OR Nonpoint Source Implementation 319 Grants

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

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Grant amount: Up to US $30,000

Anticipated deadline: Apr 19, 2020

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Oregon

Location of residency: Oregon

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Overview:

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) invites stakeholders to apply for Clean Water Act §319 Nonpoint Source (NPS) 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 impaired water bodies or the protection of beneficial uses in unimpaired water bodies.

Funds will be made available through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under §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; and
  • project effectiveness monitoring.

Introduction

The DEQ is seeking proposals to conduct water pollution control projects that reduce nonpoint source contributions to Oregon waterbodies. Projects must be designed to achieve measurable water quality improvements.

Watershed Based Plan strategy in Oregon

EPA requires the DEQ to ensure a Watershed Based Plan (WBP) or acceptable alternative plan, which includes all of the information in elements referenced below, is completed prior to beginning to implement any on-the-ground project with Section 319 watershed project funds. For FY 2019, DEQ has reviewed available WBP documentation.The WBP’s listed in Section C have been reviewed by DEQ and meet that criteria. It is anticipated that for future 319 funding, DEQ will add additional watersheds as WBP’s are reviewed and approved by DEQ.

Elements of a Watershed Based Plan include:

  • Identification of the causes and sources of pollution
  • Estimate of the pollutant load reductions expected from management strategies
  • Description of the nonpoint source management strategies that will need to be implemented to achieve load reductions and a description of the targeted critical areas
  • Estimate amounts of technical and financial assistance needed, associated costs, and/or the relevant authorities that will be relied upon to implement the plan
  • An information and education component
  • A schedule for implementing the nonpoint source management stratigies
  • Description of the interim measurable milestones
  • Identification of a set of criteria or indicators to measure progress over time
  • A monitoring component.

For additional guidance on develoing a watershed based plan, see EPA’s Handbook for Developing Watertshed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters.

Eligible projects

DEQ will only accept workplans addressing the implementation of watershed based plans, as referenced in the priorities outlined in Section C. Proposals may either implement a portion of a plan, or a complete plan.

DEQ encourages projects that involve collaborative stakeholder partnerships to engage local governments, community-based organizations, state and federal agencies and/or tribal nations. Cooperative efforts not only help organizations to ensure effective funding coordination and adequate match from diverse sources, but also often yield the greatest water quality improvements.

In the past, DEQ has provided 319 funds in the past to grantees to provide technical assistance and outreach services to effectively promote landowner installation of BMPs. In addition, a grantee may choose to set up a cost sharing program as an incentive to installation and promotion of BMPs. Under cost sharing, a grantee provides project funds in the form of a cost share payment to a town or individual to share the cost of acceptable BMP installations. To administer a cost sharing program, a grantee determines: the types of NPS sites to be targeted for cost sharing the eligible BMPs; the cost share percentage rate; provides information about availability of cost sharing; and uses an appropriate agreement. Recipients of 319 cost sharing must agree to properly operate and maintain the BMP for its intended purpose for the conservation practice service life.

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Eligibility:

  • The following governmental agencies and non-profit organizations are eligible to receive 319 Grants. Other groups may also apply for grant funding by partnering with the following organizations:
    • Oregon Municipalities (cities and counties);
    • Non-profit Organizations;
    • Special Districts in Oregon, including Conservation Districts;
    • Watershed Councils/Associations;
    • State Agencies/Universities;
    • Tribal Nations;
    • Regional Planning Commissions; and
    • Water Suppliers.
  • Note that grant funds may be used to sub-contract with private entities, such as environmental consulting or engineering firms, in order to complete portions of projects that are beyond the capacity of the grantee organization. 
  • Proposals selected for funding must provide at least 40% of the total project cost (§319 funds requested + minimum match) as match using non-federal funds and/or in-kind services (e.g., volunteer time and effort).
  • Project requirements The proposed project must meet the following requirements:
    • The project must address a priority as outlined in Section C.
    • The project must include a component that demonstrates project success with an emphasis on measurable environmental improvement. 
    • Proposals selected for funding must provide at least 40% of the total project cost (§319 funds requested plus minimum match) as match using non-federal funds and/or in-kind services (e.g., volunteer time and effort). Successful grant recipients must submit documentation of the project match to DEQ, which meets the format and criteria provided with the final NPS Agreement. 
    • For those projects identified as involving environmentally related measurements or data generations, the grant recipient will need to develop and submit to DEQ the appropriate quality assurance / quality control documentation. 
    • Grant Recipients must enter into a Grant Agreement with the State of Oregon to receive funds. It is very important that the grant recipient reviews and agrees with the grant agreement requirement prior to executing it. 
    • 319 grant funds are distributed to recipients as reimbursement for documented incurred expenses according to the workplan included in the Agreement as Exhibit A.
    • Match expenditures must be reported with all invoices using the Nonpoint Source Grant Agreement Expenditures/Match Report form that will be provided (Exhibit B). If the match reported is less than 40% of the invoiced amount, a plan for when the 40% match requirement will be fulfilled must be provided. The plan must be approved by the DEQ Project Officer and Financial Services Manager or Designee.
    • For those projects, targeting riparian restoration, at project completion, grant Recipients must enter project implementation information in the Oregon Watershed Restoration Inventory  and DEQ’s Water Quality Monitoring Database If part of the grant implementation involves hiring of a sub contractor, Grant Recipients are required to make a good faith effort to hire disadvantaged businesses.
    • Annual progress reports and a final report are required. Progress reports provide an opportunity for grantees to share information regarding progress toward meeting performance targets and enable DEQ staff to offer assistance in meeting those targets. 

Ineligibility:

  • The following types of projects will not be considered for funding:
    • Projects not addressing the criteria presented in Section C
    • Projects that install management practices to meet MS4 permit requirements, with the exception of demonstration projects directly transferable to other communities;
    • On-site wastewater treatment system projects for routine maintenance or repair of existing on-site (septic) systems;
    • Routine replacement of culverts;
    • Projects to specifically protect or replace failing infrastructure on U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management roads or lands