The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) through its Expert Panel Management Cooperative Agreement with Virginia Tech (VT) is seeking proposals to assemble an Expert Panel to determine pollution control performance measure estimates for nontidal wetland best management practices (BMPs), including rehabilitation, enhancement and creation (establishment). Wetland restoration (re-establishment) is not included in the panel’s scope of work. Proposals should address the process of developing scientifically-defensible recommendations for nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and sediment reduction performance estimates (i.e. efficiencies) for these practices. The awarded team will deliver a science-based, defensible report on the effectiveness of the BMPs in reducing N and P loads to the Chesapeake Bay. When conducting their business and reporting their findings, Expert Panels are expected to adhere to the process and protocols contained in the current version of the document entitled Protocol for the Development, Review, and Approval of Loading and Effectiveness Estimates for Nutrient and Sediment Controls in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Modelalso referred to as the “BMP Protocol.” View the RFP for more details about the scope of work and evaluation process for proposals. The RFP is available online at 

Proposals submitted under this RFP may request funding up to $70,000 in total costs, including any indirect or overhead. Proposals are due by the close of business on August 1, 2017. Proposals should be submitted to Dr. Brian Benham ( Questions about this RFP should also be directed to Project Coordinator Jeremy Hanson ( or Dr. Benham.