Coastal Wetlands Planning Protection and Restoration Act

To assist the State, local government, college or university in planning and implementing projects that create, protect, restore and enhance wetlands in coastal Louisiana.

Funding Priorities - Fiscal Year 2010: EPA supports projects that protect, restore, and enhance coastal wetlands ecosystems
through strategic "natural" reintroduction of river water, barrier island/shoreline restoration and application of innovative technologies such as pipeline delivery of new sediment.


Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Sondra McDonald, Project Officer, 6WQ-AT, USEPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202, Office: (214) 665-7187 Fax: (214) 665-6490 Email: mcdonald.sondra@epa.gov.


Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are to be used to protect, restore and enhance coastal wetlands ecosystems through strategic "natural" reintroduction of river water, barrier island/shoreline restoration and application of innovative technologies such as pipeline delivery of new sediment.

Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information.

Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: http://geodata.epa.gov.




Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or rented vehicles or government owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government.

Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants for assistance include State and local governments, including their universities and colleges.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments, including their universities and colleges involved in administering coastal wetlands protection, restoration and/or management programs or programs related to or complement coastal wetlands protection programs.

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments and OMB Circular No. A-21 for colleges and universities. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination with the appropriate office is encouraged.

The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102 must be used for this program.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Completed applications should be submitted to the appropriate EPA Regional Office contact.

Award Procedures

Applications are evaluated by the appropriate EPA office and are subject to review for technical merit, soundness of design, and reasonableness of proposed costs. Approved projects are awarded by the Regional Administrator.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3), Public Law 92-500, 33 U.S.C 1254(b)(3).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Grant are usually approved within five months of receipt of a complete application.

Appeals

Disputes will be resolved under 40 CFR 30.63 or 40 CFR 31.70, as applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: CWPPRA projects require a 15 percent match of the State or local government. Colleges or Universities awarded a grant in support of a CWPPRA project requires a 5% match.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The terms of the grant shall be determined at the time of grant award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance disbursement will be determined at the time of award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

The recipient will be required to submit quarterly cash reports to the EPA Project Officer.

The recipient will be required to submit quarterly progress reports to the EPA Project Officer.

The recipient will be required to submit quarterly expenditure reports to the EPA Project Officer.

Performance monitoring is required under this program.

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. Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.

Records

Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate charges to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained for 3 years from the date of submission of the annual financial status report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0108-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $1,460,000; FY 11 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$100,000 to $28,000,000. If a Phase I (E&D) project is selected for funding, the estimated amount could be from $1-$5 million. If it is a Phase II (construction) project, the estimate could be up to $25 million.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

EPA Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments (40 CFR Part 31).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Sondra McDonald, Project Officer, 6WQ-AT, USEPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202, Office: (214) 665-7187 Fax: (214) 665-6490 Email: mcdonald.sondra@epa.gov.

Headquarters Office

Sondra McDonald, USEPA Region 6, 6WQ-AT , 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202 Email: mcdonald.sondra@epa.gov Phone: (214) 665-7187.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

CWPPRA projects to be funded are selected through an annual, publicly-vetted process and ultimately aproved by a multi-agency Task Force.



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