Salton Sea Program


Objectives of this program are to develop and implement restoration and management strategies at the Salton Sea that (1) enhance fish and wildlife health, (2) protect air quality, (3) provide opportunities for recreation use and economic development, and (4) maintain a secure Colorado River water supply.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Reclamation, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2019 Information not available at this time.
Fiscal Year 2020 Restoration of North Shore Marina Access at Salton Sea in progress, and San Felipe Emerging Wetlands Pilot Project started.
Fiscal Year 2022 Two projects were funded using remaining funds from this program. No further projects will be funded under this program.
Reclamation Act of 1902, June 17, 1902; P.L. 102-575, Title XI, Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act, October 30, 1992; P.L. 105 372, Salton Sea Reclamation Act of 1998, November 12, 1998, as amended by P.L. 108-7, Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2003, Section 213, February 20, 2003; P.L. 108-361, Water Supply, Reliability and Environmental Improvement Act, October 25, 2004; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA) of 1934, P.L. 85-624 and Section 7(a) of FWCA of 1956; and Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, March 30, 2009, P.L. 111-11, Section 9509
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
All entities listed above are eligible for funding to develop and implement restoration and management strategies at the Salton Sea
Beneficiary Eligibility
Anyone/general public
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.
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 may be completed for competitive awards, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, SF-424 forms and any other forms to be used to submit application information, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on For noncompetitive awards: written proposal may also be submitted directly to the program manager, including the activities, background, objectives, performance schedule, points of contacts, estimate of costs, etc.
Award Procedure
For noncompetitive awards: A Notice of Intent to Award is announced on providing the justification for the noncompetitive award. For competitive awards: Proposals received in response to the Funding Opportunity Announcement are reviewed based on a competitive, merit-based review process, and are rated in accordance with the evaluation criteria stated in the Funding Opportunity Announcement. Reclamation will make awards to the highest rated proposals based on the amount of funding available each year.
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.
None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Reclamation will provide all applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.
Projects may generally be renewed on an annual basis, not to exceed a total of 5 years. When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these activities is at the discretion of Congress and will be subject to availability of appropriated funds.
How are proposals selected?
For competitive awards: specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on For noncompetitive awards: A Notice of Intent to Award is announced on providing the justification for the noncompetitive award.
How may assistance be used?
The Salton Sea Reclamation Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-372) directed the Secretary of the Interior, through Reclamation, to study options for managing the salinity and elevation of the Salton Sea to preserve fish and wildlife health and to enhance opportunities for recreation use and economic development while continuing the Salton Sea's use as a reservoir for irrigation drainage.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit Program Performance Reports on a semi-annual basis. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final Program Performance Report
Not applicable.
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 requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
There are no specific restrictions for these projects; however, most of the projects are awarded for a 1 to 3-year period and funded on a year-by-year basis. No projects exceed a 5-year period. Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Interior Region 8: Lower Colorado Basin Attn: Jeremy Brooks Salton Sea Program Manager PO Box 61470, Boulder City, NV 89006
Headquarters Office
Jeremy Brooks
Boulder City, NV 89005 USA
Phone: 303-445-2805
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$1,539,834.00; FY 23 Estimate Not Available FY 24 Estimate Not Available FY 21$0.00; FY 20$796,131.00; FY 19$1,070,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No further projects will be funded under this program listing.
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 Restoring North Shore Beach Marina Access with Salton Sea Authority and Riverside County to restore access at the northern end of the Salton Sea needed to conduct monitoring and habitat restoration activities associated with endangered Desert Pupfish habitat and water quality metrics that may affect human health and other sensitive species, such as migratory birds. Dust Mitigation and Suppression Projects with California Department of Water Resources to research, implement, and monitor various options to mitigate dust emissions originated from the exposed playa on the Salton Sea.
Fiscal Year 2022 Awards under this Assistance Listing are in transition to other Programs. The listing will be archived pending the closing of existing projects.
Fiscal Year 2023 No new projects will be funded under this listing. This listing will be archived once current projects are closed.


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