Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and commercial organizations for activities to enhance water quality throughout the state. Funding is intended to support the planning and implementation of watershed projects that restore impaired water bodies and protect them from nonpoint source pollution.
Priorities for the use of these funds are defined in the Nonpoint Source Management Plan. Project categories are as follows:
Watershed-Based Plan Projects:
Category 1 – Pre-Planning for EPA Nine Element Watershed-Based Plan (WBP): Projects that collect and assess water quality data, include stakeholder involvement and/or watershed issues and boundary scoping in order to develop a category 2 WBP in the near future.Category 2 – New WBP: Projects that develop a new WBP or update an existing WBP older than 15 years. WBP projects must provide a planning framework to address NPS water quality impairments, including NPS water quality impairments addressed through TMDLs, and must be focused on restoring waterbodies impaired by NPS pollution and/or protecting waterbodies affected or threatened by NPS pollution.Category 3 – Update to WBP: Projects that update a WBP less than 15 years old. WBP projects must provide a planning framework to address NPS water quality impairments, including NPS water quality impairments addressed through TMDLs, and must be focused on restoring waterbodies impaired by NPS pollution, and/or protecting waterbodies affected or threatened by NPS pollution.Watershed Implementation Projects:
Restoration Projects: Watershed projects that construct on-the-ground best management practices (BMPs) identified in EPA Nine Element Watershed-Based Plans to restore waterbodies impaired by nonpoint sources of selenium, pathogens, sediment and/or nutrients. A waiver of the EPA Nine Element Watershed-Based Plan requirement is in place for projects addressing post-wildfire NPS impacts.Protection Projects: Watershed projects that construct on-the-ground and/or implement non-structural BMPs identified in EPA Nine Element Watershed-Based Plans or equivalent water quality management plan that meets EPA nine elements of watershed planning to protect waterbodies from nonpoint sources of pollution. A waiver of the WBP requirement is in place for projects addressing post-wildfire NPS impacts.Project applications can be a combination of watershed-based plan projects and watershed implementation projects.grants for minorities

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