Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Agreement Authority

To enter into domestic cooperative agreements with willing participants for the protection, restoration, and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat and other resources on public or private land and for the reduction of risk from natural disaster where public safety is threatened that benefit these
resources within the watershed.
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Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Varies by type of project and funding available.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions $ 248,368   2019-06-242022-05-31
Mariposa County Fire Safe Council, Inc. $ 253,000   2014-01-222017-01-01
Tule River Indian Tribal Council $ 240,000   2010-06-082015-12-31
Tule River Indian Tribal Council $ 420,000   2010-06-082015-12-31
Tule River Indian Tribal Council $ 780,000   2010-06-082015-12-31
Butte, County Of $ 386,704   2012-08-272015-11-30
Tahoe Transportation District $ 673,126   2010-08-202015-10-31
Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District $ 366,499   2010-08-022015-06-30
Tehama County Resource Conservation District $ 86,000   2012-08-102014-12-31
Natural Resources, Colorado Department Of $ 22,928   2010-08-172014-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Projects that protect, enhance, or restore resources within a watershed and provide tangible benefits to achieving Forest Service goals and objectives are allowable under Wyden.

Project types are not limited to actual projects on the ground; for example, stream gabion installation, check dam construction, fish habitat restoration, or culvert cleaning.

Watershed analysis studies, habitat surveys and wildlife species monitoring, depending on the benefit to resources within the watershed, are also permissible under Wyden.

Any project carried out under Wyden authority must comply with all applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations, policies and permit requirements; for example, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.

Projects must be within a watershed for the stated program objectives.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Private landowners, State, local or Tribal governments or other public entities, educational institutions or private nonprofit entities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Projects must be located in the same watershed where the public resource benefits will occur.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Any project carried out under Wyden authority must comply with all applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations, policies and permit requirements; for example, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.

The standard application forms SF 424s as furnished by the federal agency and required by OMB A-102, as implemented by 7 CFR Part 3016, must be used for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Forest Service and cooperator mutually agree to projects that are appropriate.

Award Procedures

Established by Forest headquarters, Regional or Washington Office.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Public Law 105-277, Section 323 as amended by Public Law 109-54 Section 434. This program has been permanently authorized, Public Law 111-11.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

From 30 to 60 days. Submit written request and completed SF-424 application and SF-424A (as applicable) to amend amount or length of commitment; other requirements may be established by the affected Forest headquarters, Regional or Washington Office.

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

As specified on the cooperative agreement, but not to exceed 5 years. Invoices may be submitted no more frequently than monthly. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: As specified on the cooperative agreement.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

As specified in the award document, progress reporting is required to monitor progress against award objectives.

Recipients will complete and submit SF-425s to report expenditures and cash on hand, as applicable.

The recipient and other parties to the agreement are expected to conduct monitoring activities.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Access to financial reports shall be provided to Forest Service or its designees as described in the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1115-0-1-302; 12-1105-0-1-302; 12-1106-0-1-302 - 12/14-5232-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 16 $3,968,460; FY 17 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Varies by type of project and funding available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

OMB Circulars, as applicable to the type of recipient and 48 CFR 31.2 for Private Landowners.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Varies by type of project and funding available.

Headquarters Office

FS Watershed and Aquatics, 201 14th Street NW, Room 3SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Phone: (202) 205-1790.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Cooperative agreements and grants are negotiated on the basis of project objectives to be achieved, with emphasis on restoration, protection, and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat, and other resources on public and private land, the reduction of risk from natural disaster where public safety is threatened, or a combination thereof or both that benefit these resources within the watershed; availability of funding.



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