National Ground-Water Monitoring Network
Cooperative Agreements

The USGS is working with the Federal Advisory Committee on Water Information’s (ACWI) Subcommittee on Ground Water (SOGW) to develop and administer the NGWMN. The NGWMN is designed as a cooperative groundwater data collection, management, and reporting system that aggregates data from selected wells and springs in existing Federal, State, Tribal, and local groundwater monitoring networks. The Network is envisioned as a long-term collaborative partnership among Federal and non-Federal data providers that will help address present and future groundwater management questions facing the Nation.

The USGS National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN) has been offering funding to agencies to participate in the NGWMN since Federal Fiscal Year 2015. Documents describing the projects funded through the NGWMN Cooperative Agreements for each year are listed below:

The USGS National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN) FY2020 Cooperative Funding Opportunity will be having a second round of FY 2021 funding. The Round Two funding opportunity will be open on from April 6, 2021 through May 24, 2021. 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 can apply for funding to maintain web services and keep site information current. Data providers may also apply for funding to collect data to improve site information, to maintain wells, and to drill new or replacement Network wells.

Interested agencies can apply online at under funding opportunity number  G21AS00419. Applications will be accepted from April 6, 2021 through May 24, 2021. Applications will only be accepted electronically through The Program Announcement contains the requirements and other guidance for submitting proposals.

Two Team meetings are scheduled to provide information to applicants.

April 14, 2021 at 1-2:30 pm ET.   PDF of Presentation

May 5, 2021 at 2-3:30 pm ET. 

  • If you do not have access to the microphone/speakers on your computer or will be traveling and just want to listen in, you can dial in at: +1 276-207-9056  and use Conference ID: 572 995 066#

If you have questions about the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network Program, please contact:

Daryll Pope
(804) 261-2630 (office)
(609) 462-7119 (cell)

 Resources for Proposals

A spreadsheet with the template for the detailed budgets is available here.

Example budgets from the 2021 Program Announcement are available  here

Shapefiles of the 'Principal Aquifers of the United States' and the 'Aquifers of Alluvial and Glacial Origin' are available  here.

A shapefile of the sites in the NGWMN as of April 6, 2021 is available  here.