PROJECT SELECTION PROCESS
Prior to Fiscal Year 2001, the Anadromous Fish Restoration Program (AFRP) did not solicit proposals through a formal process. Starting in FY 2001, the AFRP is functionally integrated with the CALFED Bay-Delta Program (CBDP) agencies (the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries) through the California Bay-Delta Authority (CBDA) in the CALFED Ecosystem Restoration Program proposal solicitation processes (CALFED PSP).
The AFRP will continue to work closely with local watershed groups and encourage partners to develop project ideas with the AFRP Habitat Restoration Coordinator (HRC) assigned to their watershed. Potential partners are encouraged to work with the appropriate HRC and their local watershed group to discuss a project concept before preparing their proposals. Habitat Restoration Coordinators work with partners (local watershed groups, counties, universities, and other non-profit groups) to develop project ideas that either specifically address priorities described in the CALFED PSP priorities for the Ecosystem Restoration Program or that focus on actions or evaluations identified in the AFRP Final Restoration Plan. Project ideas can be developed at any time of the year, but for a given fiscal year, the project partner should be prepared to submit a proposal before the annual CALFED PSP process deadlines.
For the AFRP, potential AFRP project proponents should submit their proposals in response to the CALFED PSP. It is important to review the proposal submittal process carefully. As part of this functional integration, potential future CALFED and AFRP and other CVPIA projects will undergo concurrent scientific and technical review to ensure that the best and highest priority projects are implemented and to ensure the most efficient use of funds.
During years when the AFRP fiscal budget year is in alignment with the CALFED PSP, the AFRP will consider funding program-appropriate projects solicited through the CALFED PSP. AFRP will then select and fund specific projects associated with the AFRP priority project list found in the most recent AFRP Annual Work Plan (AWP) (completed in September of most years).
During years when the AFRP fiscal budget year is not in alignment with the CALFED PSP, the AFRP selects projects from the most recent AFRP AWP's prioritized project list. The proposed AFRP projects are then developed into formal project proposals following the CALFED PSP proposal preparation guidelines and format. These projects will then be submitted to the CBDP for formal peer reviews. After emerging from the CBDP peer review process, the projects are then considered for funding by priority and by AFRP funding availability.
Other CVPIA programs are also participating in this process.
During the CALFED PSP review process, the HRCs and AFRP managers expect to participate in the geographic or regional review panels. Soon after the proposal solicitation closes, AFRP staff will sort through the proposals to identify those proposals that are aligned with AFRP restoration plan objectives and would be appropriate for AFRP or whether the proposed project would be more appropriately funded through a program conducted by another section of the CVPIA. Immediately after identifying the proposals appropriate for AFRP funding and concurrent with the scientific and technical review step in the CALFED PSP, the HRCs and AFRP managers will provide an AFRP staff assessment of each program-appropriate proposal's relevance to AFRP priorities and AFRP planning and implementation documents and strategies, based on the AFRP considerations for selecting projects.
August 24, 2011