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Request for Proposals from the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation. Water 2025 Western Water Initiative Challenge Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2004 Water Conservation Field Services Program. Nancy N. Hanks, Ph.D., Program Coordinator Paso del Norte Watershed Council.

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Request for proposals from the department of the interior bureau of reclamation
Request for Proposals from the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation

  • Water 2025 Western Water Initiative Challenge Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2004

  • Water Conservation Field Services Program

Nancy N. Hanks, Ph.D., Program Coordinator

Paso del Norte Watershed Council


Water 2025 western water initiative challenge grant program for fiscal year 2004

Water 2025 Western Water Initiative Challenge Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2004

U. S. Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, CO

New program

Application due April 8, 2004, grants will be awarded by September 2004

Eligible applicants are irrigation and/or water districts in the western U. S. (including NM and TX)

Cost share is 50 percent

Funding amount up to $300,000 per agreement

Estimated 15 to 100 agreements to be awarded

Total amount of funding not to exceed $4,000,000

Projects must be completed within 24 months, although multi-year proposals will be considered

www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/DOI/BOR/D7810/04SF810957/listing.html


Objectives of rfp
Objectives of RFP

  • Invite irrigation and water districts to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on projects that create water markets

  • Make more efficient use of existing water supplies through -

    • Water conservation

    • Efficiency

    • Water markets

  • Particular emphasis on

    • Conservation

    • Efficiency

    • Markets

    • Collaboration


  • Examples of eligible projects involving water banks and water markets
    Examples of eligible projects involving water banks and water markets

    • Provide irrigators and other water users the opportunity to rent, lease, or sell water for agricultural or urban uses

    • Development of a water account that would provide a mechanism for willing buyers to purchase water from willing sellers


    Examples of eligible projects under new technologies for improved water management
    Examples of eligible projects under new technologies for improved water management

    • Automation of control structures with associated telemetry equipment for off-site control

    • Implementation of water management programs to remotely monitor and operate key river and canal facilities

    • Improved water application efficiencies


    Examples of eligible projects under canal lining
    Examples of eligible projects under canal lining

    • Install new proven materials or technology

    • Convert open canals to pipeline


    Example of an eligible project under measuring devices
    Example of an eligible project under measuring devices

    • Installation of advanced water measurement equipment


    Water conservation field services program
    Water Conservation Field Services Program

    • U. S. Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Office

    • On-going program

    • Application due March 30, 2004

    • Open to any type of organization (no private landowners)

    • Proposed activity must have a defined relationship to one or more specific Reclamation water projects (including Rio Grande Project)

    • Cost-shared funding (preferred but not required) for water conservation activities

    • Funding between $2,000 and $25,000 per year

    • Projects should be completed within three years

    • May submit several applications, but only one activity per application

    • www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/DOI/BOR/UC820/DOI-GRANTS-013004-001/listing.html


    Objectives of rfp1
    Objectives of RFP

    • Help water purveyors, municipalities, water districts, and acequias develop written water management and conservation plans

    • Implement more efficient water management measures

    • Increase technical understanding of unfamiliar water management

    • Improve a segment of the public’s understanding of good water management principles through education, training, and research programs


    Examples of Water Conservation Field Services Program Projects

    • Water Management Planning: Publication of “Desert Blooms, A SunScape Guide to Plants for a Water Scarce Region” by the City of El Paso

    • Conservation Education: Rolling River Water Trailer and funding to support the math, engineering, and science education of students

    • Demonstration of Innovative Technologies: Funding for 13 Water Control Telemetry Stations in the El Paso County Water Improvement District #1

    • Implementation of Conservation Measures: The Tri-City, Tri-State, Bi-National Water Festival, sponsored by the  Waste Management Education & Research Consortium (WERC)


    Comments or questions from the commission
    Comments or Questions from the Commission?

    • Water 2025 Western Water Initiative Challenge Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2004

    • Water Conservation Field Services Program

    Nancy N. Hanks, Ph.D., Program Coordinator

    Paso del Norte Watershed Council


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