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DEQ Offering Funding for Nonpoint Source Pollution Projects

Thursday, November 5, 2015/Categories: Department of Environmental Quality/Tags:

Helena – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is seeking a round of funding proposals under the Federal Clean Water Act.

Derived from Section 319 of the Federal Clean Water Act, funds are used to support the most effective and highest priority projects that address nonpoint source water pollution.

Nonpoint source water pollution may stem from widespread sources and is often generated by land uses such as agricultural and forestry practices, urban and suburban development, historic mining activities and precipitation runoff. Common pollutants include sediment, nutrients, pesticides, and heavy metals.

DEQ is seeking project proposals to further Montana’s goal of protecting clean water and restoring waters that do not meet state water quality standards and that are impaired by these sources of pollution. 

Project and sponsor eligibility requirements are detailed in the “Request for Applications – Montana Unspent 319 Funds” on the DEQ water quality website:  If eligible sponsors need assistance filling out the application, have questions about project eligibility, or would like DEQ staff to review their application before submittal, contact the applicable Watershed Protection Staff:

Upper Clark Fork Watershed
Katie Eiring Steele

Lower Clark Fork Watershed
Eric Trum

Missouri and Yellowstone Watersheds
Mark Ockey

Project sponsors must complete and submit an Application for Unspent 319 Funds form by 5:00 p.m., November 16, 2015. Funding awards will be announced after a meeting of the review panel on Monday, November 23. The review panel meeting will take place at 9:00 a.m. in Room 111 of the DEQ Metcalf Building at 1520 East Sixth Avenue, Helena, MT 59620-0901. Applicants, supporters, and the general public may attend the meeting to observe the deliberations, but will not be allowed to provide presentations or comment.

For more information on the Request for Applications, please contact: Robert Ray, Watershed Protection Section Manager, DEQ Planning, Prevention, and Assistance, at (406) 444-5319 or by e-mail at: Or visit the DEQ-NPS website at:


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