WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking applicants for Applied Science Grants for the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Proposed projects are expected to meet the science needs identified by the Desert LCC Steering Committee and should help resource managers address natural and cultural resource issues that have a connection to water resources management in a changing climate.
The science needs for the Desert LCC in 2012 are:
- Interactions between ecosystems and hydrology
- Impacts of climate change and land/resource management to watersheds and associated hydroecologic resources
- Climate change impacts to surface water and ground water dependent habitats and species
- Climate change impacts to the interaction between surface water and ground water resources
- Investigate climate change impacts to future water supply and resource availability for humans and ecosystems
- Improved monitoring and inventory of watersheds and their associated infrastructure and ecosystems (including pathogens and invasive species)
- Improved hydrologic forecasting and modeling methodologies including better understanding and communication of associated uncertainty
Reclamation has $685,000 available for Desert LCC Applied Science Grants. Funding for each project is limited to $150,000 and requesting entity must provide at least a 50-percent cost-share. Entities eligible to receive funding include: states, tribes, irrigation districts, universities, nonprofit research institutions, organizations with water or power delivery authority and nonprofit organizations.
The Desert LCC encompasses portions of five states: Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, as well as a substantial portion of Northern Mexico. The area is topographically complex, including three different deserts (Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan), grasslands and valley bottoms, and the isolated mountain ranges in the southern portion of the LCC (Apache Highlands and the New Mexico-Texas Highlands, also known as the Sky Islands). There are several large river systems, including the lower Colorado, Gila, Rio Grande, San Pedro and Verde Rivers.
LCCs are partnerships of governmental (federal, state, tribal and local) and non-governmental entities. The primary goal of the LCCs is to bring together science and resource management to inform climate adaptation strategies to address climate change and other stressors within an ecological region, or "landscape."
The funding opportunity is available at www.grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity number R12SF80301. Applications are due by 4 p.m. MDT, June 28.
To learn more about the Desert LCC, please visit www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/LCC/dlcc/.
May 18, 2012