[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 86 (Tuesday, May 4, 2004)]
[Notices]
[Pages 24592-24597]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 04-10092]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[OW-FRL-7656-4]


Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice of availability of grants for implementation of coastal 
recreation water monitoring and public notification under the Beaches 
Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act.

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SUMMARY: The Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health 
(BEACH) Act, signed into law on October 10, 2000, amended the Clean 
Water Act (CWA), to incorporate provisions to reduce the risk of 
illness to users of the Nation's recreational waters. Section 406(b) of 
the CWA, as amended by the BEACH Act, authorizes the U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency (EPA) to award program development and implementation 
grants to eligible States, territories, tribes, and local governments 
to support microbiological testing and monitoring of coastal recreation 
waters, including the Great Lakes, that are adjacent to beaches or 
similar points of access used by the public. BEACH Act grants also 
support development and implementation of programs to notify the public 
of the potential exposure to disease-causing microorganisms in coastal 
recreation waters. EPA encourages coastal States and territories to 
apply for BEACH Act grants for program implementation (referred to as 
implementation grants) to implement effective and comprehensive coastal 
recreation water monitoring and public notification programs. EPA also 
encourages coastal tribes to apply for BEACH Act grants for program 
development (referred to as development grants) to develop effective 
and comprehensive coastal recreation water monitoring and public 
notification programs.

DATES: States and territories must submit applications on or before 
September 1, 2004. Eligible tribes should notify the relevant Regional 
BEACH Act grant coordinator of their interest in applying on or before 
August 2, 2004. Upon receipt of a tribe's notice of interest, EPA will 
establish an appropriate application deadline.

ADDRESSES: You must send your application to the appropriate Regional 
Grant Coordinator listed in this notice under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
section VI.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Beth LeaMond, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., 
NW., (4305T), Washington, DC 20460, 202-566-0444, leamond.beth@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Grant Program

What Is the Statutory Authority for BEACH Act Grants?

    The general statutory authority for BEACH Act grants is CWA section 
406(b) as amended by the BEACH Act, Public Law 106-284, 114 Stat. 970 
(2000). It provides: ``The Administrator may make grants to States and 
local governments to develop and implement programs for monitoring and 
notification for coastal recreation waters adjacent to beaches or 
similar points of access that are used by the public.'' CWA section 
406(b)(2)(A), however,

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limits EPA's ability to award implementation grants only to those 
States, tribes and territories that meet certain requirements (see 
section II, Funding and Eligibility, below for information on specific 
requirements).

What Activities Are Eligible for Funding Under the FY 2004 Grants?

    In fiscal year 2004, EPA intends to award grants authorized under 
CWA section 406(b) to eligible States and territories to support the 
implementation of coastal recreation water monitoring and public 
notification programs that are consistent with EPA's required 
performance criteria for grants. Also in fiscal year 2004, EPA intends 
to award development grants to eligible tribes to support the 
development of coastal recreation water monitoring and public 
notification programs that are consistent with EPA's performance 
criteria for grants. EPA published the required performance criteria 
for grants in National Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria 
for Grants (EPA-823-B-02-004), on July 19, 2002. A notice of 
availability of the document was published in the Federal Register (67 
FR 47540, July 19, 2002). You can find this document on EPA's Web site 
at http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/beaches/grants. You can also get 
copies of the document by writing, calling, or e-mailing: Office of 
Water Resources Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 
4100T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. (Phone: 
202-566-1731 or e-mail: center.water-resource@epa.gov.)

II. Funding and Eligibility

Who Is Eligible To Apply for These Implementation Grants?

    Coastal and Great Lake States that meet the requirements of CWA 
section 406(b)(2)(A) are eligible for grants in fiscal year 2004 to 
implement monitoring and notification programs. The term ``State'' is 
defined in CWA section 502 to include the District of Columbia, the 
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, 
the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Trust 
territory of the Pacific Islands. However, the Trust Territory of the 
Pacific Islands no longer exists. The Marshall Islands, the Federated 
States of Micronesia, and Palau, which were previously entities within 
the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, have entered into Compacts 
of Free Association with the Government of the United States. As a 
result, each is now a sovereign, self-governing entity and, as such, is 
no longer eligible to receive grants as a territory or possession of 
the United States.

Are Local Governments Eligible for Funding?

