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Request for Applications for Local Stormwater BMP Implementation Grant Program; Public Notice of Availability

[46 Pa.B. 8241]
[Saturday, December 31, 2016]

 Applications are now being accepted for grants to provide funds for the construction of urban stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) to reduce the discharge of nutrients and sediments delivered to local waters and to the Chesapeake Bay. Counties, cities, boroughs, townships, incorporated towns and municipal authorities within the Chesapeake Bay drainage area and within Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming and York Counties are eligible to apply. Other parties interested in promoting stormwater BMP construction are encouraged to approach local officials and offer to assist in application development and project management.

 The due date for applications is March 3, 2017. The maximum funding amount per applicant is $200,000. Construction must be complete by April 30, 2019. Federal requirements will apply to construction procurement. Funding recipients will be selected on a competitive basis.

 Projects must be:

 1. Within urbanized areas according to the latest Decennial Census in which National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit coverage is required for the discharge of stormwater from municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4).

 2. Located within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

 3. Within Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming and York Counties.

 Projects cannot be associated with new development. In addition, new detention basins are not eligible.

 Projects must result in structural, on-the-ground BMPs that meet the requirements of the Commonwealth's Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual (363-0300-002), as applicable, and have been demonstrated to reduce the discharge of nutrient or sediment loads, or both, to surface waters. Examples include (but are not limited to):

 1. Bioretention/raingardens

 2. Bioswales

 3. Permeable pavement

 4. Urban nutrient management

 5. Urban stream restoration

 6. Urban tree planting

 7. Vegetated open channels

 8. Vegetated roofs

 9. Wet ponds and wetlands

 10. Other projects that reduce the flow of stormwater into MS4s

 To apply visit the Department of Environmental Protection's web site at www.dep.pa.gov and search ''Stormwater Management.'' Individuals with questions should contact Dave Edinger at (717) 772-4060 or dedinger@pa.gov.

PATRICK McDONNELL, 
Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 16-2311. Filed for public inspection December 30, 2016, 9:00 a.m.]



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