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pre-announcement and meetings for FY10 319 nonpoint source grant round  Cohen, Russ (FWE)
 Feb 10, 2009 06:29 PST 

Fyi in case you don't already know about this.


FFY'10 Section 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Competitive Grants Program

Request for Responses to be issued on or about April 1, 2009

Two Pre-RFR meetings will be Held


Section 319 of the Clean Water Act of 1987 established a national
program to control nonpoint sources (NPS) of pollution. Each year the
Massachusetts DEP issues a Request for Responses (RFR) for competitive
projects to be funded through Section 319 grants. This year's RFR will
be issued on or about April 1, 2009. Proposals will be due on June 2,
2009. The RFR will be posted at the Commonwealth's procurement site,
http://www.comm-pass.com <http://www.comm-pass.com/> under Open
Solicitations, Department of Environmental Protection, Professional

Two Pre-RFR meetings will be held at MassDEP's Central Regional Office
(CERO), 627 Main Street, Worcester, MA.

Thursday, March 5, 2009 10-12 p.m., Concord Room

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 10-12 p.m., Concord Room

The purpose of each meeting is to review project requirements and
eligibility and to discuss FFY '10 program priorities. Any other aspect
of the program may also be discussed. Under state procurement
regulations, Department and other EOEEA staff will not be able to
discuss projects with proponents once the RFR is issued on or about
April 1. Therefore, potential applicants are urged to take advantage of
either or both of the Pre-RFR meetings, and all other opportunities to
engage 319 program staff in discussion about how to develop eligible,
competitive projects, prior to the April RFR issuance.

Directions to CERO: http://mass.gov/dep/about/region/centralr.htm


Responses to the RFR may be submitted by any interested Massachusetts
public or private organization.

In order to be considered eligible for funding, projects must:

1.        Satisfy one or more of the project categories listed below.

2.        Have a 40% non-federal match of the total project cost. The
match may be cash or in-kind, and must meet the same eligibility
criteria as the federal funds.

3.        Address problems and implement recommendations identified in
TMDLs, diagnostic/feasibility studies, and/or the Massachusetts
Watershed-based Plan (http://public.dep.state.ma.us/Watershed/Intro.aspx
<http://public.dep.state.ma.us/Watershed/Intro.aspx> )

Projects should be of manageable size, but should strive to be
comprehensive projects addressing all major identified nonpoint sources
affecting water quality in the watershed or subwatershed.   All 319
projects are required to provide quarterly reporting as well as a Final

Projects from all basins are eligible and encouraged. Targeted basins
for 2010 under the Five Year Basin Cycle (Years 3 and 4) are the
Connecticut, Chicopee, Nashua, Blackstone, French, Quinebaug, Merrimack,
Parker, Boston Harbor, Narragansett/Mt. Hope Bay, and Cape Cod.
Projects from these basins may receive five extra points.


The Department encourages all types of eligible, competitive projects.
Competitive projects are typically comprised of one or more eligible
activities. The majority of s.319 funding is designated for funding
implementation projects in impaired waters. Project evaluation will
substantially favor work that is consistent with the Massachusetts
Watershed-based Plan and that will result in meeting water quality
standards and/or restoring beneficial uses (i.e., in removal of the
waterbody from the 303d list, i.e. Category 4 or 5 of the Massachusetts
2006 Integrated List of Waters,
<http://mass.gov/dep/water/resources/tmdls.htm> ).   

A. Implementation Projects in Impaired Waters (Category 4 or 5) -
Preference will be given to projects that propose to implement a
combination of structural and non-structural BMPs addressing all
impairments and leading to restoration in an impaired watershed or
subwatershed.   Implementation projects should be of manageable size,
but must be comprehensive, striving to address all sources of NPS
pollution in the project area. BMPs should be selected for optimal
pollutant load removal, emphasizing source reduction. Please note that
319 funds cannot be used to implement requirements specifically
contained within Phase I and Phase II NPDES permits. Proposed BMPs must
be developed at least to the conceptual design stage, and proposals must
contain site specific information to demonstrate that the project is
feasible and ready to be constructed within the project timeline.

B. Outreach and Education - Outreach and education is often recommended
as an effective nonstructural BMP. Successful projects in this category
will propose specific outreach and education activities, and will
develop and implement an evaluation method to gauge the effectiveness of
these activities. A strong technology transfer component must also be
included to facilitate the use of project results and deliverables in
other watersheds. Projects should be sustainable, i.e. the benefits of
such projects should continue beyond the life of the grant-funded

C. Demonstration Projects - Projects in this category will evaluate
new/innovative BMPs, technologies, and/or institutional approaches, and
will accelerate the transfer and adoption of these new/innovative BMPs,
technology or institutional approaches. Preference will be given to
demonstration of technologies that will directly lead to measurable
water quality improvements.        


The RFR contains a schedule for each step of the application process.

Applications must meet the eligibility requirements and follow the
specific format outlined in the RFR. Applications are reviewed and
recommended by an internal screening committee comprised of MassDEP
Municipal Services and Regional staff, EOEEA staff, and EPA. Once
approved by the Commissioner of MassDEP, the list of recommended
projects is submitted to EPA with the Department's federal grant
application in August each year. Once the grant application is approved
by EPA (on or after October 1st), the Department begins contract
negotiations with the proponents of the funded projects. As a general
rule of thumb, 319 grantees can expect funds will become available six
to eight months after submitting the initial grant application. Funds
are paid on a reimbursement basis, and the Department retains 10% of the
award amount until the project is finalized. From fiscal year 1990
through 2009, individual total project costs (grant funds plus match)
have ranged from $10,000 up to $500,000.


The Department encourages all types of eligible, competitive proposals.
Evaluation criteria include, but are not limited to: nature, extent,
severity and understanding of the NPS problem; logical and comprehensive
strategy; feasibility and probability of success; projected benefits;
local support and participation; interagency participation, cooperation
and commitment; local funding; amount of funds requested; consistency
with Department and EOEEA goals and priorities; and consistency with the
Massachusetts Watershed-based Plan. Project evaluation will
substantially favor work that will result in meeting water quality
standards and/or restoring beneficial uses (i.e., in removal of the
waterbody from the 303d list, i.e. Category 4 or 5 of the Massachusetts
2006 Integrated List of Waters,
<http://mass.gov/dep/water/resources/tmdls.htm> ).   

To obtain additional program information, indicative summaries of past
319 projects, or a copy of the 319 RFR, please call or email Jane
Peirce, 319 Program Coordinator at (508) 767-2792,
Jane.P-@state.ma.us, or write to Department of Environmental
Protection, Division of Municipal Services, 627 Main Street, Worcester,
MA 01608, Attention: Jane Peirce. Hard copies of the RFR will only be
mailed if requested.

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