Helena – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality anticipates approximately $900,000 in funding for nonpoint source water pollution projects available under the Federal Clean Water Act. The grant application process is now open.
Nonpoint source water pollution stems from many sources and is often generated by land uses such as agricultural and forestry activities, urban and suburban development and runoff from abandoned mine sites. Common pollutants include sediment, nutrients, pathogens and toxic metals.
The recommended range for grants is $10,000-$300,000 per project, and a 40 percent cost share is required. Applicants must either be a nonprofit organization (501c3 tax status) or a government entity. The deadline for applications is 2 p.m. on September 10, 2018.
“DEQ works closely with land owners and other groups on these projects to protect and clean Montana’s waters,” said DEQ Water division administrator Tim Davis. “This funding is a great way to address nonpoint source issues and we really encourage people to reach out to us about project ideas and to apply for these grants.”
The fillable application form and instructions are available on DEQ’s website: http://deq.mt.gov/Water/WPB/Nonpoint-Source-Program/Guidance-Documents-and-Resources
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 Robert Ray at 406-444-5319 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at: http://deq.mt.gov/Water/WPB/Nonpoint-Source-Program/NPS-319-Project-Funding