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Water Quality Restoration Grants for Nonpoint Source Pollution

Water quality restoration grants are awarded by the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) to fund watershed restoration activities and initiatives around New Jersey that address nonpoint source pollution (NPS). Funding sources include USEPA pass-through grants issued under Section 319(h) of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and other federal and State funds that may be available for NPS-related water quality restoration activities. Information about current and previous funding priorities, grant awards, and successful grant projects is provided under the headings below. Generally, grants are focused on restoration of water quality impaired predominantly by NPS pollution for waters located in a priority waterbody or region where the grant will help implement an approved TMDL or Watershed Based Plan (WBP). Approved WBPs contain nine minimum elements required by USEPA under the 319(h) grant program and may serve as an appropriate alternative to TMDL development for NPS-related impairment. Additional information regarding developing a watershed based plan is available from USEPA’s Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters.

 

Elements of a Watershed Based Plan

List and Map of Approved Watershed Based Plans



General Grant Program Information

The Water Quality Restoration Grant Program is part of the Statewide NPS Management Program, which highlights key actions that the Department and its partners use to to control NPS pollution and restore water quality throughout New Jersey. The Department, in partnership with local and regional stakeholders, has invested significant resources in characterizing the causes and sources of water quality impairment in several priority watersheds and has found that reducing NPS pollution is key to meeting water quality objectives in those watersheds. The Department has also focused grant funds on addressing broader NPS-related issues, such as reducing or eliminating combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and improving resiliency to storm events like Superstorm Sandy, which will be advanced by implementing NPS pollution reduction strategies, including green infrastructure, living shorelines and environmental education. More recently, the Department has focused the grant program on NPS pollution control projects that can address water quality impairment in priority regions of the State through a rotating basin approach to comprehensive regional assessment of water quality. Under this approach, one of New Jersey's five water regions is the selected priority for each assessment cycle, as shown below. Priority for grant funding will be aligned with the NPS pollution-related water quality impairments identified in the priority region for the corresponding assessment cycle.

rotating basin diagram


2017 Grant Information & RFP

The SFY17 Request for Proposals (RFP) solicits applications for eligible NPS pollution control projects to be considered for funding under the expanded Water Quality Restoration Grant Program. The RFP establishes the criteria for project eligibility 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. Funding priorities include implementation of approved WBPs and TMDLs within the Raritan and Lower Delaware Water Regions. Additional priority watersheds and projects types are identified in the RFP. A copy of a standard federal funded agreement provisions is provided on the Technical Support Documents web page under Water Quality Restoration/319(h) Grants for NPS Pollution.

SFY 2017 RFP

Priority Watersheds in the Raritan and Lower Delaware Water Regions


2016 Grant Information and Awards

For State Fiscal Year 2016 (SFY16), the Department received federal funds under Section 319(h) of the CWA for pass-through grants for projects that reduce water quality impairment through implementation of NPS pollution control. The Department evaluated 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 measurable environmental outcomes. Under the SFY16 RFP, the Department requested proposals from organizations and governmental entities for the purpose of implementing:

  • Approved WBPs or 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

SFY 2016 Funded Projects


Completed Projects & USEPA-approved Success Stories


Completed Projects

Success Stories

States are required to submit NPS "Success Stories" for USEPA approval as part of the 319(h) Grant Program. Success stories are defined by USEPA as waterbodies that were impaired primarily by nonpoint sources of pollution, received 319(h) grants or other funding sources dedicated to solving NPS impairments, and achieved documented water quality improvements.

The map below is color-coded to identify New Jersey 319(h) NPS Program Success Stories approved by USEPA. Select either the highlighted area on the map or the WBP name in the map key to view the corresponding success story in PDF form.

Map Key

Wallkill River at Hamburg

Upper Wallkill River Watershed
Pequest River Watershed
Musconetcong River Watershed
Stony Brook/Millstone River Watershed
& Bear Brook


   
For more information, please contact Kimberly Cenno, Bureau Chief,
Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Restoration and Standards at (609) 633-1441.

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