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Portland, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality invites stakeholders to apply for grants to support implementation and planning projects that address water quality problems in surface and groundwater resources resulting from non-point source 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 impaired water bodies or the protection of beneficial uses in unimpaired water bodies.

Also known as Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grants, these funds will be made available through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act to support a wide variety of potential nonpoint source pollution management activities, including:
- technical assistance
- waterbody assessment
- public awareness and education
- training
- technology transfer
- demonstration projects
- project effectiveness monitoring

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m., Jan. 8, 2018. Proposals will be evaluated by DEQ staff to identify those projects that best address the State's nonpoint source priorities. DEQ will contact applicants by March 22, 2018 to inform them whether or not their pre-proposal will be included in the funding priority list. For application and instructions, please visit:

DEQ will evaluate application submittals and select projects for recommendation to EPA for funding consideration. Those applicants recommended for funding will be invited to provide additional work plan information upon confirmation of EPA's Section 319 grant budget approval. Successful projects may commence after DEQ receives the award from EPA (likely fall 2018) and the applicants have been notified.

Ivan Camacho, Grants Administrator, DEQ, Portland 503-229-5088,
Matthew Van Sickle, Public Affairs, DEQ, Portland, 503-229-6044,


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