The Clean Water Act Section 319 Grant Program awards grants to reduce and mitigate the effects of nonpoint source pollution - such as sediment, pesticides, and nutrients - to waters of the state.
The program primarily funds implementation projects, but occasionally offers grants for planning projects. Examples of projects include livestock fencing to reduce sediment and nutrient discharges, agricultural best management practices to reduce pesticide and nutrient discharges, dredging contaminated sediment from pesticide-impaired waters, habitat restoration such as installation of large woody debris and riparian revegetation, and rural road inventories and repairs to reduce sedimentation and erosion. Most awards go to projects that improve impaired waters, but a small amount of funding goes to projects that protect high-quality waters, or that address a nonpoint source pollution problem created by wildfire.
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
Most projects must quantify pollutant load reduction to waters of the state. Projects must be part of a larger watershed plan to improve overall watershed health, unless it is a planning project.
Projects must address a program preference, which is a specific watershed or waterbody and pollutant combination that is identified by the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Program preferences are listed in the grant guidelines.
Matching Funding Requirement:
Applicants may apply for a waiver of match funding if project improves or involves a disadvantaged community.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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