THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT FUND

The goals of the SF Bay Fund are to protect and restore the water quality of the San Francisco Bay and its watersheds through comprehensive watershed management.

Funded projects will achieve significant improvement in water quality and attainment of beneficial uses.

Funding Priority - Fiscal
Year 2010: Funding priorities include: (1) Protecting and restoring habitat including riparian corridors, floodplains, wetlands, and the Bay; (2) Reducing polluted run-off from urban development and agriculture; and (3) Implementing TMDLs and watershed plans to restore impaired waterbodies.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2009: The following are project types have been funded under the San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund (SF Bay Fund): 1)Wetland and Watershed Restoration, including removal of mercury laden sediment from the Guadalupe watershed, identification and removal of other pollutants in impaired waterbodies, restoration of creek banks to reduce stream sedimentation on privately owned lands, focused efforts on invasive plant and animal eradication, and restoration of tidal wetlands; 2) Habitat adaptation planning and implementation based on current state of knowledge on the effects of climate change; 3) Improving water quality in urban stormwater and agricultural runoff through the implementation Low Impact Development (LID) methods, especially on a regional scale.

Fiscal Year 2010: The following are project types have been funded under the San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund (SF Bay Fund): 1)Wetland and Watershed Restoration, including removal of mercury laden sediment from the Guadalupe watershed, identification and removal of other pollutants in impaired waterbodies, restoration of creek banks to reduce stream sedimentation on privately owned lands, focused efforts on invasive plant and animal eradication, and restoration of tidal wetlands; 2) Habitat adaptation planning and implementation based on current state of knowledge on the effects of climate change; 3) Improving water quality in urban stormwater and agricultural runoff through the implementation Low Impact Development (LID) methods, especially on a regional scale.

Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available


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.

Luisa Valiela
EPA Region 9 (WTR-3)
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-972-3400 (ph) 415-947-3537 (fax)
valiela.luisa@epa.gov

Sam Ziegler
EPA Region 9 (WTR-3)
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-972-3399 (ph) 415-947-3537 (fax)
ziegler.sam@epa.gov.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Napa, County Of $ 740,000   2019-07-012024-12-31
East Bay Regional Park District $ 1,509,268   2019-09-162023-09-30
American Rivers, Inc $ 1,376,623   2019-09-012023-05-31
Abag, Inc. $ 1,481,109   2019-07-012023-04-30
Microvi Biotech, Inc. $ 1,000,000   2019-07-012022-06-30
San Pablo, City Of $ 680,000   2019-08-012022-06-30
San Pablo, City Of $ 864,634   2016-10-032022-06-30
Marin, County Of $ 685,000   2019-06-012022-06-30
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. $ 1,677,683   2016-10-012021-12-31
Sonoma County Permit And Resource Managment Deparment $ 991,156   2015-07-012021-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2009: EPA received 7 proposals and made one award in the amount of $5 mil. The following are project outputs and outcomes for the fiscal year 2009: Project Element 1: Coordinated Wetlands & Watershed Restoration - Native plant propagation for future restoration planting; Restoration planting at two wetlands sites; Consultation with Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin County landowners on creekside erosion; 900 acres of marsh were treated to eradicate an invasive wetland plant, Spartina alterniflora. Project Element 2: Climate Change: Analysis & Monitoring - development of a 3-D hydrodynamic model to include wave data related to climate change; Purchase of satellite imagery for the South Bay Salt Ponds. Project Element 3: Green Infill for Stormwater--Low Impact Development - Single-use bag ban and polystyrene ban workshops. Project Element 4: Estuary 2100 Public Outreach Campaign - Updated web pages for E2100 projects; Public workshops and tours on "green streets"/soil bioengineering; Published summary of State of the Estuary conference. Fiscal Year 2010: EPA received seven proposals and awarded 3 grants for the following amounts: $5mil, $3.6mil, $1.2mil. The following are the project outputs and outcomes from the 2010 fiscal year: Project Element 1: Coordinated Wetlands & Watershed Restoration - More than 150 net acres of non-native Spartina were treated in tidal wetlands; Consultations with landowners in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin counties on creekside erosion; Certifications for the Frost Water Conservation BMPs in Napa County. Twenty sites were certified representing 4866.02 acres total. Project Element 2: Climate Change: Analysis & Monitoring - Completed "Effects of Wetland Restoration on Mercury Bioaccumulation", the waterbird egg component for the Salt Pond Restoration Project. Project Element 3: Green Infill for Stormwater--Low Impact Development - The San Francisco Newcomb Ave design is at 100%; Completed case studies on plastic bags, polystyrene, car pollutants, universal waste, and dental amalgam. Project Element 4: Estuary 2100 Public Outreach Campaign - Completed the Green Streets tour flyer and packet of outreach materials; Results from a green parking lot demonstration project show pollutant uptake; Wrote & produced podcasts on green streets-related topics. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Projects must demonstrate consistency with the San Francisco Estuary Partnership"s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP).

