Coastal Zone Management Estuarine Research Reserves

To assist States in the development, acquisition, monitoring, research, education, operation and facilities construction for National Estuarine Research Reserves for the purpose of creating natural field laboratories to gather data and make studies of, and educate people about the natural and human processes

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occurring within the estuaries of the coastal zone.

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Office - None.

Joelle Gore, Chief, Stewardship Division, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce, 1305 East-West Highway, SSMC 4, Room 10622, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: (240) 533-0813.

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Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Natural Resources, Maryland Department Of $ 344,778   2017-10-012020-09-30
Natural And Environmental Resources, Pr Department Of $ 215,891   2017-10-012020-03-30
Ecology, Washington State Department Of $ 218,267   2017-07-012019-09-30
University Of South Carolina $ 89,820   2016-07-012019-06-30
Environmental Protection, Florida Department Of $ 490,380   2016-08-012019-06-30
Natural Resources, South Carolina Department Of $ 85,785   2017-07-012019-06-30
Conservation & Natural Resources, Alabama Dept Of $ 1,000,000   2014-10-012019-03-31
Environmental Protection, Florida Department Of $ 613,239   2014-09-012019-02-28
Virginia Institute Of Marine Science $ 12,550   2017-07-012018-12-31
State Lands, Oregon Department Of $ 329,000   2016-07-012018-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: : The state-federal partnership program, the National Estuarine Research Reserves System, is working collaboratively to improve understanding of estuarine ecosystems through research and monitoring of water quality and habitat; train coastal decision-makers on key topics of local relevance and national significance, tools, and approaches to effectively manage coastal habitats and communities; educate citizens and K-12 audiences on key issues of importance to understanding and protecting estuaries and coasts, and served as stewards of estuarine resources. The NERRS is investing in land acquisition to protect valuable estuarine habitats and facilities improvements to support reserve operations and model sustainable practices. Fiscal Year 2017: The state-federal partnership program, the National Estuarine Research Reserves System, will work collaboratively to improve understanding of estuarine ecosystems through research and monitoring of water quality and habitat; train coastal decision-makers on key topics of local relevance and national significance, tools, and approaches to effectively manage coastal habitats and communities; educate citizens and K-12 audiences on key issues of importance to understanding and protecting estuaries and coasts, and served as stewards of estuarine resources. The NERRS will invest in land acquisition to protect valuable estuarine habitats and facilities improvements to support reserve operations and model sustainable practices. Fiscal Year 2018: The state-federal partnership program, the National Estuarine Research Reserves System, will work collaboratively to improve understanding of estuarine ecosystems through research and monitoring of water quality and habitat; train coastal decision-makers on key topics of local relevance and national significance, tools, and approaches to effectively manage coastal habitats and communities; educate citizens and K-12 audiences on key issues of importance to understanding and protecting estuaries and coasts, and served as stewards of estuarine resources. The NERRS will invest in land acquisition to protect valuable estuarine habitats and facilities improvements to support reserve operations and model sustainable practices.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants may be used to cover the costs of land acquisition, development, research, education, operation and facilities construction for National Estuarine Research Reserves.

Development and operation costs may include the administrative expenses necessary for implementing reserve programs.

Grants are available to states for education projects at reserves.

Competitive research grants are also available.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Land acquisition, development, operation, and facilities construction grants are available to any coastal State and, in some cases, public or private person, including those bordering the Great Lakes.

For the purposes of the Coastal Zone Management Act, the coastal State also applies to Puerto Rico, the U.S.

Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

The Governor shall designate the State agency or entity to be the applicant.

Competitive research grants are available to any coastal State or qualified public or private person.

Education grants are available to any coastal State entity.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any coastal State including those bordering the Great Lakes, as well as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible for reserve operation, land acquisition, or construction awards where a reserve has been designated and for development awards for designating new reserves. Also qualified students are eligible to apply for research fellowship grants.

Credentials/Documentation

(1) For development grants: A letter from the Governor designating the lead agency for new reserve development; (2) for competitive research grant proposals which do not come from the lead agency: A letter from the reserve manager indicating formal support of the application by the lead agency; (3) for reserve operations, land acquisition, and construction: An application from the reserve lead agency or its designee. For all grants, a statement of work and budget estimate must be submitted. As noted above, costs will be determined in accordance with relevant OMB cost principles. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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.

