Nonpoint Source Implementation 319 Grants
319 Grants Fiscal Year 2016
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will not seek 319 Grant Program request for proposals for 2016. This is due to the number of unfunded high-priority projects submitted during the 2015 319 Grant RFP process and uncertainty for receiving full funding for the program in 2016.This uncertainty is due to unresolved issues brought to the state’s attention by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and EPA and associated with the state’s coastal nonpoint pollution program, under EPA’s Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendment (CZARA). There continues to be the potential for EPA to withhold 2016 319 Grant funds until the issues are fully resolved.
When DEQ gets more information from EPA about 2016 319 Grant funds, it will review the unfunded high-priority project proposals from the 2015 319 Grant Program RFP for consideration in 2016. We recognize that some applicants may no longer be interested or able to use the 2016 319 Grant funds. However, based on the number of 2015 grant applications received we believe there’ll be a sufficient number of high-priority projects to fund in the event DEQ is funded at a level similar to what it received from EPA for the 2015 319 Grant Program.
Thank you for your continued interest in the Oregon 319 Grant Program. DEQ will continue to work with its partners to implement high-priority work to help meet our Nonpoint Source Program goals.
319 Grants Fiscal Year 2015
DEQ’s 2015 319 grant funds were reduced by EPA because EPA and NOAA determined that Oregon had not submitted a fully approvable Coastal Nonpoint Program under the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments (CZARA). The Program was not fully approvable because of gaps in Oregon’s program related to forestry to meet or maintain water quality standards and protect beneficial uses. We were officially notified by EPA that Oregon’s 2015 Grant Funds will be redistributed to other states and territories that have approved coastal nonpoint programs. The 2015 319 pass-through funds available in Oregon was reduced from $712,351 to a total of $80,851.
DEQ has contacted 319 grant applicants about this fund reduction.
Please contact your regional DEQ contacts or myself if you have questions about the 2015 319 grant funds.