Missouri offers financial support for projects aiming to improve water quality

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Missouri – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has announced an important initiative to combat water pollution, focusing on the pervasive issue of stormwater runoff, known as nonpoint source pollution. This effort is supported through federal grant funding, aimed at projects dedicated to protecting Missouri’s waters from this form of pollution. With a deadline set for May 1, 2024, the department is calling for proposals to utilize these funds effectively.

Grant Details and Eligibility

Local governments, state agencies, educational institutions, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are invited to apply, provided their projects align with specific criteria. Notably, the funds are reserved for initiatives that incorporate pollutant-reducing land management practices, as outlined in watershed-based plans approved by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the department. Eligible watersheds for these projects include locations such as Black Creek in Shelby County, Deer Creek in St. Louis County, and several others across the state, highlighting a broad scope for potential environmental impact.

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The grants, ranging from $50,000 to $400,000, offer substantial financial support for projects spanning up to three years. This initiative is part of the broader effort authorized by Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act, with the EPA providing the funding and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources overseeing its administration.

The Challenge of Nonpoint Source Pollution

Nonpoint source pollution poses a significant challenge to water quality, both in Missouri and nationwide. It occurs when rainfall or snowmelt flows over the ground, picking up pollutants like chemicals, bacteria, and debris, and depositing them into rivers, lakes, and streams. This type of pollution is particularly difficult to control due to its diffuse nature, making targeted interventions crucial.

Applicants seeking to make a difference in Missouri’s water quality can find more information on how to respond to the request for proposals and learn more about the application process by visiting the department’s website or contacting the Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grant Program directly at 573-751-5723 or 800-361-4827, or by email at [email protected].

This grant opportunity represents a critical step forward in Missouri’s ongoing efforts to protect its water resources from pollution, offering a way for various organizations to contribute to meaningful environmental protection and sustainability projects.

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