Missouri offers up to $400,000 for projects preventing stormwater runoff

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JAN. 3, 2021 – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offers funding to improve water quality.

The Missouri DNR has funding available for projects that will protect Missouri’s waters from pollution caused by stormwater runoff, also known as nonpoint source pollution.

Nonpoint source pollution occurs when the excess surface runoff from rainfall or snowmelt carries pollutants into nearby waters.

According to the DNR, nonpoint source pollution is the greatest threat to water quality in Missouri.

Controlling this type of pollution is particularly challenging since stormwater runoff travels across the landscape, collecting pollutants as it moves.

Grant eligibility

To be eligible for grant funding, an applicant must implement pollutant-reducing land management practices from an EPA and department-accepted watershed-based plan.

Local governments, state agencies, educational institutions and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.

Research, land purchase and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit requirements are not eligible.

Responses to the request for proposals for this federal grant funding are due April 1.

Grant awards can range from $50,000 to $400,000 and projects can span up to three years.

The grant funding is provided by the EPA and administered by the department, authorized by Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act.

For more information and to respond to the request for proposals, visit dnr.mo.gov/water/what-were-doing/nonpoint-source-pollution-section-319/subgrants.

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