Watershed Rehabilitation Program

To provide technical and financial assistance to rehabilitate dams originally constructed with assistance of USDA Watershed Programs.

Rehabilitation must extend the life of the dam and meet applicable safety and performance standards.

Priority is given to dams that maximize risk reduction
and that could result in loss of life if the dam should fail.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

For list of NRCS State offices with telephone numbers and addresses, see Appendix IV of the Catalog.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Watermark Environmental, Incorporated $ 83,196   2012-02-162013-09-30
Soil And Water Conservation Commission, Georgia $ 411,173   2010-11-232012-09-30
Gladen Construction, Inc. $ 34,745   2011-03-162012-09-30
Watermark Environmental, Incorporated $ 32,214   2011-07-152012-09-30
Conservation Commission Of Oklahoma $ 700,000   2011-03-182012-09-30
Gladen Construction, Inc. $ 18,709   2011-03-162012-09-30
Watermark Environmental, Incorporated $ 1,171,000   2010-09-232011-09-30
$ 11,000,000   2010-09-272011-09-30
$ 4,800,000   2010-09-272011-09-30
Conservation Commission Of Oklahoma $ 2,300,000   2010-01-142011-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Technical assistance is provided for planning, designing, and work necessary to extend service life of dam.

Financial assistance for implementing the works of improvement is provided by cost-sharing.

Watershed rehabilitation projects may include reconstruction or decommissioning of the dam and relocation or flood proofing of downstream property and infrastructure.

discretionary and mandatory funds.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Sponsoring local organizations for existing watershed projects that include dams that were originally constructed with assistance from one of the following water resource programs: Public Law 78-534, Section 13 of the Flood Control Act of 1944; Public Law 156-67, the pilot watershed program authorized under the heading Flood Prevention of the Department of Agriculture Appropriation Act of 1954; Public Law 83-566, the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act of 1954; and Subtitle H of Title XV of the Agriculture and Flood Act of 1981, commonly known as the Resource Conservation and Development Program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any State agency, county or groups of counties, municipality, town or township, soil and water conservation district, flood prevention or flood control district, Indian tribe or tribal organization, or any other nonprofit agency with authority under State law to carry out, maintain, and operate watershed works of improvement may become a sponsoring local organization for a watershed rehabilitation project.

Credentials/Documentation

Applications must designate the proposed dam to be rehabilitated, be properly signed and attested to by all sponsoring local organizations of the existing watershed, and set forth the need for the proposed project. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is 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. 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.

Award Procedures

Applications are evaluated by analyzing the condition of the dam and consequences of failure of the dam. The State Dam Safety Agency is also consulted for input. Details of the procedure are available from the State Offices of the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act , Public Law 83-566, 68 Stat. 666, 16 U.S.C 1012.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Receipt of the application is acknowledged as soon as it is determined to be valid.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. Federal funds may be available for 65 percent of the total rehabilitation project cost, but shall not exceed 100 percent of the actual construction cost incurred. The total rehabilitation project cost includes land acquisition, easements, construction, and non-federal technical assistance and project administration. The cost of technical assistance provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service is not considered as part of the total rehabilitation project cost. The sponsoring local organizations shall be responsible for the cost of all water, mineral, and other resource rights, and cost of permits which are not part of the total rehabilitation project cost. Costs associated with adding new purposes to the watershed rehabilitation project may be cost-shared according to provisions of the Watershed Projection and Flood Prevention Act. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Continues until all works of improvement are installed or their installation is terminated by mutual agreement. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Annual operation and maintenance inspection and report.

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 of operation and maintenance activities are maintained for the life of the project.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1142-0-1-301; 12-1002-0-1-301.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 16 $1,996,000; FY 17 est $152,000; and FY 18 est $0. (Salaries) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $263,000. (Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 16 $14,909,000; FY 17 est $14,603,000; and FY 18 est $0. (Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 $467,000; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $8,201,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$0 to $6,451,000; $770,000 average per state.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Policy for implementation of this program is contained in the National Watershed Program Manual and NRCS General Manual. Program fact sheets, case studies, and guidelines are available from NRCS State Offices and can also be accessed through the NRCS website (www.nrcs.usda.gov).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. For list of NRCS State offices with telephone numbers and addresses, see Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Kevin Farmer Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service 14th and Independence Ave., SW. Room 6015-S P.O. Box 2890, Washington, District of Columbia 20013 Email: Kevin.Farmer@wdc.usda.gov Phone: (202)720-3414

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

(1) The existing watershed project must meet the requirements of the law; (2) operation and maintenance of the existing dam must be current; (3) the local sponsors must agree to carry out the watershed project including acquiring land rights, permits, local cost-share, authority to levy taxes, condemnation authority, and ability for operating and maintaining the rehabilitated dam for the life of the project; (4) the project has environmental, economic and social benefits that exceed the costs for a favorable benefit-cost ratio.



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