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Beach Monitoring and Notification Program Implementation Grants

BEACH Act Program
Number: 66.472
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of Water

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
66.472 Beach Monitoring and Notification Program Implementation Grants
Federal Agency (030):
Office of Water, Environmental Protection Agency
Authorization (040):
Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act of 2000, Public Law 106-284; Clean Water Act, Section 406.
Objectives (050):
To assist Coastal and Great Lakes States and Tribes eligible under Section 518(e) of the Clean Water Act, as amended, in developing and implementing programs for monitoring and notification for coastal recreation waters adjacent to beaches or similar points of access that are used by the public.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2013: EPA's funding priority is to award grants to those applicants whose proposals clearly demonstrate a state's, tribe's, or local government's ability to monitor recreational waters; notify the public of risks; manage programs; and communicate among environmental and public health agencies and the public.
Types of Assistance (060):
FORMULA GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
These grants are intended to support the development and implementation of recreational water monitoring and notification programs or support enhancement of an existing program. EPA encourages grantees to use implementation grant funds to test various approaches for meeting BEACH Act program requirements. For development grants, programs must clearly demonstrate an increase in a State's, Tribe's, or local government's ability to monitor recreational waters and notify the public of risks; manage programs; and communicate among environmental and public health agencies and the public. To be eligible for implementation grants, programs must also demonstrate that they meet the program performance criteria listed in the National Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for Grants (EPA-823-B-02-004). 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: http://geodata.epa.gov.

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.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Coastal and Great Lakes States, territories (Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), and Tribes eligible under Section 518(e) of the Clean Water Act, as amended. The Administrator may make a grant to a local government under this subsection for implementation of a monitoring and notification program only if, after the one-year period beginning on the date of publication of performance criteria under Section 406 (a)(1), the Administrator determines that the State is not implementing a program that meets the requirements of Section 406(a)(1), regardless of whether the State has received a grant under Section 406(a)(1). Interstate agencies and intertribal consortia are not eligible for Beach grants.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
States, U.S. territories, Federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments, environmental and public health agencies, and local governments involved in implementing monitoring and notification programs.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State, Tribal, and local governments. Recipients must show compliance with 40 CFR Part 31. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination with the appropriate EPA Regional Office is encouraged. The standard application forms, as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102, must be used for this program. 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):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Requests for application forms should be made to the appropriate EPA Regional Grants Management Office identified in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Completed applications should be sent to the appropriate Regional or Headquarters Contact. All proposals or work statements should be developed in response to the criteria identified in CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS. Applicants may be able to use http://www.grants.gov to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA.
Award Procedure (093):
Grant applications are reviewed by the appropriate EPA Regional Office, and if approved, are awarded by the Regional Administrator.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Grants are usually approved within five months of receipt of complete application.
Appeals (096):
Disputes will be resolved under 40 CFR 30.63 or 40 CFR 31.70, as applicable.
Renewals (097):
Renewals are subject to approval by the appropriate EPA Regional or Headquarters Contact. Please contact the appropriate EPA Regional or Headquarters Contact for guidance.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory Formula: Title Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act of 2000. EPA awards grants to all eligible States and territories who apply for funding based on an allocation formula that the Agency developed for allocating BEACH Act grant funds in 2002. The allocation formula uses three factors: (1) beach season length, (2) beach miles, and (3) beach use.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Beach grants are normally funded on a 12-month basis (yearly). However, EPA may negotiate the project period, grant continuations, and grant amendments with each applicant based on project requirements. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The method of fund disbursement will be determined at the time of award.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Recipients must submit annual performance reports and financial reports as required in 40 CFR 31.40 and 31.41. The annual performance report explains changes to the beach monitoring and notification program during the grant year. It also describes how the grant funds were used to implement the program to meet the performance criteria listed in the National Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for Grants (EPA 823-B-02-004). The annual performance report required under 40 CFR 31.40 is due no later than 90 days after the grant year ends. Recipients must also submit annual monitoring and notification reports required by the National Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for Grants (EPA 823-B-02-004). Sections 2.2.3 and 4.3 of the document contain the performance criterion requiring an annual monitoring report, and sections 2.2.8 and 5.4 contain the performance criterion requiring an annual notification report. This document can be found at http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/beachgrants/guidance_index.cfm. These reports are required to be submitted to EPA under CWA section 406(b)(3)(A) and the National Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for Grants, and include data collected as part of a monitoring and notification program. As a condition of award of an implementation grant, EPA requires that the monitoring report and the notification report for any beach season be submitted not later than January 31 of the year following the beach season. Program reports are required under this program. Cash reports are required under this program. Progress reports are required under this program. Expenditure reports are required under this program. Performance monitoring is required under this program.
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. 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.
Records (113):
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 for 3 years from the date of submission of the annual financial status report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Formula Grants) FY 12 $10,887,100; FY 13 est $9,349,000; and FY 14 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
States and territories: $ 150,000 to $516,000/fiscal year; $280,000/fiscal year. In FY 13, EPA made $150,000 available to eligible Tribes. In FY 13, there were three eligible Tribes.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
EPA Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments (40 CFR Part 31).
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. Region I (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island) Caitlyn Whittle, USEPA Region 1, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100 (OEP06-1), Boston, MA 02109-3912; Telephone: (617) 918-1748; FAX: (617) 918-0748; e-mail: whittle.caitlyn@epa.gov

