Central Valley Project, Trinity River Division, Trinity River Fish and Wildlife Management

To address impacts of the Central Valley Project (CVP) on fish, wildlife, and associated habitats in the Trinity River basin of California by protecting, restoring, and enhancing such habitats and to address other identified adverse environmental impacts of the Central Valley Project.

Examples of Funded Projects

Public Information and Outreach, Watershed Coordination, Target Watershed Implementation, Grass Valley Creek Watershed Monitoring, and Habitat Assessment.


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 - Bureau of Reclamation, Trinity River Restoration Program, Attn: Doug Schleusner, P.O.

Box 1300, Weaverville, CA 96093.

Telephone: (530) 623-1800.

Fax: (530) 623-5944.


Program Accomplishments

To date, program accomplishments include completion of modifications on four bridges; modification of floodplain infrastructures allowing for peak releases of up to 11,000 cubic feet per second; completion of the two largest releases for fishery restoration purposes since the opening of the dams in 1963; and construction of several channel rehabilitation projects. It is anticipated that 8 to 10 projects will be awarded funding in fiscal year 2007. Depending on funding appropriations, a similar number of awards are projected for fiscal year 2008.

Uses and Use Restrictions

All funding is discretionary and intended for projects that support the goals and objectives of the Program and meet the requirements specified in the CVPIA and Record of Decision.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and local entities, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, other public institutions/organizations, federally recognized Indian Tribal governments, small businesses, profit organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, quasi- public nonprofit institutions/organizations, and other private institutions/organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public, public institutions/organizations, Federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments, small businesses, profit organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, quasi-public nonprofit institutions/organizations, and other private institutions/organizations.

Credentials/Documentation

None.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

A request for applications (RFA) will be posted at Grants.gov as funding is made available by the Bureau of Reclamation. Applications shall include: 1) A detailed written technical proposal that should include information such as a scope of work which separates the work into major tasks, the approach proposed to accomplish the work, type of personnel who will participate in accomplishing the work, background and location of applicant, any equipment that will be utilized by the project applicant, experience in this type of work, an estimate of the costs and/or cost savings, any economic benefit, and any other information that may be useful for proposal evaluation. 2) A detailed cost proposal including a budget covering salaries and wages, fringe benefits, travel, equipment, supplies, subcontracts, indirect cost rates, funding sources and commitments, cost-sharing, and a breakdown of costs by task. In addition, applicants must submit all applicable SF 424 forms, which are referenced in the RFA.

Award Procedures

The number of awards, maximum funding amount per award, and areas of interest for which proposals will be considered, are determined on an annual basis and are dependent upon the annual appropriation from Congress. Proposals received in response to the RFA are reviewed on the basis of a competitive, merit-based review process, and are rated in accordance with the evaluation criteria stated in the RFA. The review team will consist of Federal personnel and qualified non-Federal personnel when specific expertise is required by the review team. The Bureau of Reclamation will make awards to the highest rated proposals based on the amount of funding available each year. The Bureau of Reclamation reserves the right to prioritize projects based on availability of funds and to ensure balance among the program objectives listed in the RFA.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA), 1992, Public Law 102-575, Title 34, Section 3406(b)(1).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be provided for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grants.gov.

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

If renewals or extensions are applicable to the project, this information will be included in the funding opportunity announcement. When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these activities is at the discretion of Congress and will be subject to availability of appropriated funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements; however, project cost sharing is encouraged.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Proposals will be requested for projects of varying durations.

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

14-0680-0-1-300.

Obigations

FY 07 $1,705,038; FY 08 est $1,000,000; and FY 09 est $1,500,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range $24,000 - $550,000; Average $170,000.

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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Bureau of Reclamation, Trinity River Restoration Program, Attn: Doug Schleusner, P.O. Box 1300, Weaverville, CA 96093. Telephone: (530) 623-1800. Fax: (530) 623-5944.

Headquarters Office

None.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Evaluation criteria will vary according to project and will be included in the funding announcements posted on www.grants.gov.



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