Florida Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Grant Program (Federal Clean Water Act Grants)

Florida Department of Environmental Protection


Grant amount: US $60,000 - US $750,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 6, 2019

Applicant type: Public College / University Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Florida

Location of residency: Florida

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Overview:

The Nonpoint Source Management Section administers grant money it receives from EPA through Section 319(h) of the Federal Clean Water Act. These grant funds can be used to implement projects or programs that will help to reduce nonpoint sources of pollution. Projects or programs must be conducted within the state's NPS priority watersheds, which are the state's SWIM watersheds and National Estuary Program waters. All projects should include at least a 40% nonfederal match.

Examples of fundable projects include:

  • demonstration and evaluation of Best Management Practices (BMPs)
  • nonpoint pollution reduction in priority watersheds
  • ground water protection from nonpoint sources
  • public education programs on nonpoint source management, etc.

Nonpoint sources include stormwater runoff from urban surface areas and agricultural operations, failing septic tanks, and erosion. NPS pollution is the leading cause of water pollution in Florida today. Managing NPS pollution at the source is critical to meeting the restoration goals, including Total Maximum Daily Loads, for impaired waters as required by the Clean Water Act.

As stated in the EPA Nonpoint Source Program Grant Guidelines, “NPS management programs should articulate areas of program focus and include a description of the state’s strategy for prioritizing waters and watersheds in which to focus restoration and protection efforts.” The State’s NPSM has identified Basin Management Action Plan areas as priority areas, with the Lake Okeechobee and the three Indian River Lagoon BMAPs being high priority areas. 

All approved projects will be contracted with the Department of Environmental Protection and managed by the staff of the Nonpoint Source Management Section. Project proposals are due each year in spring with project selection completed by September.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Eligible Applicants:
    • Governmental entities in Florida, including state agencies, local governments and special districts, nonprofit public universities or colleges, state water management districts, and National Estuary Programs.
      • Reference 287.012(14) F.S. for definition of Governmental entity.
  • Eligible Projects/Activities for Grant Funding
    • Projects that treat nonpoint source pollution at its source.
    • Examples of eligible projects:
      • Swales and bio-swales
      • Planting for bank stabilization and littoral planting.
      • Pervious asphalt, pervious pavers, etc.
      • Green roofs
      • Low impact design projects
      • BMPs that treat stormwater runoff before it enters a major conveyance system 
      • Erosion control practices that prevent soil/sediments from polluting nearby water bodies, such as road bed stabilization with rocks/plants. 
      • Education projects designed to educate the public on prevention/reduction of nonpoint source pollution. 
      • Agricultural demonstration projects
      • Septic inventory projects
      • Septic to Sewer projects (laying the lateral from the residence/business to the main sewer line, connection to sewer line, grinding station (if on the resident’s property) and abandonment of the septic if the remaining septic tank is a continued source of pollution. 
      • Monitoring activities to evaluate BMP effectiveness for projects implemented as part of a Basin Management Action Plan/EPA approved Watershed Plan. 
      • Monitoring activities for projects funded by the 319(h) grant.
  • Match Funding Eligibility Criteria:
    • Projects should include a minimum 40% nonfederal match (that is, Section 319 funding may not exceed 60% of the total eligible project cost)

Ineligibility:

  • Ineligible Projects/Activities for Grant Funding
    • Projects that implement point source pollution improvements such as wastewater treatment system improvements or stormwater system improvements that treat stormwater after it has entered a major conveyance system.
      • Under the federal Clean Water Act, a point source means “any discernible, confined and discrete conveyance, including but not limited to any pipe, ditch, channel, tunnel, conduit, well, discrete fissure, container, rolling stock, concentrated animal feeding operation, or vessel or other floating craft, from which pollutants are or may be discharged.
      • This term does not include agricultural stormwater discharges and return flows from irrigated agriculture.” 
    • Projects that implement a final municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) NPDES permit or that are required under any federal permit. 
    • Planning, engineering, design activities
    • Land acquisition.
    • Baseline monitoring activities such as water body assessment monitoring.