Nonpoint Source Pollution (NPS) Control Grant Program - Clean Water Act section 319(h) & Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Fund

California State Water Resources Control Board

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Grant amount: US $250,000 - US $800,000

Anticipated deadline: Dec 18, 2019 5:00pm PST

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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The NPS Program administers grant money it receives from United States Environmental Protection Agency through Section 319(h) of the Federal Clean Water Act and from the state Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Fund. These grant funds can be used to implement projects or programs that will help to reduce NPS pollution. Projects that qualify for funding must be conducted within the state's NPS priority watersheds. Project proposals that address Total Maximum Daily Load implementation and those that address problems in impaired waters are favored in the selection process. In addition, the NPS Grant Program funds projects that implement forest management measures on forest lands to improve water quality. There is also a focus on implementing management activities that lead to reduction and/or prevention of pollutants that threaten or impair surface and ground waters 

General Information

The 2019 Nonpoint Source (NPS) Grant Program aims to reduce and mitigate the effects of nonpoint source pollutants in waters of the state. Nonpoint source pollutants include sediment, pesticides, nutrients, and other pollutants from diffuse, nonpoint sources. The funds in the NPS Grant Program are reserved for implementation projects that install treatments or management practices to reduce the load of nonpoint source pollutants to, or concentration of nonpoint source pollutants in, waters of the state; projects may incorporate outreach and education, project-level planning and design, and water quality monitoring that directly support the implementation project, but may not consist entirely of outreach and education, project planning and design, or water quality monitoring.

The 2019 NPS Grant Program is supported by funds from a U.S. EPA Clean Water Act (CWA) section 319 grant (CWA 319 grant) to the State Water Board,1 and from the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Fund (Timber Fund) should such funds be made available to the State Water Board (through federal budget allocation and/or the fiscal year 2019/2020 California Budget Act). Staff anticipates the CWA 319 grant will be $4,000,000 and that the California Legislature and Governor will appropriate $2,000,000 from the Timber Fund for 2019/2020. Unencumbered funds from previous grant years may be used for eligible projects in accordance with the 2019 Nonpoint Source Grant Program Preferences and source fund requirements. Projects and recipients of NPS Grant Program funding are subject to state and federal law requirements. The State Water Board considered the Human Right to Water while establishing the criteria in these guidelines.

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