Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program – Fiscal Year 2017 Great Lakes Competition

“The purpose of this notice is to solicit grant proposals from eligible Great Lakes states for coastal and estuarine land conservation (land acquisition) projects under the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP). Applications selected for funding through this solicitation will be implemented through a grant, with awards dependent upon the amount of funds made available to NOAA for this purpose. Proposals submitted in response to this announcement shall protect important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural, undeveloped, or recreational state to other uses. Proposals must also advance the goal of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to protect and restore Great Lakes aquatic and terrestrial habitats, including those habitats that serve to remediate, restore, and delist Areas of Concern. The designated lead agency for implementing CELCP (lead agency) in each participating State is eligible to submit up to four proposed projects for funding under this competition. The State’s lead agency may solicit, and include in its application, project proposals from additional eligible State or local agencies, as described in Section III.A. of this notice. Projects must be located in one of the following Great Lakes States that have submitted a CELCP plan to NOAA and are currently participating in the program: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania (Lake Erie coast); New York (Lake Erie and Lake Ontario coasts); and Wisconsin. Projects in Illinois and Minnesota will only be eligible if the State’s CELCP lead agency submits a CELCP plan to NOAA by October 1, 2016.” (

  • Funding Number– NOAA-NOS-OCM-2017-2004932
  • Closing Date– Oct 26, 2016
  • Funding Category- Environment, Natural Resources, Science and Technology and other Research and Development
  • Award Ceiling– $1,000,000
  • Number of Expected Awards– 10
  • Eligibility– “Eligible applicants for this competition are the designated lead agency for implementing CELCP in each participating State (lead agency), as described below. The lead agency is presumed to be the agency designated as lead for implementing the State’s coastal management program, as approved under the CZMA, unless otherwise designated by the Governor. A list of lead contacts for each State and Territory, including eligible Great Lakes States, is available on the CELCP website at For this competition, Great Lakes States with Coastal Zone Management Programs or NERRS approved under the CZMA that have submitted a CELCP plan to NOAA on or before October 1, 2016 are eligible to apply. The status of each State’s CELCP plan (draft or approved) can be found at and will be updated as of as of October 5, 2016. Great Lakes States with a status of approved or draft are eligible to participate. States considered eligible as of July 1, 2016, are: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania (Lake Erie coast), New York (Lake Erie and Lake Ontario coasts), and Wisconsin. The States of Illinois and Minnesota will be eligible if they submit a CELCP plan to NOAA by October 1, 2016. CELCP plans may be submitted in hard copy by mail, or electronically by e-mail, to Elaine Vaudreuil, CELCP competition manager, at the address listed in section” (
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  • Additional Help & Information– Elizabeth Mountz, by phone at (240) 533-0819 or via email at:


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2017 River Rally- Call for Workshop Proposals

“River Rally is the national conference to get inspired, learn more from experts and peers, and celebrate achievements related to our nation’s waters. Next year’s event will be held on May 8-11, 2017 in fabulous Grand Rapids, MI. Grand Rapids is special place for River Rally. Join us to learn from a community that is hard at work implementing a restoration plan that will revitalize the city and restore the namesake rapids and river in its urban core. Mark your calendars now!” (

The call for workshop proposals for River Rally 2017 is now open!

What ideas, experience, or advice do you have for your fellow water advocates?

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We invite you to join us for River Rally 2017 and share your practical knowledge with hundreds of river and watershed protection enthusiasts and concerned citizens from across the country and beyond related to these themes:

  • Tackling the Drinking Water Crisis and Water Affordability
  • Restoring Urban Rivers and Achieving Climate Resiliency
  • Connecting Communities to Rivers and Recreation
  • Protecting and Restoring Flows
  • Growing Organizational Momentum and Impact


Learn more about these themes and submit your workshop proposal via our website by Friday, October 7, 2016.

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Kentucky River Watershed Watch Grants

“In 2003, the Kentucky River Authority initiated a Watershed Grant Program to provide financial assistance to local groups interested in engaging in watershed education, management or water quality sampling activities.

Grants of up to $3,000 have been awarded to applicants since 2004, and descriptions of past grant projects are provided below.

These watershed grants from the Kentucky River Authority have provided much-needed funding assistance for local efforts to improve water quality conditions. Further, the projects funded by the grants engender community interest, education and enthusiasm for continued watershed initiatives.” (

  • Closing Date– November 1, 2016
  • Award Ceiling– $3,000 per project
  • Contact Information– Malissa McAlister, Kentucky River Basin Coordinator, Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute Phone: (859)324-0845 E-Mail:
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California Watershed Protection Fund

“The California Watershed Protection Fund supports projects designed to benefit the water quality of many of California’s watersheds and their ecosystems. Due to funding fluctuations, the specific watersheds eligible for grants may vary – please check the list of currently eligible watersheds. Please understand that this funding process is very competitive, and most grants are awarded to well-established organizations with a strong track record of community-based water quality stewardship. If your organization is new or small (under $100,000 annual expenses), we urge you to consider applying to our Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund instead.” (

  • Letters of Inquiry– August 15th 5pm PST
  • Closing Date– October 1st 5pm PST
  • Eligibility– The California Watershed Protection Fund is currently accepting applications related to the following watersheds: Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta, San Francisco Bay, Russian River, Monterey Bay, Santa Ynez River, Santa Clara River, Santa Ana River, and watersheds and coastal waters of Southern California Bight in the Santa Barbara Channel, Los Angeles and Orange County areas (
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  • Additional Information– Tim Little, Executive Director

BLM Colorado Research and Experimentation Using Native Seed Resources.

