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 closed on November 30th 2018. The National Ground-Water Monitoring Network Program Board has reviewed the proposals we received. We are going to have a second round of funding available in 2019 to use the rest of the available funds. Interested agencies can  apply online at Grants.gov under funding opportunity number  G19AS00051 . Applications will be accepted from April 12, 2019 through May31,  2019. 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.

  • Existing data providers who do not have a Persistent Data services project (Objective 2) active or that will expire soon, could use this opportunity to submit a proposal for funding for the next few years. Proposals for Objective 2 work should be relatively simple.
  • Existing data providers may also propose work under any of the other 4 objectives, as well.
  • Agencies who wish to become a new data provider to the NGWMN may apply for funding for work under Objectives 1, 2, or 3 during this opportunity.
  • Agencies who are working with the USGS on a Cooperative Matching Funds data collected project at NGWMN sites may apply for funding for work under Objectives 3, 4, or 5.
  • Agencies who applied during the first round of funding may submit an application under this Round 2 opportunity. This can include work that was not proposed during the Round 1 proposal or it can include a revised proposal for work that was not funded during the first round of proposals.
  • Agencies who did not apply during the first round of funding are eligible to apply through this Round 2 Program Announcement.
  • The total funding per year from both Round 1 and Round 2 funding cannot exceed $150,000 per year or $300,000 for the two-year project duration. Any funding from active NGWMN projects also need to be included in the annual limit.

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