    CWA section 406(b)(2)(B) authorizes EPA to make a grant to a local 
government for implementation of a monitoring and notification program 
only if, after the one-year period beginning on the date of publication 
of the performance criteria (July 19, 2002), EPA determines that the 
State within which the local government has jurisdiction is not 
implementing a program that meets the requirements of CWA section 
406(b), which includes a requirement that the program is consistent 
with the performance criteria in National Beach Guidance and Required 
Performance Criteria for Grants. Therefore, July 19, 2003, was the 
earliest date that local governments would have been eligible for 
implementation grants. EPA has not determined that any State is 
implementing the program inconsistent with the requirements in section 
406(b). Local governments may contact their EPA Regional office for 
further information about BEACH Act grants.

How May Tribes Apply for BEACH Act Development Grants and How Much 
Funding Is Available for Tribes?

    Section 518(e) of the CWA authorizes EPA to treat eligible Indian 
tribes in the same manner as States for the purpose of receiving CWA 
section 406 grant funding. For fiscal year 2004, EPA will make $50,000 
available for development grants to eligible tribes. In order to be 
eligible for a CWA section 406 development grant, a tribe must have 
coastal recreation waters adjacent to beaches or similar points of 
access that are used by the public. The phrase ``coastal recreation 
waters'' is defined in CWA section 502(21) to mean the Great Lakes and 
marine coastal waters (including coastal estuaries) that are designated 
under CWA section 303(c) for use for swimming, bathing, surfing, or 
similar water contact activities. The statute explicitly excludes from 
the definition inland waters and waters upstream of the mouth of a 
river or stream having an unimpaired natural connection with the open 
sea. In addition, a tribe must meet the requirements in CWA section 518 
for treatment in a manner similar to a State for purposes of receiving 
a CWA section 406 grant. EPA encourages those tribes with coastal 
recreation waters to contact their regional Beach Act grant coordinator 
for further information regarding the application process as soon as 
possible.

Are There Any Additional Eligibility Requirements and Grant Conditions 
Applicable to States, Tribes, and Territories?

    Yes, there are additional eligibility requirements and grant 
conditions. First, CWA section 406(b)(2)(A) provides that EPA may only 
award a grant to implement a monitoring and notification program if:
    (i) The program is consistent with the performance criteria 
published by the Administrator under CWA section 406(a);
    (ii) The State or local government prioritizes the use of grant 
funds for particular coastal recreation waters based on the use of the 
water and the risk to human health presented by pathogens or pathogen 
indicators;
    (iii) The State or local government makes available to the 
Administrator the factors used to prioritize the use of funds under 
clause (ii);
    (iv) The State or local government provides a list of discrete 
areas of coastal recreation waters that are subject to the program for 
monitoring and notification for which the grant is provided that 
specifies any coastal recreation waters for which fiscal constraints 
will prevent consistency with the performance criteria under CWA 
section 406(a); and
    (v) The public is provided an opportunity to review the program 
through a process that provides for public notice and an opportunity 
for comment.
    Second, CWA section 406(c) requires that as a condition of receipt 
of a CWA section 406 grant, a State or local government program for 
monitoring and notification must identify:
    (1) Lists of coastal recreation waters in the State, including 
coastal recreation waters adjacent to beaches or similar points of 
access that are used by the public;
    (2) In the case of a State program for monitoring and notification, 
the process by which the State may delegate to local governments 
responsibility for implementing the monitoring and notification 
program;
    (3) The frequency and location of monitoring and assessment of 
coastal recreation waters based on--
    (A) The periods of recreational use of the waters;
    (B) The nature and extent of use during certain periods;
    (C) The proximity of the waters to known point sources and nonpoint 
sources of pollution; and

