Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA)

(a) To protect, restore, and enhance fish, wildlife, and associated habitats in the Central Valley and Trinity River basins of California; (b) To address impacts of the Central Valley Project on fish, wildlife and associated habitats; (c) To improve the operational flexibility of the Central Valley Project;

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(d) 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; (e) To contribute to the State of California's interim and long-term efforts to protect the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary; (f) 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.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: 1) The CVPIA has completed project planning and permitting for two large scale habitat restoration projects on the Yuba River.

Actual restoration is planned to begin in the spring of 2018.

2) The Stanislaus River Buttonbush habitat restoration project was completed in FY 2017.

This project restored 4.4 acres of habitat and excavated 10,000 cubic yards of material while adding 2,800 cubic yards of appropriately sized gravel to the restoration area.

In addition 2,400 linear feet of side channel was created.

3) The Mokelumne River habitat restoration project.

Fiscal Year 2018: 1) Construction for Phase 1 of the Hallwood Habitat Restoration is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

This project removes nearly 1 million cubic yards of material from the Yuba River Middle Training wall and construct 1.3 miles of seasonal side channels and enhance 90 acres of floodplain habitat.

2) Monitoring of juvenile Chinook Salmon outmigration using rotary screw traps on the Stanislaus River will be conducted.

3) Mokelumne River spawning and rearing habitat projects will be funded.

Fiscal Year 2019: CVPIA has not yet selected projects for funding.

CVPIA anticipates funding projects hat (a) protect, restore, and enhance fish, wildlife, and associated habitats in the Central Valley and Trinity River basins of California; (b) address impacts of the Central Valley Project on fish, wildlife, and associated habitats; (c) improve the operational flexibility of the Central Valley Project; (d) 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; (e) contribute to the State of California?s interim and long-term efforts to protect the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary; and (f) achieve a reasonable balance among competing demands for use of Central Valley Project water, including the requirements of fish and wildlife, agricultural and municipal, industrial and power contractors.


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.

Lodi Fish and Wildlife Service Office 850 S.

Guild Ave Suite 105, Lodi, California 95240.

Telephone: (209) 334-2968, Fax (209) 334-2171.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Fishery Foundation Of California $ 60,000   2017-02-012021-12-31
Santa Clara County Open Space Authority $ 357,419   2017-10-012021-09-30
Tuolumne River Conservancy Inc $ 203,590   2017-01-312021-09-30
Trout Unlimited $ 75,000   2018-03-192021-09-30
S. P. Cramer & Associates, Inc. $ 412,977   2018-02-202021-09-30
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission $ 129,000   2017-09-012020-09-30
University Of Washington $ 58,705   2016-12-132020-09-30
Environmental Science Associates $ 1,650,000   2015-08-102020-09-30
Cbec, Inc. $ 1,800,000   2015-09-022020-09-30
Southern Sierra Research Station $ 608,561   2016-08-042020-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Twenty Habitat Assessments were completed and over 100 miles of streamside habitat were assessed in 17 watershed specific projects. In addition 0.1 miles of habitat were restored on the Mokelumne River. Fiscal Year 2018: The CVPIA anticipates implementing 18 projects throughout the Central Valley. The CVPIA hopes to assess 88 miles of streamside habitat and 12 population assessments. Fiscal Year 2019: The CVPIA anticipates implementing 10 to 15 projects throughout the Central Valley, fewer than 10 of these are expected to be new projects and we anticipate receiving approximately 20 applications. Measurable results for FY19 have not been established.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for research to improve management and increase Anadromous fish resources; spawning area improvement; installation of fish passages; construction of fish protection devices, and data collections.

No other Federal agencies may apply for award opportunities.

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 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.

No other Federal agencies may apply for award opportunities.

100% of funds are discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants may be State, local governments, Native American Organizations, other public nonprofit institutions/organizations, private nonprofit/organizations, or for profit organizations.

No other Federal agency may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Basic application requires the request for proposal narrative, Scope of Work with deliverables, SF 424A Budget, SF 424 Application for Federal Assistance form, and SF424B Assurances. Information submitted to the Lodi Fish and Wildlife Office for review by a locally convened panel. The panel will select the awardee and forward the information to the station Project Leader for final approval. No state plan required.

Award Procedures

The successful applicant will be notified after selection and confirmation of available funding. An applicant should not initiate a project in expectation of USFWS funding, nor should they purchase materials or begin work until such time as they receive the final award document signed by an authorized Service official.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Central Valley Project Improvement Act ? Fish and Wildlife Restoration Activities, Pub. L. 102-575, 106 STAT. 4714, 3406(b)(16).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Awards are anticipated within 90 days or less.

Appeals

Contact the headquarters or regional office.

Renewals

Contact the headquarters or regional office.

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

Project awards are generally from one to five years, depending on the complexity of the project and availability of funds. The five year restriction on the length of time is due to the Period of Availability of Funds limited to the five (5) year rule. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: .

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress (quarterly) and final reports must be submitted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant agreement.

Expenditure reports, SF425 Federal Financial Report, are required annually.

Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200.

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

Records are required to be maintained for three years following submission of the final expenditure report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-5173-0-2-301 - Note: The FWS receives the CVPIA funds through the BOR hence the Account ID associated with the BOR.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $2,000,000; FY 18 est $5,000,000; and FY 19 est $5,000,000 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY17 $2,000,000; FY18 $5,000,000; FY19 $5,000,000 Estimates based on prior year funding.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

None.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Lodi Fish and Wildlife Service Office 850 S. Guild Ave Suite 105, Lodi, California 95240. Telephone: (209) 334-2968, Fax (209) 334-2171.

Headquarters Office

Paul Souza 2800 Cottage Way, Suite W2606, Sacramento, California 95825 Phone: (916) 414-6464 Fax: (916) 414-6464.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals will be reviewed by a team of Federal staff based on the following criteria: Addresses high priority need as described in the Request for Proposal (RFP) 'Purposes and Funding Priorities'; Clearly stated goals, objectives, hypotheses, and relevance of idea; Approach is valid and technically sound; Primary Investigators and/or subcontractors record of performance and expertise; Budget is reasonable and provides good value for funds requested; and Cost sharing or in-kind contributions.



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