Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Restoration and Standards
Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grant Program
The State of New Jersey receives funds under Section 319(h) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972 (33 U.S.C. §§ 1251 et seq., commonly referred to as the federal Clean Water Act (CWA)). Under the federal guidelines, each state may pass through a portion of 319(h) funds to other entities to reduce water quality impairment through implementation of nonpoint source (NPS) pollution control projects. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (Department) must award at least 50% of the federal grant to projects that implement approved watershed-based plans. The remainder of the pass-through amount can be used for other NPS-related projects.
For State Fiscal Year 2016 (SFY16), the Department anticipates receiving federal funds under Section 319(h) of the CWA and intends to award these pass-through grants for projects which reduce water quality impairment through implementation of NPS pollution control. The Department will evaluate the water resources management issues of each region to ensure that identified problems are addressed comprehensively and holistically, with the most efficient and effective use of both regulatory and non-regulatory tools and partnerships, to achieve measureable environmental outcomes. The Department, along with its partners, invested significant resources in characterizing the causes of water quality impairments in several watersheds and has found that reducing NPS pollution will be key to meeting water quality objectives in those watersheds. In addition, there are also overarching issues, specifically, addressing combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and improving resiliency to storm events like Superstorm Sandy, which will be advanced by implementing NPS reduction strategies, including green infrastructure, living shorelines and environmental education.
Therefore, for SFY16, the Department has issued a Request for Proposals (RfP) to solicit applications for Section 319(h) funds for eligible projects. The RfP serves as a guidance document that establishes criteria for projects based on federal requirements and state priorities; identifies specific administrative, procedural, and programmatic requirements for applicants; and provides timetables and deadlines for the grant application and related decision-making processes. Under this RfP, the Department is requesting proposals from organizations and governmental entities for the purpose of implementing:
- Approved watershed based plans or total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) in the Barnegat Bay and the non-tidal Raritan River Watersheds;
- Green infrastructure projects within drainage areas that are hydraulically connected to areas with documented CSOs and environmental education initiatives that advance these goals;
- Natural solutions, such as the creation of living shorelines, to address erosion and water quality issues as an alternative that adds diversity to other shore protection measures in tidally influenced areas; or
- Natural solutions, such as the creation of living shorelines, at a coastal lake that discharges directly into the Atlantic Ocean or estuarine waterbody in Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth or Ocean Counties.
SFY 2016 RfP for the 319(h) grant program