Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting


To provide reliable, accurate and timely forecasts of surface water supply to water managers in the water users and water managers in the west. To efficiently obtain, manage, and disseminate high quality data and information on snow, water, climate, and hydrologic conditions. To provide climate data to support NRCS conservation planning tools.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Natural Resources Conservation Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act , Public Law 74-76, 16 U.S.C 590 a-f.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
General public, including those located in the U.S. Territories.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public, including those located in the U.S. Territories.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Individuals can make requests for reports from NRCS Field and State offices that issued them, and from the NRCS National Water and Climate Center at Portland, OR.
Award Procedure
Not applicable.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
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Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
The information is used by the owners and operators of the 30,000,000 irrigated acres in the mountain States, and the far West; as well as help farm operators, rural communities, and municipalities which use the water supply forecasts to manage water resources. The data are also used in administering international and interstate river flow distribution contracts and agreements, and in the regulation of hundreds of small and large reservoirs for irrigation, flood control, power generation, recreation, industry, and municipal supplies. The data also provide soil moisture/temperature and climate data which supports drought assessments, flood assessment, fire hazard assessment, wildlife management and climate change research. Cooperators include other Federal agencies, State agencies, municipalities, irrigation districts, water associations and private utilities, and water management officials of Canada and Mexico. FY 2014, 2015 & 2016 - 100% discretionary funding.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not Applicable.
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Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Not applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. State and local offices of the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the National Water & Climate Center, Portland, OR. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for addresses. California's Department of Water Resources, which coordinates and issues snow surveys for that State, and the British Columbia Department of Lands, Forests and Water Resources, supply data for the monthly west-wide summaries.
Headquarters Office
Mike Strobel Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 2890 , Washington, District of Columbia 20013 Email: Phone: 503-414-3055
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries) FY 14 $9,599,000; FY 15 est $10,136,000; and FY 16 est $8,937,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Snow Surveys, AIB 536.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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