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants: State, local government agencies, districts, and councils; regional water pollution control agencies and entities; State coastal zone management agencies; and public and private universities and colleges, public or private non-governmental, non-profit institutions are eligible to apply, unless restricted by the authorizing statutes.

Non-profit organizations must have documentation of non-profit status from the U.S.

Internal Revenue Service or their state of incorporation, except that non-profits organizations as defined in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act 1995 or superseding legislation are ineligible.

For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency"s Assistance Agreement Competition Policy.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The outcomes from the SF Bay Fund will ultimately benefit the urban resident and business populations of nine county San Francisco Bay Area, as well as the State of California in general.

Credentials/Documentation

Non-profit organizations must have documentation of non-profit status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service or their state of incorporation. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

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. Applicants may be able to use http://www.grants.gov to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA.

Award Procedures

For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Clean Water Act, Section 320, 33 U.S.C 1330.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 180 days from receipt of final application, through selection and notification, and development and approval of work plan, to award of funds.

Appeals

Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts." Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients 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: The San Francisco Bay language in the EPM account modifies the CWA section 320 requirement of a 50 percent match for implementation projects to a match of no less than 25 percent.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance agreements generally fund projects for 3-4 years with a maximum project period of five years. Funds are issued electronically through automated funds transfer. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are issued electronically through automated funds transfer. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

EPA may include reporting requirements in the terms and conditions of the assistance agreements, which may require quarterly, interim, and final performance reports, and financial, equipment, and inventory reports.

Quarterly progress reports are expected to be required for large-scale projects of long duration sought by this grant fund.

A final financial status report would likely be required.

Expenditure Reports by the grantee are required to submit for reimbursement.

Performance monitoring will be required in the form of grantee reports on outputs and outcomes of their funded projects.

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

Recipients must demonstrate financial management capability, keep financial records including documentation for entries on accounting and for any changes in grant requirements, and make records available to personnel authorized to examine assistance recipients" records. Recipients must maintain all records for a minimum of three years from the date of submission of the final report and until all questions regarding the assistance agreement, such as those arising from audits, are resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0108-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 09 $5,000,000; FY 10 est $7,000,000; FY 11 est $5,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Projects funded from the SF Bay Fund range from a low of $500,000 to a high of $5 mil. The average amount of awards is approximately $3mil.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Luisa Valiela
EPA Region 9 (WTR-3)
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-972-3400 (ph) 415-947-3537 (fax)
valiela.luisa@epa.gov

Sam Ziegler
EPA Region 9 (WTR-3)
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-972-3399 (ph) 415-947-3537 (fax)
ziegler.sam@epa.gov.

Headquarters Office

Luisa Valiela, USEPA Region 9 , 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, California 94105 Email: valiela.luisa@epa.gov Phone: (415) 972-3400.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.



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