Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief

To provide planning assistance that would minimize and mitigate losses and damages resulting from drought conditions.


Examples of Funded Projects

Projects typically funded under Title II of the Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991, as amended, are drought contingency plans.

These drought contingency plans have been prepared by States, counties, and local entities and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments.


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 - Great Plains Region: Rick DeVore, Regional Drought Coordinator, GP-4500, P.O.

Box 36900, Billings, MT 59107-6900, Telephone: (406) 247-7757, Fax: (406) 247-7793; Lower Colorado Region: Steve Jones, Regional Drought Coordinator, B4230, P.O.

Box 61470, Boulder City, NV 89006-1470, Telephone: (702) 293-8186, Fax: (702) 293-8042; Mid-Pacific Region: Lucille Billingsley, Regional Drought Coordinator, MP-410, Federal Office Building - 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95758, Telephone: (916) 978-5215, Fax: (916) 978-5290; Pacific Northwest Region: Megan Montague, Regional Drought Coordinator, PN-6436, 1150 N.

Curtis Rd, Suite 100, Boise, ID 83706-1234, Telephone: (208) 378-5396, Fax: (208) 378-5305; Upper Colorado Region: Mike Stuver, Regional Drought Coordinator, UC-439, 125 S.

State Street, Room 6107, Salt Lake City, UT 84138-1147, Telephone: (801) 524-3745, Fax: (801) 524-5499.
Website Address

http://www.usbr.gov/



Program Accomplishments

No current data available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

In consultation with other appropriate Federal and State officials, Indian tribes, public, private, and local entities, Reclamation may prepare, or participate in the preparation of, plans for the prevention or mitigation of drought impacts.

Financial assistance for the development of drought contingency plans may be provided in the form of cooperative agreements to States, Indian tribes, public, private, and local entities located within the 17 Reclamation States (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) and Hawaii.

Pursuant to Public Law 93-638, an Indian tribe is entitled to contract for any activities that Reclamation would otherwise conduct pursuant to Section 201 or 202 of Title II of the Act on the tribe's behalf which would benefit the tribe exclusively.

Reclamation may provide technical assistance for drought contingency planning in any of the 50 U. S. States and territories and to local and tribal government entities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and local entities and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments within the following 17 Western U.S.

States: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, Utah, and Washington; and Hawaii.

Technical assistance can also be requested for all 50 U.S.

States and the following U.S.

Territories: Puerto Rico, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Island, and upon termination of the Trusteeship, the Republic of Palau, the United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public; Federal, State and local governments; and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments within the 50 U.S. States and Territories.

Credentials/Documentation

None.

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

Applications will be received by the Bureau of Reclamation and forwarded to the respective Regional Offices, where they are prioritized, merited and consolidated. Regional Directors will then forward their prioritized lists of funding requests to the Bureau of Reclamation Drought Coordinator who will make the final recommendations regarding which applications will receive awards. If a request is not approved, the Bureau of Reclamation Drought Coordinator will prepare a response letter to notify the applicant that their project was not selected for an award. If a request is approved, a letter of approval will be prepared by the Reclamation Drought Coordinator that includes a delegation of authority to the appropriate Regional Director and includes funding information. This letter will be forwarded to the appropriate Regional/Area Office responsible for implementing the approved actions. The respective Regional/Area Office will develop their agreements and Public Law 93-638 contracts/agreements in compliance with applicable regulations.

Deadlines

Varies by project. Deadline information will be included in all funding opportunity announcements posted on www.grants.gov.

Authorization

Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991, Title II, Public Law 102-250, 43 U.S.C. Section 2201-2214, as amended; Hawaii Water Resources Act of 2000, Title II, Public Law 106-566.

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.

Appeals

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.

Renewals

Extensions may be granted by the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation or the Regional Office may be granted authority to implement the approved assistance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance may be approved at any time of the year and agreements are generally awarded for a six month period, unless an extension is granted by the Commissioner (or the Regional Office granted authority to implement the approved assistance).

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

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.

Audits

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.

Records

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

14-0680-0-1-301.

Obigations

FY 07 $475,000; FY 08 est $436,000; and FY 09 est $500,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range $25,000 to $75,000; Average $470,000.

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/ Documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Great Plains Region: Rick DeVore, Regional Drought Coordinator, GP-4500, P.O. Box 36900, Billings, MT 59107-6900, Telephone: (406) 247-7757, Fax: (406) 247-7793; Lower Colorado Region: Steve Jones, Regional Drought Coordinator, B4230, P.O. Box 61470, Boulder City, NV 89006-1470, Telephone: (702) 293-8186, Fax: (702) 293-8042; Mid-Pacific Region: Lucille Billingsley, Regional Drought Coordinator, MP-410, Federal Office Building - 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95758, Telephone: (916) 978-5215, Fax: (916) 978-5290; Pacific Northwest Region: Megan Montague, Regional Drought Coordinator, PN-6436, 1150 N. Curtis Rd, Suite 100, Boise, ID 83706-1234, Telephone: (208) 378-5396, Fax: (208) 378-5305; Upper Colorado Region: Mike Stuver, Regional Drought Coordinator, UC-439, 125 S. State Street, Room 6107, Salt Lake City, UT 84138-1147, Telephone: (801) 524-3745, Fax: (801) 524-5499.

Headquarters Office

Lilas V. Lindell, Reclamation Drought Coordinator, Bureau of Reclamation, Mail Code 84-52000, P.O. Box 25007, Denver, CO 80225-0007. Telephone: (303) 445-2889.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcement posted on www.grants.gov, and on the basis of funding availability and priority needs in a particular fiscal year.



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