Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA)


To protect, restore, and enhance fish, wildlife, and associated habitats in the Central Valley and Trinity River basins of California; To address impacts of the Central Valley Project on fish, wildlife and associated habitats; To improve the operational flexibility of the Central Valley Project; 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; To contribute to the State of California's interim and long-term efforts to protect the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary; 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
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 The CVPIA anticipates implementing 18 projects throughout the Central Valley, 10 of these are new projects. The CVPIA hopes to assess 88 miles of streamside habitat and 15 population assessments. Twenty Habitat Assessments were completed and over 100 miles of streamside habitat were assessed in 17 watershed specific projects. In addition 0.1 miles of habitat were restored on the Mokelumne River.
Fiscal Year 2018 The CVPIA implemented 15 projects throughout the Central Valley. The CVPIA worked to assess 88 miles of streamside habitat and 12 population assessments.
Fiscal Year 2019 CVPIA implemented 16 projects for FY19 throughout the Central Valley. The CVPIA worked to assess 88 miles of streamside habitat and 11 population assessments.
Fiscal Year 2020 In FY20 the Program issued 1 new award and 7 award amendments.
Fiscal Year 2021 Issued 8 Awards.
Fiscal Year 2022 Issued 10 Awards.
Fiscal Year 2023 Expect to issue 9 Awards.
Fiscal Year 2024 Expect to issue 8 Awards.
Central Valley Project Improvement Act—Fish and Wildlife Restoration Activities (Pub. L. 102-575, §3406(b)(16), 106 Stat. 4714 and 4719).
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/organizations, or for profit organizations. No other Federal agency may apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
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, SF 424A Budget, SF 424 Application for Federal Assistance form, and SF424B Assurances. Information submitted to the Lodi Fish and Wildlife Office 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.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Contact the headquarters or regional office.
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 collections. Agreements will be awarded for projects that will result in attaining the objectives noted above and the mandates set out in the CVPIA. Areas of emphasis include fish and wildlife restoration activities and investigations, evaluation of ecologic and hydrologic effects of existing and alternative operations of water facilities and systems, the effects of the CVP on anadromous fish populations, and delivery of refuge water supplies. The Secretary of the Interior is authorized and directed to promulgate such regulations and enter into such agreements as may be necessary to implement the intent, purposes and provisions of Title XXXIV. This title does not and shall not be interpreted to authorize construction of water storage facilities. For further information, please contact the regional office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance reports are required. Recipients must monitor and report on project performance in accordance with the requirements in 2 CFR 200.329. Final performance reports and final SF-425, Federal Financial Reports are due within 120 calendar days of the award period of performance end date, unless the awarding program approves a due date extension. The FWS details all reporting requirements including frequency and due dates in Notices of Award.
Not applicable.
Records are required to be maintained for three years following submission of the final expenditure report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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. Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Lodi Fish and Wildlife Service Office 850 S. Guild Ave Suite 105, Lodi, California 95240. Telephone: (209) 334-2968, Fax (209) 334-2171.
Headquarters Office
Paul Souza
2800 Cottage Way, Suite W2606
Sacramento, CA 95825 US
Phone: (916) 414-6464
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 22$9,253,146.00; FY 23 est $7,875,916.00; FY 24 est $7,999,999.00; FY 21$1,870,621.00; FY 20$6,711,255.00; FY 19$1,487,655.00; FY 18$2,170,154.00; FY 17$2,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 1) CVPIA is working to restore floodplain as part of the Dos Rios Project at the confluence of the San Joaquin and Tuolumne Rivers. 2) CVPIA expects to begin implementation of two large scale restoration on the Yuba River, the Yuba Rivers Narrow Restoration project and the Yuba River Hallwood Floodplain Restoration Project. 1) The CVPIA has completed project planning and permitting for two large scale habitat restoration projects on the Yuba River. Actual restoration is planned to begin in the spring of 2018. 2) The Stanislaus River Buttonbush habitat restoration project was completed in FY 2017. This project restored 4.4 acres of habitat and excavated 10,000 cubic yards of material while adding 2,800 cubic yards of appropriately sized gravel to the restoration area. In addition 2,400 linear feet of side channel was created. 3) The Mokelumne River habitat restoration project.
Fiscal Year 2018 1) Construction for Phase 1 of the Hallwood Habitat Restoration. This project removes nearly 1 million cubic yards of material from the Yuba River Middle Training wall and construct 1.3 miles of seasonal side channels and enhance 90 acres of floodplain habitat; 2) Monitoring of juvenile Chinook Salmon outmigration using rotary screw traps on the Stanislaus River; 3) Mokelumne River spawning and rearing habitat projects.
Fiscal Year 2019 Some projects funded in FY19 include habitat improvement for chinook salmon and steelhead spawning, gravel additions and spawning habitat creation, and juvenile rearing habitat creation and improvement in the rivers of the Central Valley of California. Specific projects include post project effectiveness monitoring on the Yuba River Canyon habitat restoration project, a flow effects modeling project on the Yuba River, and a large habitat restoration project on the Yuba River at Long Bar that is going to increase the amount and quality of juvenile salmonid rearing habitat.
Fiscal Year 2020 Evaluate contaminants on the growth and age of White Sturgeon. Implementation of restoring instream, riparian and flooded habitats providing fish passage structures. Life cycle modeling of salmon production that restore rearing and outmigration habitat. Estimate abundance of juvenile Winter-run Chinook salmon. Genetic analysis of Chinook Salmon in the Lower Yuba River and its relationship to flow and temperature in the Yuba River. Restoration project on the Stanislaus River, increase water benefits provided by the Central Valley project. Continue monitoring on the Yuba River Canyon habitat restoration project. Restore 50 acres of floodplain for rearing habitat in a section of the Lower Yuba River to benefit Spring and Fall run Chinook Salmon.
Fiscal Year 2021 Stanisluas River Migratory Corridor Restoration Sac NWR Complex Pumping.
Fiscal Year 2022 American River Juvenile Salmonid and Habitat Monitoring. Stanislaus River Restoration at Kerr Park. San Luis National Wildlife Refuge – PG&E Pumping.
Fiscal Year 2023 Sacramento River Tributaries Non-Natal Rearing Evaluation and Restoration. Sacramento River Tisdale Weir Sturgeon and Salmon Passage. Stanislaus River Rotary Screw Trap Monitoring. Lower Feather River Side Channel Restoration Project. Sacramento River Floodplain Enhancement Project at Colusa. Butte Creek Reserves Floodplain Habitat Restoration Project. Sutter Lift Pump.
Fiscal Year 2024 Program has not yet selected projects for Funding.


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