Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) - Bureau of Water Quality Planning
08/24/18 5:00 PM
Grants to Nevada nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions for programs and projects that reduce nonpoint sources of pollution throughout the state. Proposals must demonstrate a clear contribution to the restoration, enhancement, and preservation of the ecological integrity of Nevada's watersheds.
Selected proposals will be awarded federal funds available under Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Selected proposals will be administered by the Nevada Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Program (NPS Program).
NPS pollution is the primary cause of water quality impairments throughout Nevada and the nation. In recent years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has increased the NPS Program’s focus on 303(d)-listed waters, emphasizing the development and implementation of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and Watershed-Based Management Plans to help solve water quality problems at the watershed level.
The following guidelines are based on USEPA guidance documents and Nevada NPS Program priorities. Applicants are encouraged to show a strong sense of collaboration and partnership with other state and local agency agendas for water quality improvement. Most importantly, all proposed projects should have measurable environmental results or outcomes.
Two types of 319(h) funds are available: Program Funds and Project Funds.
a. Program Funds. Program funds are the traditional 319(h) program funds that can be used for a variety of NPS-related projects.
b. Project Funds. Project funds are applied toward TMDL or Watershed-Based Plan implementation projects. To qualify for Project funding, project proposals must implement TMDLs or Watershed-Based Plans that satisfy USEPA’s requirements (see Attachment A for additional information on the “nine required elements”).
Requirements for Priority Watersheds are as follows:
i. Lake Tahoe Basin Projects — must implement components of the Lake Tahoe TMDL Implementation Plan.
ii. Las Vegas Wash Projects — must implement components of the Las Vegas Wash Comprehensive Adaptive Management Plan.
iii. Carson River Basin Projects — must implement components of the Carson River Adaptive Stewardship Plan.
Stream restoration project proposals must explain how the project will not cause instability up or downstream of the proposed project area. Project design and construction should not cause inappropriate deflection of flow or induce additional erosion that may result in inappropriate serial engineering of the stream channel or stream banks.
The following activities qualify for 319(h) funding under this particular RFP:
a. Direct implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) or demonstration of new and innovative BMP technologies;
b. Training and/or technical assistance to landowners regarding BMP installation and/or maintenance;
c. Monitoring to measure project/BMP effectiveness;
d. Education to raise the level of public awareness about NPS pollution and its effect on water quality;
e. Stormwater pollution prevention activities (including Low Impact Development) that are not specifically required by a draft or final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Phase I or Phase II Stormwater permit; and
f. Special projects that meet one or more of the state priorities identified below.
Proposal Evaluation Criteria. Allocation of available funds will be competitively determined by a Review Committee. The following criteria will be considered in evaluating and ranking the submitted proposals:
1. Water quality benefit. The proposal must clearly describe how the project will contribute to the restoration, enhancement or preservation of the ecological integrity of Nevada’s waters. Priority will be given to projects that estimate a measurable reduction in nonpoint source pollutant load and indicate how the reduction will be measured and reported.
b. State priority. State priorities are described in the Funding Description section. Additionally, the NPS Program is interested in supporting the following types of projects:
i. Projects that will result in a measurable and reportable reduction in nonpoint source pollutant load;
ii. Proposals that fund projects involving one or more Conservation District(s);
iii. Projects with multiple partners such as agencies, nonprofit organizations and/or others whose roles and responsibilities are clearly defined;
iv. Projects that incorporate Low Impact Development (LID) techniques;
v. Projects that address urban runoff issues not required by a NPDES Phase I or Phase II permit;
vi. Projects that significantly exceed the non-federal match requirement of 50% of the total project cost;
vii. Projects that include measures or practices that protect drinking water sources; and
viii. Projects that support local watershed-based plan development efforts.
c. Interagency coordination. The proposal clearly defines level of commitment from cooperating agencies/organizations and outlines the responsibilities of each.
d. Monitoring. The proposal clearly defines how progress in meeting project goals and objectives will be monitored and evaluated.
e. Maintenance. If applicable, the proposal clearly describes the proponent’s willingness and ability to maintain the project over its design life.
f. Environmental Education Outreach Proposals. Environmental Education Outreach proposals are required to use principles of "logic modeling" to demonstrate outcome- oriented projects. An effective logic model includes program planning, identifying target audience(s), methods to implement & disseminate activities and provide measures of success. Be specific about efforts to educate the public and, if appropriate, the transfer of technology skills and abilities to this audience and measure(s) to demonstrate the effectiveness of the project.
If applicable, the proposal curriculum should align with Nevada Next Generation Science Education centered on relevant experiences, problem-solving and critical thinking processes related to watershed education and water quality concerns. STEM education emphasizes the natural interconnectedness of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and their connection to other disciplines. Proposals with curriculum must contain a provision for peer review of content by experts with appropriate educational backgrounds. NDEP maintains final editing authority for all curricula paid for with 319(h) funds.
g. Cost effectiveness. The proposal minimizes administrative, overhead and indirect costs, and equipment purchases.
h. Past performance. If applicable, the performance of the applicant on previous 319(h) contracts (e.g., timeliness and accuracy of submitted reports and invoices, fulfillment of contractual obligations) will be considered.
i. Quality and completeness of the proposal. Applicants must adhere to the detailed 319(h) Grant Proposal and E-Form instructions available via the internet link found in this RFP. The quality of the proposal is considered a reflection of the quality of work that will be performed by the grantee.
GrantWatch ID#: 174736
The following agencies and organizations are eligible to apply for and receive 319(h) funds:
a. Federal, State, local, tribal governments;
b. Interstate and intrastate public agencies;
c. Public and private nonprofit organizations; and
d. Educational institutions.
The following do not qualify for 319(h) funding under this particular RFP:
a. General planning, assessment, or research activities;
b. Activities related to specific requirements of a draft or final NPDES, Phase I or Phase II Stormwater permit; and
c. Ambient monitoring or monitoring to determine if a waterbody is impaired.
Program Funds: Approximately $250,000 in Program funds are available as part of this RFP.
Project Funds: Approximately $750,000 in Project funds are available as part of this RFP.
The project budget must include non-federal match (cash and/or in-kind) funds of at least 50% of the total project cost. Letters of commitment from agencies or other partners providing in-kind or cash match funds must be submitted with the proposal.
The opening date and time is Monday, July 9, 2018, 8:00 AM. The deadline for submission is Friday, August 24, 2018, 5:00 PM.
319(h) funds are available only on a reimbursable basis. Therefore, applicants must have the ability to pay for project expenses upfront and then request reimbursement from NDEP by submitting invoices with proof of payment of expenses on a quarterly basis.