For FFY 2013, the Department will continue to focus 604b grant funds towards watershed or subwatershed based nonpoint source assessment and planning projects leading to the: 1) determination of the nature, extent and causes of water quality problems; 2) assessment of impacts and determination of pollutant loads reductions necessary to meet water quality standards; 3) green infrastructure projects that manage wet weather to maintain or restore natural hydrology; 4) development of designs and implementation plans that will address water quality impairments; and 5) development of assessment and remediation strategies in impaired watersheds in areas that are not regulated under MS4. Applicants considering development of designs and plans to be considered for 319 implementation funding are encouraged to discuss their proposals with Jane Peirce of the 319 program at 508-767-2792, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Massachusetts Watershed-based plans
- Massachusetts Nonpoint Source Management Plan
- MassDEP watershed water quality assessment reports
Pursuant to Section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act, eligible grant applicants must be either Regional Public Comprehensive Planning Organizations or Interstate Organizations. Eligible entities include: regional planning agencies, council of governments, counties, conservation districts, cities and towns, and other substate public planning agencies and interstate agencies. MassDEP encourages eligible respondents to propose water quality assessment/planning projects that will lead to direct actions by Municipalities and others to implement water quality improvements.
Respondents should note that MassDEP's Division of Watershed Management (DWM) will concentrate sampling efforts in mid-west basins (Connecticut and Chicopee) during 2014. Further discussion of DWM’s new basin arrangement along with a map of the basin alignment can be found at: Adjustments to Surface Water Monitoring Program.
As the Commonwealth's procurement rules prohibit MassDEP or any other RFR issuer from consulting with potential applicants to develop project ideas once an RFR is issued, potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact MassDEP before the RFR issue date to refine project ideas and obtain feedback. Contact Gary Gonyea (617-556-1152 or email@example.com) for a discussion of ideas and program objectives.
The tentative schedule is as follows:
- Pre-RFR Informational Meeting: January 29, 2013
- RFR release on Comm-PASS: February 4, 2013
- Responses due to MassDEP: March 15, 2013
- Evaluation of Responses: April 2013
- Award Announcement (estimated): June 2013
- Projects Initiated: Fall 2013