Lake Champlain Basin Program

To implement the Lake Champlain Basin Management Plan, Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Future of the Lake Champlain Basin 2017 (Opportunities for Action), and to assist the states of New York and Vermont in protecting, restoring and preserving the Lake Champlain ecosystem.

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Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2016: Efforts in Lake Champlain will continue to support the successful interstate, interagency, and international partnership undertaking the implementation of 'Opportunities for Action,' a plan designed to address various threats to the Lake's water quality, including phosphorus loadings, invasive species, and toxic substances.

Grants under this program are for assisting research, surveys, studies, modeling and technical and supporting work (restoration, education, outreach) necessary for the development and implementation of the Lake Champlain Basin Management Plan.

Funding priorities include update of the 5-year management plan, phosphorus control and reduction, cyanobacteria control and reduction, aquatic invasive species prevention and control, floodplain and river corridor preservation, and environmental education and outreach.



Funding Priority-Fiscal Year 2017: Efforts in Lake Champlain will continue to support the successful interstate, interagency, and international partnership undertaking the implementation of the Lake Champlain Management Plan, Opportunities for Action, a plan designed to protect and where necessary restore the lake's water quality, sustain healthy ecosystems in the basin, support thriving communities and inform and involve the public in lake issues and activities.

Financial awards under this program are made to the States of Vermont and New York, and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission to implement the Lake Champlain Management Plan.

Funding priorities include phosphorus reduction, cyanobacteria control, water quality monitoring to track progress and alert the public if unsafe conditions exist, aquatic invasive species prevention and control, lake corridor protection and environmental education and outreach.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: Grants and cooperative agreements awarded to states and interstate agencies are for implementation of the Lake Champlain Management Plan.

Examples of work carried out by these grants include: (1) funding for the overall program coordination, the full-time New York and Vermont Lake Champlain Basin Program coordinators employed by their respective states, and continued development of an adaptive management system; (2) annual lake and tributary monitoring for phosphorus, cyanobacteria and other parameters by professional limnologists; (3) local implementation subawards to reduce phosphorus, conserve habitat, limit the spread of invasive species, enhance watershed resiliency and support outreach and education about Lake Champlain issues; (4) removal of invasive species such as water chestnuts; (5) agronomy technical assistance in New York; (6) development of public information about recently finalized Total Maximum Daily Loads for Vermont segments of Lake Champlain, (7) healthy soils education for landscaping companies in Vermont and New York; and (8) Lakeshore assessments to reduce streambank erosion.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

MaryJo Feuerbach, US EPA Region 1, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100, Mail Code OEP 6-1, Boston, MA 02109-3912.

Phone: (617) 918-1578; FAX: (617) 918-0578; E-mail: feuerbach.maryjo@epa.gov.

Mario Paula, US EPA Region 2, 290 Broadway, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10007-1866.

