WATERSHED FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
|Water Protection Program fact sheet||
|Division of Environmental Quality Acting Director: Steve Feeler||
Nonpoint source (NPS) pollution accounts for a significant amount of the pollution that enters our rivers, lakes and streams. Runoff from rainwater, snowmelt and irrigation can carry pollutants, such as fertilizers, pesticides, construction sedimentation and debris, automotive oil, yard and animal waste, into our drinking water. Polluted storm water runoff can also harm wildlife, devalue property and damage the landscape.
The department of Natural Resources provides several opportunities for financial assistance to help improve water quality by addressing nonpoint source pollution.
Nonpoint Source Implementation Grants
There are several different types of grant programs aimed at addressing nonpoint source pollution, including Clean Water Act Section 319 grants and Nonpoint Source Minigrants.
The Section 319 NPS Implementation Grant Program focuses funding on water quality information and education, innovative pollution prevention practices, or remediation of an existing water quality problem or site.
Eligible organizations include local governments, educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations. The goal of the grant program is to provide citizens with the knowledge and ability to improve their common land-use practices and to protect water quality. Priority may be given to projects aimed at restoring waters on the 303(d) List.
Applying For Funds
- Awards typically range from $5,000 to $400,000.
- Grants require a non-federal match of at least 40 percent of the project total. Matching support can be project specific, in-kind contributions, such as use of equipment and volunteers.
- Each project can last up to four years.
- Projects must include nonpoint source pollution information, education, prevention or correction of pollution impacts.
- Research or activities required under National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) are not eligible for 319 funding.
Applications for a 319 Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant and a Nonpoint Source Mingrant can be requested by calling (573) 751-7428 or on the Web at www.dnr.mo.gov/env/swcp/nps/index.html.
319 Nonpoint Source Minigrants
Minigrant projects focus on information, education or demonstrations of alternative or innovative environmental practices. Minigrants are for the little guy - the scout troop, 4-H Club, or watershed committee made up of concerned citizens. Educational groups, nonprofit organizations (with 501 status) and state and local agencies with an interest in water pollution are encouraged to participate.
Projects that are funded by Minigrants are usually short term, less than 18 months. The department awards funding four times a year but it can applied for it any time. Grants are less than $5,000 and provide plenty of opportunities for Missouri residents to protect and preserve our water resources. For more information on minigrants, visit www.dnr.mo.gov/env/swcp/nps/319nps-minigrant.htm.
State Revolving Fund Program (SRF)
The State Revolving Funds (SRF) provide low-interest loans to communities for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects. Projects may be new construction or the improvement or renovation of existing facilities.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grants the “seed money” for these funds to the Department of Natural Resources. The department, in turn, distributes the money, as low-interest loans, to communities that need assistance to complete their projects. Loans are made based upon a community’s demonstration of the environmental need and financial capability to repay the loan. For more information on the State Revolving Fund Program, visit www.dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/srf/index.html.
Special Area Land Treatment (AgNPS SALT)
The AgNPS SALT program is offered through the department’s Soil and Water Conservation Program. The Soil and Water Conservation Program sponsors locally led watershed-based projects that focus on reducing agricultural nonpoint source water pollution. Funding for the AgNPS SALT projects is through the Parks-and-Soils Sales Tax.
The program allows county Soil and Water Conservation Districts to direct technical and financial assistance to landowners with land identified and prioritized by the district as problem areas within the watershed. Success of these projects is dependent on the cooperation of numerous partners using a variety of tools to accomplish project goals. Through cooperative efforts, available resources and funding can be maximized to address nonpoint source water quality issues.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Resources
Committed watershed organizations and state and local governments need adequate resources to achieve the goals of the Clean Water Act and improve our nation’s water quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has created a Website to provide tools, databases and information about sources of funding to practitioners and funders that serve to protect watersheds. This useful information can be found at www.epa.gov/owow/funding.html.