Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Rocky Mountain CESU


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is offering a funding opportunity to a CESU partner for research on the economic value of ecosystem services supported by our nationâ¿¿s rivers and streams, with a specific focus on those supplied by freshwater mussels in the Upper Delaware River. Not only are mussels filter feeders that provide an essential link in the food chain, but by filtering water through their gills as they feed, they play a critical role in keeping the water clean. This improved water quality in turn supports a range of ecosystem services that contribute to human well-being, including drinking water, recreation, and aesthetics. This is the case in the Upper Delaware River, the last major undammed river in the eastern United States, which provides clean drinking water for 5% of the nation, provides habitat for key threatened, endangered and migratory species, and supports a world class cold water fishery and other recreation such as rafting, boating, and swimming. Although the Upper Delaware River currently represents a healthy ecosystem, future management decisions and land use changes could affect mussel populations and the beneficial services they provide in this region.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Geological Survey
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreement
Number of Awards Available
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
This financial assistance opportunity is being issued under a Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Program. CESUâ¿¿s are partnerships that provide research, technical assistance, and education. Eligible recipients must be a participating partner of the Rocky Mountains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program does not have cost sharing or matching requirements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Headquarters Office
Faith Graves 703-648-7356
Website Address
E-mail Address
Financial Information
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards up to $198,734.00


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