Title II, Colorado River Basin Salinity Control

 

To provide financial and technical assistance to: (1) identify salt source areas; (2) develop project plans to carry out conservation practices to reduce salt loads; (3) install conversation practices to reduce salinity levels; (4) carry out research, education, and demonstration activities; (5) carry out monitoring and devaluation activities; and (6) to decrease salt concentration and salt loading which causes increased salinity levels within the Colorado River and to enhance the supply and quality of water available for use in the United States and the Republic of Mexico. Such programs shall consist of cost-effective measures and associated works to reduce salinity from saline springs, leaking wells, irrigation sources, industrial sources, erosion of public and private land, or other sources.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.509
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Reclamation, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 No information available. During Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018, Reclamation had 14 active construction projects in the Basinwide Program that when completed will control an estimated 37,000 tons of salt each year from entering the Colorado River System.
Fiscal Year 2019 During Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019, Reclamation had 14 active construction projects in the Basinwide Program that when completed will control an estimated 43,000 tons of salt each year from entering the Colorado River System.
Authorization
Public Law 93-320, 59 Stat. 1219, 43 U.S. C. 1571-1573 and U.S.C. 1592(c), as amended; Sec. 2, Pub. L. 98-569 , 98 Stat, 43 U.S.C. 1592(c); Sec. 1, Pub. L. 104-20, 43 U.S.C. 1592; Title III, Subtitle D, Chapter 4, Pub. L. 104-127, 110 Stat.1006; Pub. L. 106-459, 114 Stat. 1987.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Any legal entity that is the owner or operator of the features to be replaced and/or to be constructed and capable of contracting with Reclamation.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Any person who uses or reuses Colorado River water for irrigation, domestic, municipal or industrial water supply, or for fish and wildlife habitat will benefit.
Credentials/Documentation
Projects will require compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and Endangered Species Act. Information regarding whether these requirements must be met will be included in the funding opportunity announcement posted on www.grants.gov.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. 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. Environmental compliance for this program may be required depending on the scope of the specific project funded. This may result in the need for an environmental impact assessment or environmental impact statement prior to the commencement of project activities.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funding opportunity announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, SF-424 forms and any other forms to be used to submit application information, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on www.grants.gov.
Award Procedure
Reclamation will solicit proposals and award funding through a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) process. The FOA will request proposals from public and private sectors that would control salinity based on cost per ton. The proposals will be ranked based on their cost effectiveness for preventing salt from entering the Colorado River system. The ranking would consider risk factors that might affect the project's performance. Upon receipt of applications/proposals by the date identified in the announcement(s), the applications will be reviewed to determine if application/proposal(s) are consistent with requirements identified in the announcements. The application/proposal(s) are reviewed against identified criteria by a Federal technical team of experts, that may include representatives of states as advisors. Based on the review, a ranking will be defined. Negotiations will be conducted and/or awards will be made based on recommendations from the technical experts. Award will be based on those applications best meeting the needs of the program, including cost and risk factors.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 90 days.
Appeals
Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Reclamation will provide all applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.
Renewals
NONE.
How are proposals selected?
In 1984, the Salinity Control Act was amended to direct the Secretary of the Interior to give preference to units which reduce salinity at the least cost per unit of salinity reduction (or cost-effectiveness). Cost-effectiveness is defined as the Salinity Program's annual cost per ton of salt prevented from entering the Colorado River system. Conceptually, cost-effectiveness is analogous to determining the cost per mile to own and operate a car. That computation combines the annual expenses (loan payments, gas, maintenance, etc.) and divides by the miles traveled each year. The key to understanding this approach is to appreciate that the government evaluates all projects as if the money is borrowed from a loan institution and repaid in annual installments over the life of the project. This economic evaluation principle is required by the "Economic and Environmental Principles Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies," March 1983. This method lends consistency in the comparison of non-federally financed alternatives (which must borrow funds) to Federally financed projects. Each proposal will be evaluated by an application review committee in accordance with the following criteria and corresponding percentage weights: (a) Technical merit - those passing will be evaluated further; (b) Cost effectiveness - 35%, (the annual cost for each ton of salt load reduction, expressed in dollars per ton); (c) The ability to enable future on-farm projects with the USDA - 30%; (d) Performance risk factors- 25%. Detailed information will be included in each FOA or may be obtained from the Salinity Control Program contacts listed above.
