MA Section 319 Nonpoint Source Competitive Grants Program

Massachusetts Department of Energy & Environmental Affairs (EEA)

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Anticipated deadline: Jun 4, 2021 9:00am PDT (Full proposal)

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $500,000

Fields of work: Freshwater Conservation Water Resource Management

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Massachusetts

Location of residency: Massachusetts

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This grant program is authorized under Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act for implementation projects that address the prevention, control, and abatement of nonpoint source (NPS) pollution. In general, eligible projects must:

  • implement measures that address the prevention, control, and abatement of NPS pollution
  • target the major source(s) of nonpoint source pollution within a watershed/subwatershed
  • contain an appropriate method for evaluating the project results
  • must address activities that are identified in the Massachusetts NPS Management Plan

Ovierview and Goals of Grants

Section 319 (319) of the federal Clean Water Act of 1987 was established as a national program to control nonpoint sources of water pollution. Each year, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Resources (the Department), in conjunction with the EPA, provides 319 funds for projects that address prevention, control, and abatement of nonpoint source (NPS) pollution, and that attain environmental results by restoring beneficial uses and/or meeting or maintaining state water quality standards.

The U.S. EPA defines NPS pollution as that which is "caused by diffuse sources that are not regulated as point sources and are normally associated with precipitation and runoff from the land or percolation." Projects addressing stormwater impacts that are not covered by EPA final NPDES stormwater permits are eligible for funding, provided these projects meet all other 319 eligibility guidelines.

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