Coastal

To provide technical and financial assistance via partnerships to identify, protect, and restore or improve habitats in priority coastal areas for fish and wildlife.

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Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Burnet Bay Wetlands Restoration Project: The Burnet Bay Wetlands Restoration project implements the highest priority action item (HP-1: Restore, create, and protect wetlands) in The Galveston Bay Plan, the comprehensive conservation and management plan for Galveston Bay.

The Burnet Bay Wetlands Restoration Project will provide 35 acres of estuarine intertidal habitat for finfish and shell fish, help improve water quality in the affected area, and protect the existing shoreline of Burnet Bay from wave energy generated by ship wakes from the nearby Houston Ship Channel.

These marsh habitats provide important nursery grounds for recreationally and commercially important aquatic species such as Gulf menhaden, sand seatrout, Southern flounder, red drum, bay anchovy, and other marine forms to develop into juveniles.

Several species of birds also utilize the wetland habitat created in the project including: brown and white pelicans, black skimmers, several tern and gull species, as well as a bald eagle.

MacDill AFB Living Shoreline Creation Project: The goal of this project was to reduce erosion and stabilize the shoreline at MacDill AFB in Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with MacDill AFB and the Department of Defense completed this project to create a living shoreline on the base, which is one of the goals outlined in the CCMP (Changing the Course Management Plan).

The project created .66 acres of estuarine oyster reef habitat by building 1,350 linear feet of oyster shell communities using 137 tons of fossilized oyster shell.

The project restored .92 acres of salt marsh habitat by planting 1,000 linear feet of Spartina alterniflora at two to three foot intervals within the intertidal zone.

Salt marsh is a biological filter for runoff, aides in the uptake of excess nitrogen loads, provides a natural erosion barrier for upland habitats, and serves as a habitat for numerous shorebird and other organisms.

Zis-a-ba Estuary Habitat Restoration Project: Originally tidal wetlands, the project area has been diked and farmed for more than 100 years.

This project restored tidal and riverine influence by removing the majority of the perimeter levee and associated tide gate, improving a levee on the south side to protect the adjacent property owner, and permanent protection of the property.

To restore tidal influence to the 88 acre estuary (inside the dike), tidal channels were excavated across the interior of the site to encourage natural tidal channel development while protecting infrastructure that traverses the property.

The nearly 7,000 feet of perimeter dike was then removed.

The project was designed to restore estuary rearing habitat for juvenile salmonids, especially Endangered Species Act listed Chinook and bull trout populations of the Stillaguamish and Skagit Rivers.

The restoration of tidal wetlands inside the project area is specifically called for in the Puget Sound Chinook Recovery Plan.

Fiscal Year 2018: Projects similar to the ones funded in FY17 will be funded.

Fiscal Year 2019: Projects similar to the ones funded in FY17 will be funded.


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.

See http://www.fws.gov/coastal for contact information and addresses.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Central Oklahoma $ 75,000   2019-01-012023-12-31
Friends Of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges $ 30,000   2016-07-012021-06-30
Parks And Wildlife Foundation Of Texas Inc $ 60,000   2017-10-012020-09-30
Atlanta Botanical Garden, Inc, The $ 27,000   2012-09-012019-12-31
University Of Florida $ 28,242   2016-09-302018-12-31
New Jersey Audubon Society (inc) $ 29,700   2017-11-142018-12-31
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. $ 45,000   2013-08-152018-08-14
North Carolina Department Of Environmental Quality $ 0   2012-07-012018-07-01
University Of Texas At Austin $ 10,000   2015-07-012018-06-30
Pacific Rim Conservation Inc. $ 9,870   2017-07-012017-12-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: The Coastal Program completed 234 project accomplishments in FY17. Fiscal Year 2018: We anticipate program performance similar to that in FY17. Fiscal Year 2019: If the amount funding is comparable, we anticipate program performance similar to that in FY 17.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are used for habitat assessments, planning, and coastal habitat protection and restoration on public or private lands.

The Coastal Program is geographically limited to 24 high priority areas.

These are Gulf of Maine, Southern New England/New York Bight, Delaware Bay, Chesapeake Bay, Albemarle/Pamlico Sound, South Carolina Coast, Northeast Florida, South Florida/Everglades, Tampa Bay, Florida Panhandle, the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Texas Coast (Northern), Texas Coast (Southern), Great Lakes (Northern), Great Lakes (Southern), San Diego Bay, San Francisco Bay, Humboldt Bay, Central California Coast, Oregon Coast, Puget Sound, Alaska (South East), Alaska (South Central), and the Pacific Islands.

Coastal Program funds may not be used to acquire property or support program administrative costs.

Coastal Program funds may not be used to acquire property or support program administrative costs.

100% of funding is discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federal, State, interstate and intrastate agencies; local and tribal governments; public nonprofit institutes and organizations (such as conservation organizations, watershed councils, land trusts, schools and institutions of higher learning); U.S.

territories and possessions; private landowners including individuals and businesses.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal, state, interstate and intrastate agencies, tribes, local governments; public nongovernmental organizations (such as conservation organizations, watershed councils, land trusts, schools and universities); U.S. territories and possessions; private landowners, including individuals and businesses.

Credentials/Documentation

. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

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. After a project has been designed and the cost calculated, the local Coastal Program coordinator will be able to inform the respective cooperator(s) whether or not the Service will provide technical or financial assistance. When the cooperator has signed a cooperative agreement work can begin on the project. The Service reimburses the landowner after the project is completed.

Award Procedures

After a project has been designed and the cost calculated, the local Coastal Program coordinator will be able to inform the respective cooperator(s) whether or not the Service will provide financial assistance. When the cooperator has signed a cooperative agreement work can begin on the project. The Service reimburses the landowner after the project is completed.

Deadlines

Oct 01, 2018 Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from October 1-September 30, however, applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the local Coastal Program office prior to submitting an application.

Authorization

Fish and Wildlife Act, 16 U.S.C. §742 et seq.; and Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C. §§661-666.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

None. However, project partners may request additional projects on their lands.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects normally funded through annual segments. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise prescribed by program-specific legislation or special award terms. Programs will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Recipients must submit a final performance 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 reports.

Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly.

Program will specify all performance reporting requirements in the cooperative agreement and/or the notice of award letter.

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 reports.

Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly.

Program will specify all financial reporting requirements in the cooperative agreement and/or 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

Accomplishments are recorded for each project in the Habitat Information Tracking System (HabITS). HabITS tracks habitat improvement accomplishments and program-specific technical assistance workloads associated with the Coastal Program and Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1611-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 17 $13,000,000; FY 18 est $13,000,000; and FY 19 est $0 - Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary): FY17 $13,000,000; FY18 $13,000,000; FY19 Unknown.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range is $5,000 to $50,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See http://www.fws.gov/coastal for contact information and addresses.

Headquarters Office

Samantha Brooke Branch of Habitat Restoration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: NWRS, , Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: (703) 358-2332

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All projects must benefit Federal trust species and be cost effective. Project selection occurs at the field level. See the annual 'Notice of Availability of Federal Assistance' in http://grants.gov for more details.



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