Native American Affairs: Technical Assistance to Tribes for Fiscal Year 2018

Funding Opportunity ID: 297999
Opportunity Number: BOR-DO-18-F001
Opportunity Title: Native American Affairs: Technical Assistance to Tribes for Fiscal Year 2018
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Natural Resources
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.519
Eligible Applicants: Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Must be a federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization in the 17 Western States identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902.
Agency Code: DOI-BOR
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
Bureau of Reclamation
Posted Date: Oct 16, 2017
Close Date: Jan 17, 2018
Last Updated Date: Oct 16, 2017
Award Ceiling: $200,000
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards: 10
Description: Native American Affairs: Technical Assistance to Tribes for Fiscal Year 2018.
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CVPCP and CVPIA Habitat Restorarion Program

Funding Opportunity ID: 297233
Opportunity Number: BOR-MP-18-F001
Opportunity Title: CVPCP and CVPIA Habitat Restorarion Program
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Natural Resources
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.564
Eligible Applicants: State governments
Additional Information on Eligibility: Individuals, Native American tribal governments (Federal recognized or other than Federally recognized), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with IRS or other than institutions of higher education, Small business, Special district governments, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education.
Agency Code: DOI-BOR
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
Bureau of Reclamation
Posted Date: Sep 08, 2017
Close Date: Mar 16, 2018
Last Updated Date: Sep 08, 2017
Award Ceiling: $0
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding: $2,100,000
Expected Number of Awards: 10
Description: The Bureau of Reclamation intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), for grants/cooperative agreements for the following program: The Central Valley Project Conservation Program (CVPCP) and Central Valley Project Improvement Act Habitat Restoration Program (HRP). The main objectives of the CVPCP and HRP for FY 2018 are: (1) protect and restore native habitats impacted by the Central Valley Project (CVP), and (2) stabilize and improve populations of native species impacted by the CVP. Open announcement of grant opportunities through the CVPCP and HRP would facilitate meeting these objectives. A list of projects previously funded by the programs can be found on the website at: www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpcp. For FY 2018, land acquisition projects will receive the highest priority for funding. Successful applicants will enter into a financial assistance agreement with Reclamation. Period of Performance will not exceed 5 years from date of issuance. BOR-MP-18-F001 will post on GRANTS.GOV website, at www.grants.gov. The date for receipt of proposals is on March 16, 2018, no later than 3pm. System for Award Management (SAM) applies to this FOA. Prospective recipients must be registered in the SAM database or offeror is ineligible for an award. Information on SAM registration can be obtained via the Internet at http://www.sam.gov. The FOA must be downloaded at the grants.gov website. No paper copy will be distributed. Questions concerning this FOA must be directed, via email or letter, to Teresa E. Brown at tebrown@usbr.gov.
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Lewiston Orchards Water Exchange Project Lead

