TSSWCB 319(h) Nonpoint Source Grant Program

Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB)


Grant amount: US $100,000 - US $400,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 28, 2019 3:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Nonprofit Government Entity Hospital / Clinic Elementary / Secondary School College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Counties in Texas: Aransas County, Austin County, Bee County, Bell County, Brazos County, Burnet County, Caldwell County, Cameron County, Chambers County, Collin County, Comal County, Comanche County, Coryell County, Erath County, Freestone County, Goliad County, Grimes County, Guadalupe County, Hamilton County, Hays County, Hill County, Karnes County, Lampasas County, Leon County, Liberty County, Limestone County, Madison County, Nacogdoches County, Refugio County, Robertson County, Rusk County, San Augustine County, San Patricio County, Shelby County, Washington County, Willacy County Other eligible locations: Texas

Location of residency: Texas

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Overview:

Overview

The federal Clean Water Act (CWA) requires States to develop a program to protect the quality of water resources from the adverse effects of nonpoint source (NPS) water pollution. NPS pollution is all water pollution that does not originate from regulated point sources. Types of regulated point sources include wastewater treatment facilities, municipal stormwater systems, and concentrated animal feeding operations. NPS pollution occurs when rainfall flows off the land, roads, buildings, and other features of the landscape. This diffuse runoff carries pollutants into drainage ditches, lakes, rivers, wetlands, bays, and aquifers. Common NPS pollutants include:

  • Fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides from agricultural lands and residential areas;
  • Oil, grease, and toxic chemicals from spills, roads, urban areas, and energy production;
  • Sediment from construction sites, crop and forest lands, and eroding stream banks; and
  • Bacteria and nutrients from livestock, pet wastes, and leaking septic systems.

The Texas NPS Management Program is the State's comprehensive strategy for addressing NPS pollution. The program publication is updated every five years. The most recent revision was submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by the Governor in June 2012. The Texas NPS Management Program is jointly administered by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

Nonpoint Source Grant Program

The NPS Grant Program is administered by the TSSWCB for the purpose of providing funding as grants to cooperating entities for activities that address the goals and objectives stated in the Texas NPS Management Program. The Texas Legislature and the U.S. Congress (through the EPA) provide funding to the TSSWCB to administer the agricultural and silvicultural components of the Texas NPS Management Program through the TSSWCB NPS Grant Program.

Agricultural and silvicultural NPS pollution prevention and abatement activities that can be funded through the NPS Grant Program include: implementation of WPPs and the NPS portion of TMDL Implementation Plans (I-Plans), surface water quality monitoring, demonstration of innovative BMPs, technical assistance and financial incentives for the development and implementation of TSSWCB-certified water quality management plans (WQMPs), public outreach and education, development of WPPs, and monitoring activities to determine the effectiveness of specific pollution prevention methods.

CWA §319(h) Grant Funding

Congress enacted §319(h) of the CWA in 1987, establishing a national program to control NPS water pollution. Through §319(h), federal funds are provided annually through the EPA to States for the development and implementation of each State's NPS Management Program. The §319(h) funding in Texas is divided equally between the TCEQ and the TSSWCB. Over the last two years, the State's allocation has been approximately $7 million.

Request for Proposals

 The TSSWCB is requesting proposals for watershed assessment, planning, implementation, demonstration and education projects within the boundaries of impaired watersheds. The 2014 Texas Integrated Report describes the water quality conditions for waterbodies in the state. All proposals must focus on the restoration of water quality consistent with the goals, objectives, and priority watersheds and aquifers identified in the Texas NPS Management Program. Up to $1 million of the TSSWCB’s FY2017 CWA §319(h) grant will be eligible for this RFP. No more than 10% of these funds may be utilized for groundwater projects.

The types of agricultural and silvicultural NPS pollution prevention and abatement activities that can be funded with §319(h) grants include the following: implementation of nine-element watershed protection plans and the agricultural and silvicultural NPS portion of Total Maximum Daily Load Implementation Plans, surface water quality monitoring, data analysis and modeling, demonstration of innovative BMPs, technical assistance to landowners for conservation planning, public outreach/education, development of nine-element WPPs including the formation and facilitation of stakeholder groups, and monitoring activities to determine the effectiveness of specific pollution prevention methods. Strictly research activities are not eligible for §319(h) grant funding.

Project proposals should, where applicable, stress interagency coordination, demonstrate new or innovative technologies, use comprehensive strategies that have statewide applicability, and stress public participation. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to review EPA’s Grant Guidelines for the NPS Program are available here.

Grant Amount

This RFP does not set a maximum or minimum amount for individual projects; however, project funding generally ranges between $100,000 and $400,000 for a two to three year project.

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

Eligibility:

  • Grants will be available to public and private entities such as local municipal and county governments and other political subdivisions of the State (e.g., soil and water conservation districts), educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and state and federal agencies. 
  • The TSSWCB CWA §319(h) NPS Grant Program has a 60/40% match requirement, however proposals that do not meet the minimum matching requirement will still be considered. 

Preferences:

  • Priority Project Activities
    • Implement WPPs and TMDL I-Plans (See priority areas listed below).
    • WPP development initiatives (See Appendix C in Texas NPS Management Program), which include activities such as the formation of watershed groups or water quality data collection and analysis. More information on developing WPPs is available here.
    • Implement components of the Texas Coastal NPS Pollution Control Program in the Coastal Management Zone.
    • Support use of federal Farm Bill Programs and Initiatives (National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) and Gulf of Mexico Initiative (GoMI)) through Cooperative Conservation in impaired watersheds.
    • Demonstration projects and/or development/delivery of education programs.
  • Priority Areas for WPP and TMDL Implementation Projects
    • WPPs
      • Arroyo Colorado
      • Geronimo Creek
      • Plum Creek (Segment 1810)
      • Lampasas River
      • Leon River
      • Mill Creek
      • Double Bayou
      • Navasota River
      • Attoyac Bayou
      • Lavon Lake
    • TMDLs
      • Copano Bay, Mission and Aransas Rivers (bacteria)

Ineligibility:

  • Private organizations, for profit, may participate in projects as partners or contractors but may not apply directly for funding.
  • Strictly research activities are not eligible for §319(h) grant funding.