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

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Proposals should be submitted through Grants.gov. Applicants will need to enter the Funding Opportunity and/or CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. Application packages will then be submitted directly to the applicable federal program. Proposals are subject to the requirements of 2 C.F.R. Part 200

Award Procedures

Applications are approved by the Office for Coastal Management.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Coastal Zone Management Act Amendments of 1984, Public Law 98-960; Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, Section 312, Public Law 92-583, 16 U.S.C 1451; Coastal Zone Management Act Amendments of 1980,, Public Law 96-464; Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments of 1990, Stat. 508; Coastal Zone Management Act Amendments of 1987, Section 315, Public Law 94-370.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 150 workdays.

Appeals

No formal procedure. If application is unacceptable the applicant is fully informed and may revise application.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 15, Chapter IX, Part 921, Subpart D. For operations and maintenance projects, in accordance with Section 315(e)(2)(A) of the CZMA (16 U.S.C. 1461(e)(2)(B)) and the NERRS regulation at 15 C.F.R. 921.32(c), Federal funds may not exceed 70% of the total cost of operating and managing a Reserve for any one year, except when the financial assistance is provided from amounts recovered as a result of damage to natural resources located in the coastal zone, in which case the assistance may be used to pay 100% of the costs. For acquisition projects, in accordance with Section 315(e)(2)(A) of the CZMA (16 U.S.C. 1461(e)(2)(A)) and the NERRS regulation at 15 U.S.C. 921.31, Federal funds for the acquisition of lands or waters, or interests therein for any one reserve may not exceed an amount equal to 50% of the costs of the lands, waters, and interests therein of $5,000,000, whichever amount is less, except when the financial assistance is provided from amounts recovered as result of damage to natural resources located in the coastal zone, in which case the assistance may be used to pay 100% of all actual costs of activities carrier out with this assistance, as long as such funds are available. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is typically available to formula recipients for 12 to 18 months with a possible extension not to exceed a project period of 3 total years. Assistance is typically available to competitive recipients for 1 to 5 years. The maximum time that may be granted for recipients to expend and drawdown funds is 5 years. Extension requests will be considered by the federal program office only if the recipient has submitted all required performance reports. At least sixty days prior to the end of the award, recipients must discuss with their federal program officer expected reprogramming and extension requests. After preliminary negotiation on proposed projects and extensions, formal written reprogramming and extension requests must be submitted to the NOAA at least 30 days prior to end date. Recipients should make every effort to submit one extension request for all projects needing an extension (when possible, multiple extension requests should be avoided). With sufficient justification, the federal program office will recommend approval of an extension up to 1 year for the first extension request. First time or cumulative extension requests for more than six months but less than 12 months, will need more compelling justification as to why the project was not completed on time or could not be completed within the first six-month extension. Although the federal program office discourages extensions of more than 12 months, the federal program office will recommend approval in cases where the funds are already obligated. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the total discretion of the Department. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released as agreed to in the Standard Terms and Conditions document required for each grant; and special award conditions as applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

All financial status and performance reports are required semi-annually.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

Not Applicable.

Records

All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of grantees or sub grantees are required to be maintained by the terms of the agreement. Each non-Federal entity must retain records for three years from the date when the Final expenditure report is submitted.

Financial Information

Account Identification

13-1450-0-1-306; 13-1460-0-1-306.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $24,146,039; FY 17 est $22,938,262; and FY 18 est $22,938,262

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$20,000 to $600,000 (average $250,000).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

15 CFR Part 921. Allowable costs and administrative requirements will be determined in accordance with relevant OMB requirements. As noted above, the DOC anticipates adopted the OMB Uniform Guidance as of December 26, 2014, which incorporates all relevant cost principles and uniform administrative requirements.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Joelle Gore, Chief, Stewardship Division, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce, 1305 East-West Highway, SSMC 4, Room 10622, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: (240) 533-0813.

Headquarters Office

Acting Assistant Administrator National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce, 1305 East-West Highway, N/ORM5, 10th Floor, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Email: Russell.Callendar@noaa.gov Phone: 240-533-0908

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

There are five types of awards to coastal States under the National Estuarine Research Reserve Program: (1) land acquisition; (2) development; (3) operation, education, monitoring; (4) research; and (5) facilities construction. Detailed criteria for the State's development of these awards and criteria for reviewing each award are provided in the regulations for the National Estuarine Research Reserves Program (15 CFR Part 921). Final regulations were published in the Federal Register, July 15, 1993.



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