Funding Opportunity ID: 297099
Opportunity Number: BOR-PN-17-N018
Opportunity Title: Lewiston Orchards Water Exchange Project Lead
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Natural Resources
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.519
Eligible Applicants: Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: DOI-BOR
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
Bureau of Reclamation
Posted Date: Sep 05, 2017
Close Date: Sep 19, 2017
Last Updated Date: Sep 05, 2017
Award Ceiling: $160,000
Award Floor: $1
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards:
Description: The Lewiston Orchards Project (LOP) is a Federal Reclamation project located near Lewiston, Idaho within the Lapwai Creek watershed, tributary to the Clearwater River in the Columbia River basin. Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District (LOID) operates and maintains the LOP. The LOP provides water to approximately 22,000 patrons for residential irrigation purposes within a 3,828 acre service area. The current system draws water from Craig Mountain, utilizes storage in Waha Lake and Soldier’s Meadow Reservoir, and conveys water through a gravity system to Mann Lake. The gravity conveyance system is primarily located on the Nez Perce Tribe (Tribe) Reservation (Reservation). Features of the LOP are primarily located within the Reservation. Ongoing LOP diversions are in conflict with tribal interests and affect Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed Snake River steelhead. The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) seeks to incrementally replace the current surface-water system with a multi-well groundwater system, to decommission the surface-water diversion system, and allow for the exchanged surface water to be protected instream. These measures include improvements that specifically benefit the Tribe and its members. Currently, the LOP uses water for irrigation by diverting surface water from within the Lapwai Creek watershed, which is primarily located within the Reservation, along with a small amount from the Captain John Creek drainage, which is outside the reservation and tributary to the Snake River. The annual water availability is often insufficient to meet LOID system demands and contractual obligations, resulting in use restrictions for LOID patrons. Many features and facilities associated with the LOP also are in need of substantial repair, maintenance, and in many cases, total replacement. All these activities come at great cost to Reclamation and LOID. In addition, the LOP facilities and operations are in conflict with tribal cultural and natural resource interests. LOP surface diversions seasonally reduce water availability and connectivity within the Lapwai Creek watershed, resulting in negative impacts to the ESA-listed steelhead using the watershed. Litigation between the Federal government and the Tribe over the effects of the LOP has been stayed while a comprehensive resolution of the Tribes’ legal issues is pursued. In a 2009 Memorandum of Understanding, the Lower Clearwater Exchange Project (LCEP) stakeholders set forth the goal of seeking a reliable, quality water supply for LOID, and permanently resolving ESA and Federal tribal trust issues surrounding the LOP. In 2011, the LCEP group completed a Rural Water Supply Program (RWSP) Appraisal Study which evaluated alternatives to meet the group’s objectives. The LOP Water Exchange and Title Transfer Project (Project) evolved out of the well field alternative evaluated in the LCEP’s Appraisal Study. Reclamation and LOID have jointly funded a pilot well to test the viability of the regional aquifer and overall Project. Testing of the pilot well production capacity confirmed the well produces its targeted flow rate and the regional aquifer will likely support more wells in the same general location. With the success of the pilot well and completion of environmental compliance, the project is continuing into the next phase with the construction of a power substation and additional wells. The general activities to be performed by the NPT are: 1. Coordination and participation as Tribe’s primary technical contact. Participate in all regular coordination meetings of the Lewiston Orchards Project. Provide assistance with coordination of information and developing the legislation required to transfer necessary titles and work with the parties to seek partners. 2. Provide assistance with the development of Management Agreements. Provide assistance to the Tribe and Idaho Department of Fish and Game to develop a management agreement with regards to recreation, fishing, etc. for Reservoir A, Soldiers Meadow Reservoir, and Lake Waha. Provide assistance to the BIA and LOID to develop a management and operations agreement for the use of Reservoir A. 3. Provide assistance during the construction phase. Assist LOID in potential land acquisition for wells, piping, and appurtenant facility construction. Assist LOID and Reclamation in acquiring any city/county/state/federal requirements for construction. Assist LOID in a solution for electricity and a substation necessary for the well field. 4. Provide assistance in developing interim operations for LOID. After the pilot well is completed, by April 1st of each year, participate with LOJD and other parties in developing an annual plan using modeling and analysis to characterize the water year and how LOID operations are projected to meet the flows for successive wells. 5. Provide assistance in implementing methodology for water exchange values. Assist in review of application of the methodology described in the Water Exchange. Coordinate with LOID, NOAA and Reclamation in delineating bypass flows at the Sweetwater and Webb Creek diversion on an annual basis, and develop a plan accordingly identifying how to allocate the available water between Sweetwater and Webb Creeks. 6. Provide assistance in securing water rights. Assist in developing an agreement that will describe with certainty the method of transferring LOP water rights from Reclamation to the BIA in trust for the Contractor so as to allow permanent protection of the water right as described in the Water Exchange to benefit the Nez Perce Tribe and its members. RECLAMATION INVOLVEMENT There is no anticipated involvement from Reclamation.
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River Water Resource Protection Program and Restoration Demonstration Sites

