The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is seeking applications for the Section 205(j) Grant program to do water quality planning.
Donor Name: North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
State: North Carolina
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $250,000
Grant Duration: 18 months
Pursuant to Section 205(j)/604(b) of the Clean Water Act, the Division of Water Resources is seeking proposals for water quality planning projects using federal fiscal year 2022 grant funds. As stated in Section 205(j) of the Act, grant funds are to be awarded to Regional Commissions and Councils of Governments “to carry out water quality management planning, including, but not limited to: A.Identifying most cost effective and locally acceptable facility and non-point source measures to meet and maintain water quality standards; B.Developing an implementation plan to obtain state and local financial and regulatory commitments to implement measures developed under (A); and C. Determining the nature, extent, and cause of water quality problems in various areas of the state.”
Division Planning staff encourages the following types of projects in particular:
- Development of 9-Element watershed restoration plans for 12-digit HUC or smaller watersheds or updates of existing plans
- Water quality planning projects with concrete outputs such as (green and/or gray) storm water infrastructure mapping, prioritization or design
- Projects that benefit water quality regionally or statewide
- Projects to share water quality planning knowledge between COGs and their member governments
- Source identification studies, including water quality monitoring, field assessments, modeling, and GIS analyses to support watershed plan development.
For the 2022 federal fiscal year, North Carolina has approximately $250,000 to award for water quality planning projects.
205(j) grants are eligible to regional Councils of Government; COGs may partner with any public sector organization to implement projects. A match is preferred, but not required. Once contracted, projects can run for a maximum of 18 months. Funds are dispersed on a quarterly reimbursement basis, with any invoice to be accompanied by a report of the work performed. The request for proposals is released annually in summer and projects are selected in fall.
For more information, visit NCDEQ.