HELENA – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is seeking applications for approximately $500,000 in funding for nonpoint source water pollution projects available under the Federal Clean Water Act. The application process is now open.
Nonpoint source water pollution stems from diffuse 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 2 p.m., Friday, March 15.
Approximately $300,000 of the available funding will be focused on projects in the Bitterroot watershed. This targeted approach maximizes the cumulative impacts of water prevention and restoration projects to achieve measurable results. Focused funding will be rotated to a different watershed every two or three years.
The remaining $200,000, as well as any unspent amount from the Bitterroot, will be available for eligible projects throughout the rest of Montana.
“DEQ works closely with land owners, local watershed groups, conservation districts and other groups on these projects to clean and protect Montana’s waters,” said DEQ Water Quality Division Administrator Tim Davis. “Projects can address grazing management, stream flow, riparian revegetation and other measures to identify and address nonpoint source issues. We encourage anyone who is interested to reach out to us about project ideas.”
The application form and instructions are available at: 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 Dean Yashan at 406-444-5317 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: deq.mt.gov/Water/SurfaceWater/NonpointSources