The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is soliciting grant applications for projects that reduce or eliminate nonpoint source pollution.  These grants, known as “319 Grants” were authorized pursuant to the 1987 amendments to the Clean Water Act (CWA).   Section 319  - The Nonpoint Source Management Program addresses the need for greater federal leadership to help focus state and local nonpoint source efforts.  The application window for these water quality restoration grants is open now and ends March 31.

According to DEP, eligible types of projects include: urban stormwater projects; agricultural Best Management Practices (BMP) development, monitoring or evaluation; erosion/sediment control; low impact development; nonpoint source and BMP education; silviculture BMPs; and septic tank pollution abatement.  Funds may be awarded for construction, project-related monitoring and project-related public education. Project design, engineering, land acquisition, activities that treat point source water and activities required by federal permit are not eligible for funding.  Project sponsors must provide a minimum 40 percent non-federal match, and projects may be sponsored by state agencies, local governments, colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, public utilities and water management districts.

For more information, contact Connie Becker at DEP, or (850) 245-8505.