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Request for Applications for Watershed Planning and Restoration Grants through the Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program

[49 Pa.B. 3271]
[Saturday, June 22, 2019]

 As part of the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Grants Program, applications will be accepted for watershed planning and restoration grants. Funded in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under section 319(h) of the Federal Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C.A. §§ 1251—1388), the Department administers a grant program to fund watershed projects that are part of approved watershed implementation plans (WIP). The grants are designed to improve and protect waters in this Commonwealth from nonpoint source pollution associated with agricultural activities, abandoned mine drainage (AMD), stormwater runoff, energy resource extraction, and streambank and shoreline degradation.

 Eligible applicants include: incorporated watershed associations, counties or municipalities; county conservation districts; and council of governments or other authorized organizations including nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and municipal authorities.

 The Department is focusing these grants on projects that reduce nonpoint source pollution in targeted watersheds with WIPs, especially projects that reduce nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment pollution from agricultural and stormwater runoff, along with AMD-related pollution from iron, aluminum and acidity. The Department is particularly interested in projects that implement effective best management practices (BMP) that reduce or eliminate stream impairments within WIP areas, leading to local water quality improvements. The Department has identified other priorities, including: implementing BMPs within WIP areas to address priority nonpoint source pollution sources; developing new WIPs and revising existing WIPs; and integrating Chesapeake Bay Phase 3 WIP Countywide Action Plans into new and revised WIPs.

 Examples of eligible projects include: design and construction of BMPs including riparian forest buffers, streambank fencing and erosion/sedimentation/nutrient control practices on cropland; animal waste storage systems; and design and construction of stormwater management BMPs and AMD treatment systems. Other examples of eligible projects include projects that will reduce nonpoint source pollution in watersheds where streams are impaired and integrating stormwater management BMPs into watershed management strategies.

 Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted through the Department of Community and Economic Development's Electronic Single Application web site, eGrants at https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us. Applications will be accepted beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 24, 2019, through 5 p.m. on Friday, August 9, 2019. Late submissions will not be considered.

 Interested applicants with questions may contact Roland Carney at rscarney@pa.gov or (717) 783-2944. To obtain more information on the Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Grants Program, visit the Department's web site at www.dep.pa.gov (search ''Nonpoint Source'').

PATRICK McDONNELL, 
Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-936. Filed for public inspection June 21, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]



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