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WaterSMART: Applied Science Grants for the Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) Fiscal Year 2017

US Department of the Interior: Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)


Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University Government Entity Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico Expand all

Location of residency: United States

Overview:

Program Information

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s (Interior) WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow) Program establishes a framework to provide Federal leadership and assistance to support the sustainable use of water resources, and coordinating the water conservation activities of various Interior bureaus and offices. Through the program, Interior is working to achieve a sustainable water strategy to meet the Nation’s water needs. 

As part of WaterSMART, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is participating in the Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC) to support the development of science and tools necessary to address landscape-scale conservation issues affecting water, fish and wildlife,
cultural resources, and land managers. Resource managers concerned with conservation of natural and cultural resources face management challenges that are too complex for any one entity to address alone. Some of these issues include: water scarcity, habitat loss and fragmentation, impacts to cultural resources, species conservation and recovery, invasive species, and a range of other complex issues. These issues are amplified by the frequent drought conditions that characterize the western United States.

The LCCs represent a broader vision of conservation that includes working with partners across landscapes to develop the science capacity necessary to successfully address these 21st century conservation challenges. LCCs are true cooperatives formed and directed by land, water, wildlife, and cultural resources managers and interested public and private organizations. LCC partners work
across resource areas, mission areas and political boundaries to identify the conservation priorities they have in common, develop strategies that are spatially specific to their landscapes, and provide the science and support tools that communities and decision makers in the public and private sectors need for their conservation work on the ground.

Each LCC functions within a specific landscape, but is also part of a nationalnetwork of LCCs. The Desert LCC encompasses portions of five states: California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as a substantial portion of Northern Mexico. The Southern Rockies LCC includes portions of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), Reclamation is providing funding for applied science projects within the Desert and  Southern Rockies LCCs in fiscal year (FY) 2017. This FOA provides funding for applied science projects, including research to identify how drought impacts natural or cultural resources; projects to develop information and tools that inform watershed management; and projects to improve access and use of water resources data by resource managers within the boundaries of the Desert and Southern Rockies LCCs. 

Eligible Projects
See the full FOA for complete details.

Projects eligible for funding under this FOA are based on priorities identified by the Desert and Southern Rockies LCCs that are shared by Reclamation. The Task Areas identified below describe the project types that will be eligible for funding under this FOA. Applicants may submit multiple project proposals. Proposed projects must focus on the geographic boundaries of the Desert and/or the Southern Rockies LCCs; use the best available science to develop knowledge, information, and tools; and lead to the enhanced management of natural and cultural resources that affect or are affected by water resources management within the Desert and Southern Rockies LCCs. 

Task A — Applied Research to Inform Resource Decision-Making Related to Drought Resiliency
Projects in this Task Area should help resource managers identify how drought may impact natural and cultural resources and support decision-making that leads to increased resilience to drought. Projects should include research to fill data gaps or the analysis of data; and the results should support informed decisions regarding water resources management, cultural resources, and the resilience of riparian and aquatic ecosystems to drought, including species of concern to state agencies and tribes. Project results should help resource managers prepare for and respond to droughts.

Task B — Synthesize Information and Develop Related Decision-Support Tools to Inform Watershed Management Decisions
Projects in Task Area B should synthesize and assess information related to adaptive management strategies, including lessons learned and monitoring practices, to inform watershed management. Syntheses should support decisionmaking by resource managers and include the development of decision-support tools to build the resiliency of watersheds and ecosystems and the sustainability of
water resources. Projects must include:
  • the synthesis of information, and
  • development of decision-support tool(s).
Task C — Develop Tools and Information to Improve Use of Water Resources Data to Inform Management Decisions
Projects in Task Area C should develop or build on a decision support tool that improves access to water resources data. Projects should support decision-making by resource managers to build the resiliency of watersheds and ecosystems and the sustainability of water resources.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants eligible to receive an award under this FOA, include:
    • States, local government entities, and territories identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, as amended and supplemented—specifically:
      • Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands
    • Irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery in the Western United States or territories as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, as amended and supplemented— specifically:
      • Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands
    • Tribal governments and organizations located in the Western United States
    • Universities located in the United States
    • Nonprofit research institutions located in the United States
    • Nonprofit organizations located in the United States
    • Federally-funded research and development centers
  • Applicants must be capable of cost sharing 50 percent or more of the total project costs (Project Costs). 

Ineligibility:

  • Those not eligible include, but are not limited to, the following entities:
    • Individuals
    • Commercial/Industrial organizations
    • Private entities
    • 501(c)(4) Nonprofit organizations located in the United States
  • Proposed projects cannot include activities to be performed outside the United States.
  • Projects not eligible for funding under this FOA include, but are not limited to:
    • Lab-scale research, pilot, or demonstration research focused on developing and commercializing new advanced water treatment technology development, such as studies currently proposed or funded under Reclamation’s Desalination and Water Purification Research Program, are not eligible under this FOA
    • Water reclamation and reuse research studies designed to help states, tribes, and local communities establish or expand water reuse markets, improve existing water reuse facilities, and/or streamline the implementation of new facilities
    • Proposals for planning or feasibility studies
    • Proposals for research related to water purchases and marketing