Funding Opportunity ID: 295806
Opportunity Number: BOR-MP-17-N005
Opportunity Title: River Water Resource Protection Program and Restoration Demonstration Sites
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Environment
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.508
Eligible Applicants: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: DOI-BOR
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
Bureau of Reclamation
Posted Date: Jul 24, 2017
Close Date: Aug 07, 2017
Last Updated Date: Jul 24, 2017
Award Ceiling: $5,332,112
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding: $5,332,112
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) intends to issue a grant agreement to The Nature Conservancy under the authority of Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) 15.508, Public Law 108-7 (a)(b), Consolidated Appropriations Resolution & Public Law 113-79 Title II, Section 2507, (a)(3)(B), (d)(1)(C)(2), (e)(2). Estimated total amount of agreement is $5,332,112.00 Reclamation is providing $5,332,112.00 in Fiscal Year 2017. The objectives of the project are to: (1) Provide research information on the benefit to land and water managers of prioritizing land management practices, primarily forest hazardous fuels reduction to protect the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake habitat resources. (2) Conduct research to inform strategic planning for Truckee River watershed managers and stakeholders, and demonstrate the indicated restoration activities and public/private partnerships. (3) Provide maintenance to the restoration demonstration sites in order to promote ecosystem health for habitat resources and protection of fish, wildlife, and habitat resources through applicable management activities at the Independence Lake Preserve and the Lower Truckee River restoration sites. (4) Assess the potential for high intensity wildfire in the Truckee River watershed and quantify the impacts to water quality, through targeted restoration activities and costs. (5) Draft a strategic plan to address current and future threats to the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake, the plan will provide guidance to The Recipient’s ongoing engagement in Truckee River watershed issues; present the plan to appropriate stakeholders, and use the plan as a platform for development of potential partnerships and agreements. (6) Implement effective maintenance of TNC’s restoration sites to demonstrate proof of concept to stakeholders for both on-the-ground results for water quality and habitat improvements and public/private partnership arrangements for attaining those results. (7) Utilize study and plan results, as tools to increase private investment in watershed restoration. (Refer to the Notice of Intent to Award Announcement No. BOR-MP-17-N005 for additional information) A Determination by the Government not to compete this proposed financial assistance based upon Departmental Manual 505 DM 2, paragraph 2.14(B)(4) is solely within the discretion of the Government. This notice of intent is NOT a request for competitive proposals. Questions concerning this announcement should be directed to Crystal Oliver/Grants Management Specialist, by e-mail at coliver@usbr.gov.
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Basinwide & Basin States Salinity Control Programs

Funding Opportunity ID: 296165
Opportunity Number: BOR-UC-17-F003
Opportunity Title: Basinwide & Basin States Salinity Control Programs
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Environment
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.509
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Basinwide Program:
A legal entity that is the owner or operator of the features to be replaced and/or to be constructed and capable of contracting with Reclamation.

Basin States Program (BSP):
A legal entity or individual that is owner or operator of the features to be replaced and/or to be constructed and capable of contracting with the state in which it is located – Utah, Colorado, or Wyoming.

Both:
Propose projects that are located in the Colorado River Basin above the Hoover Dam.
Be responsive to the FOA requirements.
Only use proven technology.
Not be of a nature that creates undue financial risk for Reclamation.
Be in an area where salt load can be provided.
Provide sufficient pressure and appropriate velocity where topography enables it to allow for the future installations of high efficiency on-farm improvements (i.e. sprinkler systems).

Agency Code: DOI-BOR
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
Bureau of Reclamation
Posted Date: Aug 04, 2017
Close Date: Nov 14, 2017
Last Updated Date: Aug 04, 2017
Award Ceiling: $6,000,000
Award Floor:
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards:
Description: The Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program (Salinity Control Program) was designed to meet the objectives of the Colorado River Basin (Basin) Water Quality Standards. These standards include a Plan of Implementation to limit further degradation of water quality in the Colorado River that provides water to southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. The objective of the Salinity Control Program has been to minimize salt loading in the Colorado River system by seeking cost-effective regional solutions to the problem. The Bureau of Reclamation solicits, ranks, and selects new Salinity Control Projects based on a competitive process open to the public. Cooperative agreements are awarded with selected applicants. Projects have typically involved converting unlined canals and ditches to pipelines located in the Upper Basin States of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming to reduce seepage that picks up salt and carries it into the Colorado River system. Reclamation also utilizes the services of state agencies in the states of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, to assist in funding cost-effective activities to reduce salinity in the Colorado River system.
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Contra Loma Boat Launch

