Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention
To provide technical and financial assistance in carrying out works of improvement to protect, develop, and utilize the land and water resources in watersheds.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Natural Resources Conservation Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
ADVISORY SERVICES AND COUNSELING
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5; Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act, Public Law 83-566, 68 Stat. 666, as amended; Public Law 84-1018, 70 Stat. 1088; Public Law 85-865, 72 Stat. 1605; Public Law 86-468, 74 Stat. 131, 132; Public Law 86-545, 74 Stat. 254; Public Law 87-703, 76 Stat. 608; Public Law 90-361, 82 Stat. 250.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Any State agency, county or groups of counties, municipality, town or township, soil and water conservation district, flood prevention or flood control district, Indian tribe or tribal organization, or any other nonprofit agency with authority under State law to levy taxes, condemnation authority, and to carry out maintenance, and operate watershed works of improvement may apply for assistance. This program is available in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Mariana Islands and the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands.
Any State agency, county or groups of counties, municipality, town or township, soil and water conservation district, flood prevention or flood control district, Indian tribe or tribal organization, or any other nonprofit agency with authority under State law to carry out, maintain, and operate watershed works of improvement may apply for assistance. This program is available in Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Mariana Islands, and the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands.
Applications must designate the proposed project area, be properly signed and attested to by all applicants, and set forth the need for the proposed project. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. 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.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application forms and information are available in all NRCS offices and from designated State agencies.
Details of the procedure are available from the State and field offices of the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Receipt of the application is acknowledged as soon as it is determined to be valid.
How are proposals selected?
(1) The watershed must meet the requirements of the law; (2) an approved watershed plan has been prepared; (3) the local sponsors should indicate willingness to carry out a watershed project including acquiring land rights, permits, local cost-share, authority to levy taxes, condemnation authority, and ability for operating and maintaining works for life of project; (4) the project has environmental, economic and social benefits that exceed the costs for a favorable benefit-cost ratio; and (5) no critical environmental issues exist.
How may assistance be used?
Technical assistance is provided in planning, designing, and installing watershed works of improvement. Financial assistance is provided for sharing costs of implementing measures for watershed protection, flood prevention, agricultural water management, sedimentation control, public water based fish, wildlife, recreation; municipal and industrial water supply. Authorized watershed area must not exceed 250,000 acres. Capacity of a single structure is limited to 25,000 acre-feet of total capacity and 12,500 acre-feet of floodwater detention. 100%.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual operation and maintenance inspection and report are conducted by sponsors of project. Cash and expenditure reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Annual operation and maintenance inspection and report. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Annual operation and maintenance inspection and report.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal 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. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records of operation and maintenance activities are maintained for the life of the project.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Technical and financial assistance under which program funds provide certain prescribed services and costs and a percentage of other costs on the basis of a contract vary according to purpose of the works of improvement. For example, for construction costs under the Act, program funds provide 100 percent for flood prevention; up to 50 percent of agricultural water management, public recreation and fish and wildlife purposes; and none of the costs for certain other nonagricultural water management purposes. All of the applicants' installation costs are eligible for program loans. Reimbursable advances are available for preservation of sites and future municipal water supply. Sponsors are required to obtain all land and water rights and permits prior to installation of project measures, and for operation and maintenance.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program .
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Continues until all works of improvement are installed or their installation is terminated by mutual agreement. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. For list of NRCS State offices with telephone numbers and addresses, see Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Kevin Farmer Department of Agriculture, Natural Resouces Conservation Service
1400 Independence Ave., SW
, Washington, District of Columbia 20113 Email: Kevin.Farmer@wdc.usda.gov
(Salaries) FY 14 $1,041,000; FY 15 est $3,677,000; and FY 16 est $50,000. (Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0. (Formula Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 14 $3,909,000; FY 15 est $17,053,000; and FY 16 est $150,000. (Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
(per State) $0 to $2,164,000; $650,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
"What is a Watershed," PA-420; "Flood Plain Management - Why We Need It," PA-1276; "Multiple- Purpose Watershed Projects," PA-575; and "Small Watershed Projects," PA- 1354.
Examples of Funded Projects