NOTICE OF INTENT – USDA School Branch Edge of Field Collaboration

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Funding Opportunity ID: 326618
Opportunity Number: USGS-20-FAC-8566
Opportunity Title: NOTICE OF INTENT – USDA School Branch Edge of Field Collaboration
Opportunity Category: Other
Opportunity Category Explanation: “NOTICE OF INTENT TO AWARD This Funding Announcement is not a request for applications. This announcement is to provide public notice of the US Geological Survey (USGS), intention to fund the following project activities without competition.
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.808
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Notice of Intent – Noncompetitive Award
Agency Code: DOI-USGS1
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
U. S. Geological Survey
Posted Date: Apr 28, 2020
Close Date: May 12, 2020
Last Updated Date: Apr 28, 2020
Award Ceiling: $400,000
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding: $388,350
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: The U.S. Geological Survey Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center requests award of a noncompetitive cooperative agreement to the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), Center for Environmental Science, for work on the School Branch Edge-of Field study near Indianapolis, Indiana. This work builds upon some ongoing assessment of Best Management Practices (cover crops and conservation tillage) in School Branch watershed will help assess the benefits on water quality from the implementation of these BMPs. Recipient will provide a similar Edge of Field study on traditionally tilled and managed fields being monitored in the same small watershed as the fields with BMPs. Additionally, the USGS has two Nutrient Super Gages monitoring nutrients above and below the BMPs, which is unprecedented and will help document changes. Recipiant will: 1) Produce quality assured nutrient and sediment data from an overland flow and tile drain site on a field within the School Branch watershed; 2) Analyze the nutrient and sediment samples at the IUPUI lab which has recently been approved by the USGS; and 3) Work in conjunction with the USGS, USDA-NRCS on assessing the differences in runoff between the traditionally farmed fields with the nearby fields that have BMPs implemented.
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