Fort Peck Reservation Rural Water System

To ensure a safe and adequate municipal, rural, and industrial water supply for the residents of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in the State of Montana; and to assist the citizens in those portions of Roosevelt, Sheridan, Daniels, and Valley Counties that are outside the Fort Peck Indian Reservation,
in developing safe and adequate municipal, rural, and industrial water supplies.

Examples of Funded Projects

Construction of municipal, rural, and industrial water supply systems for the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and for all or portions of Valley, Daniels, Sheridan, and Roosevelt counties in northeastern Montana.


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 - Montana Area Office: Mr. Dan Jewell, Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, PO Box 30137, Billings, MT, 59107-0137, Telephone: 406.247.7298, E-mail: djewell@gp.usbr.gov.


Program Accomplishments

Required technical and environmental reports for the construction of municipal, rural, and industrial water supply systems; partial construction of the systems in accordance with the final engineering report.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The project is for the construction of municipal, rural, and industrial water supply systems that will serve the Fort Peck Indian Reservation (Assiniboine and Sioux Rural Water System), and all or portions of Valley, Daniels, Sheridan and Roosevelt counties in northeastern Montana (Dry Prairie Rural Water System).

At the present time, no new project awards are being made under this authority.

Funding is only available for continuation of existing agreements.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board, Dry Prairie Rural Water Association Incorporated (or any successor non-Federal entity).

Beneficiary Eligibility

The Fort Peck Indian Reservation, the Dry Prairie Rural Water Association, and the residents of all or portions of Valley, Daniels, Sheridan and Roosevelt counties in the State of Montana.

Credentials/Documentation

None.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

These projects have met the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, and final engineering reports and water conservation plans have been approved.

Any proposed changes in the scope of these projects will be reviewed for continued compliance.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Annual work plans and budgets are negotiated annually. The applicants must submit all applicable SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance forms, along with technical proposals and budget narratives.

Award Procedures

Once the parties agree with their respective annual scopes of work and budgets, Reclamation's Great Plains Region finalizes the amendments.

Deadlines

Not applicable.

Authorization

Fort Peck Reservation Rural Water System Act of 2000, Public Law 106-382.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.

Appeals

Not applicable.

Renewals

Funding is available until all currently appropriated funds have been expended for this program. Additional funding for the program is at the discretion of Congress. Any request for a time extension must be in writing and in accordance with the provisions stated in the agreement.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The Federal share of the Fort Peck project is 100 percent (Sec. 4(j)); the Federal share of the Dry Prairie Rural Water System project is 76 percent (Sec. 5(a)(2). Construction costs for both projects will total $193 million (1998 dollars) with Dry Prairie's cost being $68 million and the Reservation's portion being $125 million. Funds are to be available until expended.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funding for these projects was authorized to be appropriated over a period of 10 fiscal years.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Draft and final technical reports; SF-269A (quarterly), financial reports (quarterly), progress reports (quarterly); annual report; reports on significant developments (as necessary).

Audits

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 ($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 $5,000,000; FY 08 est $6,763,000, and FY 09 est $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Average $10,167,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations: 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. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Reclamation Office listed below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Montana Area Office: Mr. Dan Jewell, Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, PO Box 30137, Billings, MT, 59107-0137, Telephone: 406.247.7298, E-mail: djewell@gp.usbr.gov.

Headquarters Office

Great Plains Region Office: Mr. Kimball M. Banks, Tribal and Financial Assistance Officer, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 36900, 316 North 26th Street, Billings, MT 59101, Telephone: (406) 247-7710, Fax: (406) 247-7695, E-mail: kbanks@gp.usbr.gov.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The scopes of work must address and be responsive to the authorizing legislation, the final engineering report and the appropriation ceiling.



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