Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

The objective of the Desert and Southern Rockies LCCs is to enhance the management of natural and cultural resources that have a nexus to water resource management.

This includes developing tools to assess and adapt to the impacts of climate change and other landscape scale stressors within the
geographic boundaries of the Desert and Southern Rockies LCC and adapt to those stressors.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Examples of projects funded in FY 2014 include: (Note: the last announcement for the LCCs was made in FY 2014, which is why these examples date back to 2013 and 2014.

New examples will be provided after FY 2017 projects are selected). Desert LCC: The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) will use modeling tools and data from the 2014 Minute 319 pulse flow to develop an integrated system that will assist with future pulse flow release experimental determinations.

The Minute 319 pulse flow is a temporary release of water to mimic natural spring floods in the Colorado River Delta to study how best to restore native riparian habitat.

The new system will integrate data and models such as environmental conditions and designed pulse flow releases with targeted environmental variables to predict the environmental reaction to future pulse flow releases, thereby supporting adaptive management and planning in the future.

By linking data and models together into an integrated system, EDF intends to reduce the time required to analyze scenarios and to provide data that would help guide the pulse flow design. Southern Rockies LCCs: The Museum of Northern Arizona will leverage tools previously developed through its Springs Stewardship Initiative to help resource managers in the southwestern U.S.

collect, analyze, report upon, monitor and archive the complex and inter-related information associated with springs and spring-dependent species in the region.

Building upon those past efforts, the project will include compilation of existing springs-related information to make the information more readily available online and further development of interactive online maps and climate change risk assessment tools of springs-dependent sensitive plant and animal species.

This project builds on an effort funded in FY 2013 to complete similar work for the Desert LCC.

Fiscal Year 2017: Information not available.

Fiscal Year 2018: 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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Natural Resources & Conservation, Montana Dept Of $ 119,009   2022-05-252024-12-31
New Mexico Institute Of Mining And Technology $ 195,050   2022-05-132024-12-31
Oklahoma State University $ 135,469   2022-05-252024-09-30
California Water Data Consortium $ 200,000   2022-05-102024-09-30
Southern Nevada Water Authority $ 199,985   2022-03-242024-09-30
Southwest Research Institute $ 200,000   2022-06-102024-06-30
University Of Kansas Center For Research, Inc. $ 97,822   2022-05-252024-06-30
Western States Water Council $ 200,000   2022-05-252024-06-30
Lawrence Livermore National Security, Llc $ 200,000   2022-05-132024-06-30
Natural Resources, Nebraska Department Of $ 200,000   2022-05-122024-06-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 and 2014, Applied Science Grants for the Desert and Southern Rockies LCCs combined more than $2.1 million in Federal funding to enhance the management of natural and cultural resources that have a nexus to water resource management. For example, once completed, the funded projects are expected to develop decision support tools and methodologies to incorporate ecological flows into water management models used for basin-wide water supply planning; develop new biological information about springs and seeps; and develop a web-based tool to facilitate conservation planning. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 and 2016, the LCCs did not post an Announcement for financial assistance. Instead, the LCCs worked on building their technical capacity to assist their partners. For example, the Desert LCC invested in data and website platform development to more efficiently communicate data and research to resource managers. Fiscal Year 2017: Information not available. Fiscal Year 2018: Information not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Desert and Southern Rockies LCCs provide cost-shared financial assistance on a competitive basis for the following types of applied science projects: (1) assessing water availability and quality, (2) assessing the resiliency and vulnerability of natural or cultural resources to drought and other landscape scale stressors, and (3) assessing and evaluating natural or cultural resource management practices and opportunities to adapt.

Eligible projects are restricted to within the geographic boundaries of the Desert or Southern Rockies LCCs.

Occasionally, financial assistance is also used for inter-agency agreements to support capacity needs of the LCCs (e.g., meeting facilitation and/or website support).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants include any: States; Tribes; Irrigation districts; Water districts; Organizations with water or power delivery in the Western United States or Territories as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, as amended and supplemented; specifically, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands); Universities located in the United States; Non-profit research institutions located in the United States; or Non-profit organizations (Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding under all three task areas so long as the proposal addresses fish or wildlife habitat in wetland, riparian, or aquatic areas and there is a nexus to a Reclamation project.).

Beneficiary Eligibility

The general public; agricultural, municipal and industrial water users; irrigation or water districts; state governmental entities with water or power delivery authority; tribes; non-profit research institutions; and non-profit organizations located in the states identified in the Act of June 17, 1902.


(1) A detailed written technical proposal including background data regarding the applicant, such as location, a detailed scope of work separating the work into major tasks, detail the stages of the proposed project, include an estimated project schedule showing the stages and the duration of the proposed work, including major milestones and dates, and substantiate the method(s) selected, the principles or techniques which are proposed to solve the problem, and the degree of success expected, and describing data responsive to the evaluation criteria listed in the Announcement. (2) A funding plan showing how the applicant will pay for its 50% cost share requirement, and an official resolution adopted by the applicant?s board of directors or governing body, or for state government entities and universities, an official authorized to commit the applicant to the financial and legal obligations associated with receipt, resolving that, if selected, it will negotiate and execute a cooperative agreement with Reclamation. (3) A detailed project cost proposal, including a budget with the annual estimated project costs, including salaries and wages, fringe benefits, travel, equipment, supplies, contracts, and indirect costs, an estimate of annual operation & maintenance costs, and the value of in-kind contributions of goods and services. 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 excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Multiple Funding Opportunity Announcements (Announcement) are annually posted on Submission of a complete technical proposal and projects budget is mandatory by the due date identified in the Announcement. In addition, applicants must submit all applicable SF 424 forms referenced in the Announcement.

Award Procedures

Proposals received in response to the Announcement are reviewed on the basis of a competitive, merit-based review process, and are rated in accordance with the evaluation criteria stated in the Announcement. Reclamation will make awards to the highest rated proposals based on the amount of funding available each year.


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


Public Law 111-11, Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, Subtitle F, Secure Water, Section 9509.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The review, scoring and announcement of the recipients typically take three to five months.


Upon request, Reclamation will provide all applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected.


The awarded projects are fully funded at the time of award.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 50%. The Federal share of the cost of a project or activity carried out under this Program shall not exceed 50% of the total cost of the project or activity. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Proposed projects should be completed within 24 months from the project start date. Applications for projects requiring more than 2 years will be considered if it is demonstrable that there will be on-the-ground accomplishments each year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.

Post Assistance Requirements


Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit Program Performance Reports (e.g., semi-annual, final report); and other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a SF-425, Federal Financial Report (e.g., semi-annual, final report).

No performance monitoring is required.


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



(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 16 $15,649; FY 17 est $700,000; and FY 18 est $700,000 - FY16: $15,649 (award was for an inter-agency agreement to provide capacity support for the LCCs, not to fund applied science projects).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $25,000 $150,000 Average: $100,000.

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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Avra Morgan Bureau of Reclamation, Office of Program & Policy Services, Mail Code: 84-51000, P.O. Box 25007, Denver Federal Center, Denver, Colorado 80225 Email: Phone: (303)445-2906 Fax: (720)544-4207

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on All applications will be evaluated using criteria that give priority to a project's technical merit, the relevance to the LCC, dissemination of results to Reclamation and LCC partners, connections to Reclamation activities and exceed the minimum 50 percent non-Federal cost-share requirement.

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