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    (D) Any effect of storm events on the waters;
    (4) (A) The methods to be used for detecting levels of pathogens 
and pathogen indicators that are harmful to human health; and
    (B) The assessment procedures for identifying short-term increases 
in pathogens and pathogen indicators that are harmful to human health 
in coastal recreation waters (including increases in relation to storm 
events);
    (5) Measures for prompt communication of the occurrence, nature, 
location, pollutants involved, and extent of any exceeding of, or 
likelihood of exceeding, applicable water quality standards for 
pathogens and pathogen indicators to--
    (A) The Administrator, in such form as the Administrator determines 
to be appropriate; and
    (B) A designated official of a local government having jurisdiction 
over land adjoining the coastal recreation waters for which the failure 
to meet applicable standards is identified;
    (6) Measures for the posting of signs at beaches or similar points 
of access, or functionally equivalent communication measures that are 
sufficient to give notice to the public that the coastal recreation 
waters are not meeting or are not expected to meet applicable water 
quality standards for pathogens and pathogen indicators; and
    (7) Measures that inform the public of the potential risks 
associated with water contact activities in the coastal recreation 
waters that do not meet applicable water quality standards.
    Third, as required by CWA section 406(b)(3)(A), a State recipient 
of a CWA section 406 grant must submit to EPA, in such format and at 
such intervals as EPA determines to be appropriate, a report that 
describes:
    (1) Data collected as part of the program for monitoring and 
notification as described in section 406(c), and
    (2) Actions taken to notify the public when water quality standards 
are exceeded.
    In the Federal Register notice for fiscal year 2003 grants, EPA 
established the deadline for States to submit the monitoring report and 
the notification report for any beach season as January 31st of the 
year following the beach season (68 FR 15446, 15449 (March 31, 2003)).
    Fourth, as required in the Federal Register notice for fiscal year 
2003 CWA section 406 grants, States were required to report to EPA, as 
a condition of their fiscal year 2003 grants, latitude, longitude and 
mileage data on:
    (1) The extent of beaches and similar points of public access 
adjacent to coastal recreation waters, and
    (2) The extent of beaches that are monitored. (68 FR 15446, 15447).
    Those States that have not complied with the latitude/longitude and 
mileage data submission requirement must submit to EPA, as part of the 
grant application package, a plan outlining how this data submission 
requirement will be met in the 2004 grant year. For purposes of this 
requirement, the grant year is the 365-day period beginning on the date 
of the grant award.

How Much Funding Is Available?

    For fiscal year 2004, the total available for BEACH Act grants is 
$9.941 million. EPA expects to award $9.891 million in implementation 
and development grants to eligible States and territories. In addition, 
EPA intends to award $50,000 in development grants to eligible tribes.

How Will the Funding for States and Territories Be Allocated?

    EPA expects to award grants to all eligible States and territories 
who apply for funding based on an allocation formula that the Agency 
developed for allocating BEACH Act grant funds in 2002. EPA consulted 
with various States, the Coastal States Organization, and the 
Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control 
Administrators (ASIWPCA) to develop this formula. It uses three factors 
that are readily available and verifiable: (1) Beach season length, (2) 
beach miles, and (3) beach use.
(1) Beach Season Length
    EPA selected beach season length as a factor because it determines 
the part of the year when a government would conduct its monitoring 
program. The longer the beach season, the more resources a government 
would need to conduct monitoring. The Agency obtained the information 
on the length of a beach season from the National Health Protection 
Survey of Beaches for the States or territories that submitted a 
completed survey. EPA estimated the beach season length for American 
Samoa, Oregon, Puerto Rico, and Northern Mariana Islands based on the 
season reported by nearby States and Territories. EPA estimated the 
beach season length for Alaska based on air and water temperature, 
available information on recreation activities, and data from the 1993 
National Water Based Recreation Survey. EPA grouped the States and U.S. 
Territories into four categories of beach season lengths:

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             For beaches in:               The beach season category is:
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Alaska..................................  <3 months.
Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois,          3-4 months.
 Indiana, Maine, Maryland,
 Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New
 Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio,
 Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,
 Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.
Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana,              5-6 months.
 Mississippi, North Carolina, South
 Carolina.
American Samoa, California, Florida,      9-12 months.
 Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana, Puerto
 Rico, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
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(2) Beach Miles
    EPA selected miles of beach as a factor because it determines the 
geographical extent over which a government would conduct monitoring. 
The more miles of beaches, the more resources a government would need 
to conduct monitoring. EPA does not have complete and verified beach 
mileage data at this time. Therefore, in the interim, EPA is using 
shoreline miles as a surrogate for beach miles in the allocation 
formula. Shoreline miles data overestimates beach miles in some States 
and territories; however, EPA and States agreed that this is the best 
beach estimate available at this time. EPA used the National Oceanic 
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) publication, The Coastline of the 
United States, to quantify shoreline miles. In future years, EPA 
intends to use beach miles (reported by States and territories) rather 
than shoreline miles. EPA will also use beach miles information to 
periodically update the CWA section 406(g) list (also known as the 
National List of Beaches--document number, EPA-823-R-04-004).
(3) Beach Use
    EPA selected beach use as a factor because it reflects the 
importance of beach-related tourism to the local economy. Greater use 
of beaches makes it more likely that a government would need to conduct 
monitoring more frequently due to the larger number of

