Nevada grant program funds water quality improvement projects

 

CARSON CITY, NV – The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection recently awarded grant funding to improve conditions of the state’s surface waters. The selected projects were submitted during the 2016 319(h) request for proposal (RFP) process. A total of 12 projects will receive funding to improve water quality, educate Nevada’s citizens about nonpoint source pollution and implement watershed improvement plans aimed at reducing nonpoint source pollution impacts.

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

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection 319(h) Nonpoint Source Grant Program provides funds for surface water improvement projects to qualifying state agencies, regional agencies, counties, conservation districts and nonprofit organizations. Nonpoint Source Grant Program funds originate from a US Environmental Protection Agency grant pursuant to the Clean Water Act.

Additional grant funding is expected to be made available through the 2017 RFP process in July 2017.

For any questions or more information, please contact Birgit Henson, Supervisor, Nonpoint Source Program, Bureau of Water Quality Planning, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection at 775-687-9550, email bhenson@ndep.nv.gov or find more information and an award list at the Bureau’s webpage.