Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting

To provide reliable, accurate and timely forecasts of surface water supply to water managers in the water users and water managers in the west.

To efficiently obtain, manage, and disseminate high quality data and information on snow, water, climate, and hydrologic conditions.

To provide
climate data to support NRCS conservation planning tools.

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.

State and local offices of the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the National Water & Climate Center, Portland, OR.

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for addresses.

California's Department of Water Resources, which coordinates and issues snow surveys for that State, and the British Columbia Department of Lands, Forests and Water Resources, supply data for the monthly west-wide summaries.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The information is used by the owners and operators of the 30,000,000 irrigated acres in the mountain States, and the far West; as well as help farm operators, rural communities, and municipalities which use the water supply forecasts to manage water resources.

The data are also used in administering international and interstate river flow distribution contracts and agreements, and in the regulation of hundreds of small and large reservoirs for irrigation, flood control, power generation, recreation, industry, and municipal supplies.

The data also provide soil moisture/temperature and climate data which supports drought assessments, flood assessment, fire hazard assessment, wildlife management and climate change research.

Cooperators include other Federal agencies, State agencies, municipalities, irrigation districts, water associations and private utilities, and water management officials of Canada and Mexico.

100% discretionary funding.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

General public, including those located in the U.S.

Territories.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public, including those located in the U.S. Territories.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not 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. Individuals can make requests for reports from NRCS Field and State offices that issued them, and from the NRCS National Water and Climate Center at Portland, OR.

Award Procedures

Not applicable.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act , Public Law 74-76, 16 U.S.C 590 a-f.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

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

Not applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Not Applicable.

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

Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1000-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 16 $9,510,000; FY 17 est $10,430,000; and FY 18 est $9,265,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Snow Surveys, AIB 536.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. State and local offices of the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the National Water & Climate Center, Portland, OR. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for addresses. California's Department of Water Resources, which coordinates and issues snow surveys for that State, and the British Columbia Department of Lands, Forests and Water Resources, supply data for the monthly west-wide summaries.

Headquarters Office

Mike Strobel Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 2890 , Washington, District of Columbia 20013 Email: michael.strobel@por.usda.gov Phone: 503-414-3055

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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