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Coastal Zone Management Estuarine Research Reserves

Number: 11.420
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
11.420 Coastal Zone Management Estuarine Research Reserves
Federal Agency (030):
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce
Authorization (040):
Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments of 1990, Stat. 508; Coastal Zone Management Act Amendments of 1987, Section 315, Public Law 94-370; Coastal Zone Management Act Amendments of 1984, Public Law 98-960; Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, Section 312, Public Law 92-583, 16 U.S.C 1451; Coastal Zone Management Act Amendments of 1980,, Public Law 96-464.
Objectives (050):
To assist States in the development, acquisition, monitoring, research, education, operation and facilities construction for National Estuarine Research Reserves for the purpose of creating natural field laboratories to gather data and make studies of, and educate people about the natural and human processes occurring within the estuaries of the coastal zone.
Types of Assistance (060):
PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Grants may be used to cover the costs of land acquisition, development, research, education, operation and facilities construction for National Estuarine Research Reserves. Development and operation costs may include the administrative expenses necessary for implementing reserve programs. Grants are available to states for education projects at reserves. Competitive research grants are also available.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Land acquisition, development, operation, and facilities construction grants are available to any coastal State and, in some cases, public or private person, including those bordering the Great Lakes. For the purposes of the Coastal Zone Management Act, the coastal State also applies to Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Governor shall designate the State agency or entity to be the applicant. Competitive research grants are available to any coastal State or qualified public or private person. Education grants are available to any coastal State entity.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Any coastal State including those bordering the Great Lakes, as well as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible for reserve operation, land acquisition, or construction awards where a reserve has been designated and for development awards for designating new reserves. Also qualified students are eligible to apply for research fellowship grants.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
(1) For development grants: A letter from the Governor designating the lead agency for new reserve development; (2) for competitive research grant proposals which do not come from the lead agency: A letter from the reserve manager indicating formal support of the application by the lead agency; (3) for reserve operations, land acquisition, and construction: An application from the reserve lead agency or its designee. For all grants, a statement of work and budget estimate must be submitted. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for state and local governments. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedures (092):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Proposals are submitted through Grants.gov. For development (construction) awards, the Application for Federal Assistance (For Construction Programs) SF-424, as furnished by NOAA is to be submitted in original plus two copies. For operation and management, education and research, acquisition and non-construction development awards, the application for Federal assistance (For Non-Construction Programs) SF-424 is to be used. This program is subject to the provisions of 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.
Award Procedure (093):
Applications are approved by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management and Grants Management Division.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 90 to 150 workdays.
Appeals (096):
No formal procedure. If application is unacceptable the applicant is fully informed and may revise application.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory Formula: Title 15, Chapter IX, Part 921, Subpart D. 16 U.S.C. 1461 Section 315 and 15CFR 921.32 state that federal funds may not exceed 70% of the total cost of operating and managing a reserve for any one year. Per 15CFR 921.31, federal funds for awards for the acquisition of lands or waters, or interests therein, for any one reserve, may not exceed 50% of the total cost of the award, and for facilities may not exceed 70% of the total cost of the award.
Matching Requirements: Range from 0 to 50 percent of the total project cost provided by the applicant depending upon the type of project. The Federal share for each reserve shall not exceed $5,000,000 for acquisition of lands, waters or interests therein, unless using Congressionally-directed funds.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Generally, 18 months. Land acquisition and construction may be longer. Funds are released as required. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: As required.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. All financial status and performance reports are required semi-annually.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of grantees or sub grantees are required to be maintained by the terms of the agreement. The grantee must retain records for three years from the date when the Final expenditure report is submitted.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 13 $14,853,701; FY 14 est $16,305,218; and FY 15 est $21,300,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
No Data Available.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: The state-federal partnership program, the National Estuarine Research Reserves System, worked collaboratively to improve understanding of estuarine ecosystems through research and monitoring of water quality and habitat; train over 5,000 coastal decision-makers on key topics of local relevance and national significance, tools, and approaches to effectively manage coastal habitats and communities; educate over 90,000 citizens and K-12 audiences on key issues of importance to understanding and protecting estuaries and coasts, and served as stewards of estuarine resources. The NERRS protected valuable estuarine lands through investment in land acquisition. NERRS also made facilities improvements to support reserve operations and model sustainable practices. Fiscal Year 2014: The state-federal partnership program, the National Estuarine Research Reserves System, is working collaboratively to improve understanding of estuarine ecosystems through research and monitoring of water quality and habitat; train coastal decision-makers on key topics of local relevance and national significance, tools, and approaches to effectively manage coastal habitats and communities; educate citizens and K-12 audiences on key issues of importance to understanding and protecting estuaries and coasts, and served as stewards of estuarine resources. The NERRS is investing in land acquisition to protect valuable estuarine habitats and facilities improvements to support reserve operations and model sustainable practices. Fiscal Year 2015: The state-federal partnership program, the National Estuarine Research Reserves System, is working collaboratively to improve understanding of estuarine ecosystems through research and monitoring of water quality and habitat; train coastal decision-makers on key topics of local relevance and national significance, tools, and approaches to effectively manage coastal habitats and communities; educate citizens and K-12 audiences on key issues of importance to understanding and protecting estuaries and coasts, and served as stewards of estuarine resources. The NERRS is investing in land acquisition to protect valuable estuarine habitats and facilities improvements to support reserve operations and model sustainable practices.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
15 CFR Part 921 National Estuarine Research Reserve System Program Regulations. Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
None.
Headquarters Office (152):
Chief of Estuarine Resources Division Chief, Estuarine Reserves Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce, 1305 East-West Highway, N/ORM5, 10th Floor, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: (301) 713-3155
Website Address (153):
http://www.nerrs.noaa.gov
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: Local specific examples of addressing water quality, habitat, and climate change for estuarine ecosystems and coastal communities. Fiscal Year 2014: The three Florida Reserves promoted reduction of non-point source pollution and improvement of the landscaping industry practices through their training efforts which translated into creation of a state law for all landscaping businesses. These efforts improve the environment, economy, and society. Fiscal Year 2015: Local specific examples of addressing water quality, habitat, and climate change for estuarine ecosystems and coastal communities.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
There are five types of awards to coastal States under the National Estuarine Research Reserve Program: (1) land acquisition; (2) development; (3) operation, education, monitoring; (4) research; and (5) facilities construction. Detailed criteria for the State's development of these awards and criteria for reviewing each award are provided in the regulations for the National Estuarine Research Reserves Program (15 CFR Part 921). Final regulations were published in the Federal Register, July 15, 1993.