Central Valley Improvement Act, Title XXXIV

The purposes of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) are (1) to protect, restore, and enhance fish, wildlife, and associated habitats in the Central Valley and Trinity River basins of California, (2) to address impacts of the Central Valley Project on fish, wildlife, and associated habitats,

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(3) to improve the operational flexibility of the Central Valley Project, (4) to increase water-related benefits provided by the Central Valley Project to the State of California through expanded use of voluntary water transfers and improved water conservation, (5) to contribute to the State of California?s interim and long-term efforts to protect the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary, and (6) to achieve a reasonable balance among competing demands for use of Central Valley Project water, including the requirements of fish and wildlife, agricultural, municipal and industrial and power contractors.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Examples of funded projects include installment of fish screens, construction fish passage facilities, channel and floodplain fish habitat restoration, refuge water supply agreements and facilities, terrestrial habitat acquisition and restoration, and monitoring, modeling, and analysis studies.

Fiscal Year 2018: Information not available.

Fiscal Year 2019: Information not 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.

Richard Woodley, Resources Chief, MP-400, (916) 978-5201 Heather Casillas, CVPIA Program Manager, MP- 400, (916) 978-5360.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Glenn-colusa Irrigation District $ 1,413,517   1998-09-302048-09-30
Buena Visa Water Storage District $ 1,526,750   2003-10-012028-09-30
Biggs-west Gridley Water District $ 13,450,759   2003-09-202028-02-28
Nature Conservancy (the) $ 202,177   2020-09-082025-06-30
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission $ 5,257,969   2019-10-012024-09-30
California State University, Stanislaus $ 75,273   2020-09-012023-12-31
University Of California Santa Cruz $ 2,263,188   2018-10-012023-09-30
Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency $ 600,000   2021-09-242023-08-31
River Partners $ 554,951   2018-07-172023-06-30
Center For Natural Lands Management Inc $ 307,507   2020-09-152023-04-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Congress passed and the President signed the Central Valley Project Improvement Act in 1992. Recent accomplishments include a number of water acquisition, water conveyance, facility construction, land acquisition, and habitat restoration actions within the Central Valley, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Trinity River Basins. Detailed accomplishment reports are available at www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia. Fiscal Year 2018: Information not available. Fiscal Year 2019: Information not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Agreements will be awarded for projects that will result in attaining the objectives noted above and the mandates set out in the CVPIA.

Areas of emphasis include fish and wildlife restoration activities and investigations, evaluation of ecologic and hydrologic effects of existing and alternative operations of water facilities and systems, the effects of the Central Valley Project (CVP) on anadromous fish populations, and delivery of refuge water supplies.

The Secretary of the Interior is authorized and directed to promulgate such regulations and enter into such agreements as may be necessary to implement the intent, purposes and provisions of Title XXXIV.

This title does not and shall not be interpreted to authorize construction of water storage facilities.

For further information, please contact the regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State of California or an agency or subdivision thereof, Indian tribes, or nonprofit entities concerned with restoration, protection, or enhancement of fish, wildlife, habitat, or environmental values that are able to assist in implementing any action authorized by the title in an efficient, timely, and cost effective manner, [Section 9404(e) of PL 102-575, Title XXXIV].

Beneficiary Eligibility

Anyone/General Public.


None. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

An environmental impact statement is 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

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funding opportunity announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, SF-424 forms and any other forms to be used to submit application information, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program funding announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by a proposal evaluation panel comprised of qualified Federal experts in the program area. Applications will be reviewed against the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. Final selection will be determined by the Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, or regional officials, as applicable to the project.


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


Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992, Title XXXIV, Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Public Law 102-575.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

For current information on any upcoming funding opportunity announcements dates and deadlines, contac the Mid-Pacific Region, MP-400 Division of Resources Management, Sacramento, California, as listed in the Contacts section below.


None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Reclamation will provide all applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.


Continuation of funding for the Program from one fiscal year to the next is at the discretion of Congress. Yearly solicitation is made for projects of 24 months in duration or less, although multi-year projects may be considered if annual accomplishments can be demonstrated.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: The Federal share of the costs of a project or activity carried out under this Program varies in accordance with the provisions of the CVPIA. Cost-share requirements will be included in the funding opportunity announcement posted on www.Grants.gov. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Proposals are requested for projects of 24 months in duration or less; however, funding for multi-year projects may be considered if annual accomplishments can be demonstrated. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Information not available.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annually, recipients shall submit an annual program performance report.

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.

Federal Financial Report, SF 425 is required on a quarterly basis.

Upon completion of the agreement recipients shall submit a final SF 425.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


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.


All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 17 $10,024,159; FY 18 est $12,000,000; and FY 19 est $12,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range is $10,000,000 to $12,000,000; Average $ 10,750,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR 200 UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS, COST PRINCIPLES, AND AUDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR FEDERAL AWARDS and the applicable OMB Circulars. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below. OMB Circulars, Title 34 of Public Law 102-575, and Annual Work Plans. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Reclamation Office listed below or visiting the CVPIA website at www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Richard Woodley, Resources Chief, MP-400, (916) 978-5201 Heather Casillas, CVPIA Program Manager, MP- 400, (916) 978-5360.

Headquarters Office

None None, NA, Non-U.S. NA Phone: None

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on www.grants.gov.

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