The Cooperative Watershed Management Program (CWMP) contributes to the WaterSMART strategy by providing funding to watershed groups to encourage diverse stakeholders to form local solutions to address their water management needs. Funding is provided on a competitive basis for:
Watershed Group Development and Watershed Restoration Planning: In 2012, Reclamation began providing funding for watershed group development, watershed restoration planning, and watershed management project design (Phase I). A watershed group is a self-sustaining, non-regulatory, consensus-based group that is composed of a diverse array of stakeholders, which may include, but is not limited to, private property owners, non-profit organizations, Federal, state, or local agencies, and tribes. As part of Phase I activities, applicants may use funding to develop bylaws, a mission statement, complete stakeholder outreach, develop a watershed restoration plan, and watershed management project design. For Phase I projects, Reclamation will award a successful applicant up to $50,000 per year for a period of up to two years with no non-Federal cost-share required.
Implementation of Watershed Management Projects: In 2017, Reclamation started to provide cost-shared financial assistance to watershed groups to implement watershed management projects (Phase II). These on-the-ground projects, collaboratively developed by members of a watershed group, address critical water supply needs and water quality concerns, helping water users meet competing demands and avoid conflicts over water. Reclamation will award up to $100,000 per project over a two-year period. For Phase II projects, applicants must contribute at least 50% of the total project costs.
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Tribal Consultation Opportunity: Guidance for Assessing Chemical Contaminant Data for Use in Fish Advisories, Volume 4 Risk Communication- due July 15, 202107/15/2021 All day
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is initiating consultation and coordination with federally recognized Indian Tribes and requesting comments on guidance for assessing chemical contaminant data for use in fish advisories, volume 4 risk communication.
The tribal consultation letter, consultation and coordination plan, and supplemental information are attached. Please be advised that the attached consultation information has been sent electronically in lieu of postal mail due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and, therefore, it is the only formal announcement that you will receive pertaining to the EPA’s initiation of tribal consultation and coordination on guidance for assessing chemical contaminant data for use in fish advisories, volume 4 risk communication. This consultation and coordination will be conducted in accordance with the EPA Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes. In addition, the EPA acknowledges that tribes are experiencing operational impacts due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and is taking this into consideration as we continue to work collaboratively to address environmental issues.
The EPA is holding an informational webinar for tribes on April 14, 2021, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM Eastern Time. You can register for the webinar here.
For additional information, please see the attached tribal consultation letter and plan, and supplemental information. These consultation materials are also available in EPA’s Tribal Consultation Opportunities Tracking System (TCOTS) website located at: tcots.epa.gov.
Tribes will have until July 15, 2021 to provide comment on this action.