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April 11 2011 15:27

MPCA Offering $2.5 Million in Grants for Water Quality Projects

Contact:  Cathy Rofshus, 507-206-2608

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St. Paul, Minn. —  The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking grant proposals from local governments 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 by a competitive application process through May 13, 2011.

The MPCA anticipates $2.5 million will be available this year, pending congressional appropriation, for project work through Aug. 31, 2015.  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.  (TMDL represents the total amount of a pollutant that a water body can accept and still meet state water quality standards.)

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.

TMDL implementation funds are available for projects addressing TMDL implementation plans that have been (or will be) approved by the MPCA by June 1, 2011.  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.

The complete request for proposal and application forms are available at www.pca.state.mn.us/water/cwp-319.html.  Questions should be e-mailed to 319.grant.PCA@state.mn.us.

For more information, go to the MPCA’s website at www.pca.state.mn.us or contact Sara Johnson, Section 319 Coordinator for the MPCA at 651-757-2473 or by email at sara.johnson@state.mn.us.