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people that might be exposed to pathogens. EPA continues to use the 
coastal population of counties (based on the 2000 Census data) to 
quantify the coastal population that is wholly or partially within the 
State's or Territory's legally defined coastal zone, as a surrogate for 
actual beach usage.
    The grants allocation formula sums three parts. The first part is a 
base amount for all States and Territories that varies with the length 
of the beach season. The second part distributes 50% of the total 
remaining funds based on the ratio of shoreline miles in a State or 
territory to the total length of shoreline miles. For example, if a 
State has 4% of the total coastal and Great Lakes shoreline, that State 
would receive 4% of 50% or 2% of total funds remaining after the Agency 
distributed the funds for part one. The third part distributes the 
remaining 50% based on the ratio of coastal population in a State or 
territory to the total coastal population. For example, if a State has 
2% of the total coastal and Great Lakes population, that State would 
receive 2% of 50% or 1% of the total funds remaining after the Agency 
distributes the funds for first two parts. The following table 
summarizes the allocation formula:

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       For the factor:               The part of the allocation is:
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Beach season length..........  <3 months: $150,000 (States and
                                Territories with a season< 3 months
                                receive season-based funding only.)
                               3-4 months: $200,000.
                               5-6 months: $250,000.
                               6 months: $300,000.
Shoreline miles..............  50% of funds remaining after allocation
                                of season-based funding.
Coastal population...........  50% of funds remaining after allocation
                                of season-based funding.
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    For 2004, the total available for BEACH Act grants to States and 
territories is $9.891 million. Assuming all 35 States and territories 
with coastal recreation waters apply and meet the statutory eligibility 
requirements for implementation grants (and have met the statutory 
grant conditions applicable to previously awarded section 406 grants), 
the distribution of the funds for year 2004 would be:

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                                                         The year 2004
            For the state or territory of:               allocation is:
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Alabama..............................................           $262,810
Alaska...............................................            150,000
American Samoa.......................................            302,260
California...........................................            527,850
Connecticut..........................................            224,560
Delaware.............................................            211,300
Florida..............................................            540,220
Georgia..............................................            288,130
Guam.................................................            302,740
Hawaii...............................................            324,230
Illinois.............................................            245,060
Indiana..............................................            206,090
Louisiana............................................            328,520
Maine................................................            257,650
Maryland.............................................            272,860
Massachusetts........................................            257,220
Michigan.............................................            282,520
Minnesota............................................            204,490
Mississippi..........................................            257,900
New Hampshire........................................            204,770
New Jersey...........................................            281,680
New York.............................................            356,240
North Carolina.......................................            305,280
Northern Mariana.....................................            303,510
Ohio.................................................            224,840
Oregon...............................................            230,290
Pennsylvania.........................................            223,650
Puerto Rico..........................................            329,900
Rhode Island.........................................            213,290
South Carolina.......................................            299,140
Texas................................................            387,190
U.S. Virgin Islands..................................            303,350
Virginia.............................................            280,910
Washington...........................................            273,980
Wisconsin............................................            226,570
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    EPA expects that all 35 States and territories will apply. If fewer 
than 35 States and territories apply for the allocated amount, or if 
any applicant fails to meet the statutory eligibility requirements (or 
the statutory conditions applicable to previously awarded section 406 
grants), then EPA will redistribute available grant funds to eligible 
States and territories in the following order:
    (1) States that meet the eligibility requirements for 
implementation grants and that have met the statutory conditions 
applicable to previously awarded section 406 grants will receive the 
full amount of funds based on the allocation formula.
    (2) States that have not met the requirements for implementation 
grants but have met the statutory requirements and grant conditions 
applicable to previously awarded section 406 grants may receive grants 
for continued program development. Any program development grants that 
the Agency awards will be for the limited purpose of completing work 
needed to qualify for implementation grants. Therefore, we expect that 
funding levels for continued program development grants will be lower 
than the amount allocated for program implementation grants.
    (3) EPA may award program implementation grants to local 
governments in States that the Agency determines have not met the 
requirements for implementation grants.
    (4) Should there be any remaining funds, EPA may award these funds 
to those States that have met the statutory requirements for 
implementation grants, as well as the statutory grant conditions of 
previous section 406 grants, using the criteria in the allocation 
formula.

