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Swanton Beach Stormwater
BMPs - Final Design

Friends of Northern Lake Champlain 

Request for Proposals 

April 22, 2022

A. Introduction 

Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC) received a grant in 2021 from the Lake Champlain Basin Program to conduct a shoreline assessment of the towns of Swanton and Highgate. This assessment resulted in two 30% engineering designs for stormwater management practices, one in each town. The proposed Swanton project was designed as two distict practices near the Swanton Beach. This concept includes an under-drained bioretention system to the south of the beach parking area and a roadside sand filter near the Maquam Shore Road/Lasnier Road intersection to treat runoff prior to its discharge via a stream that flows along the northern edge of the Swanton Beach property. This site was deemed important due to its location on municipal land, its education and outreach potential, and its proximity to Lake Champlain. The bioretention practices will also include educational signage when implemented, due to its highly visible and public location.

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FNLC has received another grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program to develop a final design for this proposed project and implement the project based on the design. We hope to sub-contract with an environmental consultant to develop the final 100% engineering design. FNLC staff will provide project management and outreach to municipal partners, adjoining landowners, and other stakeholders, as well as present findings to the Town of Swanton Selectboard and the Village Trustees. During a previous selectboard meeting, we received unanimous support to pursue this project.

B. Scope of Work and Timeline 

C. Content of Proposals

Responses to this request for proposals (RFP) should consist of the following:

  • A statement identifying individuals who participated in the preparation of the proposal as well as a single point of contact.

  • A list of individuals that will be committed to this project and their professional qualifications. The names and qualifications of any sub-consultants shall be included in this list.

  • A scope of work and project budget. The budget should provide hourly rate information. The effort will be reimbursed on a time and materials basis.

D. Project Budget

Friends of Northern Lake Champlain received a grant from the LCBP with a budget of $12,000 allocated to consultant fees to develop the 60% design, 100% final design, documentation of required permits, O&M agreement, final design report, opinion of probable cost for implementation, basic bid document for implementation, oversight of project construction, and post-construction report.

E. Other Requirements

FNLC requires its contractors to maintain workers compensation and liability insurance. Contractors must submit proof of adequate insurance coverage on an annual basis for the duration of the project. The Contractor shall, at its sole expense, obtain and maintain in force, and shall require any subcontractor or assignee to obtain and maintain in force, both for the benefit of FNLC, the following kinds and amounts of insurance: 


  • Workers’ Compensation Insurance.  The policy shall cover the obligations of the Contractor in accordance with the Workers’ Compensations Law and Disability Benefits Law covering all operations under the Contract, whether performed by it, or by its subcontractor.

  • Liability and Property Damage Insurance.  Unless otherwise specified, each policy shall have limits not less than: $2,000,000 combined (Bodily Injury & Property Damage); $3,000,000 aggregate, single limit per occurrence.

F. Submissions

Consultants wishing to be considered for this project should submit a complete proposal including a detailed project budget via email only to:


Kent Henderson

Board Chair

Friends of Northern Lake Champlain  


Please use “Swanton Town Beach Final Design” in the subject line. We must receive all proposals no later than 5 PM on June 9th, 2023. Prospective consultants may request a copy of the 30% design for this project in order to develop their proposal. 


Please email to request the 30% design. 

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