HELENA – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is seeking applications for approximately $1 million in funding for nonpoint source pollution reduction projects available under the Federal Clean Water Act. The application process is now open.
Nonpoint source water pollution stems from widespread sources and is often associated with specific land uses such as agriculture and forestry, urban and suburban development and runoff from abandoned mine sites. Common pollutants include sediment, nutrients, pathogens and toxic metals.
The recommended range for contracts is $10,000 to $300,000 per project, with a 40 percent cost share required. Applicants must either be a nonprofit organization or a government entity. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., Friday, November 1, 2019.
Approximately $500,000 of the available funding will be focused on projects in the Bitterroot watershed. This targeted approach maximizes the cumulative impacts of water quality restoration projects to achieve measurable results. Focused funding will be rotated to a different watershed every two or three years.
The remaining $500,000, as well as any unspent amount from the Bitterroot, will be available for eligible projects throughout the rest of Montana.
“DEQ works closely with local watershed groups, conservation districts, other groups, and land owners on projects that address grazing management, stream flow, riparian vegetation, and other water quality issues,” said DEQ Water Quality Division Administrator Tim Davis. “These projects protect and restore Montana’s waters. They also have demonstrated an ability to improve land management for producers, increase wildlife populations, and increase the community’s understanding of and engagement with water quality issues.”
The application form and instructions are available at: http://deq.mt.gov/Water/SurfaceWater/NonpointSources. All projects must address nonpoint source pollution and implement DEQ-accepted Watershed Restoration Plans. DEQ staff will be available, upon request, to provide feedback on project applications.
For more information on the funding, contact Kristy Fortman at 406-444-7425 or by email at Kristy.Fortman@mt.gov or visit our website: deq.mt.gov/Water/SurfaceWater/NonpointSources