“This project will address two primary needs regarding seeds research: 1) address aspects of the National Seed strategy requiring research and experimentation to adequately use native seed sources and; 2) collect conservation genetic data from rare and endangered plants to enhance protection and management of public lands.”

  • Funding Number– L16AS00193
  • Funding Category– Natural Resources
  • Closing Date– Aug 12, 2016
  • Award Ceiling– $275,000
  • Number of Expected Awards– 1
  • Eligibility– Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
  • Additional Information on Eligibility- CESU rate applies
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  • Additional Help and Information– Ruth Raisanen (303) 239-3605

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BLM CA Avian Conservation Population Habitat Monitoring

“Conservation of biological diversity on its public lands and in the landscapes of which public lands are a formative part. To achieve positive outcomes for conservation of avian species diversity with robust, sustainable populations of native bird species, the BLM seeks out partners likewise engaged in avian conservation and protection of high-quality or potentially high-quality avian habitats, with an emphasis on bird species of management concern.”

  • Funding Number– L16AS00176
  • Funding Category– Natural Resources
  • Closing Date– Aug 12, 2016
  • Award Ceiling– $500,000
  • Number of Expected Awards– 1
  • Eligibility– Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
  • Additional Information on Eligibility- This financial assistance opportunity is also being open to all partners under any Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) program. CESUs are partnerships that provide research, technical assistance, and education. Under the formally negotiated Master CESU agreementâ¿¿s indirect costs are limited to a rate of no more than 17.5% of direct costs under the terms and conditions of the Master CESU agreements.
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  • Additional Help and Information– Leona Parker, (530) 252-5338,

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Garden Project

“Project will engage university graduate students and faculty in a summer field school to research, design and create components of a Kitchen Garden that can be replicated anywhere. The project is divided into four components, where students will provide (1) research, (2) reconnaissance, (3) design and (4) implementation. NPS and the Cooperator will mentor and guide students. This project will provide real life opportunities for students to use their knowledge and refine their skills.” (

  • Funding Number– P16AS00197
  • Closing Date– Jun 02, 2016
  • Funding Category– Natural Resources
  • Eligible Applicants– Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Award Ceiling– $92,308
  • Number of Expected Awards– 1
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  • Additional Help & Information– Grants Management Officer Kelly Adams

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USGS National Water Information System Mapper

The USGS has created an online mapping tool to easily access water resource data across the United States.  The National Water Information System Mapper offers up to date information on groundwater, surface water, springs, atmosphere data, and more.  The tool comes with a search feature to look up specific addresses or locations along with an export tool to convert the data into a Excel or ArcGIS compatible format.  Additionally, there are GIS layers you can overlay on the map such as watershed boundaries and aquifers.  Curious how clean the water in your town is?  Then check out the map by clicking the image below!



Assessment of salmonid rearing habitat and growth rate in the Upper Sacramento River watershed above Lake Shasta

“The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) intends to issue a cooperative agreement to University of California, Davis under the authority of Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) 15.512, Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Public Law 102-575, Section 3406(b)(1) and 3407(e). Estimated total amount of agreement is $456,012.00. Reclamation is providing $456,012.00 in Fiscal Year 2016. The objectives of the project are to: Objective #1: Document water quality conditions Objective #2: Assess food resources and dynamics Objective #3: Determine salmonid growth rates in upper Sacramento River (Refer to the Notice of Intent to Award Announcement No. R16AN20004 for additional information) A Determination by the Government not to compete this proposed financial assistance based upon Departmental Manual 505 DM 2, paragraph 2.14(B)(4) is solely within the discretion of the Government. This notice of intent is NOT a request for competitive proposals. Questions concerning this announcement should be directed to Megan Bryant/Grants Management Specialist, by e-mail at”


  • Funding Number– R16AN20004
  • Total Program Funding– $456,012
  • Number of Expected Grant Awards– 1
  • Closing Date– Feb 18, 2016
  • Eligible Applicants– Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
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  • Additional Help and Information– Megan Bryant Grants Management Specialist,

Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology

“Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology supports studies of: (1) the changing aspects of life, ecology, environments, and biogeography in geologic time based on fossilorganisms; (2) all aspects of the Earth’s sedimentary lithosphere; its insights into the geological processes and rich organic and inorganic resources locked in rock sequences; (3) the science of dating and measuring the sequence of events and rates of geological processes as manifested in Earth’s past sedimentary and biological (fossil) record; (4) the geologic record of the production, transportation, and deposition of modern and ancient physical and chemical sediments; and (5) understanding Earth’s deep-time (pre-Holocene) climate systems.”


  • Funding Number– 16-536
  • Total Program Funding– $7,400,000
  • Number of Expected Grant Awards– 30
  • Closing Date– Proposals accepted anytime
  • Eligible Applicants– “Proposals may only be submitted by the following: -Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities. -Universities and Colleges – Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members.”
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  • Additional Help and Information– NSF