Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative

The Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program (Program) is a collaborative effort consisting of 16 stakeholders including federal, state, and local governmental entities; Indian tribes and pueblos; and non-governmental organizations representing diverse interests working to support compliance

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with the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The purpose of the Program is to protect and improve the status of endangered listed species along the Middle Rio Grande (MRG) by implementing certain recovery activities to benefit those species and their associated habitats and, simultaneously, to protect existing and future water uses while complying with applicable state and federal laws, including Rio Grande compact delivery obligations.

?Listed species? means federally listed species under the ESA, with special emphasis on the Rio Grande silvery minnow (silvery minnow) and the southwestern willow flycatcher (flycatcher).
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Endangered Species Propagation - The City of Albuquerque?s BioPark and New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission Los Lunas Silvery Minnow Refugium rear and breed endangered silvery minnow for release and experimentation in the MRG in accordance with the U.S.

Fish and Wildlife Service?s propagation and genetics annual work plan.

In addition, staff assists with egg monitoring and collection.

The Bosque School collects biological data for the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) to assist in designing of long-term monitoring projects.

Fiscal Year 2018: Information not available.

Fiscal Year 2019: Information not 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.

Leann Woodruff, Facilities Management Division 505-462-3579, phone 505-462-3783, fax pwoodruff@usbr.gov.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
New Mexico Bio Park Soceity $ 174,100   2018-09-202023-09-30
State Engineer, New Mexico Office Of The $ 684,140   2013-10-012019-09-30
New Mexico Bio Park Soceity $ 743,285   2013-10-012018-09-30
Santa Ana, Pueblo Of-$ 33,966   2011-09-262015-09-30
Santo Domingo Tribe-$ 149,347   2013-09-302014-09-30
Land Office New Mexico State-$ 75   2011-09-292014-06-30
Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Council-$ 7,260   2011-09-262013-12-31
Santa Ana, Pueblo Of-$ 110,750   2008-09-102013-09-30
New Mexico Bio Park Soceity-$ 27,867   2012-09-052013-09-30
Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority-$ 14,683   2010-09-232013-06-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Program accomplishments include projects funded for the furtherance of the goals and objectives of the Executive Committee and the Collaborative Long-Term Plan which focuses on beneficial activities for improving the status of the silvery minnow and the flycatcher, and the conservation and contribution to the recovery of both listed species while protecting existing and future water uses within the geographic boundaries of the Program area. In FY2016and FY2017, these activities included: endangered species propagation and augmentation and habitat restoration monitoring. Fiscal Year 2018: Information not available. Fiscal Year 2019: Information not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Financial assistance may be used in furtherance of the goals and objectives of the Executive Committee and the Collaborative Program Long-Term Plan which focuses on beneficial activities for improving the status of the silvery minnow and the flycatcher, and the conservation and contribution to the recovery of both listed species while protecting existing and future water uses within the geographic boundaries of the Program area.

The Program Area is defined as ?the headwaters of the Rio Chama watershed and the Rio Grande, including tributaries, from the New Mexico-Colorado state line downstream to the elevation of the spillway crest of the Elephant Butte Reservoir at 4,450 ft above mean sea level, excluding the land area reserved for the full pool of the Elephant Butte Reservoir.

Indian Pueblo and Tribal lands and resources within the Program area will not be included in the Program without their express written consent of the affected Indian Pueblo or Tribe.

All appropriated funds are discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federal, Interstate, Intrastate, State, Local, Public nonprofit institution/organization, Other public institution/organization, Federally Recognized Tribal Government, Specialized Group, Private Non-profit Institution/Organization.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal, Interstate, Intrastate, State, Local, Public nonprofit institution/organization, Other public institution/organization, Federally Recognized Tribal Government, Specialized Group, Private Non-profit Institution/Organization.

Credentials/Documentation

Whenever applicable, all necessary federal, state, local, and/or private access, collection, and other environmental permits must be provided. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Environmental compliance for this program may be required depending on the scope of the specific project funded.

