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) offered funding to agencies in 2015 to support the NGWMN. Work on these projects included completion of tasks started during the NGWMN Pilot projects. The work also provided support to several agencies to start the process of becoming a new data provider. Projects initiated in 2015 are described in this document.

The USGS National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN) offered two competitive funding opportunities for the NGWMN in FY 2016. Funds were available to 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. Funds were available to existing data providers to maintain web services and keep site information current. Existing data providers could also receive funding to collect data to improve site information, to maintain wells, and to drill new or replacement Network wells. The projects awarded in both rounds of funding in 2016 are described in this document.  The USGS National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN) offered one competitive funding opportunities for the NGWMN in FY 2017.  The projects awarded in FY2017 are described in this document

The USGS National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN) made awards to 24 projects in 2018. This included awards to five new data providers. The projects awarded in FY2018 are described in this document

The USGS National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN) Cooperative Funding Opportunity to support the NGWMN for fiscal year 2019 to support the NGWMN is currently open. The funding will be for a 2-year period in 2019-2020. 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. The maximum allowable funds for any data provider has been increased to $150,000 per year.

Interested agencies can  apply online at Grants.gov under funding opportunity number  G18AS000121 . Applications will be accepted from September 4, 2018 through November 30, 2018. Applications will only be accepted electronically through  Grants.gov; paper copies will not be accepted. The Program Announcement contains the requirements and other guidance for submitting proposals.

Two webinars are scheduled to review the application package and answer any questions about the opportunity. These are scheduled for September 19th at 1 pm ET and October 24th at 1 pm ET. In addition, a third webinar that will address last minutes questions has also been added for November 15 th at 2 pm ET.  You can access the webinars at: https://gstalk.usgs.gov/97278963. Audio for the webinars is available by calling (855) 547-8255 and using the collaboration code 97278963.

A copy of the presentation from the first webinar is available here.

Cooperative Agreements Frequently Asked Questions are available  here.

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

Daryll Pope
(609) 771-3933 (office)
(609) 462-7119 (cell)
dpope@usgs.gov