HELENA – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has extended the deadline for applications for approximately $500,000 in funding for nonpoint source water pollution projects available under the Federal Clean Water Act. The deadline is now 2 p.m., Friday, April 19.
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 application form, revised schedule 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, contact Dean Yashan at 406-444-5317 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.