Section 319 Nonpoint Source Implementation Program

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The public comment period for the Missouri's revised Nonpoint Source Management Plan ended on May 22, 2015. Comments are currently being reviewed.

This plan serves as Missouri’s guiding document for nonpoint source water pollution remediation and protection and reflects the department’s commitment to the statewide watershed planning efforts. The public and interested stakeholders are encouraged to participate in this process to update the present plan and provide written comments if they have suggestions.

Responses to all comments will be provided after the end of the comment period.

History of the Section 319 Nonpoint Source Program

Slide Show of 319 Nonpoint Source Projects

Recognizing the need for greater federal leadership to help focus States and local nonpoint source efforts, Congress amended the Clean Water Act in 1987 to establish the Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program. Under Section 319, States, Territories and Indian Tribes receive grant funding that support a wide variety of activities 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, roads, parking lots, etc., as well as more specific sources such as improperly functioning septic systems. 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

Due to funding limitations the general solicitation for Minigrants are available on a limited basis and Watershed Planning Grants are temporarily discontinued.  For fund availability, contact Colleen Meredith at 573-751-4932 if you are interested in either of these programs. 

Click on the column headers for additional information regarding the grant programs and requirements.

Major Subgrants Minigrants
Application Acceptance Biennial Announcement Special Arrangement
Federal Dollar Allowance Amounts can vary * Up to $10,000
Duration of Project Up to 3 years* Up to 3 years
Require 40 percent Non-Federal Match? Yes Yes

*For most up-to-date information please reference the RFP.

  • Non-Federal matching support must be project specific, and can include in-kind contributions, such as use of equipment and volunteers.
  • Section 319 nonpoint source projects must include information, education, prevention or correction activities to reduce nonpoint source impacts.

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