BLM-(MT), Water Quality Assessment and Monitoring


Funding Opportunity ID: 295300
Opportunity Number: L17AS00200
Opportunity Title: BLM-(MT), Water Quality Assessment and Monitoring
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Environment
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.236
Eligible Applicants: 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:
Agency Code: DOI-BLM
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management
Posted Date: Jul 07, 2017
Close Date: Sep 03, 2017
Last Updated Date: Jul 07, 2017
Award Ceiling: $100,000
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding: $100,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: Background: This project will support ongoing statewide water quality monitoring and stimulate additional monitoring in areas potentially affected by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) management. Water Quality is a land health standard (requirement). This monitoring will help determine compliance with this standard. Water quality monitoring has been occurring for many years throughout Montana. The BLM began supporting this effort in 2002 with the intent of stimulating additional work in eastern and northern Montana, where most BLM lands are located. This has occurred, benefiting the public in this vast region that was at one time, lacking sufficient data to properly manage water resources on both public and private lands. Continued monitoring is required to ensure compliance with BLM, State, and Federal water quality standards. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is the lead agency for monitoring water quality in Montana, so all data must be suitable to them and included in their statewide, publicly accessible database. Objectives: To obtain high quality data in order to: (1) determine water quality conditions for streams; (2) develop water quality standards that can be used to determine whether management strategies are impacting water quality; and (3) to evaluate total maximum daily load (TMDL) implementation effectiveness for streams, (4) improved understanding of the correlations between management actions and water quality. Public Benefit: The public will benefit from the increased information on water resources across the public lands. The information associated with this project will be used directly in water resource planning documents, reports, and site specific analysis. Furthermore, because most of the water quality parameters collected via this project integrate processes at the watershed scale (i.e. all lands, not just BLM), it will be useful to neighboring land owners and could likely lead to broad collaborative restoration projects that focus efforts on issues identified from the water quality data.
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