How Will the Funding for Tribes Be Allocated?

    EPA expects to apportion the funds set aside for tribal grants 
evenly among all eligible tribes that apply for funding.

What Is the Expected Duration of Funding and Projects?

    The expected funding and project period for implementation grants 
awarded in fiscal year 2004 is one year.

Does EPA Require Matching Funds?

    Recipients do not have to provide matching funds for these 
Implementation Grants. EPA may establish a match requirement in the 
future based on a review of State program activity and funding levels.

What If a State Cannot Use All of Its Allocation?

    If a State, tribe, or territory cannot use all of its allocation, 
the Regional Administrator may award the unused funds to any eligible 
coastal or Great Lake grant recipient in the Region for the continued 
development or implementation of their coastal recreation water 
monitoring and notification program(s). If, after re-allocations, there 
are still unused funds within the Region, EPA Headquarters will 
redistribute these funds to any eligible coastal or Great Lake grant 
recipient.

III. Eligible Activities

    Recipients of implementation grants may use funds for activities to 
support implementing a beach monitoring and notification program that 
is consistent with the required performance criteria for grants 
specified in the document, National Beach Guidance and Required 
Performance Criteria for Grants,

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(document number: EPA-823-B-02-004). Recipients of development grants 
may use the funds to develop a beach monitoring and notification 
program consistent with the performance criteria.

IV. Selection Process

    EPA Regional offices will award CWA section 406 grants through a 
non-competitive process. EPA expects to award grants to all eligible 
State, tribe, and territory applicants that meet the applicable 
requirements described in this notice.

Who Has the Authority To Award BEACH Act Grants?

    The Administrator has delegated the authority to award BEACH Act 
grants to the Regional Administrators.

V. Application Procedure

What Is the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number for 
the BEACH Monitoring and Notification Program Implementation Grants?

    The number assigned to the BEACH Act Grants is 66.472, Program Code 
CU.

Can BEACH Act Grant Funds Be Included in a Performance Partnership 
Grant?

    For fiscal year 2004, BEACH Act Grants cannot be included in a 
Performance Partnership Grant.

What Is the Application Process for States and Territories?

    Your application package should contain completed:
     EPA SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance;
     Program Summary;
     Data Submission Plan; and
     For those States that have not complied with the 
latitude/longitude and mileage data submission requirement, your 
application package must also contain a plan that describes how the 
State will meet the latitude/longitude and mileage data submission 
requirement by the end of the 2004 grant year.
    In order for EPA to determine that a State or local government is 
eligible for an implementation grant, the applicant must submit 
documentation with its application to demonstrate that its program is 
consistent with the performance criteria. The Program Summary must 
contain sufficient technical detail for EPA to confirm that your 
program meets the statutory eligibility requirements and statutory 
grant conditions for previously awarded CWA section 406 grants listed 
in section II (Funding and Eligibility) of this notice. The Program 
Summary must also describe how the State used BEACH Act Grant funds to 
develop the beach monitoring and notification program, and how the 
program has met the nine performance criteria in National Beach 
Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for Grants, (EPA-823-B-02-
004). The Program Summary should also describe your program's 
objectives for the next year.
    The Data Submission Plan describes the State data infrastructure 
and how the State plans to submit beach monitoring and notification 
data to EPA. For those States who have already submitted their Data 
Submission Plan, updates and amendments to the Plan may be submitted. 
More information on both the Program Summary and Data Submission Plan 
is available at http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/beaches/grants/.
    States and territories must submit application packages to the 
appropriate EPA Regional Office by September 1, 2004. EPA will make an 
award after the Agency reviews the documentation and confirms that the 
program meets the applicable requirements. The Office of Management and 
Budget has authorized EPA to collect this information (BEACH Act Grant 
Information Collection Request, OMB control number 2040-0244). Please 
contact the appropriate EPA Regional Office for a complete application 
package. See section VI for a list of EPA Regional Grant Coordinators 
or visit the EPA Beach Watch Web site at http://www.epa.gov/
waterscience/beaches/contact.html on the Internet.

What Should a Tribe's Notice of Interest Contain?

    The notice of intent should include the tribe's name and the name 
and telephone number of a contact person.

Are Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) Required for 
Application?

