Puget Sound Watershed Management Assistance

The overall goal of the National Estuary Program is to attain and maintain water quality in designated estuaries that would assure protection of public water supplies and the protection and propagation of a balanced, indigenous population of shellfish, fish and wildlife and allows recreational activities
in and on the water.



Puget Sound has been designated as one of 28 estuaries of National Significance under 320 of the Clean Water Act.

The goal of the National Estuary Program is to attain and maintain water quality in designated estuaries that would assure protection of public water supplies and the protection and propagation of a balanced, indigenous population of shellfish, fish and wildlife and allows recreational activities in and on the water.

The Puget Sound National Estuary Program's approved Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) is the Action Agenda.

The goal of the Action Agenda is to restore and maintain the Puget Sound estuarine environment by 2020 so that it will support balanced indigenous populations of shellfish, fish and wildlife and support the extensive list of recognized uses of Puget Sound.



The EPA is committed to protecting and improving water quality and minimizing the adverse impacts of rapid development in the Puget Sound Basin.

These commitments include protecting the watersheds and waters of Puget Sound by protecting the fundamental watershed processes that provide and create aquatic habitats and by reducing the generation and release of toxic, nutrient and pathogen pollution.

EPA is committed to working with the Management Conference to protect and improve water quality and minimize the adverse impacts of rapid development in the Puget Sound Basin by protecting the fundamental watershed processes that provide and create aquatic habitats and by reducing the generation and release of toxic, nutrient and pathogen pollution.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2016: The Region did not makie any solicitations under this program in FFY 2016.



Funding Priority - 2017
The Region does not plan on making any solicitations under this program in FFY 2017.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No projects were funded in FFY2016.

Fiscal Year 2017: No projects will be funded in FFY2017.

Fiscal Year 2018: NA.


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.

Angela Adams, Puget Sound Team Lead Office of Water and Watersheds U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900, OWW-193 Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 553-0332 or 1-800 424-4EPA, extension 3-0332 E-mail: adams.angela@epa.gov.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Most of these grants have closed now. Here are some highlights of grants just completed. **The City of Seattle created a rating system to incentivize the ?greening? of shorelines for private landowners (likened to the LEED rating system). **Snohomish County, King County and the Tulalip Tribe developed a Protection Plan for the Snohomish River that has been incorporated into their salmon plan. The plan is designed for local planners and decision makers so they can understand which areas in a watershed are important for protecting hydrology and what tools they can apply to achieve the goal of protecting hydrology. The plan recognizes development and changing climate as primary threats to properly functioning hydrology and dependent salmon populations. **The Seattle Public Utilities established a partnership among a variety of entities to restore riparian ecosystems on both public and private property in the lower Cedar River. The focus of this grant was knotweed removal and replanting of native plants in the riparian area, and along with the landowner participation they far exceeded their targets with the five-year grant. Fiscal Year 2017: NA. Fiscal Year 2018: NA.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Local and tribal governments are at various stages of developing and applying effective and robust water quality programs in their watersheds.

Some need to improve their scientific understanding of their watersheds.

Others understand how their watersheds work and need assistance implementing a watershed plan.

Therefore, a wide range of activities will be eligible for funding under this program including, but not limited to activities that: (1) Develop, demonstrate, enhance and implement watershed protection and restoration plans, land use and transportation plans, basin plans, storm water controls and/or land development standards to maintain native vegetation and natural hydrology by protecting and restoring wetland, riparian, upland and nearshore habitats and ecological processes.

(2) Promote watershed protection by enhancing local planning processes authorized by the State's Coastal Zone Management Program such as the development of watershed land use designations, development of standards and other regulations or incentive programs that protect and restore coastal watersheds.

(3) Refine and implement watershed land use plans based on watershed models that predict the hydrological impacts of alternative future land cover practices and on development scenarios and their projected impacts on aquatic resources.

(4) Develop, carry out and study the effectiveness of laws, ordinances and incentive programs to implement watershed programs such as systematic implementation of low-impact development in sensitive basins, land acquisition or transfer of development rights approaches and techniques. Restrictions: All uses of these funds must be consistent with the goals and objectives of the 2020 Puget Sound Action Agenda.

Activities permitted under the Clean Water Act are not eligible for funding under this program.

Specifically, required activities under NPDES Phase I and II stormwater permits are not eligible for funding under this program.

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: https://www.epa.gov/geospatial. 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

Units of local government, under Washington State law, and federally recognized Indian Tribes located within the greater Puget Sound basin are eligible to apply.

Also eligible to apply are special purpose districts, as defined by Washington State law at R.C.W.

36.93.020, including but not limited to, irrigation districts, and water and sewer districts that are located in or govern land and water resources within the greater Puget Sound basin.

Conservation districts located in or governing land and water resources within the greater Puget Sound Basin are also eligible to apply for assistance under this program.

The greater Puget Sound basin is defined as all watersheds draining to the U.S.

waters of Puget Sound, southern Georgia Basin, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Federal and state agencies, institutions of higher learning, watershed planning units formed under RCW 90.82.040 and RCW 90.82.060, local management boards organized under RCW 90.88.030, salmon recovery lead entities organized pursuant to RCW 77.85.050, regional fisheries enhancement groups organized pursuant to RCW 77.95.060, Marine Resource Committees organized pursuant to RCW 36.125 and nongovernmental entities are not eligible to directly receive financial assistance awards under this announcement.

Business enterprises and individuals or families will also not be eligible applicants. However, EPA strongly encourages local and tribal governments to solicit participation from these types of entities as local collaborators.

