The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking grant proposals from local government units and other interested parties to reduce nonpoint source water pollution. Nonpoint source pollution comes from many sources, such as urban areas and farm fields, and not a single point, such as an industrial discharge.
Eligible applicants may apply to the MPCA through a competitive application process through May 21, 2010.
The MPCA anticipates $3 million will be available this year, pending congressional appropriation, for projects implemented from July 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011. The funding comes from the Federal Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grant Program (Section 319), administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
This year, the MPCA will offer these funds for development, education or applied research (DER) projects and for Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) restoration projects.
DER proposals must offer a statewide or regional applicability that
-- demonstrates new or innovative technology,
-- demonstrates new best management practices (BMPs),
-- develops educational programs related to reducing nonpoint-source pollution, or
-- answers a research question related to the goal of reducing nonpoint-source pollution.
In addition to DER proposals, funds are also available for projects addressing TMDL implementation plans approved by the MPCA by May 20, 2010. TMDLs identify sources of pollution, the amounts of pollutants, and how to reduce the pollutants to a level that allows rivers and lakes to meet water quality standards.