Funding Opportunity ID: 294394
Opportunity Number: BOR-MP-17-N017
Opportunity Title: Contra Loma Boat Launch
Opportunity Category: Continuation
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Natural Resources
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.524
Eligible Applicants: Special district governments
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: DOI-BOR
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
Bureau of Reclamation
Posted Date: Jun 05, 2017
Close Date: Jun 19, 2017
Last Updated Date: Jun 05, 2017
Award Ceiling: $245,000
Award Floor: $245,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $245,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: BOR-MP-17-N017 Mod 002 – R15AN20013 Base Project Title Contra Loma Boat Launch Recipient East Bay Regional Park District Principal Investigator / Program Manager Jeff Rasmussen Anticipated Federal Amount $245,000.00 Cost Share $356,772.00 Recipient, Total Anticipated Award Amount $245,000.00 New Award or Continuation? Continuation Anticipated Period of Performance Date of Execution to September 30, 2018 Award Instrument Grant Statutory Authority PL 89-72 Federal Water Project Recreation Act, Sec 7(a)(b) Stat. 213(1)(2)(3) CFDA # and Title 15.524 Single Source Justification Criteria Cited Continuation OVERVIEW East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) operates and maintains, under a management agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation, approximately 90 acres of developed parkland and wildlife habitat at Contra Loma Reservoir. This site offers recreational boating, hiking, picnicking, and fishing. Visitation, predominately from Central California counties, averages 150,000 guests annually. This grant will fund activities which will assist the Recipient to meet its obligation to improve facilities within the Contra Loma recreation area. As a benefit to the public, this project will: • Improve parking facilities and roadway conditions at the reservoir site. • Upgrade current parking areas and provide an adequate base for vehicle traffic use. • Modification 002 – Boarding Floats and Fishing Docks Ongoing Federal investment in Contra Loma Regional Park will help the East Bay Park District maintain the popular recreational facility and increase the public recreational use of the site. RECIPIENT INVOLVEMENT The East Bay Regional Park District will be responsible for the implementation of the project. Responsibilities include: 1.) Administration and financial management for the project 2.) Construction management, project completion and acceptance. 3.) EBRPD will be responsible for maintenance and operation of the facilities once completed. 4.) Submit final report. RECLAMATION INVOLVEMENT No substantial involvement on the part of Reclamation is anticipated for the successful completion of the objectives to be funded by this award. It is anticipated that Reclamation’s involvement will consist of standard federal stewardship responsibilities such as monitoring project performance, technical assistance at the request of the recipient, etc. SINGLE-SOURCE JUSTIFICATION Reclamation did not solicit full and open competition for this award based the following criteria: (2) CONTINUATION Single Source Justification Description: Based on the Statutory Authority referenced below, funds available require the recipient to execute an agreement with Reclamation for the administration of the land and water areas for recreation enhancement. East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) is a Non-Federal, Public Managing Partner and is the only entity which has executed an agreement with Reclamation for the administration of these lands and water areas for recreation. This award is a continuation of R13AP20012 which, expired December 31, 2014. The task proposed in this agreement is to improve recreation parking facilities within the Park. These funds will be utilized to install asphalt. This is an additional surface applied on top of base material funded in 2014. STATUTORY AUTHORITY Public Law 89-72 Federal Water Project Recreation Act, Sec 7(a)(b) Stat. 213(1)(2)(3). AN ACT to provide uniform policies with respect to recreation and fish and wildlife benefits and costs of Federal multiple-purpose water resource projects, and other purposes. SEC. 7.(a) The Secretary is authorized, in conjunction with any reservoir heretofore constructed by him pursuant to the Federal reclamation laws or any reservoir which is otherwise under his con¬trol, except reservoirs within national wildlife refuges, to inves¬tigate, plan, construct, operate and maintain, or otherwise provide for public outdoor recreation and fish and wildlife enhancement fa¬cilities, to acquire or otherwise make available such adjacent lands or interests therein as are necessary for public outdoor recreation or fish and wildlife use, and to provide for public use and enjoy¬ment of project lands, facilities, and water areas in a manner coordinated with the other project purposes. Lands, facilities and project modifications for the purposes of this subsection may be provided only after an agreement in accordance with subsection (b) or (c) of section 3 of this Act has been executed. SEC.7.(b) The Secretary of the Interior is authorized to enter into agreements with Federal agencies or State or local public bodies for the administration of project land and water areas and the oper¬ation, maintenance, and replacement of facilities and to transfer project lands or facilities to Federal agencies or State or local pub¬lic bodies by lease agreement or exchange upon such terms and conditions as will best promote the development and operation of such lands or facilities in the public interest for recreation and fish and wildlife enhancement purposes. P.L.89-72; July 9, 1965; 79 Stat. 213] as amended: This statute, as amended, declares the intent of Congress that recreation and fish and wildlife enhancement be given full consideration as purposes of Federal water development projects if non-Federal public bodies agree to: (1) Bear not less than one-half the separable costs allocated for recreational purposes or twenty-five percent of the cost for fish and wildlife enhancement; (2) Administer project land and water areas devoted to these purposes; and (3) Bear all costs of operation, maintenance and replacement. Where Federal lands or authorized
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The Next Generation of Evaporation Pans

