Cooperative Watershed Management

 

The purpose of the Cooperative Watershed Management Program is to enhance water conservation, uses; improve water quality; improve ecological resiliency of a river or stream;, and to reduce conflicts over water at the watershed level by supporting the formation of watershed groups to develop local solutions to address water management issues.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.554
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Reclamation, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 Information not available. Since 2012, Reclamation has awarded a total of $2.4 million in funding for the establishment or further development of 30 watershed groups in nine states. In FY 2017, Reclamation initiated Phase II of the CWMP by providing approximately $560,000 in cost shared financial assistance for six watershed management projects. For descriptions of previously funded projects, please visit our website at: http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/cwmp/index.html .
Fiscal Year 2018 Information not available.
Fiscal Year 2019 In July 2018, Reclamation announced that 27 entities were selected to receive a total of $2.6 million in CWMP Phase I funding to establish or further develop watershed groups in order to address water quantity, quantity, and restoration needs. In August 2019, Reclamation announced that 3 entities were selected to receive a total of $300,000 in CWMP Phase II funding to implement on-the-ground watershed management projects. For descriptions of previously funded projects, please visit our website at: http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/cwmp/index.html.
Authorization
Public Law 111-11, Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, Title VI, Subtitle A, Sec. 6001-6003 (16 USC 1015 et seq.)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Watershed Group Development and Restoration Planning (Phase I): Applicants eligible to receive financial assistance through Phase I of the Cooperative Watershed Management Program include: States; Indian tribes; Local and special districts; (e.g., irrigation and water districts, county soil conservation districts, etc.); Local governmental entities; and non-profit organizations, including watershed groups. To be eligible, applicants must also significantly affect or be affected by the quality or quantity of water in a watershed; be capable of promoting the sustainable use of water resources within the given watershed area; and be located in the Western United States or United States Territories including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands. Implementation of Watershed Management Projects (Phase II): An eligible applicant is an established watershed group as defined in the Section 6001(5) of the Cooperative Watershed Management Act (Act) that has met the requirements outlined in Section 6002(c)(2)(A)(iv) of the Act (see Section A.3. Statutory Authority for full citation). In summary, the applicant must be a grassroots, non-regulatory entity that addresses water availability and quality issues within the relevant watershed, represents a diverse group of stakeholders, and is capable of promoting the sustainable use of water resources in the watershed. The applicant must also have approved articles of incorporation, bylaws, and a mission statement; hold regular meetings; and have developed a restoration plan and project concepts for the watershed. Applicants must also be located in the Western United States or United States Territories including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The Cooperative Watershed Management Program benefits a diverse array of stakeholders, which may include but is not limited to, private property owners, Federal, State, or local agencies, and Indian tribes that are located in the Western United States or United States Territories including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands.
Credentials/Documentation
(1) A detailed written technical proposal is required, including background data regarding the applicant, such as: location; diversity, and the geographic scope of the proposed or existing watershed group; a description of the watershed, including the source of water supply, the water rights involved, current water uses (i.e., agricultural, municipal, domestic, instream uses or industrial), and the types of water issues faced in the affected watershed (e.g., shortfalls in water supply, endangered species concerns, environmental issues, or other issues in the watershed) an overview of the proposed project; an estimated project schedule that shows the stages and duration of the proposed work, including major tasks, milestones, and dates for the project upon entering into a financial assistance agreement; and describing data responsive to the evaluation criteria listed in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). (2) A detailed project cost proposal, including a budget with the annual estimated project costs, including salaries and wages, fringe benefits, travel, equipment, supplies, contracts, and indirect costs, an estimate of annual operation & maintenance costs, and the value of in-kind contributions of goods and services.
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. 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 are posted on www.grants.gov. Submission of a complete technical proposal and budget is mandatory by the due date identified in the announcement. In addition, applicants must submit all applicable SF 424 forms referenced in the announcement.
Award Procedure
Proposals received in response to the funding opportunity announcement are reviewed on the basis of a competitive, merit-based review process, and are rated in accordance with the evaluation criteria stated in the announcement. Reclamation will make awards to the highest rated proposals based on the amount of funding available each year.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The review, scoring, and announcement of the recipients typically take three to five months.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Projects which requested funding for one year only are fully funded at time of award. For projects requesting two consecutive years of funding, second-year may be awarded to applicants that demonstrate sufficient progress throughout the year, contingent on the availability of appropriations.
