Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program

The purpose of the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Act Collaborative Program (Program) is to protect and improve the status of endangered listed species along the Middle Rio Grande (MRG) and to simultaneously protect existing and future regional water uses while complying with state and federal
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laws, including Rio Grande compact delivery obligations.

"Listed species" means federally listed species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), with special emphasis on the Rio Grande silvery minnow (silvery minnow) and the southwestern willow flycatcher.

FOR RECOVERY ACT: 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: Endangered Species Habitat Restoration Analysis and Recommendation on the Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico - This project will provide a means to describe and to define existing conditions in the Pueblo s project area, to provide qualitative and quantitative analyses of existing information, to recommend site-specific projects aimed at improving habitat for the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow and the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher.

Additionally, the project will enable the Pueblo to identify specific monitoring and adaptive management approaches and techniques to ensure long-term success and sustainability of current and future habitat restoration sites.

Development of Habitat Restoration Monitoring Plan in the Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico - The project is designed to complete a Habitat Restoration Plan for the Pueblo of Santa Clara Sub-reach of the Middle Rio Grande river.

The Plan will systematically and comprehensively analyze and incorporate baseline conditions and existing information to provide specific habitat restoration/rehabilitation goals and recommendations for future Rio Grande habitat restoration projects within Pueblo of Santa Clara lands in accordance with restoration techniques, and priorities discussions outlined in prior habitat restoration planning documents and recovery plans.

The restoration goals, techniques, and discussions will be targeted to directly benefit threatened and endangered species, culturally significant species, and other species of concern, all of which have experienced detrimental losses due to the failing health of the Rio Grande riverine and riparian ecosystem.

Operations and Maintenance of the Los Lunas Naturalized Refugium for the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow - The project aims at assisting in the cost of the operations and maintenance at the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission s Rio Grande Silvery Minnow Naturalized Refugium located in Los Lunas, New Mexico.

The facility is used to breed and to propagate silvery minnow for wild population augmentation to prevent extinction and to assist in the recovery of the species.

The project also supports the maintenance of a captive population as a precautionary measure to prevent extinction from catastrophes in the wild and will also maintain an independent population to prevent captive population catastrophic loss.

Maintenance of Habitat Restoration Projects at the Pueblo of Ohkay-Owingeh, New Mexico - The project involves the maintenance of a desirable habitat restoration trajectory in restored Southwest Willow Flycatcher habitats at the Pueblo of Ohkay-Owingeh s geographical area of resource management.

This project will benefit the SWFL recovery efforts by maintaining constructed habitats to ensure successional trajectory to a desirable SWFL habitat, and by collecting viable information in planning maintenance activities and adaptive management of on-going projects.

Activities include locating and eradicating invasive trees and invasive herbaceous weeds and planting native grass and forbs seeds, among maintenance measures.

Habitat Restoration for the Isleta Reach, Phases I and II - The project involves planning, design development, preparation of environmental compliance and implementing active and passive habitat restoration techniques in the area known as Isleta Reach of the Middle Rio Grande River.

Monitoring results from this project in combination with results from other Albuquerque Reach work will provide information for the better identification and implementation of restoration techniques that are most successful in creating and maintaining silvery minnow habitats.

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.

Lisa Croft, Program Manager, Telephone: (505) 462-3541, Fax:
(505) 462-3783, E-Mail: lcroft@uc.usbr.gov.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: Projects funded for the furtherance of the goals and objectives of the Collaborative Long-Term Plan which focuses on alleviating jeopardy of the silvery minnow and the flycatcher, and the conservation and contribution to the recovery of both listed species while protecting existing and future water uses within the geographic boundaries of the Program area. Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Financial assistance may be used in furtherance of the goals and objectives of the Collaborative Long-Term Plan which focuses on alleviating jeopardy of the silvery minnow and the flycatcher, and the conservation and contribution to the recovery of both listed species while protecting existing and future water uses within the geographic boundaries of the Program area.

