Tennessee now accepting Water Quality Grant proposals
Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 10:12 pm
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is now accepting grant proposals for projects that will help improve water quality and reduce or eliminate nonpoint source pollution. The deadline for submitting grant proposals is Dec. 1. Proposals will be evaluated based on program goals and objectives, performance evaluation criteria and applicable EPA nonpoint source grant guidelines.
“The Nonpoint Source Pollution Program is helping make a measurable difference in water quality by reducing runoff of sediment, nutrients and other pollutants,” said state Agriculture Commissioner Terry J. Oliver. “This is a great opportunity for local governments and agencies to work with the department in addressing water quality problems and to improve water stewardship in both urban and rural areas.”
Local governments, regional agencies, public institutions, private nonprofit organizations and other state agencies are eligible to apply for federal dollars administered by TDA’s Water Resources office. Priority is given to projects that seek to make measurable improvements to waters known to be impaired by nonpoint source pollution.
Nonpoint source pollution is soil, urban runoff, fertilizers, chemicals and other contaminants that come from many different sources and degrades surface and groundwater quality. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation assesses water quality and compiles a list of impaired waters. The list can be found online at http://www.tn.gov/environment/wpc/publications/.
Other priorities for funding include water quality related educational programs, projects that implement an approved Total Maximum Daily Load in a watershed area and projects that reduce urban runoff.
The FY 2011 Request for Proposals can be found online at http://www.TN.gov/agriculture/water/nps.html. For more information, contact TDA’s Nonpoint Pollution Program at (615) 837-5306 or Sam.Marshall@TN.gov.
Published in The Messenger 11.2.10