The U.S. Geological Survey will award up to $2 million in cooperative agreements to support participation in the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN).
The NGWMN is designed as a cooperative groundwater data collection, management, and reporting system that will include data from selected wells in existing federal, state, tribal, and local groundwater monitoring networks. The network is envisioned as a long-term collaborative partnership among federal and nonfederal data providers that will help address present and future groundwater management questions facing the nation.
Cooperative agreements will provide support for both new and existing data providers in the NGWMN. The USGS will fund new data providers to select and classify sites within existing monitoring programs, to set up web services that will link the data to the NGWMN portal, and to produce a report describing this process. Existing data providers will receive funds to maintain web services and keep site information current. Existing data providers may also receive funding to collect new data to improve site information, to maintain wells, and to drill new or replacement network wells. The maximum allowable funds for any data-provider agency is $150,000 per year.
Interested agencies may apply online under funding opportunity number G20AS00009. More information about the cooperative agreements is available on the NGWMN cooperative agreements page. The application deadline is January 17, 2020.