Nonpoint Source Implementation 319 Grants
319 Grants Fiscal Year 2016
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality announces the availability of 319 Nonpoint Source Grants to support implementation and planning projects that address water quality problems in surface and groundwater resources resulting from NPS pollution. DEQ is seeking proposals from government agencies, tribal nations and nonprofit organizations for projects that will lead to the restoration of beneficial uses in impacted water bodies.
Funds are appropriated through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act and support a wide variety of nonpoint source pollution management activities, including:
- technical assistance
- site assessment
- public awareness and education
- technology transfer
- demonstration projects
- monitoring to assess the success of specific NPS implementation projects
In Oregon, approximately $333,980 of federal grant dollars are expected for 2016.
Funding and oversight of selected proposals will be administered by the DEQ NPS Water Quality Program staff.
Deadline Extension: DEQ has extended the deadline for application submissions
Proposals are due by Aug. 1, 2016 - see Table 1 for locations and Section 7 for submittal requirements.
Proposals will be evaluated by DEQ staff to identify those projects that best address the State’s nonpoint source priorities (see Section C). DEQ will contact applicants by Aug. 12, 2016, to let them know if their proposal will be funded. DEQ will evaluate application submittals and select projects for recommendation to EPA for funding consideration. We anticipate this recommendation to be presented to EPA by August 2016. We anticipate EPA will award the 2016 award by October 2016. Successful projects may commence in the fall of 2016 after the award is received and the applicants have been notified.
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.