Phone: (212) 637-3819; FAX: (212) 637-3889; E-mail: paula.mario@epa.gov.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission $ 3,505,591   2019-10-012024-09-30
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission $ 3,967,426   2018-10-012023-09-30
Environmental Conservation, New York Department Of $ 490,850   2020-04-012023-03-31
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission $ 3,504,022   2017-10-012022-09-30
Environmental Conservation, Vermont Department Of $ 6,999,559   2019-07-012022-06-30
Environmental Conservation, New York Department Of $ 380,850   2019-04-012022-03-31
Environmental Conservation, Vermont Department Of $ 4,046,724   2018-07-012021-12-31
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission $ 3,166,197   2016-10-012021-09-30
Environmental Conservation, New York Department Of $ 365,000   2018-04-012021-03-31
Environmental Conservation, New York Department Of $ 350,000   2017-04-012020-03-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Since 1991, EPA's funding of the Lake Champlain Basin Program has led to the protection and restoration of the Lake Champlain basin through coordination with federal, provincial, state, and municipal agencies and local citizens. The main program goals, as laid out in the Lake Champlain Management Plan Opportunities for Action, are as follows: reducing phosphorus inputs to Lake Champlain; decreasing toxic contamination; minimizing the risks to humans from water-related health hazards; and controlling the introduction, spread, and impact of nonnative nuisance species. EPA works with the Lake Champlain Basin Program Steering Committee to determine funding priorities and distributes funds accordingly. The following three entities typically receive funding on an annual basis: New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. They may choose to compete all or part of the funds. Competitive announcements typically include the number of anticipated awards. In FY 16, expected accomplishments include: further removal of invasive water chestnuts; conducting water quality and biological monitoring programs; continued development of an adaptive management system; development and implementation of aquatic invasive species colonization prevention programs that are pro-active and targeted within the Lake Champlain Basin; agronomy support, snow and ice removal training, floodplain and river corridor outreach, local implementation to reduce pollution from entering Lake Champlain and its tributaries, and education and outreach programs. Fiscal Year 2017: Since 1991, EPA's funding of the Lake Champlain Basin Program has led to the protection and restoration of the Lake Champlain basin through coordination with federal, provincial, state, and municipal agencies and local citizens. The main program activities focus on reducing phosphorus inputs to Lake Champlain; decreasing toxic contamination; minimizing the risks to humans from water-related health hazards; and controlling the introduction, spread, and impact of nonnative nuisance species. EPA works with the Lake Champlain Basin Program Steering Committee to determine funding priorities and distributes funds accordingly. The following three entities receive funding on an annual basis: New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. In FY17, expected accomplishments include: reduction of phosphorus loading to Lake Champlain through implementation projects, further removal of invasive water chestnuts; conducting water quality and biological monitoring programs; development and implementation of aquatic invasive species colonization prevention programs that are pro-active and targeted within the Lake Champlain Basin; lakeshore management to reduce shoreline erosion, agronomy support, and education and outreach programs. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

As described in Section 120 of the CWA, funds may be used to implement elements of the Lake Champlain Basin Management Plan, Opportunities for Action.

Projects outside of the Lake Champlain Basin are not eligible for funding under this program.

Grant awards must be made in consultation with the Lake Champlain Basin Program Steering Committee, and must support activities consistent with the goals of Opportunities for Action.

Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information.

Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: http://geodata.epa.gov. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government.

Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.

Generally this program makes Federal awards on a discretionary basis.

For further information, please contact the Headquarters or regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State, interstate, and regional water pollution control agencies, and public or nonprofit agencies, institutions, and organizations are eligible to receive grants from EPA through this program.

For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Assistance under this program generally benefits State environmental, health, and agriculture agencies; interstate water pollution control agencies; public nonprofit institutions and organizations; sponsored organizations; Federal agencies; local agencies; intrastate agencies; public and private nonprofit institutions and organizations; private organizations; small businesses; and quasi-public nonprofit institutions.

Credentials/Documentation

Nonprofit private agencies, institutions, and organizations may be required to provide documentation of their organizational status upon application. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this program description, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement.

For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as 'Information Contacts' or see Appendix IV of the Catalog.

A pre-application form is not required.

