NC NONPOINT SOURCE 319 GRANT PROGRAM
By amendment to the federal Clean Water Act in 1987, the Section 319 Grant program was established to provide funding for efforts to reduce nonpoint source (NPS) pollution, commonly referred to as stormwater runoff pollution. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides funds to state and tribal agencies. States and Tribes then allocate funds via a competitive process to public and non-profit organizations to address current or potential NPS concerns. Funds may be used to demonstrate innovative best management practices (BMPs), support education and outreach programs, establish Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL's) for a watershed, restore impaired streams or other water resources, or conduct NPS assessment or applied research. In North Carolina, the 319 Grant Program is administered by the NPS Planning Unit in the Division of Water Quality.
Each fiscal year North Carolina is awarded nearly 4.5 million dollars to address nonpoint source pollution through its 319 Grant program. Forty percent of the funding supports ongoing state nonpoint source programs. The remaining sixty percent is made available through a competitive grants process. In early February the NC 319 Program issues a request for proposals with an open response period of three months. Grants are divided into two categories: Base and Incremental. Base Projects involve research, demonstration, or education efforts to support both protection and restoration related to NPS stressors. Incremental projects seek to restore streams or other waterbodies that are currently impaired and not meeting their intended uses. State and local governments, interstate and intrastate agencies, public and private nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions are eligible to apply for Section 319 monies. An interagency workgroup reviews the proposals and selects those of merit to be funded.
FY2014 North Carolina 319 Grant Program RFP and Application have been released.
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North Carolina 2012 319 Annual Report