Colorado River System Conservation Pilot


This program tests conservation projects that create system water through voluntary compensated reductions in water use. All water conserved as a result of the PSCP becomes system water with the sole purpose of increasing storage levels in Lakes Powell and Mead and does not accrue to the benefit of any individual user.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Reclamation, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 N/A In FY16 and FY17, developed and issued request for proposals for 2018 Pilot Projects. Reclamation and other System Conservation Partners performed outreach within the Upper Basin to distribute proposals, collect proposals, perform initial review to evaluate proposals, and selected proposals.
Fiscal Year 2019 In 2017 there were 15 projects accomplished resulting in 11,408 acre-feet of consumptive use savings. In 2018 there were 19 projects accomplished resulting in 25,319 acre-feet of consumptive use savings.
Fiscal Year 2020 Information not available.
Fiscal Year 2023 Funds were not distributed in 2021 or 2022 but future projects will support the objectives of this program.
Section 206 of the Consolidated and further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Public Law 113-235) and Agreement No. 14-XX-30-W0574 – Agreement Among Reclamation, the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Denver Water, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority For a Pilot Program for Funding the Creation of Colorado River System Water Through Voluntary Water Conservation and Reductions in Use, Title Consolidated and further Continuing Appropriations Act, Section 206
As amended by Section 205, Public Law 115-244 EC. 205. (a) Section 206(c)(2) of the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (43 U.S.C. 620 note; Public Law 113–235) is amended by striking ‘‘2018.’’ and inserting the following: ‘‘2022: Provided, That the Secretary shall not fund pilot projects in the Upper Colorado River Basin without the participation of the Upper Colorado River Division States, acting through the Upper Colorado River Commission.’’.
As amended by Public Law 117-328
Inflation Reduction Act, Section 50233, Public Law 117-169
Drought Contingency Planning activities to enhance conservation through expanded measurement and monitoring infrastructure., Title Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Section 40901 (8), Public Law 117-58
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligibility of the Upper Colorado River Commission established through PL 117-328.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Pursuant to PL 117-328, participation in the Pilot Program is limited to Entitlement Holders in the Lower Colorado Division States and Colorado River Water Users in the Upper Colorado River Basin.
Application for Federal Assistance SF-424; Disclosure of Lobbying Activities SF-LLL
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Single source award per requirements under PL 117-328
Award Procedure
Financial Assistance Grants Officer determines awards based on recommendations from the program manager.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project.
Not applicable.
Program may generally be renewed on an annual basis, not to exceed September 30, 2024.
How are proposals selected?
Eligibility established through PL 117-328.
How may assistance be used?
Pursuant to PL117-328 – Pilot projects are authorized to be funded through grants to public entities that use water from the Colorado River Basin for municipal purposes for projects that are implemented by 1 or more non-Federal entities or grants or other appropriate financial agreements to provide additional funds for renewing or implementing water conservation agreements that are in existence on the date of enactment of this Act.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Program Performance Report; and other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as copies of land acquisition closing documents and research publications.
Not applicable.
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 requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Authority under PL 117-328 expires September 30, 2024. Varies by complexity of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Malcolm Wilson
Upper Colorado Region, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, 125 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84138 US
Phone: .
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 23$51,366,901.00; FY 24 est $73,000,000.00; FY 25 est $73,000,000.00; FY 22$0.00; FY 21$0.00; FY 20$0.00; FY 19$0.00; FY 18$1,000,000.00; FY 17$1,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $0-125M Total BIL Funding
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 Upper Colorado River Pilot System Conservation Program
Fiscal Year 2019 In 2017 there were 15 projects accomplished resulting in 11,408 acre-feet of consumptive use savings. In 2018 there were 19 projects accomplished resulting in 25,319 acre-feet of consumptive use savings.
Fiscal Year 2022 No funding available and no agreements were awarded for FY21 OR FY22


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