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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 98-27


Grant Project Proposals

[28 Pa.B. 95]

   The Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Watershed Conservation (Department), Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program is accepting grant project proposals (GPP) for the FY99 Section 319 NPS Implementation Grant cycle. The Department is seeking project proposals for NPS projects for assessment, remediation, restoration or preservation of water quality on a watershed basis. The three largest nonpoint sources of pollution are resource extraction (abandoned mining activities), agriculture (if not properly managed, nutrients, pesticides and sediment can affect surface and ground waters), and urban runoff (stormwater running off areas such as parking lots, lawns, streets and golf courses).

   Projects selected for funding will be able to complete their projects over a 2-year time frame. The time frame is anticipated to be the period October 1, 1998 through September 30, 2000. Actual start and end dates will be dependent on the grant award date from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

   The following information presents a brief overview of project selection criteria:

   A.  Three project categories are eligible for funding:

   1.  Watershed Assessments

   2.  Watershed Implementation Projects

   3.  Projects of Statewide Importance (POSI)

   B.  Projects must have local support and commitment, clear goals and objectives, and be able to produce measurable environmental results.

   C.  Watershed Implementation Projects and POSI's must be implemented in watersheds identified on the ''Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Federal Clean Water Act Section 303(d) List of Waters.'' Copies of this document are available from the Department by telephone (717) 787-5259 or through the Department's WEB site ( linking with ''information by subject,'' ''water management,'' ''nonpoint pollution'' and ''Section 303(d) list of waters.''

   D.  EPA Grant Guidance has identified Nine Key Elements which are components of a good State NPS Program. You will have to identify how the project applies to one or more of these key elements. In brief, the Nine Key Elements are:

   1.  Assuring up to date and explicit goals for sources and pollutants of concern

   2.  Building the necessary partnership arrangements to accomplish those goals

   3.  Maintaining a Statewide and a watershed focus

   4.  Undertaking needed monitoring and assessment

   5.  Addressing abatement and prevention

   6.  Using a balanced mix of authorities

   7.  Achieving Federal agency consistency with State NPS programs

   8.  Maintaining an adequate level of overall management

   9.  Evaluating results and acting on them as needed to advance the program.

   E.  Project proposals are evaluated by the DEP/DCNR NPS Task Force using a specific score sheet. The Task Force will use these score sheets to select projects.

   F.  Project proposals requesting funding for construction activities on private property require a 25% local match. This match can be in-kind or cash.

   G.  Grant Project Proposals must be received at the Department, Bureau of Watershed Conservation Office, 400 Market Street in Harrisburg by 4 p.m. on March 5, 1998. Project proposals submitted after this date will not be considered. Faxes and Electronic Mail will not be accepted. Successful applicants will be notified on or before May 22, 1998.

   H.  To be considered, a project proposal must follow the specific requirements outlined in the ''FY 1999 Section 319 Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant Program Grant Project Proposal (GPP), Application and Procedures.'' Copies of this document are available upon request from the Department, Bureau of Watershed Conservation, Division of Watershed Support, P.O. Box 8555, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8555, (717) 787-5259.

   Questions regarding Grant Project Proposals should be directed to staff of the NPS Management Section within the Division of Watershed Support.

   The deadline for the receipt by the Department of a GPP is 4 p.m. on March 5, 1998. Any proposal that is received after that date will not be considered.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 98-27. Filed for public inspection January 2, 1998, 9:00 a.m.]

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