Hydropower Recreation Assistance

 

To serve as a national technical resource to support government, industry, and nonprofit partnerships in ongoing consultations and negotiations about applications for hydropower licensing; to meet present and future outdoor recreation and river conservation needs; to maintain and enhance a project's riparian areas.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.927
Federal Agency/Office
National Park Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
K - Advisory Services and Counseling
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No information available. Provided technical assistance to public and private energy, conservation, and recreation interests. Ensured that those who have little or no access to professional sources of planning assistance and analysis have equal consideration and opportunity to participate in the licensing process.
Fiscal Year 2017 Provided technical assistance on more than 50 FERC hydropower licensing proceedings to public and private energy, conservation, and recreation interests. Ensured that those who have little or no access to professional sources of planning assistance and analysis have equal consideration and opportunity to participate in the licensing process.
Fiscal Year 2019 Provided technical assistance on more than 50 FERC hydropower licensing proceedings to public and private energy, conservation, and recreation interests. Ensured that those who have little or no access to professional sources of planning assistance and analysis have equal consideration and opportunity to participate in the licensing process.
Fiscal Year 2020 Will provided technical assistance on more than 50 FERC hydropower licensing proceedings to public and private energy, conservation, and recreation interests. Ensured that those who have little or no access to professional sources of planning assistance and analysis have equal consideration and opportunity to participate in the licensing process.
Authorization
Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 797-828c; Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, 16 U.S.C. §1281(e), and; Outdoor Recreation Act of 1963, Public Law 88-29 Sec. 2(d).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Private nonprofit organizations, Federal, State, and Local government agencies and hydropower licensing applicants.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Private nonprofit organizations, Federal, State, and Local government agencies and hydropower licensing applicants, as well as the general public.
Credentials/Documentation
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Program advice is and information is available from the appropriate NPS Regional Office.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Contact the program leader for Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance in the appropriate NPS Regional Office.
Award Procedure
Decisions are based upon adherence to program criteria and the availability of staff.
Deadlines
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.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Project should have clear opportunity to enhance recreation and lead to tangible conservation of significant natural and cultural resources.
How may assistance be used?
Staff assistance is available to stakeholders in FERC hydropower licensing proceedings to assist with recreation issues and river conservation. Assistance is applicable to hydropower projects both within and outside units of the National Park System.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
NA
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
Length of licensing process. For more specific information contact the headquarters office.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Applicants are requested to communicate with National Park Service Regional Offices. See www.nps.gov/hydro.
Headquarters Office
Susan Rosebrough
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240 US
susan_rosebrough@nps.gov
Phone: (202) 220-4121
Website Address
https://www.nps.gov/hydro
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1042-0-1-303
Obligations
(Advisory Services and Counseling) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$0.00; - Advisory Services and Counseling (Mandatory) - Non-monetary assistance through consultation with NPS staff.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
NA - Non-monetary program.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Information is available on the Web. Assistance complies with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requirements for licensing nonfederal hydropower projects; 18 CFR Parts 4, 5, and 16. Policy and Guidelines for Recreational Technical Assistance in Hydropower Licenses, 57 FR 61915, December 29, 1992. Information can be found at https://www.nps.gov/hydro
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No information available. ■ Preservation and recreation enhancements, valued at more than $500,000, in the Cohoes Falls area of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (New York). This includes protection, enhancement, and interpretation of the National Historic Landmark District and properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places; Recreation improvements include construction of new trails, a footbridge, fishing access, animal observation sites, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant viewpoints; ■ Creation of an ecological corridor between Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cherokee National Forest (Tennessee), protecting over 10,000 acres in and around the park; ■ Protection of recreation experiences on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and James River Face Wilderness where it crosses the James River (Virginia); and ■ Publication of Hydrokinetic Energy Projects & Recreation: A Guide to Assessing Impacts, in partnership with the Hydropower Reform Coalition, Confluence Research & Consulting, and the Department of Energy.
Fiscal Year 2017 Participate in FERC hydropower proceedings for preliminary permits, original and new licenses, amendments, and implementation of recreation plans and settlement agreements to address: recreation access and facilities; Instream flows for recreation; Riparian corridor and conservation buffer zone protection; and Park System resources.
Fiscal Year 2018 Participate in FERC hydropower proceedings for preliminary permits, original and new licenses, amendments, and implementation of recreation plans and settlement agreements to address: recreation access and facilities; Instream flows for recreation; Riparian corridor and conservation buffer zone protection; and Park System resources
Fiscal Year 2019 Participate in FERC hydropower proceedings for preliminary permits, original and new licenses, amendments, and implementation of recreation plans and settlement agreements to address: recreation access and facilities; Instream flows for recreation; Riparian corridor and conservation buffer zone protection; and Park System resources
Fiscal Year 2020 Participate in FERC hydropower proceedings for preliminary permits, original and new licenses, amendments, and implementation of recreation plans and settlement agreements to address: recreation access and facilities; Instream flows for recreation; Riparian corridor and conservation buffer zone protection; and Park System resources

 


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