California Water Security and Environmental Enhancement

The purpose of the CALFED Bay-Delta Authorization Act is to authorize the Secretary of the Interior and the heads of the other Federal implementing agencies to carry out specific activities identified in the Act in furtherance of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program as set forth in the CALFED Bay-Delta Program

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Record of Decision dated August 28, 2000.

The primary objectives of the program are to expand water supplies to ensure efficient use through an array of projects and approaches, improve water quality from source to tap, improve the health of the Bay-Delta system through restoring and protecting habitats and native species, and improve the Bay-Delta levees to provide flood protection, ecosystem benefits, and protect water supplies.
Examples of Funded Projects

The CALFED WUE Grants program funded agricultural and urban projects that focused on improving ecosystem health, water supply reliability, or water quality of the Bay-Delta.

Cost sharing was provided for system modernization improvements, measurement devices, seepage reduction, leak detection, landscape incentives, and weather-based irrigation controllers.


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, Department of the Interior, Mid-Pacific Region, 2800 Cottage Way, Special Projects Office (MP-120), Sacramento, CA 95825; Telephone: (916) 978-5022; Fax: (916) 978-5528.
Website Address

www.mp.usbr.gov


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Program Accomplishments

For Fiscal Year 2006, the Bureau of Reclamation awarded $2.8 million in CALFED Water Use Efficiency (WUE) grants for projects located throughout California. As a participating agency in the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, the Bureau of Reclamation's Mid-Pacific and Lower Colorado Regions worked in partnership with the California Department of Water Resources, State Water Resources Control Board, and CALFED to award WUE projects that had a defined relationship to the Bay-Delta. When the matching contributions of nonfederal partners are included, the selected projects represent a combined investment of more than $6.5 million towards enhancing water management throughout the CALFED focus area.

Uses and Use Restrictions

For Fiscal Year 2007, appropriations provided to the Bureau of Reclamation are limited to supporting the development of activities that will contribute to implementation of Delta Vision under Section 103(f)(4)(A) and (B) of Public Law 108-361.

Available funding is limited to grants and cooperative agreements with agencies of the State of California that will lead toward the establishment of a sustainable management program for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay.

Of the amounts made available under Section 103(f)(A), not less than 50 percent shall be provided to the California Bay-Delta Authority to carry out Program-wide management, oversight, and coordination activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Agencies of the State of California.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The general public located in and near the California Bay-Delta area.

Credentials/Documentation

None.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Applicant must submit all applicable SF-424 forms; and a statement of work separating the work into major tasks, level of cooperation with parties involved, and how the subject proposal will provide the outcome sought.

Award Procedures

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 or nonFederal 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. Maximum funding amount is dependent upon the annual appropriation from Congress.

Deadlines

Contact the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, MP-120 Special Projects Office, Sacramento, CA at (916) 978-5022.

Authorization

Water Supply, Reliability, and Environmental Improvement Act, Title I California Water Security and Environmental Enhancement, Public Law 108-361.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project or activity.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Continuation of funding from one fiscal year to the next is at the discretion of Congress.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The Federal share of the costs of a project or activity carried out under this Program may vary dependent upon activity and authority. Costs of operation, maintenance, repair and rehabilitation of facilities shall be a nonfederal responsibility. Per Section 103(f)(4)(B), PROGRAM-WIDE ACTIVITIES, of the amount referred to in subparagraph (A), not less than 50 percent of the appropriated amount shall be provided to the California Bay-Delta Authority to carry out Program-wide management, oversight, and coordination activities.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Generally for 24 months or less; multi-year projects may be considered if justified and annual accomplishments can be demonstrated.

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

10-0687-0-1-301.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $1,000,000; FY 08 not separately identifiable; and FY 09 est. $3,500,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range $35,000 - $1,650,000; average $281,663.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-table-search.html#page1; OMB Circulars www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/grants_circulars.html; Standard Forms www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/grants_forms.html; Documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation or CALFED at calwater.ca.gov.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior, Mid-Pacific Region, 2800 Cottage Way, Special Projects Office (MP-120), Sacramento, CA 95825; Telephone: (916) 978-5022; Fax: (916) 978-5528.

Headquarters Office

Contact Regional Office.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in application packages and any funding announcements posted on www.grants.gov.



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