Water Quality Grant proposals now accepted through Dec. 1
Posted By Kim Swindell Wood | September 7, 2019 7:35 am
Projects to improve Tennessee waters eligible for funds
Tennessee Department of Agriculture is now accepting grant proposals for projects that will help improve water quality and reduce or eliminate non-point source pollution.
“From the Delta region to the Great Smoky Mountains, we have a diverse range of waterways in Tennessee that are vital to the success of our state,” Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. said. “We’re proud to administer the Non-point Source Program, which encourages innovative strategies to reduce the amount of pollutants that enter our state’s waters.”
Non-point source pollution is soil, urban runoff, fertilizers, chemicals, and other contaminants that degrade surface and groundwater quality. The Non-point Source Program was created in 1987 as part of the Clean Water Act and provides funding to states to stop non-point source pollution.
Local governments, regional and state agencies, public institutions, and private nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for these federal dollars administered by TDA’s Land and Water Stewardship Section. Highest priority is given to projects that seek to make measurable improvements to waters impaired by non-point source pollution. Other priorities for funding include water quality related educational projects and projects that aim to protect threatened waters.
The deadline for submitting grant proposals is Dec. 1, 2019. Proposals will be evaluated based on program goals and objectives, performance evaluation criteria, and applicable EPA non-point source grant guidelines.