All of these types of entities are eligible to apply for subawards or subcontracts from a successful award recipient. 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.

The specific types of eligible applicants will be identified in the individual Requests for Proposals.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The ultimate beneficiary of the assistance offered under this program will be the general public that lives and works in the Puget Sound region.

Credentials/Documentation

2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles apply to this program. 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. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

The State of Washington has chosen to not participate in this review process.

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. Applicants will be required to submit application materials as described in the Request For Proposals. The Request For Proposals will also specify the submission methods Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

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. EPA reserves the right to reject all proposals or applications and make no awards under any RFP issued under this program.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Clean Water Act, Title III, Section 320, Public Law 94-117, 33 U.S.C 1330; Clean Water Act, Title III, Section 320, Public Law 106-457, 33 U.S.C 1330; Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, Public Law 111-8.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The Region expects that its review of the applications received in response to competitive solicitations will be completed within 120 to 150 days following the deadline for the submission of applications for each Request for Proposals issued under this program.

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

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: The Puget Sound Watershed Management Assistance program has no statutory formula for allocating the funds. All of the grants will be for implementation projects under the Puget Sound Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) under CWA 320(g)(2) and 320(g)(3)(ii). There is a statutory match of 50% of the total project costs for implementation project grants under CWA 320(g)(3)(ii) and CWA Section 320 allows for an aggregate match. For awards made under the competitions conducted under this program, the Puget Sound Management Conference, represented by the Puget Sound Partnership, agreed to provide 67% of the 50% required non-federal match for successful project proposals for FFY 2009 and 2010. For future funding, this would need to be negotiated. Match Example: For an applicant requesting $600,000 in federal funds under a competition, the total match required would be $600,000. Under the competition, the applicant will be required to provide a match of $198,000, or 33% of the required 50% match. The remaining $402,000 ($600,000 - $198,000) of the required 50% match will be met at the aggregate level by the Puget Sound Partnership. This program does not have MOE requirements. Region 10 has allocated approximately $10,000,000 to $12,000,000 for this program from the Agency's FFY 2009 appropriation for award during Federal Fiscal Year 2010. Additional funds may be awarded under the competitions from the Agency's FFY 2010 appropriation once it is received if appropriate and consistent with Agency policy.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance will be disbursed in accordance with the terms specified in the assistance agreement. Typically, assistance recipients draw funds at either monthly or quarterly intervals based on their incurred costs. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance will be disbursed in accordance with the terms specified in the assistance agreement. Typically, assistance recipients draw funds at either monthly or quarterly intervals based on their incurred costs.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Progress report requirements will be a part of each assistance agreement.

A schedule showing interim milestones and the outputs that will be completed by the end of the project period will also be included.

Typical progress reports will discuss the progress that the assistance recipient has made towards achieving each major goal or objective identified in the approved statement of work.

The report will also discuss the progress that has been made towards each interim milestone.

Progress reports will discuss any difficulties or problems that the assistance recipient has encountered and how those problems have been or are being resolved.

Other specific reporting requirements will be defined in the Assistance Agreement based on the statement of work described in the application.

Expenditure reports will typically be required at the same time intervals as progress reports.

The expenditure reports will document expenditures to date, including expenditures of any matching funds, in a manner that allows the user to confirm that matching requirements are being met and that all assistance payments (disbursements to the assistance recipient) are for costs that have been incurred in compliance with applicable cost principles.

Recipients of this funding will be required to use EPA's Puget Sound Financial and Ecosystem Accounting Tracking System (FEATS), which is the primary mechanism for performance monitoring.

Key grant outputs will be tracked on a semi-annual basis through FEATS, as well as progress towards project milestones and deliverables.

FEATS provides linkages to EPA Puget Sound performance measures and Dashboard Indicators.

FEATS allows award recipients to share challenges, solutions, lessons learned, and reflections associated with their work.

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. In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-federal entities that expend $750,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall 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

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

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0108-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - Region 10 awarded funding for 24 projects under the one solicitation that has been conducted to date. The Region obligated a total of $19,808,896 in FFY 2009 and FFY 2010 funds to these projects. All of the awards took the form of Cooperative Agreements with the assistance recipients. The Region did not conduct additional solicitations in FFY 2011-2017 and does not anticipate conducting additional solicitations in FFY 2018 in this program. We expect that similar projects, in the future, will be funded by the Watershed Restoration Lead Organization (the Washington Department of Ecology) which was selected under the solicitation completed for Puget Sound Ecosystem Restoration Lead Organizations under CFDA 66.123.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range for awards in the Request for Proposals issued under this CFDA listing is between $300,000 and $1,000,000. The average award is approximately $700,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

140):For grants and cooperative agreements with local governments, tribal governments and special purpose districts, the procedures and requirements should be in conformance with the Uniform Grants Guidance (UGG) located in 2 CFR 200 (Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards which had been placed in 2 CFR 220, 225, 215, and 230. 40 C.F.R. Part 35 'Environmental Program Grants-State, Interstate and Local Government Agencies' is still applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Angela Adams, Puget Sound Team Lead Office of Water and Watersheds U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900, OWW-193 Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 553-0332 or 1-800 424-4EPA, extension 3-0332 E-mail: adams.angela@epa.gov.

Headquarters Office

Angela Adams Puget Sound Team Office of Water and Watersheds U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900, ETPA-086 Seattle, WA 98101 , Seattle, Washington 98101 Email: adams.angela@epa.gov Phone: (206) 553-0332

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be published in the announcement of the competitive funding opportunity (the Request for Proposals or RFP).




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