PROJECT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS:
The typical AFRP project usually proceeds in six steps:1) Habitat Restoration Coordinators (HRCs) work with partners to develop projects:
HRCs work with local watershed groups and other potential partners to develop initial projects or project ideas to be included and prioritized in the Annual Work Plans (see documents section) for upcoming fiscal years or that focus on actions or evaluations identified in the 1997 Revised Draft Restoration Plan.. Project ideas can be developed at any time of the year, but for a given fiscal year, the HRC should have an initial proposal in hand by the end of September.
2) HRCs propose projects for funding by the AFRP:
The HRCs bring initial projects or project ideas forward for discussion with the AFRP managers and the HRCs from other geographic regions within the Central Valley. The focus of this discussion is to identify the highest priority projects for implementation in the coming fiscal year. This occurs from April through June preceding the new fiscal year.
3) HRCs and AFRP managers develop initial draft Annual Work Plan:
The HRCs and AFRP managers develop the initial draft Annual Work Plan (AWP), wherein new projects or project ideas are identified for funding in that fiscal year. Prioritized new projects or project ideas become part of the draft AWP. This step typically occurs during the July through August period.
4) Draft AWP shared with habitat restoration project implementing agencies:
The HRCs and AFRP managers then present the prioritized projects in the draft AWP and release to habitat restoration project implementing agencies. This step in the process generally occurs in September.
5) Draft AWP released to the public for comment:
The AFRP managers then release the Draft AWP to the public for their review and comment. This release is accompanied by a public presentation attended by the Restoration Fund Roundtable (a group of stakeholders with an interest in the expenditure of dollars from the Central Valley Project Restoration Fund) and the CALFED Integration Panel. The draft AWP is revised to address comments received from the public.
6) AWP implementation starts with onset of Federal fiscal year:
With the start of the Federal fiscal year, the HRCs continue to work with partners to complete the final scope which must include a detailed project budget. This information provides the foundation for the grant or cooperative or interagency agreement between the AFRP and the project partner.
In addition to this AWP-focused process, HRCs continually work with local watershed groups and other potential partners to identify new projects that are consistent with the Revised Draft Restoration Plan and other local watershed plans for funding consideration in subsequent fiscal years. AFRP staff also work with the Restoration Coordinator for the CALFED Bay-Delta Program to coordinate AFRP restoration planning activities with those of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program.
Proposals submitted to other funding programs that have goals consistent with those of the AFRP will also be considered by the AFRP for funding. These proposals may need to be modified to meet the CALFED Ecosystem Restoration Program PSP content requirements. Habitat Restoration Coordinators will also help direct partners toward additional potential cost-share contributors.
Partners who receive AFRP funding are responsible for providing the AFRP project manager with periodic Project Status Reports. AFRP proposal and project reporting formats are similar to those used by the CALFED Ecosystem Restoration Program to minimize duplication of effort for partners who receive funding from both the AFRP and CALFED's Ecosystem Restoration Program.
August 24, 2011