Recreation Resources Management

To provide opportunities for public recreation at Bureau of Reclamation or other publicly-owned water projects, and to encourage State, county, and local governments to fund and manage recreation resources at these project areas.

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Examples of Funded Projects

Management agreements with State and local governments providing for long-term management of public recreation resources at Horsetooth, Jordanelle, Cascade, Folsom, and Coachella Reservoirs; shoreline stabilization; Americans with Disabilities Act compliance projects; boat ramp replacement; and operation and maintenance of designated fish and wildlife areas and facilities.

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 - Pacific Northwest Region: (208) 378-5312; Mid-Pacific Region: (916) 978-5558; Lower Colorado Region: (702) 293-8375; Upper Colorado Region: (801) 524-3765; Great Plains Region: (406) 247-7714.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Cost-sharing agreements have been awarded since 1965. Numerous agreements have been awarded to State and local governmental entities for the management of recreation resources. The funds awarded through cost-sharing agreements have for the most part gone to plan, develop, operate, and maintain recreation facilities on Bureau of Reclamation land and water.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Cost sharing agreements are used to provide assistance to non-Federal managing partners for the long-term management and care of publicly-owned recreation resources, and for the planning, construction and other facets of improving recreation access and assets.

Concession contracts are not authorized by the above authorities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and local government entities that are willing to manage and maintain publicly-owned recreation facilities and assets.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public.


Public Law 89-72 requires that State and local governments indicate their intent in writing to agree to administer project land and water.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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

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

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 are reviewed by the Bureau of Reclamation office having administrative jurisdiction of the land and water areas being considered for public recreation purposes. Applications will be reviewed against the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. There are no other additional requirements and the office having jurisdiction may issue a management agreement.


Varies by project. Deadline information will be included in all funding opportunity announcements posted on


Federal Water Projects Recreation Act of 1965, Public Law 89-72 as amended; Reclamation Recreation Act of 1992, Public Law 102-575, Title XXVIII.

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 and may be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation personnel listed as the point of contact in the funding announcement.


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.


If renewals or extensions are applicable to the project, this information will be included in the funding opportunity announcement. Management agreements are renewable if both the Bureau of Reclamation and the State or local partner are in mutual agreement. 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

Funding announcements will include information on cost sharing requirements applicable to the specific project. In the case of recreation development, a minimum cost share of 50 percent would be required from a nonFederal partner. For fish and wildlife enhancement projects, the Federal share may be up to 75 percent of the project cost. (16 U.S.C. 460l-13(a)).

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Agreements are typically for one to five years depending on the type of project.

Post Assistance Requirements


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.


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.


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



FY 07 $3,232,789; FY 08 not separately identifiable; and FY 09 est $4,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range $5,000 to $6,000,000 Average-$272,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

43 CFR 12,; OMB Circulars,; Program information is included in the Reclamation Manual, LND PO4, available at These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Pacific Northwest Region: (208) 378-5312; Mid-Pacific Region: (916) 978-5558; Lower Colorado Region: (702) 293-8375; Upper Colorado Region: (801) 524-3765; Great Plains Region: (406) 247-7714.

Headquarters Office

Vernon Lovejoy, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 25007 (84-53000), Denver, Colorado 80225-0007. Telephone (303) 445-2913. Fax 303-445-6690. E-mail: .

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on

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