Informal pre-application discussions or conferences with the Lake Champlain Basin Program Steering Committee, and EPA Regions 1 and 2 are required.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Lake Champlain Basin Program Steering Committee, in conjunction with EPA Regions 1 and 2, develops the annual budget and task list. This budget and task list is then divided between the States of Vermont and New York and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission. From this information, these three organizations then prepare grant applications and workplans for submittal to EPA Region 2 and/or Region 1. The standard application forms, as furnished by the Federal agency, must be used for this program. EPA requires final applications to be made on Standard Form 424. Application kits should be requested from the Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division, (3903R), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W., Washington, DC 20460 or the appropriate EPA Regional Office identified in 'Regional or Local Office' section for information contacts. Detailed information and assistance, including and application kit, required forms, and a checklist may also be found on the web (http://www.epa.gov/ogd/AppKit/application.htm). Applications must be submitted to the appropriate EPA Regional Office identified in 'Regional or Local Office' section for information contacts. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Each federal assistance application and final work plan will be evaluated by EPA Region 1 or Region 2 to determine the adequacy of the application under the established EPA grants program requirements and guidelines, including, but not limited to, the requirements set forth in 2 CFR 200 and 1500. Technical merit and the relevance of the project to the priorities and objectives established in Opportunities for Action will also be considered. Each application will also be subject to an administrative review by the EPA Region 1 or 2 grants management office as appropriate to determine whether all administrative requirements have been met. The workplan is submitted to the EPA Region 1 and 2 Regional Administrators for approval prior to the award of any assistance agreement. Once a Regional Office approves the annual workplan, funds are awarded by the EPA Region 1 or 2 Regional Administrator as appropriate. Grantees will receive an award package from the appropriate EPA Regional grants management office that must be accepted and signed by an authorized official of the recipient organization and returned to the grants management office within 30 days. Awards may be made on an advance or reimbursement basis. Awards that are not signed and returned by the deadline may be subject to cancellation. For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Clean Water Act , Section 120, Public Law 107-303.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Notification of action on proposals varies depending on the timing of funds release to the EPA Regional Offices from Headquarters. Interval from submission to notification may vary from two months to eight months.

Appeals

Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as 'Information Contacts.' Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.

Renewals

No cost extensions and amendments may be available subject to the approval of EPA. Approval of subsequent funding is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the project to EPA's priorities, availability of funds, and the Agency policy on the competitive grant process.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: This program has a statutory matching requirement; see CWA section 120 (f)(3). For all assistance (grants and cooperative agreements) agreements made under this program, federal costs shall not exceed 75 percent of the total cost of the agreement. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance agreements are generally made for a multi-year period at the discretion of EPA. Start dates for assistance agreements are variable and are established at the discretion of EPA. Generally however, it is intended that start dates closely follow award dates of the assistance agreement. Awards are fully funded, recipients draw down funding as cost are incurred, typically monthly. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The method of fund disbursement will be determined at the time of award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

EPA includes reporting requirements for grants and cooperative agreements in the terms and conditions of the agreements.

Agreements may require quarterly, interim, and final progress reports, and expenditure/financial, equipment, and invention reports.

Specific reporting requirements are also identified in the grant regulations at 2 CFR 200 and 1500, as applicable.

Program reports are required under this program.

Cash reports are required under this program.

Progress reports are required under this program.

Expenditure reports are required under this program.

Performance monitoring is required under this program.

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. Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.

Records

Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained for three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those that arose as a result of an audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0108-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $4,395,000; FY 17 est $4,395,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available - FY 15 $4,396,000; FY 16 $4,395,000; and FY 17 $4,395,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $350,000 to $3,166,197/fiscal year; Average: $1,758,098/fiscal year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Lake Champlain program grants and cooperative agreements are subject to the general grant regulations at 2 CFR 200 and 1500. All assistance agreements must support the goals and objectives of the Lake Champlain Management Plan, Opportunities for Action, most recently updated in 2017. A copy of this document is available on request from the Lake Champlain Basin Program, 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, VT 05458, Phone 802-372-3213 and is also available online at http://www.lcbp.org.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. MaryJo Feuerbach, US EPA Region 1, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100, Mail Code OEP 6-1, Boston, MA 02109-3912. Phone: (617) 918-1578; FAX: (617) 918-0578; E-mail: feuerbach.maryjo@epa.gov. Mario Paula, US EPA Region 2, 290 Broadway, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10007-1866. Phone: (212) 637-3819; FAX: (212) 637-3889; E-mail: paula.mario@epa.gov.

Headquarters Office

Jeanne Voorhees US EPA Region 1, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100, Mail Code OEP 6-1, Boston, Massachusetts 02109 Email: voorhees.jeanne@epa.gov Phone: (617) 918-1686 Fax: (617) 918-0686

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The Steering Committee recommends projects to EPA for funding based on the technical merit of the proposal and its relevance to the Lake Champlain Basin Management Plan. EPA approves applications after Steering Committee recommendation based on the technical merit of the application and its relevance to the Lake Champlain Basin Management Plan. The evaluation and selection criteria for any competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.



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