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Applications for Great Lakes Sediment Surveillance Program due June 27, 2020

rosette sampler being used on board the Lake Guardian

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes National Program Office released a request for applications on April 30, 2020 for the Great Lakes Sediment Surveillance Program (GLSSP).

The GLSSP was established in 2010 to monitor the spatial distributions and temporal trends of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals in sediments of the Great Lakes. EPA is seeking applications for a project to continue the monitoring of legacy chemicals and chemicals of emerging concern in sediments within each of the Great Lakes. EPA expects to provide funding for one cooperative agreement of approximately $3 million over a 5-year period to support the following:

  1. Acquisition of sediment cores and surficial sediment samples aboard the R/V Lake Guardian;
  2. Age dating of sediment cores;
  3. Analysis of legacy chemicals and chemicals of emerging concern in sediments;
  4. Evaluation of the spatial and temporal trends of persistent toxic chemicals in Great Lakes sediments.

Qualified non-federal entities eligible to apply for grants include:

  • non-federal governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, and institutions. This includes state agencies; any agency or instrumentality of local government; interstate agencies; federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations; colleges and universities; non-profit organizations; and other public or non-profit private agencies, institutions, and organizations.

The GLSSP is part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

For general and technical questions contact Brian Lenell (lenell.brian@epa.gov) 312-353-4891