Nonpoint Source Watershed Restoration and Protection

Photo of the Missouri River with morning fog.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has funding available to assist organizations with implementing best management practices and associated activities as described in their department-accepted watershed management plan or alternative plan. The purpose of the funding is to implement on-the-ground practices that control, reduce or manage nonpoint source pollution as described in the Missouri Nonpoint Source Management Plan as selected by the department.

Letters of Intent

Letters of intent for potential NPS projects are accepted on an ongoing basis. General templates are provided for Implementation and Watershed Planning projects. Projects with the potential for meeting department needs will be asked to submit a detailed scope of work or application for further evaluation.

Fund Source

Funding for this federal grant is authorized by Section 319 of the Clean Water Act to address nonpoint source water pollution, such as polluted runoff from unregulated or unpermitted sources and in waters needing improvements or protection from further degradation. The funding is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Department of Natural Resources.

Grant Use

Funding is available for organizations to implement best management practices as detailed in their watershed management plan. Funding decisions will be made upon review of Letter of Intent submissions.

Section 319 nonpoint source implementation grant information

For more information contact:
Trish Rielly
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Soil and Water Conservation Program
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO  65102
573-526-4662 or by email


To be considered, applicants must have:

  • Existing strong, diverse and committed partnerships to ensure project or plan implementation, and long-term operation and maintenance for installed best management practices.  Partnerships must be demonstrated by established commitments or agreements among organizations, government entities, and watershed residents to implement practices in a timely fashion.  Partnership agreements with local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, University Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, local and state governments or other organizations are strongly encouraged.
  • A water quality monitoring component, whether provided by recipient, contractor, the department, or another partnering agency.  The monitoring component, new or existing, must be capable of documenting major water quality improvement or decline.  Other measures or indicators that may be used to show progress toward water quality improvements must be approved by the department.
  • The ability to track and report the load reduction of the project that results from the project using simple best management practice estimates or watershed models.
  • Clear measurable milestones and an implementation schedule that clearly demonstrates interim steps, timely implementation of practices, and fund usage.
  • A cost effective approach to achieving measurable water quality benefits through the implementation of management practices; only high ratios of on the ground best management practices to administration or to salary will be considered.
  • A limited, low cost information and education component that does not exceed 10 percent of the subgrant.
  • A complete, well developed budget that links cost to specific activities or milestones. All administrative costs and salaries should comprise no more than 10 percent of the federal subgrant. 
  • A documented history of meeting grant requirements and successfully fulfilling subgrant agreements, including: fiscal accountability, achieving project milestones, best management practice implementation and projected pollutant load reductions.
  • Staff with the capability, expertise, resources, and experience to perform the proposed work and grant administration.  Must have written organizational policies and procedures in place prior to applying.

Additional information regarding selected qualifying watersheds will be made available upon request.


Federal funding allocated under Section 319 (h) of the Clean Water Act are available to public institutions of higher education, units or sub-units of government, and non-profit organizations with demonstrated 501(c)(3) status.  These funds are administered by the Department of Natural Resources.

All applicants must also have an accepted Nine Element Watershed Management Plan or approved alternative.  Innovative nonpoint source stormwater demonstrations or stream protection projects may also be considered.

Grant Amount

Variable award amounts will be based on the number of applicants, amount of funding available at the time of the request and depend on the ability of the recipient to mobilize, remain on schedule, and achieve the implementation milestones of the best management practices in their watershed management plan.  Project periods of up to three years will be considered.  Costs and scopes of work will be refined prior to final approval of the project.  The project sponsor is required to provide 60/40 match ratio of the total project cost with non-federal dollars or in-kind activities.  Applicants will be required to maintain a 60/40 federal to nonfederal contribution ratio on a semiannual basis through the duration of the project and should develop the project budget accordingly.

By applying for this award, the applicant verifies that it, its board of directors, and all principals are currently in compliance with all state and federal environmental laws and court orders issued pursuant to those laws, and that all environmental violations have been resolved at the time of this application. 

Funding will be based upon performance.  Funding restrictions will occur if projects fall behind on their scheduled milestones.  If a project is not meeting their milestone deadlines, a reduction of funding will occur.

Additional resources
319 Project Examples

Letter Submittal

Letters of intent can be submitted at any time.

Mail letters of intent to:

Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Soil and Water Conservation Program
Attn: Bill Wilson
P. O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176
Telephone 573-751-7428 or by email