    Yes. Three specific QA/QC requirements must be met to comply with 
EPA's performance criteria for grants:
    (1) Applicants must submit documentation that describes the quality 
system implemented by the State, tribe, or local government. 
Documentation may be in the form of a Quality Management Plan or 
equivalent documentation.
    (2) Applicants must submit a quality assurance project plan (QAPP) 
or equivalent documentation.
    (3) Applicants are responsible for submitting documentation of the 
quality system and QAPP for review and approval by the EPA Quality 
Assurance Officer or his designee before they take primary or secondary 
environmental measurements. More information about the required QA/QC 
procedures is available in Chapter Four and Appendix H of National 
Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for Grants (EPA-823-B-
02-004).

Are There Reporting Requirements?

    Recipients must submit annual performance reports and financial 
reports as required in 40 CFR 31.40 and 31.41. The annual performance 
report explains changes to the beach monitoring and notification 
program during the grant year. It also describes how the grant funds 
were used to implement the program to meet the performance criteria 
listed in National Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for 
Grants (EPA-823-B-02-004). The annual performance report required under 
40 CFR 31.40 is due no later than 90 days after the grant year. 
Recipients must also submit annual monitoring and notification reports 
required under by the National Beach Guidance and Required Performance 
Criteria for Grants; (EPA-823-B-02-004). Sections 2.2.3 and 4.3 of the 
document contain the performance criterion requiring an annual 
monitoring report, and sections 2.2.8 and 5.4 contain the performance 
criterion requiring an annual notification report. The required 
monitoring and notification data are described at http://www.epa.gov/
waterscience/beaches/grants/2003/. These reports, required to be 
submitted to EPA by States, tribes and territories under CWA section 
406(b)(3)(A), include data collected as part of a monitoring and 
notification program. As a condition of award of an implementation 
grant, EPA requires that the monitoring report and the notification 
report for any beach season be submitted not later than January 31 of 
the year following the beach season. (See section II, Funding and 
Eligibility, above.)

What Regulations and OMB Cost Circular Apply to the Award and 
Administration of These Grants?

    The regulations at 40 CFR part 31 govern the award and 
administration of grants to States, tribes, local governments, and 
territories under CWA sections 406(b). Allowable costs will be 
determined according to the cost principles outlined in OMB Cost 
Circular A-87.

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VI. Grant Coordinators

Headquarters--Washington DC

    Beth LeaMond USEPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.,--4305, Washington 
DC 20460; T: 202-566-0399; F: 202-566-0409; leamond.beth@epa.gov.

Region I--Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode 
Island

    Matt Liebman USEPA Region I, One Congress St. Ste. 1100--CWQ, 
Boston, MA 02114-2023; T: 617-918-1626; F: 617-918-1505; 
liebman.matt@epa.gov.

Region II--New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

    Helen Grebe USEPA Region II, 2890 Woodbridge Ave., MS220, Edison, 
NJ 08837-3679; T: 732-321-6797; F: 732-321-6616; grebe.helen@epa.gov.

Region III--Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia

    Nancy Grundahl USEPA Region III, 1650 Arch Street 3ES10, 
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029; T: 215-814-2729; F: 215-814-2782; 
grundahl.nancy@epa.gov.

Region IV--Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, 
South Carolina

    Joel Hansel USEPA Region IV, 61 Forsyth St. 15th Floor, Atlanta, GA 
30303-3415; T: 404-562-9274; F: 404-562-9224; hansel.joel@epa.gov.

Region V--Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin

    Holly Wirick USEPA Region V, 77 West Jackson Blvd. WT-16J, Chicago, 
IL 60604-3507; T: 312-353-6704; F: 312-886-0168; 
wirick.holiday@epa.gov.

Region VI--Louisiana, Texas

    Mike Schaub USEPA Region VI, 1445 Ross Ave. 6WQ-EW, Dallas, TX 
75202-2733; T: 214-665-7314; F: 214-665-6689; schaub.mike@epa.gov.

Region IX--American Soma, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, 
California, Guam, Hawaii

    Terry Fleming USEPA Region IX, 75 Hawthorne St. WTR-2, San 
Francisco, CA 94105; T: 415-972-3462; F: 415-947-3537; 
fleming.terrence@epa.gov.

Region X--Alaska, Oregon, Washington

    Rob Pedersen USEPA Region X, 120 Sixth Ave. OW-134, Seattle, WA 
98101; T: 206-553-1646; F: 206-553-0165; pedersen.rob@epa.gov.

    Dated: April 12, 2004.
Benjamin H. Grumbles,
Acting Assistant Administrator of Water.
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