Hydropower Recreation Assistance

To serve as a national technical resource to support government, industry, and nonprofit partnerships in ongoing consultations and negotiations about applications for hydropower licensing; to meet present and future outdoor recreation and river conservation needs; to maintain and enhance a project's
riparian areas.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: ■ Preservation and recreation enhancements, valued at more than $500,000, in the Cohoes Falls area of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (New York).

This includes protection, enhancement, and interpretation of the National Historic Landmark District and properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places; Recreation improvements include construction of new trails, a footbridge, fishing access, animal observation sites, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant viewpoints; ■ Creation of an ecological corridor between Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cherokee National Forest (Tennessee), protecting over 10,000 acres in and around the park; ■ Protection of recreation experiences on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and James River Face Wilderness where it crosses the James River (Virginia); and ■ Publication of Hydrokinetic Energy Projects & Recreation: A Guide to Assessing Impacts, in partnership with the Hydropower Reform Coalition, Confluence Research & Consulting, and the Department of Energy.

Fiscal Year 2017: No information available.

Fiscal Year 2018: No information 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.

Applicants are requested to communicate with National Park Service Regional Offices.

See www.nps.gov/hydro.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Provided technical assistance to public and private energy, conservation, and recreation interests. Ensured that those who have little or no access to professional sources of planning assistance and analysis have equal consideration and opportunity to participate in the licensing process. Fiscal Year 2017: No information available. Fiscal Year 2018: No information available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Staff assistance is available to stakeholders in FERC hydropower licensing proceedings to assist with recreation issues and river conservation.

Assistance is applicable to hydropower projects both within and outside units of the National Park System.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Private nonprofit organizations, Federal, State, and Local government agencies and hydropower licensing applicants.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Private nonprofit organizations, Federal, State, and Local government agencies and hydropower licensing applicants, as well as the general public.

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

Program advice is and information is available from the appropriate NPS Regional Office.

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. Contact the program leader for Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance in the appropriate NPS Regional Office.

Award Procedures

Decisions are based upon adherence to program criteria and the availability of staff.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 797-828c; Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, 16 U.S.C. ß1281(e), and; Outdoor Recreation Act of 1963, Public Law 88-29 Sec. 2(d).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

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

Length of licensing process. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: For more specific information contact the headquarters office.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

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

NA.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1042-0-1-303.

Obigations

(Advisory Services and Counseling) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - FY 16 (Actual) Non-monetary assistance through consultation with NPS staff. FY 17 (Estimated) Non-monetary assistance through consultation with NPS staff. FY 18 (Estimated) Non-monetary assistance through consultation with NPS staff.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range NA Average NA.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Information is available on the Web. Assistance complies with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requirements for licensing nonfederal hydropower projects; 18 CFR Parts 4, 5, and 16. Policy and Guidelines for Recreational Technical Assistance in Hydropower Licenses, 57 FR 61915, December 29, 1992.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Applicants are requested to communicate with National Park Service Regional Offices. See www.nps.gov/hydro.

Headquarters Office

Joan Harn 1201 Eye Street, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Email: joan_harn@nps.gov Phone: (202) 354-6900

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Project should have clear opportunity to enhance recreation and lead to tangible conservation of significant natural and cultural resources.



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