Region II (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands) Helen Grebe, USEPA Region 2, 2890 Woodbridge Ave. MS220, Edison, NJ 08837-3679; Telephone: (732) 321-6797; FAX: (732) 321-6616; e-mail: grebe.helen@epa.gov

Region III (Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia) Denise Hakowski, USEPA Region 3, 1650 Arch Street 3WP30, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029; Telephone: (215) 814-5726; FAX: (215) 814-2318; e-mail: hakowski.denise@epa.gov

Region IV (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina) Joel Hansel, USEPA Region 4, 61 Forsyth St. 15th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303-3415; Telephone: (404) 562-9274; FAX: (404) 562-9224; e-mail: hansel.joel@epa.gov

Region V (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin);Holly Wirick, USEPA Region 5, 77 West Jackson Blvd. WT-16J, Chicago, IL 60604-3507; Telephone: (312) 353-6704; FAX: (312) 886-0168; e-mail: wirick.holiday@epa.gov

Region VI (Louisiana, Texas) Daniel Reid, USEPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Ave. 6WQ-EW, Dallas, TX 75202-2733; Telephone: (214) 665-6536; FAX: (214) 665-6689; e-mail:reid.daniel@epa.gov

Region IX (American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, California,Guam, Hawaii) Terry Fleming, USEPA Region 9, 75 Hawthorne St. WTR-2, San Francisco, CA 94105; Telephone: (415) 744-1939; FAX: (415) 744-1078; e-mail: fleming.terrence@epa.gov

Region X (Alaska, Oregon, Washington) Rob Pedersen, USEPA Region 10, 120 Sixth Ave. OW-134, Seattle, WA 98101; Telephone: (206) 553-1646; FAX: (206) 553-0165; e-mail: pedersen.rob@epa.gov.
Headquarters Office (152):
Richard Healy, USEPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, (4305T), Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: healy.richard@epa.gov Phone: (202) 566-0405.
Website Address (153):
http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/beaches
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
To be eligible for program implementation grants, applicants must meet program performance criteria outlined in National Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for Grants (EPA-823-B-02-004). The performance criteria set forth implementation grant requirements for monitoring and assessing recreation waters and promptly notifying the public of exceedances of water quality for pathogens. As a condition of receipt of a program Implementation Grant under Section 406(b) of the Clean Water Act, a State or local government program for monitoring and notification under this section shall identify: (1) lists of coastal recreation waters in the State, including coastal recreation waters adjacent to beaches or similar points of access that are used by the public; (2) in the case of a State program for monitoring and notification, the process by which the State may delegate to local governments responsibility for implementing the monitoring and notification program; (3) the frequency and location of monitoring and assessment of coastal recreation waters based on: (a) the periods of recreational use of the waters; (b) the nature and extent of use during certain periods; (c) the proximity of the waters to known point sources and nonpoint sources of pollution; and (d) any effect of storm events on the waters; (4)(a) the methods to be used for detecting levels of pathogens and pathogen indicators that are harmful to human health; and (b) the assessment procedures for identifying short-term increases in pathogens and pathogen indicators that are harmful to human health in coastal recreation waters (including increases in relation to storm events); (5) measures for prompt communication of the occurrence, nature, location, pollutants involved, and extent of any exceeding of, or likelihood of exceeding, applicable water quality standards for pathogens and pathogen indicators to: (a) the Administrator, in such form as the Administrator determines to be appropriate; and (b) a designated official of a local government having jurisdiction over land adjoining the coastal recreation waters for which the failure to meet applicable standards is identified; (6) measures for the posting of signs at beaches or similar points of access, or functionally equivalent communication measures that are sufficient to give notice to the public that the coastal recreation waters are not meeting or are not expected to meet applicable water quality standards for pathogens and pathogen indicators; and (7) measures that inform the public of the potential risks associated with water contact activities in the coastal recreation waters that do not meet applicable water quality standards.