Water Use and Data Research

To support State water resource agencies in developing water use and availability datasets that are integrated with each appropriate dataset developed or maintained by the USGS or that integrate any water use or water availability dataset of the State water resource agency into each appropriate dataset
developed or maintained by the USGS.

The Water Use Data and Research program will allow State Water Resource agencies to improve the collection and reporting frequency of water use categories, including the inclusion of categories that have been discontinued in the past due to limited resources.

Data collection, and improvement efforts, as well as research conducted will complement priorities and investigations carried by Federal, State, and Local Governments, and by private industry in water availability assessments for human and ecological uses.
Related Programs15.808 U.S. Geological Survey_ Research and Data CollectionExamples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Example 1: The Idaho Department of Water Resources proposes that funds be used to improve the collection, quality assurance, and transfer of water use data by targeting irrigation, public supply, and industrial use categories.

The three main tasks of this project are to identify points of water diversion and make records of those diversions; improve metadata standardization, data discoverability, and data delivery; and diagram potential database improvements associating water measurement locations and measurement data with existing water right information.

Example 2: This project proposes developing a method for estimating withdrawals for irrigated agriculture at the HUC-8 watershed scale from estimates of consumptive use of crop irrigation water using the Operational Simplified Surface Energy balance, and estimates of water use efficiencies calculated for selected irrigation distribution projects in order to quantify agricultural water use.

This study will develop methods to improve water use estimates for irrigated agriculture in areas where measured data is not available.

The results of this study will include Tier 1, 2, and 3 data products, and will improve tier levels by increasing the spatial and temporal resolution of irrigation withdrawal and consumption estimates, as well as providing greater continuity and consistency in these estimates.

Example 3: The Utah Division of Water Rights proposes to improve online water use reporting tools for Industrial/Commercial users; improve database storage of water use data for Public Supply, Industrial, and Commercial data; and create a new program to transmit data electronically to the USGS and other entities.

Additionally, improvements will be made to improve the storage of the data such that it can be easily organized and retrieved.

Fiscal Year 2018: Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

Program anticipates funding projects that improve the availability, quality, compatibility, and delivery of water-use data that are collected and/or estimated by States.

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

Program anticipates funding projects that improve the availability, quality, compatibility, and delivery of water-use data that are collected and/or estimated by States.


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.




Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: : In FY17, for the competitive program announcement, the program received 17 applications and issued 15 awards. The program also awarded a non-competitive awards to one state to complete documentation of current water-use data and research in their respective state. Fiscal Year 2018: In FY18, for the competitive program announcement, the program anticipates receiving 15-20 applications and issuing 10-15 awards. The program also anticipates awarding a non-competitive awards to one state to complete documentation of current water-use data and research in their respective state. Fiscal Year 2019: In FY19, for the competitive program announcement, the program anticipates receiving 15-20 applications and issuing 10-15 awards.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding will be used to support State Water Resource agencies in improving data collection techniques and methods, data delivery and management, and data integration with each appropriate dataset developed or maintained by the USGS.

Funding for each State cannot exceed $250,000 cumulatively over the length of the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Proposals will be accepted from state agencies that collect and maintain water use data and databases.

Various elements of the data that are required for the Water Use Data and Research (WUDR) program are often available from different agencies within a state; however only one agency is eligible to submit a proposal for the program.

We ask that State agencies collaborate in this instance, and States may submit a single proposal that covers the work of multiple state agencies.

Coordination of agencies within a state is strongly encouraged to avoid proposals that overlap.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State, Federally recognized Indian Tribal, and local governments, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, profit organizations, industry and public decision makers, research scientists, engineers, and the general public will ultimately benefit from data made available through the program.

Credentials/Documentation

Proposals must include documentation of the data that are collected by the applicant that would become part of USGS Water Use Databases. Proposals that intend to improve data delivery and estimation accuracy will be considered, as will multi-State proposals. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Discussions regarding funding availability and program interest are strongly encouraged, as limited funding is available for new projects.

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. This program is subject to the provisions of 2 CFR Part 200 and Department of the Interior regulations 2 CFR Part 1402 and 43 CFR Part 12. Application form Standard Form (SF) 424 must be used. The application requirements as contained in the announcement package and the above regulations must be used for this program. Applications may be made only through the internet site http://www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Notification of an award is by receipt of a grant or cooperative agreement from a U.S. Geological Survey contracting officer through FedConnect (https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/).

Deadlines

May 03, 2018 The FY17 application submission deadline is April 18, 2017.

Authorization

Public Law 111-11, Subtitle F?Secure Water: Section 9508 ?Water Availability and Use Assessment Program.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

All projects have a limited duration not to exceed two years.

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

Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released as required. Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Annual and final technical reports are required and must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress and final technical reports, as well as other products, are required and must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions.

Recipients must report expenditures using the SF 425, Federal Financial Report form.

Recipients must submit a final report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date.

Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim annual reports.

Program will detail all financial reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter.

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

All records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the final financial report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-0804-0-1-306.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 17 $1,500,000; FY 18 est $1,500,000; and FY 19 est $1,500,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$24,000 to $125,000; average $75,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Melinda Dalton Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, Water Availability and Use Science Program, Reston, Virginia 20192 Email: msdalton@usgs.gov Phone: (770) 283-9728

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The criteria for selecting proposals are included in the program announcement.



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