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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 15-1465


Request for Applications for Local Stormwater BMP Implementation Grant Program; Public Notice of Availability

[45 Pa.B. 4457]
[Saturday, August 8, 2015]

 Applications are now being accepted for grants to provide funds for the construction of urban stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) to reduce the discharge of nutrients and sediments delivered to local waters and to the Chesapeake Bay. Counties, cities, boroughs, townships, incorporated towns and municipal authorities within the Chesapeake Bay drainage area are eligible to apply; other parties interested in promoting stormwater BMP construction are encouraged to approach local officials and offer to assist in application development and project management.

 The due date for applications is October 9, 2015. The maximum funding amount per applicant is $200,000. Construction must be complete within 2 years. Federal requirements will apply to construction procurement. Funding recipients will be selected on a competitive basis.

 Projects must be located within the Chesapeake Bay watershed and either:

 1. Within urbanized areas according to the latest Decennial Census in which National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit coverage is required for the discharge of stormwater from municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4).

 2. For discharges from combined sewer overflows through combined sewer systems (CSS).

 Projects cannot be associated with new development. In addition new detention basins are not eligible.

 Projects must result in structural, on-the-ground BMPs that meet the requirements of Pennsylvania's Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual (363-0300-002), as applicable, and have been demonstrated to reduce the discharge of nutrient or sediment loads, or both, to surface waters. Examples include, but are not limited to:

 1. Bioretention/raingardens

 2. Bioswales

 3. Permeable pavement

 4. Urban nutrient management

 5. Urban stream restoration

 6. Urban tree planting

 7. Vegetated open channels

 8. Vegetated roofs

 9. Wet ponds and wetlands

 10. Other projects that reduce the flow of stormwater into MS4s or CSSs

 For more information or a copy of the application, see the Department of Environmental Protection web site at For individuals with further questions contact Leif Rowles, (717) 783-2290,


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 15-1465. Filed for public inspection August 7, 2015, 9:00 a.m.]

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