San Gabriel Basin Restoration Project

To design, construct, operate, and maintain water quality projects within the San Gabriel Basin, Los Angeles County, California.

Examples of Funded Projects

San Gabriel Valley Groundwater Remediation, Central Basin Water Quality Protection Plan.


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 - Dennis Wolfe, Area Engineer, Southern California Area Office, Telephone: (951) 695-5310; Fax: (951) 695-5319; E-mail: dwolfe@lc.usbr.gov.


Program Accomplishments

Five grant agreements have been executed to design, construct, operate, and maintain facilities that will extract contaminated groundwater from the San Gabriel Basin, treat it to potable standards, and use the water for potable purposes. The projects will provide a safe source of potable water while remediating groundwater contamination that has been designated as operable units under the EPA superfund program.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Project grants can only be issued to reimburse recipients for the Federal share of costs associated with the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of water quality improvement projects within the San Gabriel Basin, located in Los Angeles County, California.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority (or its successor agency) and/or the Central Basin Municipal Water District.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public, all users and indirect users of groundwater supplies in the San Gabriel Basin.

Credentials/Documentation

None.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Applicants are encouraged to consult with the Bureau of Reclamation, Southern California Area Office (SCAO), for assistance in preparing project proposals and preliminary review of project descriptions and budgets, including assurance of compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and related laws and orders.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

The applicant must submit SF 424 Application for Federal Assistance documents; detailed project technical descriptions and budgets; and all information required under the terms of the applicable appropriations law.

Award Procedures

Bureau of Reclamation personnel will review (1) the application package to ensure that all required documents are complete, accurate, and satisfy all provisions of applicable law, (2) the project budgets and description to ensure the appropriation language requirements are met, and (3) the project descriptions for technical issues and consistency with applicable policies, and budgets for appropriateness of cost estimates. Final selection will be determined by the Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, or regional officials, as applicable to the project. After the application package is acceptable to both parties, a grant agreement is drafted, reviewed, and signed by both parties.

Deadlines

None.

Authorization

San Gabriel Basin Restoration Project, Appendix D, Division B, Title I, Section 110, Public Law 106-554, as amended; Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2002, Title II, Section 202, Public Law 107-66; and Section 2 of Reorganization Plan Number 3 of 1950, 64 Stat. 1262, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Typical range of 2 to 6 weeks.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Extensions may be applicable and are subject to appropriated funds. Revised SF 424 forms are required when applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

A minimum of 35 percent nonFederal cost share is required by Public Law 106-554, Section 110(a)(3)(B), as amended. The cost share can be provided from any nonFederal source; and, in accordance with Section 110(a)(3)(B)(iii), credit toward the nonFederal cost share can be given for the value of certain prior project expenditures.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Agreements for planning and construction projects are generally awarded for up to 5 years. Funds for operation and maintenance can be provided for a period not to exceed 10 years following the initial date of operation of the project, or until the project funding ceiling has been reached, whichever occurs first.

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 receive 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

During the course of its activities under a grant agreement and for three years thereafter, the applicant must agree to retain intact and to provide any data, documents, reports, records, contracts, and supporting materials relating to its performance under the agreement as FRA may require. 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

14-5483-0-2-301.

Obigations

FY 07 $753,313; FY 08 est $400,000; and FY 09 est $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Average $3,890,646.

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. Program guidelines: Department of the Interior, Delegation of Authority for the San Gabriel Basin Restoration Project, Order No. 3241, Amendment No. 4; San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority, Federal Funding Program Administration guidelines, http://www.wqa.com/pdfs/FFPA3.pdf. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Dennis Wolfe, Area Engineer, Southern California Area Office, Telephone: (951) 695-5310; Fax: (951) 695-5319; E-mail: dwolfe@lc.usbr.gov.

Headquarters Office

None.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applicants are limited to the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority or the Central Basin Municipal Water District. Projects must improve the quality of the groundwater in the San Gabriel Basin, located in Los Angeles County, California. The scopes of work must address and be responsive to the authorizing legislation, the final engineering reports, and the appropriation ceiling.



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