Availability of Watershed Planning and Restoration Grants through the Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Grants Program
[50 Pa.B. 4820]
[Saturday, September 19, 2020]
As part of the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Grants Program, applications are now being accepted for watershed planning and restoration grants. Funded in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under section 319(h) of the Federal Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C.A. § 1329(h)), the Department administers a grant program to fund watershed projects that are part of approved watershed implementation plans (WIP). The grants are designed to improve and protect waters in this Commonwealth from nonpoint source pollution associated with agricultural activities, abandoned mine drainage (AMD), stormwater runoff, energy resource extraction, and streambank and shoreline degradation.
Eligible applicants include incorporated watershed associations, counties or municipalities, county conservation districts, council of governments or other authorized organizations including nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and municipal authorities.
The Department is focusing these grants on projects that reduce nonpoint source pollution in targeted watersheds with WIPs, especially projects that reduce nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment pollution from agricultural and stormwater runoff, along with AMD-related pollution from iron, aluminum and acidity. The Department is particularly interested in projects that implement effective Best Management Practices (BMP) that reduce or eliminate stream impairments within WIP areas, leading to local water quality improvements.
Examples of eligible projects include design and construction of BMPs, including: riparian forest buffers, streambank fencing and erosion/sedimentation/nutrient control practices on cropland; animal waste storage systems; and design and construction of stormwater management BMPs and AMD treatment systems and other projects that will reduce nonpoint source pollution in watersheds where streams are impaired.
Applications and all supporting documentation must be submitted online through the Commonwealth's Electronic Single Application web site at www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/Login.aspx. The Department is now accepting applications. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, October 23, 2020. Hardcopy applications and late submissions will not be considered.
Interested applicants with questions may contact Scott Carney at email@example.com or (717) 783-2944. For more information regarding the section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Grants Program, visit the Department's web site at www.dep.pa.gov (select ''Businesses,'' then ''Water,'' then ''Division of Planning and Conservation,'' then ''Nonpoint Source'' or select the ''Grants'' icon, and look for ''319 Nonpoint Source Grant—for carrying out Section 319 Program Watershed Implementation Plans'').
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-1282. Filed for public inspection September 18, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]
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