Colorado River Pilot System Conservation

The PSCP tests conservation projects that create ?system water? through voluntary compensated reductions in water use.

All water conserved as a result of the SCPP becomes system water with the sole purpose of increasing storage levels in Lakes Powell and Mead and does not accrue to the benefit
of any individual user.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: New Program.

Fiscal Year 2018: Upper Colorado River Pilot System Conservation Program.

Fiscal Year 2019: New Program.

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 - None.

Resource Management Division.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: New Program. Fiscal Year 2018: Fifteen proposals were received in WY 2015 from two Upper Basin States and nine were awarded, resulting in a reduction of approximately 3,270 acre-feet of consumptive use. Due to the success of the Program in 2015, thirty-two proposals were received across all four Upper Basin States in WY 2016 and up to 26 of the proposals received will be awarded and would contribute to water savings as much as 14,000 acre-feet in 2016. Fiscal Year 2019: New Program.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Pursuant to Sec.

206 of PL113-235 ? Pilot projects are authorized to be funded through grants to public entities that use water from the Colorado River Basin for municipal purposes for projects that are implemented by 1 or more non-Federal entities or grants or other appropriate financial agreements to provide additional funds for renewing or implementing water conservation agreements that are in existence on the date of enactment of this Act.

Public entities that use water from the Colorado River Basin for municipal purposes.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligibility of the Upper Colorado River Commission established through PL 113-235.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Pursuant to PL 113-235, participation in the Pilot Program is limited to Entitlement Holders in the Lower Colorado Division States and Colorado River Water Users in the Upper Colorado River Basin.


Application for Federal Assistance SF-424; Disclosure of Lobbying Activities SF-LLL. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not 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. Single source award per requirements under PL 113-235

Award Procedures

Financial Assistance Grants Officer determines awards based on recommendations from the program manager.


Not Applicable.


Section 206 of the Consolidated and further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Public Law 113-235) and Agreement No. 14-XX-30-W0574 ? Agreement Among Reclamation, the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Denver Water, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority For a Pilot Program for Funding the Creation of Colorado River System Water Through Voluntary Water Conservation and Reductions in Use.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project.




Program may generally be renewed on an annual basis, not to exceed September 30, 2018.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Authority under PL 113-235 expires September 30, 2018. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: .

Post Assistance Requirements


Unless otherwise stated in the financial assistance agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on a semi-annual or annual basis: Program Performance Reports.

Cash reports are not applicable.

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 copies of land acquisition closing documents and research publications.

SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

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 sub-recipient. 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) FY 17 $1,065,000; FY 18 est $1,065,000; and FY 19 est $1,065,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $1,065,000 Average: $1,065,000.

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

None. Resource Management Division.

Headquarters Office

. Upper Colorado Regional Office, ., Colorado . Phone: .

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Eligibility established through PL 113-235.

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