Upper Colorado River Basin Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Program.

To protect, restore and enhance wetland and upland ecosystems for the conservation of fish and wildlife resources in the upper Colorado River basin.

For ARRA funded projects and in addition to the program objectives above, the section 3 of the ARRA states the following objectives:
(1) To
preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery.
(2) To assist those most impacted by the recession.
(3) To provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health.
(4) To invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits.
(5) To stabilize State and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: Planning, design and construction of fish and wildlife habitat (upland and aquatic) conservation and improvement projects with emphasis on aquatic and riparian habitat enhancements, and wetlands restoration; applied research into habitat limiting factors in restoration of native trout species including laboratory and field testing of hypothesis; assistance with approved recovery actions for endangered and threatened species, particularly Colorado River fishes and neo-tropical migratory birds; exotic and invasive species control, with heavy emphasis on invasive Tamarisk, using mechanical and bio-control technologies with associated restoration of native flora and fauna (riparian emphasis); land acquisition (including conservation easements) for wetland enhancement and big game range protection and improvement.

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available


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 - See Regional Agency Offices.

Central Utah Project Completion Act Office, Mitigation Program Coordinator, 302 East 1860 South, Provo, Utah 84606; Telephone: (801) 379-1254; Fax: (801) 379-1209; E-mail: rswanson@uc.usbr.gov.


Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: Over 80 projects have been completed in 14 years of program operations. These projects have protected/restored/created about 1,530 acres of wetlands, treated and improved aquatic habitats in 162 miles of streams, treated and improved over 20,500 acres of upland wildlife range and completed other types of projects to achieve fish and wildlife habitat improvements. Total Program expenditures have been approximately $3.63 million, with program partners contributing an additional $2.7 million. Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The purpose is to benefit fish and wildlife resources adversely affected by the construction and operation of Federal water resource developments authorized by the Colorado River Storage Project Act of 1956 (Public Law 84-485).

Projects are for fish and wildlife habitat improvements and recreation in accordance with the goals and criteria established by Congress in Section 314 of the Central Utah Project Completion Act (CUPCA).

Projects supplement historic water resource development mitigation that has occurred, expand previous mitigation efforts to address unforeseen circumstances, or otherwise benefit associated wildlife habitat and public interests.

By statutory restriction, funds are expended outside the state of Utah.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Intrastate: Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land).

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land).

Sponsored organization: Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land).

Public nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land).

Federally Recognized lndian Tribal Governments: Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land)

Beneficiary Eligibility

State; Local; Public nonprofit institution/organization; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; Individual/Family

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applicants submit written technical and budget proposals in accordance with guidance stated in the annual program announcement. The standard application forms required by 43 CFR 12, Subparts C and F, must be used. Preparation of Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Assessment and compliance with the Federal Endangered Species Act and other Federal environmental laws may be prerequisites, based on impacts of the proposed action, prior to receiving federal assistance/funding. State Plans are not required.

Award Procedures

Projects ranking highest against the program criteria for selecting proposals as stated in the annual funding announcement (see Criteria for Selecting Proposals, below), and consistent with available funding, are requested to submit a draft grant or cooperative agreement along with supporting forms and documents. Applicants will work with the CUPCA program office to complete required documents and execute the award.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation Mitigation and Conservation, Title 3, Section 314, Public Law 102-575; Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Funding decisions are made at least annually. Deadlines for applications are stated in the annual program solicitation of proposals. Contact the program office for information on deadlines for applications in the current year. The range of the approval time is 90 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Recipients may request renewal of existing projects or additional projects to meet program goals and objectives. Renewals are contingent upon Congressional appropriations to the program, a continued high relevancy ranking based on program criteria, and recipient s satisfactory progress on the approved scope of work.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants and cooperative agreements are normally written for a 1 to 5 year period with funding provided only for the current year. See Renewals, above. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

All projects and activities are monitored for progress and compliance with the agreed-upon scope of work.

Projects funded under the American Recovery Act of 2009 will be required to have additional reporting requirements as described in announcement packages at www.grants.gov.

Written quarterly progress reports detailing project accomplishments are generally required, as are written reports upon completion of the project.

Recipients are required to submit periodic requests for advance or reimbursement of funds using the SF-270, or may request payments through the Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) system.

Recipients also submit Financial Status Reports annually within 90 calendar days after the grant year (i.e., 12 months after the approved effective date of the assistance agreement and every 12 months thereafter until the expiration date of the assistance agreement).

A final Financial Status Report is required within 90 calendar days after the expiration or termination of the assistance agreement.

Periodic site visits and internal reports are completed by the CUPCA program office.

Recipients are required to submit periodic requests for advance or reimbursement of funds using the SF-270, or may request payments through the Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) system.

Recipients also submit Financial Status Reports annually within 90 calendar days after the grant year (i.e., 12 months after the approved effective date of the assistance agreement and every 12 months thereafter until the expiration date of the assistance agreement).

A final Financial Status Report is required within 90 calendar days after the expiration or termination of the assistance agreement.

Periodic site visits and internal reports are completed by the CUPCA program office.

Written quarterly progress reports detailing project accomplishments are generally required, as are written reports upon completion of the project.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

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 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. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend $500,000 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 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular 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

14-0787-0-1-301 - ARRA Funds 14-0786 2009/2010.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 08 $24,000; FY 09 est $294,000; FY 10 est $289,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$5,000 to $200,000
Average: $60,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program Requirements and previous Program Accomplishment Reports are available from the Information Contacts listed below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Central Utah Project Completion Act Office, Mitigation Program Coordinator, 302 East 1860 South, Provo, Utah 84606; Telephone: (801) 379-1254; Fax: (801) 379-1209; E-mail: rswanson@uc.usbr.gov.

Headquarters Office

Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science 1849 C Street, N.W., , Washington 20240 Email: rswanson@uc.usbr.gov Phone: (801) 379-1254

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for funding projects have been established by Congress in the authorizing legislation (Public Law 102-575) at Section 314(c). Generally, these criteria require that projects restore damaged natural ecosystems on public lands and waterways affected by Federal Reclamation projects in the upper Colorado River basin. In addition, priority is given to
projects that assist recovery of endangered or sensitive species or ecosystems, allow reintroduction of native flora and fauna, control or eliminate exotic pest species, or provide enhanced conservation value to state and local government lands. A complete list of program criteria is available at the address listed in Information Contacts (:151). Projects that leverage grant funds with applicant funds, or in-kind services, will receive bonus consideration, but not automatic preference.

For ARRA funded projects, the evaluation criteria also address the following priorities established in the Conference Report for Title IV:
(a) Programs, projects, or activities that can be obligate/executed quickly;
(b) Programs, projects, or activities that will result in high, immediate employment;
(c) Programs, projects, or activities that have little schedule risk;
(d) Programs, projects, or activities that will be executed by contract or direct hire of temporary labor; and
(e) Programs, projects, or activities that will complete either a project phase, a project, or will provide a useful service that does not require additional funding.

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the annual funding opportunity announcement.



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