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Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grants may only be used for work that is not required by NPDES stormwater permits. This short guide explains how to determine eligibility.
Draft and Final NPDES MS4 and RDA stormwater permit requirements will dictate eligibility for s.319 Nonpoint Source Competitive Grant projects. In areas regulated by these permits, 319 funds cannot be used for work that is required in the permits. The regulated discharges become point sources that are no longer eligible for nonpoint source funding.
Determining what draft and final permits are in effect, in what areas, and what work will be allowed, is important to consider when applying for 319 funding.
A few simple guidelines:
Therefore, with regard to NPDES issues, the critical questions in determining eligibility of projects for s.319 funding are:
EPA has provided information that can help clarify the NPDES status of a project.
Note that this map only indicates regulated municipalities. Some large stand-alone entities, such as MassDOT and public universities, have individual NPDES draft and final permits that must be followed.
Potential 319 applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss proposal ideas and eligibility with program staff prior to the annual April issuance of the solicitation. Please contact Malcolm Harper, 319 Nonpoint Source Program Coordinator, at 508-767-2795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.