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DEQ Accepting Grant Applications for Water Pollution Cleanup and Prevention Programs

Friday, May 19, 2017  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is accepting applications for grants to fund surface and ground water projects aimed at protecting or improving water quality by reducing nonpoint source pollution. Nonpoint source pollution comes from many diffuse sources and generally does not have a single point of origin.

 The grant program was established by section 319 of the Clean Water Act, and DEQ is the state agency responsible for administering the program in Idaho.

Successful grants focus primarily on improving the water quality of lakes, streams, rivers, and aquifers. Funds may be used to address a variety of nonpoint source management and prevention activities associated with the following land uses:

  • Agriculture (except those activities covered by a draft or final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System [NPDES] permit)
  • Urban stormwater runoff (except instances covered by a draft or final NPDES permit)
  • Transportation (except instances covered by a draft or final NPDES permit)
  • Silvicultural or forestry-related activities
  • Mining (except those activities covered by a draft or final NPDES permit)
  • Ground water activities (to the extent identified by the state’s Nonpoint Source Management Program, including source water protection efforts that involve regional collaboration or have statewide application)
  • Hydrologic and habitat modification and related activities (including wetlands reconstruction)

The maximum amount of funding for qualifying projects is $250,000, and 40 percent of the funding amount requested in the application must be provided in local matching funds.

Applications are due July 21, 2017.

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit DEQ’s website at or contact DEQ's Nonpoint Source §319 Program coordinator, Dave Pisarski, at (208) 373-0464 or

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