American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
205(j) Water Quality Management Planning Grants
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, North Carolina received $714,400 for water quality management planning. Of this, $285,760 is being passed through, per the Clean Water Act Section 205(j) requirements, to regional Council of Governments for projects supporting regional water quality management planning.
The division is using these funds to support 11 DWQ positions and, through the COGs, approximately 30 more private sector positions.
Currently, there are eight projects being supported by this grant. Public benefits that will be derived from these projects and the division's activities include free educational materials for local governments and schools, comprehensive planning encompassing water supply and water quality for multiple governmental units, and improved water quality that supports increased tourism and business.
River basins with 205(j) Water Quality Managment Projects are highlighted below:
For an overview of the regional Council of Government projects supported by this fund, click here.
View the entire ARRA of 2009 N.C. 205(j) Work Plan.
For additional information, contact DWQ staff: Larry Sutton at (919) 807-6320, email@example.com; or Jeff Manning at (919) 807-6415, Jeff.Manning@ncdenr.gov.
- Under the work plan approved by EPA, the division will be using the remaining $428,640 to support continued planning-associated activities within DWQ, fund the salary for one full-time position for two years and provide operating expenses to support an additional 10 positions.
- Conducted request for proposals, review, coordinated with US Environmental Protection Agency on selection of Council of Government projects and awarded contracts to eight COGs.
- Provided electronic ARRA quarterly update to EPA and the Office of Managment and Budget.
- Provided grant activities summary to EPA. (NCDENR ARRA 205(j) 1st Quarterly Report)