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June 29 2009 19:00

July 15 Deadline for Applying for Clean Water Act Resource and Restoration Grants

Contact: Jennifer Maleitzke, 651-757-2549 St. Paul, Minn. -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking grant proposals from local government units and other entities interested in leading a nonpoint-source, pollution-control project. Eligible applicants may apply to the MPCA through a competitive application process until July 15, 2009. The MPCA anticipates there will be more than $6 million available this year, pending congressional appropriation. The funding comes from the Federal Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grant Program (Section 319) and provides federal grant money for nonpoint-pollution abatement and water-resource restoration. This year, the MPCA will offer these funds for developmental, 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, and
-- answers a research question related to the goal of reducing nonpoint-source pollution. In addition to DER proposals, Section 319 funds are available for implementation projects for TMDL restoration activities. Proposals should focus on the estimated effect and prioritization of BMPs identified in the TMDL implementation plan. Eligible applicants must have implementation plans approved by the MPCA by July 15, 2009. The complete request for proposal and proposal form are available at/water/cwp-319.html. Questions should be e-mailed to CWP-319.grant.program@state.mn.us. There is no maximum or minimum limit on the amount that may be requested for each project. Projects must be funded with at least a 45 percent local cash or in-kind match. The federal share can be no more than 55 percent of the total project cost. The deadline for proposals is 4:30 p.m. on July 15, 2009. Proposals must be sent electronically to CWP-319.grant.program@state.mn.us. Section 319 Grants will be administered via standard four-year grant agreements. Successful applicants will be required to submit a detailed work plan and budget by Aug. 25, 2009.

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