Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Title XXXIV

The purposes of the CVPIA are (1) to protect, restore, and enhance fish, wildlife, and associated habitats in the Central Valley and Trinity River basins of California, (2) to address impacts of the Central Valley Project on fish, wildlife, and associated habitats, (3) to improve the operational flexibility
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of the Central Valley Project, (4) to increase water-related benefits provided by the Central Valley Project to the State of California through expanded use of voluntary water transfers and improved water conservation, (5) to contribute to the State of California's interim and long-term efforts to protect the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary, and (6) to achieve a reasonable balance among competing demands for use of Central Valley Project water, including the requirements of fish and wildlife, agricultural, municipal and industrial and power contractors.

Examples of Funded Projects

Anadromous fish habitat restoration, implementation of the Trinity River fishery restoration program, fish screen improvements, canal lining, conveyance of water to wildlife refuges, and watershed monitoring, operation and maintenance.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - Frank Michny, Acting Assistant Regional Director, MP 115, (916) 978-5010 Micheal Heaton, Acting Chief Division of Resources Management, MP-400, (916) 978-5556.

Shana Kaplan, CVPIA Program Manager, MP 400, (916) 978-5190.

Program Accomplishments

Programmatically, the number of awards has been based on the level of funding received and the need to solicit for proposals. For FY 2004 to present, the Habitat Restoration Program (Section 3406 (b)(1) Other has provided approximately 80 percent to 85 percent of its yearly budget toward project grants (grants and cooperative agreements). The Anadromous Fish Screen Program Section 3406 (b)(21) has awarded funds toward cooperative agreements sharing the costs associated with the activities but not to exceed 50 percent of the total cost of any such activity (Total fish screen obligations for FY 1992 to date are about $92,400,000). Other programs may provide funding for grants and/or cooperative agreements based on project needs,types of projects to be implemented, interested parties, and funding.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Agreements will be awarded for projects that will result in attaining the objectives noted above and the mandates set out in the CVPIA.

Areas of emphasis include fish and wildlife restoration activities and investigations, evaluation of ecologic and hydrologic effects of existing and alternative operations of water facilities and systems, and the effects of the CVP on anadromous fish populations.

The Secretary of the Interior is authorized and directed to promulgate such regulations and enter into such agreements as may be necessary to implement the intent, purposes and provisions of Title XXXIV.

This title does not and shall not be interpreted to authorize construction of water storage facilities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Irrigation and/or water districts; state, local, and county governmental entities with water management authority (e.g., State and Federal agencies, departments, boards, etc.); and other entities with water delivery authority as well as private nonprofit or profit organizations, and individuals located in the State of California.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public, government agencies, and water management authorities located in the State of California.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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 Procedures

Funding opportunity announcements for this program, 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 www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program funding announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by a proposal evaluation panel comprised of qualified Federal experts in the program area. Applications will be reviewed against the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. Final selection will be determined by the Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, or regional officials, as applicable to the project.


For current information on any upcoming funding opportunity announcement dates and deadlines, contact the Mid-Pacific Region, MP-400 Division of Resources Management, Sacramento, California, as listed in the Contacts section below.


Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992, Title XXXIV, Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Public Law 102-575.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the Reclamation personnel listed as the point of contact in the funding announcement.


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.


Continuation of funding for the Program from one fiscal year to the next is at the discretion of Congress. Yearly solicitation is made for projects of 24 months in duration or less, although multi-year projects may be considered if annual accomplishments can be demonstrated.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The Federal share of the costs of a project or activity carried out under this Program varies in accordance with the provisions of the CVPIA. Cost-share requirements will be included in the funding opportunity announcement posted on www.Grants.gov.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Proposals are requested for projects of 24 months in duration or less; however, funding for multi-year projects may be considered if annual accomplishments can be demonstrated.

Post Assistance Requirements


Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on a quarterly basis: (1) SF-269/SF-269a Financial Status Reports, (2) SF-272 Report of Federal Cash Transactions, and (3) Program performance reports.

Annually, recipients shall submit an annual program performance report.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: (1) SF-269/SF-269a Financial Status Report, (2) final program performance report, and (3) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 1, 2003) 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 ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 1, 2003) a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, Except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


State, local and Indian Tribal governments shall maintain project records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.82. All other recipients shall maintain project records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.953.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $5,500,000; FY 08 not separately identifiable; and FY 09 est $18,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$5,000 to $2,400,000; average $307,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

43 CFR 12, http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-table-search.html#page1; OMB Circulars, http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/grants_circulars.html . Program information, http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/title_34/public_law_complete.html . These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Reclamation Office listed below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Frank Michny, Acting Assistant Regional Director, MP 115, (916) 978-5010 Micheal Heaton, Acting Chief Division of Resources Management, MP-400, (916) 978-5556. Shana Kaplan, CVPIA Program Manager, MP 400, (916) 978-5190.

Headquarters Office


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on www.grants.gov.

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