount of funding being sought from MWRD. Note that MWRD funding for selected GI projects is in the form of reimbursement of construction related costs only. Engineering, land acquisition, operations, maintenance, and other non-construction related costs are not eligible for MWRD funding. Also note that MWRD may also consider whether applicants are in compliance with all MWRD ordinances (eg. WMO and Inflow & Infiltration Control Program) when prioritizing projects for funding assistance.
23) Additional Proposed Funding
$
$
$
$
$
$0
Total Project Cost and Total Funding should be equal.
Attachments
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Applicant Authorized Representative
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Note: Digital signatures are preferred, but if not comfortable digitally signing, 2 copies of the application may be submitted, a digital copy (unsigned) and a manually-signed copy (could be hard-copy or scanned).
By signing above, the Applicant acknowledges they understand the following eligibility requirements.

MWRD Green Infrastructure Partnership Opportunity Eligibility Requirements:
  • Projects must be within the MWRD’s corporate boundaries.
  • Projects must be designed to manage stormwater using green infrastructure.
  • Applicants must have (or be able to obtain) perpetual ownership or easement over the project site.
  • Applicants will not use funding to satisfy required obligations due to the MWRD’s Watershed Management Ordinance (WMO) or any other local, state, or federal regulations due to a private or public development project. Please note that some projects may require a WMO permit due to its own project disturbance, a new sewer, etc. Please refer to our WMO Page for additional information on permit requirements.
  • The Applicant must be a public entity able to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the MWRD. Eligible public entities include municipalities, townships, county agencies, park districts, school districts, and other local government organizations.
    • Projects will be required to meet MWRD’s Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE),and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) requirements, as well as the MWRD’s Veterans Business Enterprise (VBE) goals.
    • Please see our main Green Infrastructure Partnership Opportunity Program page for more information on typical IGA requirements
  • The Applicant must agree to maintain and operate the completed project long term.
  • The Applicant should verify the capability to perform all aspects of the project by each department within their agency or community which will take part in funding, contract administration, maintenance and other requirements of the applicant.
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