This may result in the need for an environmental impact assessment or environmental impact statement prior to the commencement of project activities.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is 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. Funding opportunity announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, SF-424 forms and any other forms to be used to submit application information, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the funding opportunity announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by a proposal evaluation panel comprised of qualified experts (federal and non-federal stakeholders) in the program area. Applications will be reviewed against the proposal evaluation criteria and any additional review factors stated in the funding announcement. Final selection will be determined by the designated Grants Officer.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

P.L. 110-161, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008: (c) In compliance with applicable Federal and State laws, the Secretary (acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation), in collaboration with the Executive Committee, may enter into any grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, interagency agreements, or other agreements that the Secretary determines to be necessary to comply with the 2003 Biological Opinion described in section 205(b) of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2005 (Public Law 108-447; 118 Stat. 2949) as amended by section 121(b) of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2006 (Public Law 109-103; 119 Stat. 2256) or in furtherance of the objectives set forth in the collaborative program long-term plan. P.L. 111-8, Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009: (b) The Secretary of the Interior (referred to in this section as the ??Secretary??) shall establish and maintain an Executive Committee of the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program (referred to in this section as the ??Executive Committee??) consistent with the bylaws of the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program adopted on October 2, 2006. (c) Hereafter, in compliance with applicable Federal and State laws, the Secretary (acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation), in collaboration with the Executive Committee, may enter into any grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, interagency agreements, or other agreements that the Secretary determines to be necessary to comply with the 2003 Biological Opinion described in section 205(b) of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2005 (Public Law 108?447; 118 Stat. 2949) as amended by section 121(b) of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2006 (Public Law 109?103; 119 Stat. 2256) or any related subsequent biological opinion or in furtherance of the objectives set forth in the collaborative program long-term plan.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the Reclamation personnel listed as the point of contact in the funding announcement.

Appeals

None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, upon request, the Bureau of Reclamation will provide applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.

Renewals

If renewals or extensions are applicable to the project, this information will be included in the funding opportunity announcement. When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these activities is at the discretion of Congress and will be subject to availability of appropriated funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. P.L. 111-8, Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009: (e)(1) The non-Federal share of activities carried out under subsection (c) (other than an activity or a cost described in subsection (d)(1)) shall be 25 percent. The non-Federal cost share shall be determined on a programmatic, rather than a project by-project basis. (2) The non-Federal share required under paragraph (1) may be in the form of in-kind contributions, the value of which shall be determined by the Secretary in consultation with the executive committee. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Federal assistance is typically available during the current fiscal year of appropriations. The Program expects all awarded funds to be expended during the fiscal year in which grant awards were made or no more than 2 years from the time of grant award. For more complex projects that may involve environmental compliance, design, feasibility studies, construction and implementation, effectiveness monitoring, and other related activities, the project will be divided into phases. The project will then be funded incrementally at phase level costs. Funding of subsequent phases will be based on project viability, effectiveness, and fund availability. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit on annual basis Program Performance Reports.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final Program Performance Report, and other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit on an annual basis the SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

Performance monitoring is 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

All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-0680-0-1-301.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 17 $155,301; FY 18 est $405,960; and FY 19 est $404,278

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $25,000 to $200,000 Average: $ 125,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR 200 UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS, COST PRINCIPLES, AND AUDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR FEDERAL AWARDS and the applicable OMB Circulars. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Leann Woodruff, Facilities Management Division 505-462-3579, phone 505-462-3783, fax pwoodruff@usbr.gov.

Headquarters Office

Director Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office 555 Broadway Blvd. NE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 505-462-3600, phone 505-462-3783, fax, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 Phone: (505)462-3540 Fax: (505)462-3794

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria for projects benefiting the silvery minnow and the Southwestern willow flycatcher within the MRG will be included in the funding announcements posted on www.grants.gov.



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