The Program Area is defined as: "the headwaters of the Rio Chama watershed and the Rio Grande, including tributaries, from the New Mexico-Colorado state line downstream to elevation 4,450 ft mean sea level, the elevation of the spillway crest of the Elephant Butte Dam." All appropriated funds are discretionary.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federal: 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).

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

Quasi-public nonprofit institution/organization: Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land)

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal; Interstate; Intrastate; State; Local; Public nonprofit institution/organization; Other public institution/organization; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; Specialized group (e.g. health professionals, students, veterans); Private nonprofit institution/organization

Credentials/Documentation

Whenever applicable, all necessary federal, state, local, and/or private access, collection, and other environmental permits must be provided. 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. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Funding opportunity announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, SF-424 forms and any other forms to be used to submit application information, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the funding opportunity announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by a proposal evaluation panel comprised of qualified experts (federal and non-federal stakeholders) in the program area. Applications will be reviewed against the proposal evaluation criteria and any additional review factors stated in the funding announcement. Final selection will be determined by the designated Grants Officer .

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act 2006, Public Law 109-103, 119 Stat. 2256; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5; Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, Public Law 110-161; Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act 2005, Public Law 108-447, 118 Stat. 2949.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies by project. Deadline information will be included in all funding opportunity announcements posted on www.grants.gov. The range of approval or disapproval time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the Reclamation personnel listed as the point of contact in the funding announcement.

Appeals

None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, upon request, the Bureau of Reclamation will provide 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.This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Federal assistance is typically available during the current fiscal year of appropriations. For planning purposes, grant opportunities are posted during the first and second quarters of the fiscal year. Depending on the number and magnitude of qualified projects, more funds are available during the first half of the fiscal year. The Program expects all awarded funds to be expended during the fiscal year in which grant awards were made or no more than 2 years from the time of grant award.

For more complex projects that may involve environmental compliance, design, feasibility studies, construction and implementation, effectiveness monitoring, and other related activities, the project will be divided into phases. The project will then be funded incrementally at phase level costs. Funding of subsequent phases will be based on project viability, effectiveness, and fund availability. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on a quarterly basis: (1) SF-425 Financial Status Reports, (2) Program performance reports.

Annually, recipients shall submit an annual program performance report.

(3) Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: SF-425 Financial Status Report, final program performance report, and (4) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

Projects funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will have additional reporting requirements as described in the terms and conditions and announcement packages at www.grants.gov.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on a quarterly basis: (1) SF-425 Financial Status Reports, (2) Program performance reports.

Annually, recipients shall submit an annual program performance report.

(3) Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: SF-425 Financial Status Report, final program performance report, and (4) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

Projects funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will have additional reporting requirements as described in the terms and conditions and announcement packages at www.grants.gov.

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on a quarterly basis: (1) SF-425 Financial Status Reports, (2) Program performance reports.

Annually, recipients shall submit an annual program performance report.

(3) Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: SF-425 Financial Status Report, final program performance report, and (4) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

Projects funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will have additional reporting requirements as described in the terms and conditions and announcement packages at www.grants.gov.

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

14-0680-0-1-301 - ARRA Funds 14-0681-0-1-301. ARRA TAFS 14-0681 2009/2010.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 08 $16,500,000; FY 09 est $9,700,000; FY 10 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$35,000 to $2,100,000; Average
$13,100,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

43 CFR 12 and OMB Circulars. Program guidelines: http://www.mrgesa.com.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Lisa Croft, Program Manager, Telephone: (505) 462-3541, Fax:
(505) 462-3783, E-Mail: lcroft@uc.usbr.gov.

Headquarters Office

Bureau of Reclamation Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office 555 Broadway Blvd. , Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office 555 Broadway Blvd. 87102 Email: lcroft@uc.usbr.gov Phone: (505) 462-3540

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on www.grants.gov. For ARRA funded projects: The purposes of the Recovery Act are, among others, to quickly and prudently commence activities that preserve and create jobs and to promote economic recovery, and to invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits. To meet these purposes, Reclamation will allocate funds based on the criteria set forth in the Recovery Act and the accompanying conference report, and will target activities that quickly infuse money into the economy.



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