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$1.25 Million Available for Water Pollution Prevention Projects

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From the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection:

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) has nearly $1.25 million in federal funding available to provide grant assistance for projects that prevent or control nonpoint source water pollution, the leading cause of water quality impairment in Nevada.

Nonpoint source water pollution occurs when rain, snowmelt and irrigation water flows over
developed or disturbed land, carrying with it contaminants including oil, sediment, pesticides,
bacteria and nutrients. This contaminated water makes its way into Nevada's waterways either
directly or through storm drains.

All proposals must follow the guidelines for application outlined in the Request for Proposals
(RFP), which is available for download at ndep.nv.gov/bwqp/npsgwp.htm. State, local and tribal
governments, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions are eligible to apply. A nonfederalmatch (cash and/or in-kind) of at least 50 percent of the total project cost is required.

"Nonpoint source pollution remains the biggest threat to Nevada's waterways," said Birgit
Widegren, supervisor of NDEP's Nonpoint Source Program. "Implementing water quality
protection projects throughout Nevada helps to reduce that threat."

Examples of projects eligible for funding include:
„X Water quality improvement projects;
„X Implementation of Best Management Practices to protect water quality;
„X Public education programs aimed at reducing nonpoint source pollution;
„X Implementation of Low Impact Development practices; and
„X Identified projects from an approved watershed implementation plan and/or Total Maximum
Daily Load (TMDL) implementation plan.

Potential applicants who question the eligibly of their proposal are encouraged to submit a preapplication by August 2, 2013. Proposals will be accepted between 8 a.m. July 19, 2013 and 5 p.m. September 6, 2013. Selected proposals will be awarded federal funds available under Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act, and will be administered by NDEP's Nonpoint Source Program.

Contact Birgit Widegren at 775-687-9550 or via email at bwidegren@ndep.nv.gov for more

From the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection

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