2/19/20
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Ohio EPA Accepting Applications for Water Quality Improvement Project Grants

Communities planning water quality improvement projects may be eligible for grants from Ohio EPA covering 100 percent of a project’s costs. Ohio EPA has issued a request for proposals, with applications due March 16.

The funding is being made available through Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act, which addresses nonpoint source pollution affecting lakes and streams. The Agency anticipates more than $2.5 million in funding will be available to local governments, park districts, soil and water conservation districts, and others to implement water quality improvement projects to reduce sources of impairments such as nutrients, habitat, channelization, and sediment. To be eligible, projects must be included in a watershed plan known as a Nine-Element Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategy.

This year, these subgrants will provide 100 percent of the project cost and have a maximum three-year term. Local participants are not required to provide matching funds. Ohio is providing the necessary match through state funded projects.

Historically, communities have utilized these funds to implement agricultural nutrient reduction practices, stream restoration, acid mine drainage abatement, storm water quality retrofits, and more.

Applications for 2020 nonpoint source implementation projects must be received by March 16, 2020. The application and request for proposals are available on Ohio EPA’s website.

Prospective applicants should review the announcement and application forms carefully and direct questions to John Mathews, nonpoint source program manager, at 614-265-6685 or john.mathews@epa.ohio.gov; or to Rick Wilson, technical program specialist, at 614-644-2032 or rick.wilson@epa.ohio.gov

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.

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