Central Valley Project Improvement (CVPI) Anadromous Fish Restoration Program (AFRP)

 

(a) To protect, restore, and enhance fish, wildlife, and associated habitats in the Central Valley and Trinity River basins of California; (b) To address impacts of the Central Valley Project on fish, wildlife and associated habitats; (c) To improve the operational flexibility of the Central Valley Project; (d) To increase water-related benefits provided by the Central Valley Project to the State of California through expanded use of voluntary water transfers and improved water conservation; (e) To contribute to the State of California's interim and long-term efforts to protect the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary; (f) To achieve a reasonable balance among competing demands for use of Central Valley Project water, including the requirements of fish and wildlife, agricultural, municipal and industrial and power contractors.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.648
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: 156 miles of streamside habitat were assessed. In addition, approximately 135,000 cubic yards of material were excavated from perched floodplain on the Merced River. This material was graded and screened, and 50,000 cubic yards of appropriately sized gravel and cobble were placed in the river to create nearly 1.25 miles of spawning habitat and create a juvenile rearing side channel. Fiscal Year 2015: The Anadromous Fish Restoration Program (AFRP) anticipates implementing fish passage projects on Deer Creek, Cottonwood Creek, and Mill Creek in the Upper Sacramento River Basin; funding channel and floodplain restoration projects in the Yuba River, Stanislaus River, and American River; restoring 6 acres of floodplain and place approximately 28,000 cubic yards of spawning gravel in the Merced River; and receiving 40 applications and issuing 15 awards. Fiscal Year 2016: The AFRP anticipates implementing fish passage projects on Deer Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Mill Creek, and Cow Creek in the Upper Sacramento River Basin; funding channel and floodplain restoration projects in the Yuba, Stanislaus, Sacramento, American, Stanislaus and Merced rivers; and receiving 30 applications and issuing 12 or more awards.
Authorization
Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Title 34, Public Law 102-575.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants may be State, local governments, Native American Organizations, other public nonprofit institutions/organizations, private nonprofit/organization. No other Federal agency may apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public.
Credentials/Documentation
No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Basic application requires the request for proposal narrative, scope of work with deliverables, budget (SF 424A), SF 424 Application for Federal Assistance form, and SF424B Assurances. Information submitted to the Stockton FWO for review by a locally convened panel. The panel will select the awardee and forward the information to the station project leader for final approval. No state plan required.
Award Procedure
The successful applicant will be notified after selection and confirmation of available funding. An applicant should not initiate a project in expectation of USFWS funding, nor should they purchase materials or begin work until such time as they receive the final award document signed by an authorized Service official.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Awards are anticipated within 90 days or less.
Appeals
Contact the headquarters or regional office.
Renewals
Contact the headquarters or regional office.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals will be reviewed by a team of Federal staff based on the following criteria: Addresses high priority need as described in the Request for Proposal (RFP) "Purposes and Funding Priorities"; Clearly stated goals, objectives, hypotheses, and relevance of idea; Approach is valid and technically sound; Primary Investigators and/or subcontractors record of performance and expertise; Budget is reasonable and provides good value for funds requested; and Cost sharing or in-kind contributions.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used for research to improve management and increase Anadromous fish resources; spawning area improvement; installation of fish passages; construction of fish protection devices, and data collection. No other Federal agencies may apply for award opportunities. 100%.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress (quarterly) and final reports must be submitted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant agreement. Expenditure reports, SF425 Federal Financial Report, are required annually. Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program IAW 43 CFR Part 12.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records
Records are required to be maintained for three years following submission of the final expenditure report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Project awards are generally from one to five years, depending on the complexity of the project and availability of funds. The five year restriction on the length of time is due to the Period of Availability of Funds limited to the five (5) year rule. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Awardees are now required to use the U.S. Treasury’s ASAP reimbursement program.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Anadromous Fish Restoration Program
Stockton Fish and Wildlife Service Office
850 S. Guild Ave Suite 105, Lodi, California 95240. Telephone: (209) 334-2968, Fax (209) 334-2171.
Headquarters Office
Ren Lohoefner, 2800 Cottage Way, Suite W2606, Sacramento, California 95825 Phone: (916) 414-6464 Fax: (916) 414-6464.
Website Address
http://www.fws.gov/stockton/afrp
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-5173-0-2-301 - Note: The FWS receives the CVPIA funds through the BOR hence the Account ID associated with the BOR.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $3,045,590; FY 15 est $8,611,000; and FY 16 est $4,423,000 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY14 $3,045,590; FY15 $8,611,000; FY16 $4,423,000. FY15 and FY16 amounts are estimates based on prior year funding levels only.

For carrying out the programs, projects, plans, habitat restoration, improvements and acquisition provisions of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, $53,068,000, to be derived from such sums as may be collected in the Central Valley Project Restoration Fund pursuant to sections 3407(d), 3404(c)(3) and 3405(f) of Public Law 102-575, to remain available until expended. Provided that: 1) the Bureau of Reclamation is directed to assess and collect the full amount of the additional mitigation and restoration payments authorized by section 3407(d) of Public Law 102-575; and 2) none of the funds made available under this heading may be used for the acquisition or leasing of water for in-stream purposes if the water is already committed to in-stream purposed by a court adopted decree or order.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
None.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: 1) Working with the National Fish Passage Program, the local landowner and other interested parties, the AFRP worked to remove a barrier to fish passage on the Calaveras River and to replace the barrier with a fish friendly box culvert. The newly designed and constructed river crossing allows the property owner better year-round access to his property while removing a barrier to fish passage. 2) The AFRP funded the removal of Hammer Dam on South Fork Cottonwood Creek. The dam had provided power for 70 years to the landowner. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was able to provide designs and equipment for a solar power system to replace the electricity generated by the dam and a fish screen to provide water. Once the dam was removed 5 miles of stream habitat was opened to the native anadromous fish. 3) AFRP funded the continuation of rotary screw trap monitoring on the Merced River. This monitoring provides information on the timing and abundance of juvenile chinook salmon leaving the Merced River. Fiscal Year 2015: The AFRP: 1) Anticipates funding phase 2 of the Lower Deer Creek Falls Fish Passage project. This phase of the project includes completing all of the environmental documentation required prior to construction activities planned in future years; 2) Plans to fund the Yuba River Narrows Restoration which will remove shotrock (material left over from the Englebright Dam Construction) from key sections of the canyon immediately downstream from the dam. Removal of this material is expected to increase the quality of habitat for anadromous salmonids; 3) Funds a project to determine the age, growth, and fin ray microchemistry of Sturgeon in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Delta. This project will evaluate the effects of trace elements and organic contaminants, especially selenium and PCB’s on the health of adult white and green Sturgeon, including the viability of their gametes and development of their offspring. Fiscal Year 2016: AFRP has not yet selected projects for funding. AFRP anticipates funding projects that: (a) Protect, restore, and enhance fish, wildlife, and associated habitats in the Central Valley and Trinity River basins of California; (b) Address impacts of the Central Valley Project on fish, wildlife and associated habitats; (c) Improve the operational flexibility of the Central Valley Project; (d) Increase water-related benefits provided by the Central Valley Project to the State of California through expanded use of voluntary water transfers and improved water conservation; (e) Contribute to California's interim and long-term efforts to protect the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary; and (f) Achieve a reasonable balance among competing demands for use of Central Valley Project water, including the requirements of fish and wildlife, agricultural, and municipal, industrial and power contractors.

 



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