Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief

 

Funding under the Drought Response Program will be provided to: (1) develop and update comprehensive drought contingency plans and (2) implement projects that will build long-term resiliency to drought.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.514
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Reclamation, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 No information available. In FY17, available funding was used to select 6 Drought Contingency Plans and 11 Drought Resiliency Projects.
Fiscal Year 2018 No information available.
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY18, available funding was used to select 2 Drought Contingency Plans and 185 Drought Resiliency Projects. In FY19, available funding was used to select 18 Drought Resiliency Projects.
Authorization
Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991, Public Law 102-250, 43 U.S.C. ยงยง2201-2214, as amended; and Section 9504(a), Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, (Public Law 111-11), as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
1) Drought contingency planning: Applicants eligible to apply for funding to develop or update drought contingency plans include: States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located within the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, Utah, and Washington. Applicants must also participate in a technical consultation with Reclamation prior to submitting an application. 2) Drought resiliency projects: Applicants eligible to apply for funding for drought resiliency projects include: States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority 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
General public; Federal, State and local governments; and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments.
Credentials/Documentation
None.
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 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 (Announcement) are posted on www.grants.gov. Submission of a complete technical proposal and projects 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 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
Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
None. Drought contingency plans and drought resiliency projects will be fully funded at the time of award.
How are proposals selected?
Drought contingency plans must include input and participation by multiple stakeholders. Plans will also consider uncertainties related to changing hydrologic conditions and identify potential drought mitigation and response actions to build resilience to drought. Drought resiliency projects supported by an existing drought contingency plan (e.g., an existing state, county, municipal, or other plan is acceptable) receive prioritization. Projects that are eligible for funding should address at least one of the following goals: 1) increase the reliability of water supply; 2) improve water management; and 3) provide benefits for fish and wildlife and the environment.
How may assistance be used?
Funding under the Drought Response program will be provided to: (1) develop and update comprehensive drought contingency plans and (2) implement projects that will build long-term resiliency to drought.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit a program performance report on a semi-annual basis. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final program performance report.
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. 50%. The Federal share of the cost of drought contingency plans and drought resiliency projects carried out under this Program shall not exceed 50% of the total cost of the plan or project. However, economically disadvantaged communities may request a financial hardship waiver of all or part of the cost to develop a new drought contingency plan or to update an existing plan. The non-Federal share of the cost of operating and maintaining any infrastructure improvement funded through this program as a drought resiliency project grant shall be 100 percent.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
In general, drought contingency plans and drought resiliency projects should be completed within 2 to 3 years of award. Applications for plans/ projects requiring more time will be considered for funding only under limited circumstances. Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Darion Mayhorn
Bureau of Reclamation, Attn: Darion Mayhorn, Mail Code 86-69200, PO Box 25007
Denver , CO 80225-0007 US
dmayhorn@usbr.gov
Phone: (303)445-3121
Website Address
https://www.usbr.gov/drought/
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-0680-0-1-301
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$3,250,000.00; FY 19 est $2,900,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$6,900,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range is $ 35,000 - $ 750,000; Average $270,000.
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. This program funds collaborative Drought Contingency Plans that will help provide water managers prepare in advance of a drought. For example, the Dolores Water Conservancy District in Colorado will develop a Drought Contingency plan in partnership with the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm and Ranch Enterprise, and the Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company. The plan will include the areas served by the Bureau of Reclamation's Dolores Project, located in southwest Colorado, which provides irrigation water for approximately 36,600 acres of irrigated land, provides municipal and industrial water to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, the tribal community of Towaoc, several other towns and cities, and serves downstream fish and wildlife purposes. The Dolores Project suffered severe shortages (25%) from drought in 2013. The plan will include a comprehensive evaluation of mitigation and response actions to reduce water shortages and improve drought resiliency for water users through collaboration with local agricultural districts, tribal farmers, municipal and industrial users, non-governmental organizations, and Federal and state agencies This program also funds Drought Resiliency Projects that help provide water managers with flexibility during periods of drought. For example, in Arizona, the City of Phoenix, will purchase components for a well as part of an Aquifer Storage and Recovery Well Restoration project at their Deer Valley Water Treatment plant. The City will construct a dual-purpose well that will directly inject under-utilized surface water supplies into the aquifer for later withdrawal during times of drought. The City, which services more than 1.5 million residents, is currently experiencing drought conditions. This project enables the City to maintain a supply of surplus water while offering operational flexibility during times of drought. The City estimates the groundwater recharge to be 2,400 gallons per minute, or approximately 3,874 acre-feet per year.
Fiscal Year 2018 No information available.
Fiscal Year 2019 This program funds collaborative Drought Contingency Plans that will help provide water managers prepare in advance of a drought. For example, the Dolores Water Conservancy District in Colorado will develop a Drought Contingency plan in partnership with the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm and Ranch Enterprise, and the Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company. The plan will include the areas served by the Bureau of Reclamation's Dolores Project, located in southwest Colorado, which provides irrigation water for approximately 36,600 acres of irrigated land, provides municipal and industrial water to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, the tribal community of Towaoc, several other towns and cities, and serves downstream fish and wildlife purposes. The Dolores Project suffered severe shortages (25%) from drought in 2013. The plan will include a comprehensive evaluation of mitigation and response actions to reduce water shortages and improve drought resiliency for water users through collaboration with local agricultural districts, tribal farmers, municipal and industrial users, non-governmental organizations, and Federal and state agencies This program also funds Drought Resiliency Projects that help provide water managers with flexibility during periods of drought. For example, in Arizona, the City of Phoenix, will purchase components for a well as part of an Aquifer Storage and Recovery Well Restoration project at their Deer Valley Water Treatment plant. The City will construct a dual-purpose well that will directly inject under-utilized surface water supplies into the aquifer for later withdrawal during times of drought. The City, which services more than 1.5 million residents, is currently experiencing drought conditions. This project enables the City to maintain a supply of surplus water while offering operational flexibility during times of drought. The City estimates the groundwater recharge to be 2,400 gallons per minute, or approximately 3,874 acre-feet per year.

 



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