Funding Opportunity ID: 293454
Opportunity Number: BOR-UC-17-N006
Opportunity Title: The Next Generation of Evaporation Pans
Opportunity Category: Other
Opportunity Category Explanation: Single Source
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Natural Resources
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.560
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: University of New Mexico
Agency Code: DOI-BOR
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
Bureau of Reclamation
Posted Date: Apr 26, 2017
Close Date: May 10, 2017
Last Updated Date: Apr 26, 2017
Award Ceiling: $20,000
Award Floor: $20,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $20,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: A new, more accurate and precise way to measure open-water evaporation is needed, especially as the demand for water increases as the supply decreases (Phillips and others, 2013), impacting water amounts ranchers, farmers, cities, and environmental restoration efforts receive. The goal of this project is to finalize the design, test, and validate a new open-water evaporation method. This proposed research strives to produce a more accurate method for measuring evaporation on reservoirs and lakes with the accuracy of this new method being validated with a hemispherical evaporation chamber. More specifically, the goal of this research is to finalize the design of and deploy and test a floating evaporation pan, and then compare the evaporation results to more common and established methods like the Class A evaporation pan, energy-budget equations, and bulk-aerodynamic equations. This will be accomplished by completing the following three research objectives. • Finalize the design of a semi-submerged Floating Evaporation Pan (FEP) that will have an adjustable freeboard and a protective wave guard, and then test the design at Cochiti Lake. • Assess the accuracy of the FEP with a hemispherical evaporation chamber while deployed Cochiti Lake for one year and calculate evaporation with various equations using micrometeorological instrumentations attached to the FEP. • Compute and compare the volume of water evaporated on a monthly time step for the FEP, a nearby Class A evaporation pan, and common energy-budget-, temperature-, and aerodynamic-based equations over a year-long period. The completion of these objectives will determine the reliability, accuracy, precision, and improvement over current methods for the proposed technology.
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Notice of Intent to Award

Funding Opportunity ID: 292859
Opportunity Number: BOR-LC-17-N004
Opportunity Title: Notice of Intent to Award
Opportunity Category: Continuation
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Environment
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.540
Eligible Applicants: Special district governments
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: DOI-BOR
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
Bureau of Reclamation
Posted Date: Mar 29, 2017
Close Date: Apr 12, 2017
Last Updated Date: Mar 29, 2017
Award Ceiling: $235,589
Award Floor: $235,589
Estimated Total Program Funding: $235,589
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: NOTICE OF INTENT TO AWARD ONLY: The Las Vegas Wash (LVW) carries more than 170 million gallons of water a day. Decades ago, the flows of the LVW created more than 2,000 acres of wetlands. By the 1990’s, only about 200 acres of wetlands remained. The dramatic loss of vegetation reduced both the LVW’s ability to support wildlife and serve as a natural filter for water that flows to Lake Mead, the source of the community’s water supply. This project is a priority for the comprehensive management of the Las Vegas Wash (LVW) because it helps the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) meet action items in the Las Vegas Wash Comprehensive Adaptive Management Plan (LVWCAMP). This project is intended to help meet the following LVWCAMP action items: • Action Item 1 – Install erosion control structures • Action Item 41 – Conduct additional research • Action Item 37 – Ensure implementation of mitigation measures The Great Basin Bird Observatory (GBBO) uses standard point count monitoring techniques to survey for birds and a vegetation monitoring protocol at each survey point that was developed by Gerald Braden of the San Bernardino County Museum, the contractor who managed the project during its first four years, after which time GBBO conducted the surveys. This work is specifically listed in the Las Vegas Wash Wildlife Management Plan, which was created to partially fulfill LVWCAMP Action Item 40 – Develop long-term management and monitoring plans, as work that should be conducted. It not only helps to fulfill the recommended action to “regularly monitor the abundance and diversity of wildlife,” but functions as effectiveness monitoring, which is also recommended in the plan. This work is a continuation of work performed under Grant Agreements 04FG300026, 05FG300015 and R08AP30020, which funded surveys from 2005 to 2011.
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