How may assistance be used?
Eligible owners or operators in the Colorado River Basin above Imperial Dam may receive assistance to treat salinity problems.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on a quarterly basis program performance reports. Annually, recipients shall submit an annual program performance report. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final program performance report.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a sub-recipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. Cost share in the amount of $.43 per $1.00 of appropriated funds is provided from the Upper Colorado River Basin Fund and the Lower Colorado River Basin Development Fund (Basin Funds). Moneys in the Basin Funds come from a surcharge on power produced at Reclamation power generation facilities on the Colorado River. $1.00 Appropriated+$.43 Basin Fund = $1.43 for the Basinwide Salinity Control Program.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Cooperative agreements and grants are written for a 5 year period. Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Salinity Program: Mr. Kib Jacobson, Bureau of Reclamation, 125 South State Street, Salt Lake City UT 84138-1147, Phone: (801) 524-3753, Fax: (801) 524-5499, email: kjacobson@usbr.gov; or Mr. Rich Eastland, Bureau of Reclamation, 500 Fir St., Boulder City NV 89006-1470, Phone: 702-293-8487, Fax: 702-293-8330, email: reastland@usbr.gov. Western Colorado: Mr. John Sottilare, Bureau of Reclamation, 445 West Gunnison Ave, Grand Junction CO 81501, Phone: 970-248-0640, Fax: 970-248-0601, email: jsottilare@usbr.gov Eastern Utah and Western Wyoming: Mr. Ben Radcliffe, Bureau of Reclamation, 302 East 1860 South, Provo UT 84606, Phone: 801-379-1213, Fax: 801-379-1159, email: BRadcliffe@usbr.gov
Headquarters Office
Kib Jacobson
Bureau of Reclamation, 125 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84138 US
kjacobson@usbr.gov
Phone: 801-524-3753
Website Address
http://www.usbr.gov/uc/progact/salinity/index.html
Financial Information
Account Identification
16-4081-0-3-301
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$4,446,000.00; FY 19 est $3,428,571.00; FY 20 est $4,285,714.00; FY 17$3,663,000.00; - Basin(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$10,374.00; FY 19 est $8,000,000.00; FY 20 est $10,000,000.00; FY 17$8,547,000.00; - Appropriated
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range $8,571,429 to $14,820,000 Average $12,559,048
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200 UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS, COST PRINCIPLES, AND AUDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR FEDERAL AWARDS and the applicable OMB Circulars. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 No information available. One example of a current funded project is the Grand Valley Irrigation Company Phase 4 Project. Selected under the 2015 FOA, the GVIC was awarded a $2.8 million cooperative grant to line approximately 1.65 miles of their main irrigation canal within the Grand Valley. This will result in a salt load reduction of approximately 2,363 tons annually at a cost effectiveness of $49.64 per ton. The canal lining will consist of a 30-mil PVC membrane with 3-4 inches of shotcrete cover. The cooperative agreement was executed in August 2016, and construction will begin in November of 2017. It is expected to be completed in 2019.
Fiscal Year 2019 One example of a current funded project is the Grand Valley Irrigation Company Phase 4 Project. Selected under the 2015 FOA, the GVIC was awarded a $2.8 million cooperative grant to line approximately 1.65 miles of their main irrigation canal. This will result in a salt load reduction of approximately 2,363 tons annually at a cost effectiveness of $49.64 per ton. The canal lining will consist of a 30-mil PVC membrane with 3-4 inches of shotcrete cover. The cooperative agreement was executed in August 2016, and construction began in November of 2017. It will be completed in 2019.