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RFQ - U.S. EPA Brownfields Grant Application and Implementation Assistance

Grays Harbor Council of Governments Issues Request for Qualifications
For U.S. EPA Brownfields Grant Application and Implementation Assistance

The Grays Harbor Council of Governments (GHCOG), Aberdeen WA, is seeking a qualified environmental consulting and/or planning firm to provide assistance with: (a) securing United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and potentially other federal or state grants for the assessment, cleanup, or redevelopment of brownfields properties within the GHCOG area and (b) implementation of environmental assessment, remedial planning, community outreach, and other environmental or planning components of grants for which funding is secured. The initial focus for the contract will be securing a U.S. EPA assessment grant as part of the U.S. EPA's annual Brownfields Grant Competition, for which it is anticipated grant applications will be due around fall of 2015.

Full RFQ Link HERE

Contact: Vicki Cummings, Executive Director Grays Harbor Council of Governments at or 360.537.4386.

Dates of publication in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce: October 1 and 8, 2015.

Submittal deadline: On or before 12:30 pm October 16, 2015.

Draft Five-County Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is posted for review

The Draft 2015-2040 RTP has been posted for review by the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SWRTPO). Grays Harbor is part of the SWRTPO.

This long-range multi-modal planning document is the product of extensive visioning discussions conducted across southwest Washington.

Please see the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments webpage to review the draft plan -

Forward any comments to Judith Donovan, Transportation Planner at CWCOG, Admin Annex, 207 4th Avenue, N., Kelso, WA 98626; or by email:; or by phone: (360) 577-3041. Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. October 21, 2015.

New! Bicycle Map for Grays Harbor County

GHCOG was able to partner with Grays Harbor Public Health and Social Services by providing technical and advisory assistance for the CONNECT Grays Harbor project. The project identified recreational and cross county bicycle routes and trails. With route and trail data in hand, Grays Harbor Public Health and Social Services formed a partnership with Grays Harbor Tourism to produce the Bicycle Map for Grays Harbor as a new addition to the active living map series.

The Bicycle Map is a comprehensive bike map helping residents and visitors chart their bicycle courses along roads and trails throughout the area. From quiet country roads to adrenalin producing trails, this map provides information about a variety of terrain for cyclists of all types, ages and abilities.

For background information on the CONNECT Grays Harbor project, see the GHCOG Planning and Community Development page -

Look Here! for PDFs of the Guide to Bicycling the Roads & Trails of Grays Harbor County, sponsored by Grays Harbor Tourism.

Page 1 - Grays Harbor Bicycle Map
Page 2 - Grays Harbor Bicycle Map

Public Funding Newsletter Third Quarter 2015!

The third installment for 2015 of the quarterly GHCOG Public Funding Notification Alert is now available! GHCOG publishes the newsletter quarterly to assist our members with finding funding for their transportation, infrastructure, recreation, and planning projects.

Reminder: TIB applications are open! Due August 21st.

July 2015 Public Funding Newsletter

Grays Harbor Demographic Highlights - July 2015 update

The GHCOG Grays Harbor Demographic Highlights brochure has been updated with Office of Financial Management April 1st small area population and house unit estimates and employment estimates from WA State Employment Security. See the link below for the brochure, in PDF format.

July 2015: Grays Harbor Demographic Highlights brochure

East Aberdeen Mobility Project – Final Report

Increasing vehicle, freight and rail traffic along US 12 in East Aberdeen is resulting in traffic congestion and delays. In order to document existing conditions and analyze options to ease congestion and improve safety, the Grays Harbor Council of Governments has initiated the East Aberdeen Mobility Project. The final plan will identify the highest and best alternative, specifically designed to address deficiencies and provide a roadmap for moving the project forward.

The final report for the East Aberdeen Mobility Project is posted on the project website at:

New tools let you quickly find U.S. Census Bureau data!

US Census Quick Facts Tool - Fast and easy access to facts about people, business, and geography. A simple way to find US Census data for communities, counties, and states. Browse multiple data sets at one time!

Census Explorer - US Census Bureau's interactive map series. Explore several themed maps from multiple Census data sets and collection years.

Applying for Grants and Loans

The February 18th grant and loan workshop, hosted by Public Works Board and the Grays Harbor Council of Governments, materials are available, see PDF file below.

February 18: Grant Application Workshop Handout

Local Events Calendar, Greater Grays Harbor Inc.

Find out what's happening around Grays Harbor! Brought to you by Greater Grays Harbor Inc.

NOAA Marine Debris Program - Japan Tsunami Debris: Information and FAQs

The March 2011 tsunami that hit Japan washed debris into the Pacific Ocean. While heavier materials sank close to shore, lighter material have been scattered by winds and ocean currents in the North Pacific. Items have already begun landing on the U.S. West Coast. See Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Joint Information Center and NOAA's Japan Tsunami Debris information and FAQs websites for more information and where to report tsunami debris.

Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Joint Information Center: