DEEP Announces $1 Million in Grants Available for Water Quality Improvement Projects
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced today that Connecticut has received approximately $1 million in funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that are available for communities, local conservation groups, and other organizations to improve water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams that are not meeting water quality standards. DEEP administers these grants and is now accepting proposals for fiscal year 2019.
“Protecting Connecticut’s waterways is at the core of our agency’s mission,” said DEEP Commissioner-designee Katie Dykes. “These funds will help to improve water quality by controlling nonpoint sources of water pollution, benefiting flora and fauna throughout our watersheds. Healthy and vibrant watersheds are key to ecotourism, which is a significant driver of economic activity in the state.”
The funding comes from Section 319 of the Federal Clean Water Act, which is a federal program to control nonpoint sources (NPS) of water pollution. Common NPS pollutants include: bacteria, nutrients, sediment, salt, petroleum products, heavy metals, pesticides, and debris. These pollutants are typically carried by stormwater runoff into streams, lakes, and estuaries from diffuse land use and other activities that are not regulated as point source discharges. Previous grants have supported projects for dam removals, conservation practices on farms, and treatments of polluted runoff.
Proposals may be submitted by any interested public or private organization and must be received by April 3, 2019.
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CFL Announces 2019 Lake Grants Program Applications Are Due by April 15th
For a number of years, the availability of funds to help Connecticut lakers care for their lakes has been very limited. While there are some signs that the State Legislature will consider options to make funds available in the current session, there is still a long road ahead.
After consideration, the Directors of the CFL have authorized the creation of a CFL Connecticut Lake Grants program. Our goal is to encourage our Members to pursue projects of interest to the Lakes Community that they might not otherwise.
In this, our first year of the program, the CFL has allocated $3,000 to be awarded. It is our hope that in future years growing membership, greater support through donations, and proceeds from our events will allow us to grow the size of the program.
We plan to make awards in three categories: an Association Lake Grant, a Non-Association Lake Grant, and a Lake and Watershed Research Grant. Each grant we award will be for up to $1,000. While we know this amount will not pay for the full cost of many projects, we think it will make a difference for many projects.
Applications for this year must be submitted by April 15, 2019 and will be announced/awarded at our Annual Meeting on May 18th. The winners must agree to presenting a project report at a future CFL Meeting to share what was learned with your fellow members.
EPA and Army Announce Public Hearing on Proposed New “Waters of the United States” Definition Hearing will be held February 27-28, 2019 in Kansas City, Kansas 02/06/2019 Contact Information: EPA Press Office (email@example.com)
WASHINGTON — Following President Trump’s directive to provide certainty to American farmers and landowners so that the economy can continue to expand while waters are protected, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) are moving to the next steps in proposing a new definition of the “Waters of the United States.” EPA and the Army will hold a public hearing on the proposed new “Waters of the United States” definition in Kansas City with sessions on February 27 and 28, 2019. All persons wanting to speak are encouraged to register in advance. EPA and the Army will also hold an informational webcast on February 14, 2019.
Public Hearing Logistics: The Wednesday session of the public hearing will convene at 4:00 pm (local time) and will conclude no later than 8:00 pm. The Thursday session will convene at 9:00 am and will conclude no later than 12:00 pm.
The public hearing will be held in the Wyandotte Ballroom of the Reardon Convention Center, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas 66101. Those interested in speaking at the hearing can register for a three-minute speaking slot. The last day to pre-register to speak at the hearing is February 21, 2019. On February 26, 2019, the agencies will post a general agenda for the hearing on the EPA website at www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/proposed-revised-definition-wotus-public-hearing. It will list pre-registered speakers in approximate order. Registration for the public hearing is available through the EPA website. Additionally, requests to speak will be taken the day of the hearing at the hearing registration desk, pending availability, and a sign language interpreter will be available for the hearing.
Webinar Logistics: EPA and the Army will also hold a public webcast to explain the key elements of the proposed "Revised Definition of Waters of the United States" on February 14, 2019, at 3:30 pm EST. A copy of the entire webcast will be made available afterwards. Webinar registration is limited to 2,000 attendees so interested parties are encouraged to view with colleagues. Registration is available at attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1548544876509260301.
Background: On December 11, 2018, EPA and the Army signed a proposed rule providing a clear, understandable, and implementable definition of “waters of the United States” that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act while respecting the role of states and tribes in managing their own land and water resources. The agencies have submitted the proposed rule to the Office of the Federal Register for publication.
Oral statements and supporting information presented at the public hearing will be considered with the same weight as written statements and supporting information submitted during the public comment period. The agencies will take comments on the proposal for 60 days after publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register. Comments can be submitted online at www.regulations.gov. Please follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2018-0149.
The 30th Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference for the New England states and New York will be held on April 18 & 19, 2019 at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Both full conference and single day registrations are available.
Attendee and Exhibitor Early Bird Registration will close March 15th. All registration will close March 25th.
This conference, which is coordinated by New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) in partnership with member states and EPA, has become the premier forum for sharing information about nonpoint source pollution (NPS) issues and projects in this region.
Conference attendees will include representatives from public and private sectors in New England and New York State involved in NPS pollution management, including participants from state, federal, and municipal governments; the private sector; academia; and watershed organizations. For more information about this conference, and to register, please visit neiwpcc.org/NPS30NH. ... See MoreSee Less
Since 1990, NEIWPCC, in partnership with its member states, has been coordinating the Annual Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Conference, the premier forum in our regi...