Lake Mead/Las Vegas Wash Program

The objective of this program is to develop and implement management strategies for the Las Vegas Wash to improve water quality, habitat integrity, and reduce the salinity and sediment transport while providing environmental enhancement and recreational opportunities.

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2009: LVW Bioassessment Monitoring, Water Quality Monitoring of the DU/NP Wetlands and Removal of the Pittman Wash Pilot, LVW Mammal Monitoring, LVW T&E and Aquatic Bird Species Monitoring, LVW Coordination Committee Program Management, LVW Archaeological Investigations, Clark County Wetlands Park Monitoring, Fire Station Weir Bank Protection, Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring, Selenium Characterization and Removal Study.

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: 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.

Bureau of Reclamation, Resources Management Office, P.O.

Box 61470, Boulder City, Nevada 89006.

Telephone (702)293-8501.

LC 2721.
Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Southern Nevada Water Authority $ 860,593   2019-03-012024-04-30
Southern Nevada Water Authority $ 112,261   2015-04-012019-02-28
Southern Nevada Water Authority $ 374,046   2015-09-142019-02-28
Southern Nevada Water Authority $ 255,305   2015-03-012019-02-28
Southern Nevada Water Authority $ 114,137   2015-03-012019-02-28
Southern Nevada Water Authority $ 203,469   2014-08-062019-02-28
Southern Nevada Water Authority $ 97,888   2012-09-142015-06-30
Southern Nevada Water Authority $ 86,912   2010-01-012015-02-28
Southern Nevada Water Authority-$ 26,291   2010-08-192013-12-31
Southern Nevada Water Authority-$ 139,097   2009-07-302013-12-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2009: Completed bank protection at Firestation weir and along approximately 3000 feet of bank throughout the Wash. Revegetated approximately 56 acres with native plants. Continued outgoing activities including biological resource studies, revegetation site design and monitoring archaeological investigations, water quality monitoring and monitoring of threatened and endangered bird species. New studies include large and small mammal monitoring, water quality monitoring of the Nature Preserve ponds, and bioassessment monitoring. Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Secretary of Interior shall continue to participate in implementation of the Project.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Secretary of the Interior shall continue to participate in implementation of the Project at Las Vegas Wash and Lake Mead in accordance with the Comprehensive Adaptive Management Plan (Plan): Provided, that issuance of any such grants shall not modify the cost sharing requirements provided in section 529(b) of Public Law 106-541.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) and the General Public.


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.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. A Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction Projects, Standard Form 424B, Assurances for Non-Construction Projects, Standard Form 424C, Budget for Information for Construction Projects, Standard Form 424D, Assurance for Construction Projects, Standard Form LLL, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities, and written proposals should be submitted via hard-copy, directly to the Program Manager and include: a title, background, objectives, performance schedule, points of contact, most current audit and indirect cost documentation, corrective action plan if needed, any other documentation that is directly associated with the Projects. Funding is authorized, mandatory, so posting on is not necessary. This is a cost share program.

Award Procedures

For grant agreements awarded as a component of the eligible beneficiary (SNWA) and project, approved by the Secretary of the Interior, and funded under Public Law 106-541 and subsequent amendments, all Federal rules, regulations, and agency specific guidelines for awarded procedures will be followed.


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


Water Resources Development Act of 2000 and Energy and Water Appropriation Acts., Public Law 106-541; Soil Moisture Conservation Act of 1935, Public Law 74-46.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after receipt of the application forms and proposal submissions, and relies on the passing of a fiscal year appropriations bill for the availability of authorized funds.


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.


When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these activities is at the discretion of Congress and will be subject to the availability of appropriated funds. The SNWA must submit written requests for renewals or extensions director to the Program Manager for approval, at least 45 days prior to the expiration of the specific project agreement. Once the term of the project is expired, no renewal or extension will be approved, due to non-compliance with the terms and conditions of the specific projects agreement.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: In accordance with Section 529(b) of Public Law 106-541, the cost share for the SNWA is 35 percent, Reclamation"s is 75 percent, and the authorized appropriated amount is limited to a ceiling of $20,000,000.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

There are no specific restrictions for these projects; however, most of the projects are awarded for a 1 to 3 year period and funded on a year-by-year basis. No projects exceed a 5 year period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.

Post Assistance Requirements


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

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

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

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

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

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


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.


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



(Project Grants) FY 09 $1,354,812; FY 10 est $1,401,888; FY 11 est $450,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range is $25,000 to $300,000; Average $1,068,903.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations 43 Part 12 and the OMB Circulars. These documents may be obtained by contacting the Reclamation Office listed below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Bureau of Reclamation, Resources Management Office, P.O. Box 61470, Boulder City, Nevada 89006. Telephone (702)293-8501. LC 2721.

Headquarters Office

Director, Bureau of Reclamation, Resource Management Office, P.O. Box 61470, LC-2721, Boulder City, Nevada 89006 Phone: (702) 293-8501.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The Las Vegas Wash Coordination Committee has decided that the SNWA will be the lead agency for receiving funding for this program due to the high costs and types of environmental improvement and enhancement, and ability to maintain restoration projects. The Las Vegas Wash Program plays an important role in environmental and water resource issues in Southern Nevada. Historically, the Las Vegas was an ephemeral stream carrying storm flows from the Las Vegas Valley to Lake Mead and the Colorado River. Urban development over the past 60 years has resulted in the formation of the wetlands that helped remove nutrients from these wastewater flows. As the rate of discharges increased, erosion also increased, gradually destroying the existing natural treatment systems and wildlife habitat and creating a large delta in the Las Vegas Bay of Lake Mead. Accelerating erosion, declining water quality, and loss habitat are some of the more pressing issues. Proposals submitted will be reviewed and awarded based on priority fulfillment of the 44 action items identified in the Plan and the availability of funding appropriations.

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