Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation

The MSCP?s purposes are: (1) Protect the lower Colorado River environment while ensuring the certainty of existing river water and power operations, (2) Address the needs of threatened and endangered wildlife under the Endangered Species Act, and (3) Reduce the likelihood of listing additional species

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along the lower Colorado River.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: See annual work plan at http://www.lcrmscp.gov.

Research and monitoring for various fish, and bird species and for research for habitat restoration.

Yuma East Wetlands (YEW) Cooperative Agreement to maintain YEW Conservation Area; Laguna Conservation Area Cooperative Agreement to design Laguna; Grant for riparian bird habitat associations.

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.

John Swett, MSCP Program Manager, PO Box 61470, Boulder City, NV 89006, 702-293-8555.
Website Address


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Marsh & Associates Llc $ 781,091   2017-10-012022-09-30
Wayne State University $ 334,522   2016-09-092020-10-30
Game And Fish, Arizona Dept Of $ 38,391   2016-07-132019-04-30
Wildlife, Nevada Department Of $ 1,107,540   2013-10-012019-01-31
Marsh & Associates Llc $ 418,311   2011-10-132017-09-30
Wildlife, Nevada Department Of-$ 18,739   2011-10-132013-09-30
Wildlife, Nevada Department Of-$ 8,187   2011-10-132013-09-30
Geosystems Analysis, Inc. $ 0   2010-07-062013-07-31
$ 0   
$ 0   

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Implementation of LCR MSCP conservation measures. Completed yearly research and monitoring for bird, bat mammal and fish species. Thirteen agreements awarded or modified contributed to over 280,000 native fish stocked, and 5,700 acres of riparian habitat established and managed. Fiscal Year 2018: Information not available. Fiscal Year 2019: Information not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The planning area for the LCR MSCP is defined as areas up to and including the full-pool elevations of Lakes Mead, Mohave, and Havasu and the historical floodplain of the Colorado River from Lake Mead downstream to the Southerly International Boundary with Mexico.

The planning area provides habitat for Covered Species listed as endangered or threatened under the ESA; additionally there are region specific species that are inclusive of this program.

Visit http://www.lcrmscp.gov for specific information.

For further information, please contact the regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and local governments, nonprofit organizations and institutions, public and private institutions and organizations, Federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments, individuals, small businesses, for-profit organizations, and Native American Organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Anyone/general public, governmental entities, Tribal governments, Native American organizations, and/or public or private organizations in the specific project area.


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

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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.

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. 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 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.


Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 200, Public Law 111-11, Title IX, Section 9401-9404.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 Days.


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.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects are generally awarded for 1 to 3 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.

Post Assistance Requirements


Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on an annual basis: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) 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.

Annual SF 425 Federal Financial Report and final SF 425 as specified in the agreement terms and conditions.

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 $1,509,950; FY 18 est $1,665,000; and FY 19 est $1,665,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $1,739 to $285,374 Average: $ 1,613,317.

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. John Swett, MSCP Program Manager, PO Box 61470, Boulder City, NV 89006, 702-293-8555.

Headquarters Office

John Swett PO Box 61470, Boulder City, Nevada 89006 Phone: (702) 293-8555

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Need to meet LCR MSCP requirements for implementation of conservation measures outlined in the Habitat Conservation Plan. This can be found at http://www.lcrmscp.gov.

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