New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Water Monitoring and Standards Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Restoration and Standards
Grants are available to New Jersey non-profits, government agencies, universities, and others for specific watershed and shore protection projects in Mulhockaway Creek, Neshanic River, Pleasant Run and Holland Brook, Sidney Brook, Sourland Mountain, Metedeconk River. Two additional projects to improve water quality in Camden and Ocean Counties to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy will also be funded.
Proposals are requested for the purpose of implementing:
(1) Approved watershed based plans or total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) in the Barnegat Bay and the non-tidal Raritan River Watersheds (listed above);
(2) Green infrastructure projects within drainage areas that are hydraulically connected to areas with documented CSOs and environmental education initiatives that advance these goals; or
(3) Natural solutions, such as the creation of living shorelines, to address erosion and water quality issues as an alternative that adds diversity to other shore protection measures in tidally influenced areas.
In addition, the Department has received discretionary 319(h) funds for two projects:
(a) $323,000.00 for developing a living shoreline design for the area adjacent to the Harrison Avenue Landfill at the mouth of the Cooper River in north Camden where it is determined to have the greatest beneficial impacts on water quality, habitat quality, and coastal resiliency; building support for living shorelines among community groups and local decision makers through project-related education/outreach; training and engaging the local community in freshwater mussel monitoring; and, quantifying the contribution of endemic freshwater mussel populations in water quality improvements.
(b) $200,000.00 to assist in the rehabilitation of Berkeley Island County Park, maintained by Ocean County Parks and Recreation. As a result of Superstorm Sandy, Berkeley Island County Park sustained severe damage and the south shore suffered an additional loss of shoreline. The funding for this project would assist the rehabilitation of this highly utilized park by using living shorelines to protect the southern shore of the park thus restoring ecological and water quality benefits of a wetland ecosystem within Barnegat Bay. The length of shoreline to be restored as a living shoreline through this project is up to 500 feet. It also serves as a valuable opportunity to educate the public about the role and value of living shorelines in the Barnegat Bay.
GrantWatch ID#: 139193
Usually between two to five years.
County planning departments or boards, health departments
Designated water quality management planning agencies
State, regional and local government units entities entirely within New Jersey
State government agencies, universities and colleges
Interstate agencies of which New Jersey is a member
Watershed and water resource associations
In order for eligible entities to qualify for 319(h) grant funds, they must possess all of the following, as demonstrated through information provided in the proposal:
-Staff and resources with the capability, expertise, and environmental experience to perform the proposed work.
-The ability and authority to implement the proposed project(s).
-The ability to establish and maintain partnerships to ensure project implementation as well as long-term operation and maintenance/management.
Projects must take place on land that is either publicly held or has an established maintenance agreement to protect the public investment of funds. Implementation projects shall not be located on private property, unless permanent viability is assured through a maintenance agreement.
Based on the initial screening of applications, a short list of applications will be developed for further consideration, considering the pool of projects relative to the amount of funds available. Applicants whose projects are considered to be eligible, found to be substantively technically sound and best align with funding priorities will be selected for the short list.
In some cases, minor adjustments in the project may be requested to improve technical soundness and support of funding objectives. Those projects that will not be considered further either because they fail to meet the specifications of the RFP or because there is insufficient funding will be notified in writing by the Department.
All applicants will be notified about the status of their submitted projects on or before April 25, 2014.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Barbara Hirst, Chief, Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Restoration and Standards
Electronic submission to:
USA: New Jersey