San Joaquin River Restoration Program

The objective of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program (SJRRP) is to implement the
Stipulation of Settlement in NRDC, et al., v.

Rodgers, et al., consistent with and as supplement by, the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act.

The Settlement indentifies the following two
goals:
(1) Restoration Goal - Restore and maintain fish populations in "good condition" in the main stem of the San Joaquin River below Friant Dam to the confluence of the Merced River, including naturally-reproducing and self-sustaining populations of salmon and other fish; and,
(2) Water Management Goal - Reduce or avoid adverse water supply impacts to all of the Friant Division long-term contractors that may result from the Interim Flows and Restoration Flows provided for in this Settlement.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2012: Four example projects from FY 2012 and FY 2012 are provided below.

Other types of projects would be considered in the future.

1.

Financial assistance awarded to a local levee maintenance agency to undertake additional operation and maintenance activities as a result of the Water Year 2011 Interim Flows Project.
2.

Grant awarded to a not for profit organization for the management and removal of invasive vegetation species along the San Joaquin River from Friant Dam to the confluence with the Merced River consistent with commitments made in the Finding of No Significant Impact statements for the Water Year 2010 and Water Year 2011 Interim Flows Projects.
3.

Financial assistance awarded to a local water district to install remotely operated gates on a dam to improve worker safety and better measure and manage passing the SJRRP"s Interim Flows past the structure.
4.

Financial assistance awarded to a local reclamation district to participate in the environmental compliance and design activities for possible modifications to their facilities consistent with the Settlement.

Fiscal Year 2013: Information not available.

Fiscal Year 2014: Information not 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.

Alicia Forsythe, Program Manager
San Joaquin River Restoration Program
Bureau of Reclamation
2800 Cottage Way, MP-170
Sacramento, CA 95825
916-978-5464
aforsythe@usbr.gov.
Website Address

http://www.usbr.gov



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2012: All of the project funded will work towards the implementation of the Stipulation of Settlement in NRDC, et al., v. Rodgers, et al., consistent with and as supplement by, the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act. These projects will contribute towards meeting the Restoration and Water Management goals of the Settlement. The SJRRP focuses on restoring flows and fish, including Chinook salmon, to the San Joaquin River. These efforts will have wide reaching benefits, including: restoring riparian habitat to more than 30 miles of the San Joaquin River; restoring ecosystem function and aquatic, riparian, and upland species habitats along the river; improving river channel capacities and flood control operations; and reconnecting the upper San Joaquin River to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Beyond the scope of the Settlement, a restored river will enhance recreational access and opportunities for many communities along the river. Fiscal Year 2013: Information not available. Fiscal Year 2014: Information not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance can be used only to implement the Settlement consistent with and as supplement by, the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act.

It is anticipated that all activities funded will be Project Grants that will relate to implementing specific activities in the Settlement and the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act or specific monitoring, mitigation or other commitments that are necessary to implement the Settlement or the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act (such as project implementation or mitigation commitments in environmental compliance documents prepared for SJRRP actions, including the SJRRP"s Program Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision signed in September 2012).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State, tribal, and local governmental agencies, and with private parties, including agreements related to construction, improvement, and operation and maintenance of facilities, subject to any terms and conditions that the Secretary deems necessary to achieve the purposes of the Settlement.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State, tribal, and local governmental agencies, private parties, and the general public.

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

Environmental compliance for this program may be required depending on the scope of the specific project funded.

This may result in the need for an environmental impact assessment or environmental impact statement prior to the commencement of project activities.

Federal, state, or local permits and approvals for the program may be required depending on the scope of the specific project funded.

This may result in the need for the issuance of the required permits and approvals prior to the commencement of project activities.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is 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 announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

All applications will be initially screened by Bureau of Reclamation personnel for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program funding announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by the issuing office. Qualified experts from the Bureau of Reclamation will review applications 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.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Public Law 111-11, Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, Title X, Subtitle A, Part I, San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act (123 Stat. 1349), and Part III, Friant Division Improvements.

Range of Approval/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 Bureau of Reclamation personnel listed as the point of contact in the funding announcement.

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

Projects may generally be renewed on an annual basis, not to exceed a total of 5 years. 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.
Matching Requirements: Projects undertaken under Section 10004 have no matching requirements. Projects undertaken under Section 10202 require a 50 percent share of the costs associated with planning, design, and environmental compliance activities associated with such a project and a 50 percent share of the costs associated with construction of any such project. For these projects, all operation, maintenance, and replacement and rehabilitation costs of such projects shall be the responsibility of the local agency. The Secretary shall not provide funding for any operation, maintenance, or replacement and rehabilitation costs of projects funded.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

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 Bureau of Reclamation personnel listed as the point of contact in the funding announcement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit Program Performance Reports on an annual basis.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final Program Performance Report and other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the SF-425, Federal Financial Report on an annual basis.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

No performance monitoring is required.

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.

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

14-5537-0-2-301.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 12 $4,015,724; FY 13 est $30,789,952; and FY 14 est $33,868,947

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $10,000 - $20,000,000
Average: $22,891,541.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

43 CFR 12 and OMB Circulars. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Alicia Forsythe, Program Manager
San Joaquin River Restoration Program
Bureau of Reclamation
2800 Cottage Way, MP-170
Sacramento, CA 95825
916-978-5464
aforsythe@usbr.gov.

Headquarters Office

Alicia Forsythe Bureau of Reclamation
Mid-Pacific Regional Office
2800 Cottage Way, MP-170
, Sacramento, California 95825 Email: aforsythe@usbr.gov Phone: (916)978-5464

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on www.grants.gov.



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