Funding available for water pollution control projects

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Applications are being accepted to fund nonpoint source pollution control projects, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet announced on Friday. 

Projects that help clean up polluted streams, rivers, lakes, and groundwater and for projects that protect water resources are eligible for funding through Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act, according to Dale Booth, manager of the Division of Waters nonpoint source grant program.

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Funds can be used for watershed restoration projects, watershed plan development, and other projects that reduce and prevent runoff pollution, Booth said. These funds can be used to pay for up to 60-percent of the cost of each project, with a required 40-percent non-federal match.

Nonpoint source pollution, also known as runoff pollution, is the primary contributor to water pollution in Kentucky. The Division will give priority to projects involving watershed plan development and implementation for impaired waters, source water protection areas, and the protection of special-use waters (e.g., cold water aquatic habitat, exceptional waters, state wild rivers and federal wild and scenic rivers) with identified threats.

To find stream designations in your area, visit the Cabinet’s water health portal.

Applications must be submitted no later than December 3, 2019. Nonpoint source program staff will review the project proposals and rank them according to eligibility and priority criteria. To determine if your organization is eligible and to obtain the project proposal form and other supporting documents, please visit the grant program page.

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