Each year NHDES solicits projects to address nonpoint source (NPS) pollution through the implementation of watershed-based plans in priority watersheds. Projects must comprehensively address NPS problems, and must have a quantitative way to assess progress and determine success. The watershed-based plan must have a clear water quality goal and include the nine, minimum elements (a) through (i) required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Funded projects must make reasonable progress toward achieving the water quality goal established in the watershed-based plan.
NHDES may award grants for projects that will restore impaired waters or protect high quality waters in conformance with EPA’s Nonpoint Source Program Grant Guidelines for States and Territories (April 12, 2013) and the priorities identified in the New Hampshire Nonpoint Source Management Program Plan 2020-2024. Projects must implement existing watershed-based plans that meet the nine EPA Watershed Plan elements (a) through (i) criteria or implement an EPA and NHDES approved alternative plan.
For the nine EPA Watershed Plan Elements, see https://www.des.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt341/files/documents/319-info-packet.pdf#page=9
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