Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program
The 2015-2019 Missouri Nonpoint Source Management Plan (NPSMP or plan) will serve to guide the state’s efforts in coordinating nonpoint source pollution reduction efforts and supporting state activities pursuant to Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). This plan will also serve as a guide for Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR) decisions involving the allocation of resources to address nonpoint source pollution. This plan serves as Missouri’s guiding document for nonpoint source water pollution remediation and protection and reflects the department’s commitment to statewide watershed planning efforts. Nonpoint Source Management Plans and Annual Reports
History of the Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program
Recognizing the need for greater federal leadership to help focus state and local nonpoint source efforts, Congress amended the Clean Water Act in 1987 with the addition of Section 319 to establish a national Nonpoint Source Management Program. Under Section 319, States, Territories and Indian Tribes receive grant funding that supports a wide variety of activities to address nonpoint source pollution (NPS) including technical assistance, financial assistance, education, training, technology transfer, demonstration projects and monitoring to assess the success of specific nonpoint source implementation projects.
Nonpoint source water pollution refers to contaminants that do not come from specific conveyances, such as pipes or other permitted sources. It includes contaminants carried in runoff from fields, yards, roads, parking lots, construction sites, etc., as well as more specific sources such as improperly functioning septic systems. Nonpoint source pollution is the greatest threat to water quality in the nation and in Missouri. The majority of the water bodies listed on the state’s 303(d) list of impaired waters have been impaired by NPS. In Missouri, agriculture is considered the primary source of this type of pollution, although urban areas represent a very significant source as do abandoned mine lands.
Summary of Section 319 Grants Offered
Missouri applies for a federal Section 319 NPS Grant annually, and passes that funding through to eligible recipients to address NPS concerns in the state via subgrants for eligible projects. Annual subgrant funding may be allocated for watershed based planning and/or watershed based plan implementation projects.
Click on the column header for additional information regarding the grant program requirements.
|Application Acceptance||In response to Request for Proposals (RFP) posted annually on Oct. 1|
|Federal Dollar Allowance||Amounts can vary — typically between $50,000 and $300,000|
|Duration of Project||Up to 3 years|
|Require 40 Percent Non-Federal Match?||Yes|
- Non-Federal matching support must be project specific, and can include in-kind contributions, such as services donated by the subgrant recipient and other organizations, and the use of volunteers and donated equipment.
- Section 319 nonpoint source planning projects must include public outreach to garner watershed-wide support for the project, and development of a watershed based plan that includes nine key elements defined by EPA.
- Section 319 nonpoint source implementation projects must include public outreach to garner watershed-wide support for the project, and restoration or protection activities to reduce nonpoint source impacts as prescribed in an EPA-accepted watershed based plan.
- Research projects and activities.
- Activities required under National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits.
- Activities compelled by enforcement actions.
- Missouri's Section 319 Nonpoint Source Program Overview and Mission
- 319 Watershed Planning and other Project Resources - links to watershed management plans, QAPP information, etc.
- 319 Project Photos
- 319 Project Examples
- EPA Region 7
- EPA Section 319 Success Stories
- National Nonpoint Source Monitoring Program
- Section 319 Nonpoint Source National Monitoring Program Successes and Recommendations
- Agricultural Water Quality Monitoring Program