Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement

 

Awards will be made to investigate and identify opportunities to improve the supply of water in the program area identified as the counties in the State of Texas in the Rio Grande Regional Water Planning Area known as Region "M" as designated by the Texas Water Development Board; and the counties of Hudspeth and El Paso, Texas. The program includes the review of studies and planning reports, conduct of or participation in funding engineering work, infrastructure construction, and improvements for the purpose of conserving and transporting raw water.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.521
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. Three construction projects are ongoing with Cameron County Irrigation District #2, Hidalgo County Irrigation District #6, and United Irrigation District. Delta Lake Irrigation District has completed the project yet the Federal cost share has not been fully reimbursed.
Fiscal Year 2018 Funds were allocated under the authority of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act of 2002, as amended, the Cameron County Irrigation District #2, Delta Lake Irrigation District, Hidalgo County Irrigation District #6, and United Irrigation District for the rehabilitation of concrete lined irrigation canal to reduce seepage and conserve water.
Fiscal Year 2019 Obligate funding under the authority of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act of 2002, as amended, to the Cameron County Irrigation District #2, Delta Lake Irrigation District, and United Irrigation District for the rehabilitation of concrete lined irrigation canal to reduce seepage and conserve water.
Fiscal Year 2020 No Information Available.
Authorization
Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act of 2000, Public Law 106-576, as amended; Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act of 2002, Public Law 107-351.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The State of Texas, water users in the program area, specified irrigation districts, and other non-Federal entities.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The general public located in the state of Texas.
Credentials/Documentation
Not applicable.
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. 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. Applicants shall provide a report in accordance to Sec. 3(c) of the Act that includes, but is not limited to, (a) estimated project costs, conservation measures, and operational efficiency improvements, (b) a project plan and map, and (c) a cost-sharing commitment for applicant funding of its proportional share of project construction costs on an annual basis. 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. Environmental compliance for this program may be required depending on the scope of the specific project funded.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Scopes of Work are provided to the Bureau of Reclamation for annual award and funding.
Award Procedure
Specific recipients are identified in the authorizing legislation.
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
None.
Renewals
Funding is available until all currently appropriated funds have been expended for this program. Additional funding for the program is at the discretion of Congress. Any request for a time extension must be in writing in accordance with the provisions stated in the agreement.
How are proposals selected?
The scopes of work must be compatible with the authorizing legislation and the appropriation ceiling.
How may assistance be used?
Cost ceilings of $8,000,000 for conservation and improvements (section 3(g)) and $47,000,000 for construction (section 4(c)). Reclamations Great Plains Region will enter into cooperative agreements with the State of Texas, water users in the program area, specified irrigation districts, and other non Federal entities to carry out the project if the Secretary of the Interior determines such agreements would be cost-effective and efficient. A substantial portion of this program is directed toward funding 19 construction projects specifically identified in the Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Act, as amended.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on an annual basis: SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and semi-annual basis Program Performance Reports. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Report; and (3) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.
Auditing
Not applicable.
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 voluntary. The non-Federal share of total project costs shall be 50 percent. Not more than 40 percent of the project costs may be paid by the State. The remainder of the non-Federal share may include in-kind contributions of goods and services, and the actual funds previously spent on feasibility and engineering studies. Awarded agreements must contain a commitment by the non-Federal project sponsors to fund their proportionate share of the project's construction costs on an annual basis. (Public Law 106- 576, Section 4(b), as amended).

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
There is no time restriction placed on the use of the funds. A schedule will be established with the recipient at the time of award. Any request for a time extension must be in writing in accordance with the provisions stated in the agreement. Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Oklahoma Texas Area Office: Mr. Trent Parish, Environmental Protection Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Address: 5316 Highway 290 West, Suite 110, Austin, TX 78735-8931, Telephone: 512.899.4157, E-mail: jparish@usbr.gov.
Headquarters Office
Ms. Lindsey Nafts
Bureau of Reclamation, 2021 4th Ave North
Billings, MT 59101 US
lnafts@usbr.gov
Phone: (406) 247-7684
Website Address
http://www.usbr.gov/gp/
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-0680-0-1-301
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$1,303,641.00; FY 19 Estimate Not Available FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$321,348.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range $ 0 - 435,000 Average $ 140,449
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 2019 Information not available
Fiscal Year 2017 Information not available. The examples of funded projects include agreements with Harlingen Irrigation District for canal lining/piping existing canals and automation and telemetry; Cameron County ID #2 for pump station replacement/canal lining/piping existing canals; ; Hidalgo County ID #6 for lining of existing canals and telemetry; and United ID for piping existing canals and pump station rehabilitation.
Fiscal Year 2018 Information not available

 



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