How are proposals selected?
Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding opportunity posted on www.grants.gov. All applications will be evaluated using criteria that give priority based on the diversity and geographic scope of the proposed watershed group; the critical nature of the issues to be addressed by the group; whether the proposed group (or its proposed activities) is aligned with a state water plan; whether the amount of funding requested is reasonable for the work proposed; and whether the proposed schedule and milestones are reasonable and appropriate.
How may assistance be used?
Watershed Group Development and Restoration Planning (Phase I): In 2012, Reclamation began providing funding for the establishment or further development of watershed groups. A watershed group is a self-sustaining, non-regulatory, consensus-based group that is composed of a diverse array of stakeholders, which may include, but is not limited to, private property owners, non-profit organizations, Federal, State, or local agencies, and Tribes. As part of Phase I activities, applicants may use funding to develop bylaws, a mission statement, watershed management project concepts, and complete stakeholder outreach and a watershed restoration plan. For Phase I projects, Reclamation will award a successful applicant up to $50,000 per year for a period of up to two years with no non-Federal cost-share required. Implementation of Watershed Management Projects (Phase II): Starting in 2017, Reclamation began providing cost-shared financial assistance to watershed groups to implement watershed management projects (Phase II). These on-the-ground projects, collaboratively developed by members of a watershed group, address critical water supply needs, water quality, and help water users meet competing demands and avoid conflicts over water. Reclamation will award a successful applicant up to $300,000 per project over a two-year period. For Phase II projects, applicants must contribute at least 50% of the total project costs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
Nonfederal entities that expend $750,000 or more a year in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal 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
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 subrecipient. 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 mandatory. Development of Watershed Groups (Phase I): A non-Federal cost-share is not required for Phase I activities. Implementation of Watershed Management Projects (Phase II): A 50% non-Federal cost-share is required for watershed management projects.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Proposed activities should be completed within 2 years from the project start date. Applicants seeking funding for activities requiring more than 2 years will be considered if they can demonstrate that there will be measureable accomplishments each year. Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
http://www.usbr.gov/main/regions.html
Headquarters Office
Avra Morgan
Bureau of Reclamation, Water Resources and Planning Office, Mail Code: 86-96200, P.O. Box 25007
Denver, CO 80225 US
aomorgan@usbr.gov
Phone: (303)445-2906
Website Address
http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/cwmp/index.html
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-0680-0-1-301
Obligations
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 18$2,250,000.00; FY 19 est $2,250,000.00; FY 20 est $2,250,000.00; FY 17$560,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $20,000 - $300,000 Average: $85,000
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. Phase I: The Land Trust of the Treasure Valley will establish the Boise River Enhancement Network in collaboration with Trout Unlimited, Ecosystem Sciences Foundation, Idaho Rivers United and the South Boise Water Company. The Network will address water quality issues, endangered species and loss of natural habitats in the lower Boise River watershed and will work with stakeholders to increase opportunities for public and private enhancement project collaboration. Phase II: The Eagle Creek Watershed Council, in conjunction with Trout Unlimited, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Buckhorn Valley Metropolitan District (BVMD), will improve instream flows in Abrams Creek, southwest of Eagle, Colorado. Abrams Creek, which supports a core conservation population of Green-Lineage cutthroat trout, suffers from low flows, affecting habitat for the trout and other aquatic species. The Council will pipe a 21,790 linear feet section of the JPO ditch and use the approximately 300 acre-feet of saved water for instream use. This increase to base flows in Abrams creek will benefit the target trout species, as well as other aquatic resources. This project, supported by the Eagle Creek Watershed Plan, has been endorsed by numerous elected officials, conservation groups, government agencies, and water users.
Fiscal Year 2019 Phase I: The Land Trust of the Treasure Valley will establish the Boise River Enhancement Network in collaboration with Trout Unlimited, Ecosystem Sciences Foundation, Idaho Rivers United and the South Boise Water Company. The Network will address water quality issues, endangered species and loss of natural habitats in the lower Boise River watershed and will work with stakeholders to increase opportunities for public and private enhancement project collaboration. Phase II: The Eagle Creek Watershed Council, in conjunction with Trout Unlimited, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Buckhorn Valley Metropolitan District (BVMD), will improve instream flows in Abrams Creek, southwest of Eagle, Colorado. Abrams Creek, which supports a core conservation population of Green-Lineage cutthroat trout, suffers from low flows, affecting habitat for the trout and other aquatic species. The Council will pipe a 21,790 linear feet section of the JPO ditch and use the approximately 300 acre-feet of saved water for instream use. This increase to base flows in Abrams creek will benefit the target trout species, as well as other aquatic resources. This project, supported by the Eagle Creek Watershed Plan, has been endorsed by numerous elected officials, conservation groups, government agencies, and water users.

 


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