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RELEASE: 8/30/01

CONTACT: Loretta O'Donnell or Amy Collings
(609) 984-1795 or 609-292-2994


The Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Watershed Management is seeking applicants interested in obtaining funds for nonpoint source pollution projects to improve water quality in local rivers and streams.

The submission deadline is September 17 for fiscal year 2002 projects. Grant awards will be announced next year.

Nonpoint source pollution occurs when runoff from lawns, streets, and farmland carries pesticides, animal waste, litter, motor oil, etc. into waterways.

"These grants will go a long way towards addressing nonpoint source pollution and ensuring clean water for future generations," said DEP Commissioner Bob Shinn.

The grants are one part of DEP's planning and funding programs to protect and improve water quality in all of the state's 20 watershed management areas.

Projects are intended to focus on specific measures that will address existing or potential impairments within an area that will discharge into lakes, bathing areas, drinking water intakes, shellfish beds, and special aquatic habitats, as well as stream corridors.

Some examples of eligible projects include: stream bank restoration, water quality improvement actions and development of regional stormwater management plans.

Entities that are eligible for funding include local governments, cities, counties; regional development centers; local school systems, colleges and universities; local non-profit organizations; state or federal agencies; local or county environmental commissions; and watershed and water resource associations. Funding is authorized by the federal Clean Water Act and may not be used on private lands with the exception of demonstration projects.

Guidelines for proposal requirements can be found on the Division of Watershed Management's web site at, under the Nonpoint Source Program.



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