Successful projects primarily describe one or more of the following:
Both EPA and TCEQ place a strong emphasis on achieving measurable results for projects selected to receive 319(h) grant funding. To that end, implementation projects should be sited as close to the impaired water body and/or assessment unit (AU) as possible to target identified sources of water quality degradation. Therefore, TCEQ seeks proposals involving on-the-ground implementation that have the highest chance to improve water quality.
Targeted Areas: For this RFGA, TCEQ is not targeting any specific watersheds/AUs but may do so in the future.
Priority is given to the development and implementation of watershed protection plans (WPPs). Local stakeholder groups guide the development of these plans to restore and protect water quality in specific Texas waterways. This planning process commonly involves gathering and/or assessing water quality data, determining the probable causes and sources of pollution, and selecting management measures designed to reduce pollution through voluntary efforts. Half of this grant program’s funding must be spent to implement federally accepted WPPs.
Water bodies in the most recent application Priority Watersheds Report are given priority for restoration and/or protection activities.
Other eligible activities include: