Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement

Awards will be made to investigate and identify opportunities to improve the supply of water in the program area identified as the counties in the State of Texas in the Rio Grande Regional Water Planning Area known as Region 'M' as designated by the Texas Water Development Board; and the counties of
Hudspeth and El Paso, Texas.

The program includes the review of studies and planning reports, conduct of or participation in funding engineering work, infrastructure construction, and improvements for the purpose of conserving and transporting raw water.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: The examples of funded projects include agreements with Harlingen Irrigation District for canal lining/piping existing canals and automation and telemetry; Cameron County ID #2 for pump station replacement/canal lining/piping existing canals; ; Hidalgo County ID #6 for lining of existing canals and telemetry; and United ID for piping existing canals and pump station rehabilitation.

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.

Oklahoma Texas Area Office: Mr. Trent Parish, Environmental Protection Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Address: 5316 Highway 290 West, Suite 110, Austin, TX 78735-8931, Telephone: 512.899.4157, E-mail: jparish@usbr.gov.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Cameron County Irrigation District 2 $ 483,322   2012-09-202022-09-30
Hidalgo County Irrigation District 6 $ 156,454   2012-09-242019-09-30
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Three construction projects are ongoing with Cameron County Irrigation District #2, Hidalgo County Irrigation District #6, and United Irrigation District. Delta Lake Irrigation District has completed the project yet the Federal cost share has not been fully reimbursed. Fiscal Year 2018: Information not available. Fiscal Year 2019: Information not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Cost ceilings of $8,000,000 for conservation and improvements (section 3(g)) and $47,000,000 for construction (section 4(c)).

Reclamations Great Plains Region will enter into cooperative agreements with the State of Texas, water users in the program area, specified irrigation districts, and other non Federal entities to carry out the project if the Secretary of the Interior determines such agreements would be cost-effective and efficient.

A substantial portion of this program is directed toward funding 19 construction projects specifically identified in the Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Act, as amended.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The State of Texas, water users in the program area, specified irrigation districts, and other non-Federal entities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The general public located in the state of Texas.

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

Applicants shall provide a report in accordance to Sec.

3(c) of the Act that includes, but is not limited to, (a) estimated project costs, conservation measures, and operational efficiency improvements, (b) a project plan and map, and (c) a cost-sharing commitment for applicant funding of its proportional share of project construction costs on an annual basis.

Environmental compliance for this program may be required depending on the scope of the specific project funded.

This may result in the need for an environmental impact assessment or environmental impact statement prior to the commencement of project activities.

Environmental compliance for this program may be required depending on the scope of the specific project funded.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment 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. Scopes of Work are provided to the Bureau of Reclamation for annual award and funding.

Award Procedures

Specific recipients are identified in the authorizing legislation.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act of 2000, Public Law 106-576, as amended; Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act of 2002, Public Law 107-351.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Funding is available until all currently appropriated funds have been expended for this program. Additional funding for the program is at the discretion of Congress. Any request for a time extension must be in writing in accordance with the provisions stated in the agreement.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: The non-Federal share of total project costs shall be 50 percent. Not more than 40 percent of the project costs may be paid by the State. The remainder of the non-Federal share may include in-kind contributions of goods and services, and the actual funds previously spent on feasibility and engineering studies. Awarded agreements must contain a commitment by the non-Federal project sponsors to fund their proportionate share of the project's construction costs on an annual basis. (Public Law 106- 576, Section 4(b), as amended). MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

There is no time restriction placed on the use of the funds. A schedule will be established with the recipient at the time of award. Any request for a time extension must be in writing in accordance with the provisions stated in the agreement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on an annual basis: SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and semi-annual basis Program Performance Reports.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Report; and (3) 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.

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit on an annual basis the SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

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

Performance monitoring is 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

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

14-0680-0-1-301.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 17 $321,348; FY 18 est $50,000; and FY 19 est $50,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range $ 0 - 435,000 Average $ 140,449.

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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Oklahoma Texas Area Office: Mr. Trent Parish, Environmental Protection Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Address: 5316 Highway 290 West, Suite 110, Austin, TX 78735-8931, Telephone: 512.899.4157, E-mail: jparish@usbr.gov.

Headquarters Office

Mr. Kimball M. Banks, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 36900, 316 North 26th Street, Billings, Montana 59101 Email: kbanks@gp.usbr.gov Phone: (406) 247-7710 Fax: (406) 247-7695.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The scopes of work must be compatible with the authorizing legislation and the appropriation ceiling.



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