Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management
BLM Aquatic Habitat Management (AHM) helps to improve the health and productivity of public lands by enhancing aquatic habitat productivity, protecting water resources quality and quantity, restoring watershed and riparian areas, and enhancing partnerships to maximize resources that result in healthier landscapes. The AHM Program strives to meets its priorities through projects that inventory, monitor, and improve aquatic, riparian, and wetland habitat quality and quantity while maintaining adequate Federal water rights to ensure sustainability. The AHM Program will work with partners and maintain close collaboration with States, Tribes, other Federal agencies, and other organizations to maintain native and non-native species of economic importance, resident game and nongame species, including special status, anadromous and subsistence species. The AHM Program will use resources to monitor and reduce the types and locations of invasive species to inform prevention and control strategies. BLM will also support policy and regulatory duties required by the program such as hydropower relicensing, tracking Federal water rights, and reporting metrics for DOI Strategic Plan. The AHM Program also implements the monitoring of water resource conditions and trends to support multiple uses of public lands. Monitoring water quality, as well as identifying, promoting, and implementing best management practices, helps to maintain and improve water quality, as well as functioning aquatic ecosystems that support many recreational uses. The AHM Program supports the preparing of water rights filings when needed to assure adequate water is available for multiple use public lands management. The BLM seeks to provide properly functioning riparian and wetland areas on public lands across the west. It is responsible for maintaining, restoring, and conserving riparian and wetland areas as part of the BLM?s multiple use and sustained yield mission.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Bureau of Land Management, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2017
New ProgramFiscal Year 2018
The highest priority areas for aquatic native conservation within the BLM Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Program are to: a) protect, restore, and enhance stream, wetland and lentic habitats; b) inventory, assess, and monitor aquatic biological, chemical, and physical characteristics; c) protect, maintain and restore natural aquatic ecosystem function, connectivity, and processes, such as through fish passage and watershed restoration; d) prevent the introduction, limit the spread of, and eradicate non-native aquatic invasive species; e) enhance sport and anadromous fisheries by increasing habitat integrity and productivity; f) increase the quality and quantity of recreational fishing opportunities on BLM managed lands; g) assist in the recovery of special status aquatic species and habitats and make effort to prevent listings; and h) facilitate restoration of riparian and wetland areas.Fiscal Year 2019
The highest priority areas for aquatic native conservation within the BLM Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Program are to: a) protect, restore, and enhance stream, wetland and lentic habitats; b) inventory, assess, and monitor aquatic biological, chemical, and physical characteristics; c) protect, maintain and restore natural aquatic ecosystem function, connectivity, and processes, such as through fish passage and watershed restoration; d) prevent the introduction, limit the spread of, and eradicate non-native aquatic invasive species; e) enhance sport and anadromous fisheries by increasing habitat integrity and productivity; f) increase the quality and quantity of recreational fishing opportunities on BLM managed lands; g) assist in the recovery of special status aquatic species and habitats and make effort to prevent listings; and h) facilitate restoration of riparian and wetland areas.Fiscal Year 2020
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Good Neighbor Authority 16 U.S.C. 2113a (b) (1) (A)
John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act, Part 1 (B) (10), Section 7001, Public Law -116-9
Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Agreements (aka The Wyden Amendment) 16 U.S.C. 1101
Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) 43 U.S.C. §1737 (b)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
All Public Land users.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
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.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR, Part 200, Subpart C-Pre-Federal Award Requirements and Contents of Federal Awards. A Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, Standard Form 424B, Assurances for Non-Construction Programs, and a written proposal, budget spreadsheet, a budget narrative/breakdown, and any other requirements specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity Notice and must be submitted through www.grants.gov. State plan is not required for this application.
All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program funding announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. State and District Office level and funding recommendations are made through the State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project, but should not be more than five years. Further information will be available for each program at the time the Notice of Funding Opportunity is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes.
Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Land Management will provide all applicants with information on why their proposal was not selected for award.
How are proposals selected?
First Level Screening -Basic Eligibility. Applications will be screened by the Grants Management Officer to ensure that applications meet basic eligibility requirements. Must meet the requirements of the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on www.grants.gov, screening may include, but is not limited to: Program and/or legislative authority requirements are met; Submission is timely; and complete and properly executed SF-424 application package documents. B. Applications must satisfy basic eligibility screening requirements to be considered for further review. Second Level Evaluation -- Merit Review Evaluation is stated in each Notice of Funding Opportunity noticed post on www.grants.gov Third Level Review Pre-Award Clearance and Approvals. BLM will also complete a business evaluation and determination of responsibility. During these evaluations the Grants Management Officer will evaluate variables such as: Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System, financial stability, quality of management systems, past performance meeting prior award terms and conditions, reports and findings of audits performed, and applicant's ability to effectively implement statutory, regulatory or other requirements.
How may assistance be used?
Projects are primarily conducted on lands administered by the BLM but may also be conducted on other public or private lands. Most of these lands are located in the Western United States and Alaska. Assistance can be used to help protect, restore, and enhance aquatic habitats and aquatic ecosystem resources and to provide related public contact/education opportunities. Funding is highly variable each fiscal year.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Shall submit at the minimum an annual Performance Report in accordance with the 2 CFR, Part 200.328 within 90 days after the anniversary date or as indicated in the Notice of Award. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final report no later than 90 calendar day after the award end date:
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
No specific restrictions for most projects. However, most projects are funded on a year-by- year basis and funds are expended during a particular fiscal year. Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
20 M Street SE
Washington, DC 200033503 US
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$29,323,127.00; FY 19 est $878,260.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$1,643,111.00; - New Program
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past partnership projects have ranged from $10,000 to $1,000,000. Average amounts approximately $68,300 or less.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The BLM's Fisheries and Aquatic Resources program is generally guided by provisions in 43 CFR Part 6000. A variety of public interest publications on these programs are available free of charge by contacting the appropriate State Office. Manuals providing basic program operational guidance for Wildlife and Fisheries Management (BLM Manual 6500) and Aquatic Resource Management (BLM Manual 6720) may be obtained by contacting the Washington Office. Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 (16 U.S.C. SS4601, et seq.) Anadromous Fish Conservation Act of 1965 (16 U.S.C. 757, et seq.); Plant Protection Act of 2000 (PL 106-224), Federal Noxious Weed Act of 1974 (Sections 1 and 15), 7 USC 2814; P.L. 93-629, as amended by PL 101-624,
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring Implementation; Subsistence Resource Populations Monitoring; Rural Youth Initiatives Expanding Watershed Education; Mattole River Fisheries Restoration and Monitoring Program; Headwaters Forest Reserve Watershed Restoration; Umpqua River Basin Riparian Restoration Projects; West Eugene Wetlands Enhancement and Restoration; Gooseneck Creek County Road Culvert Replacement; Aquatic Invasive Species Program; Frog Restoration and Education.Fiscal Year 2018
BLM National Aquatic Monitoring Center, West-Wide Wetland & Riparian Monitoring Protocol, BLM OR/WA Honey Creek Diversions Passage and ScreeningFiscal Year 2019
ORWA Snag Creation Effectiveness Monitoring, CA Mattole River Fisheries Restoration and Monitoring ProgramFiscal Year 2020
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