Colorado River Basin Projects Act of 1968

It is the objective of this Act under Title I, to provide a program for the further comprehensive development of water resources of the Colorado River Basin and for the provision of additional and adequate water supplies for the use in the upper as well as in the lower Colorado Basin.

This program
is declared to be for the purposes, among others, of regulating the flow of the Colorado River; controlling floods; improving navigation; providing for the storage and delivery of waters of the Colorado River for reclamation of lands, including supplemental water supplies, and for municipal, industrial, and other beneficial purposes; improving water quality; providing for basic public outdoor recreation facilities; improving conditions of fish and wildlife, and the generation and sale of electrical power as an incident of the foregoing purpose.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: Ongoing Construction of the Pima-Maricopa Indian Irrigation Project of the Gila River Indian Community, Tohono O"odham Nation CAP Water Delivery System for Shuck Toak District, Tohono O"odham Nation CAP Water Delivery System for the San Xavier District, Feasibility and Alternative Studies for Tohono O"odham Nation Sif Odiak District, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Camp Verde Apache Tribe, Tonto Apache Tribe CAP Water Allocations under the Indian Distribution Division of the CAP.

Salt River Project Habitat Conservation Plan, Environmental Compliance.

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.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2009: GRIC P-MIP Design completed for WS-IA modification, Reach ST-1B and St. Flood Protection, Casa Blanca Canal, Pima Lateral BW-1A on and off-reservation, WsIC Well tie-in. Delivery system construction of Consolidated Canal, Four Mile Post Pump station, WS-IA modification, complete WS-ID pipeline cathodic protection and construction of bridges and check structures for Pima Lateral. Tohono O"odham Nation San Xavier District completion activities of the Existing Farm Delivery and Irrigation System, Santa Cruz Dike and Mission Wash modification, ROW appraisal, Tohono O"odham Nation Water Management Plan, San Carlos Apache Tribe Alternative Study, Camp Verde Apache Tribe Appraisal Level Study, Salt River Project Habitat Conservation Plan, Environmental Compliance. Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Title II, Investigations and Planning -- With respect to coordination of studies, investigations and assessments, the Secretary of Inerior, through the Bureau of Reclamation, shall conduct full and complete reconnaissance investigation for the purpose of developing a general plan to meet the future water needs of the Western United States.

Such investigations shall include the long-range water supply available and the long-range water requirements in each water resource region of the Western United States.

Title III, Authorized Units: Protection of Existing Uses -- The "Central Arizona Project" (CAP) is a multipurpose water resource development and management project which provides irrigation, municipal and industrial water, power generation, flood control, outdoor recreation, environmental enhancement, and sediment control.

In addition, the project will provide delivery of tribal homeland water, partial settlement of Indian water rights claims, and economic benefits accruing from leasing of Indian agricultural water rights to municipal entities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Must have a water allocation and water delivery from Reclamation water resource project.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The general public in the state of Arizona, irrigation and water districts and local entities.


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. Funding opportunity announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, SF24 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 for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the funding opportunity announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for reivew by a proposal evaluation panel comprised of qualified experts 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 Area Office Manager or his designated representative.


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


Colorado River Basin Act of September 30, 1968 amended by the Colorado River Basin Project Act, December 20, 1982., Public Law 90-537.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Contingent upon the type and complexity of authorized units under the program or project. Further information will be available for each specific program or project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on and may be obtained by contacting the Reclamation personnel listed as the point of contact on the funding announcement.


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.


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 are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Will be included in each funding announcement for this program on 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 on an annual basis Program Performance Reports.

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.

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



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 09 $32,429,210; FY 10 est $20,681,183; FY 11 est $18,312,563

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range is $25,000 to $500,000; Average $23,807,652.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

43 CFR 12 and OMB Circulars.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Carol Lynn Erwin, Bureau of Reclamation, 6150 W., Thunderbird Road, Glendale, Arizona 85306-4001 Phone: (623) 773-6200.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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

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