Friday, March 27, 2009

EPA Issues Guidance for Water Funds Under the Recovery Act

On March 2, EPA issued guidance on the award of Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Fund Capitalization Grants under the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009" (ARRA). The ARRA provides $2 billion to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and $4 billion to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

On March 12, EPA issued new guidance for the administration of Water Quality Management Planning (WQMP) Grants funded under the ARRA. According to Section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act, 1% of each state's CWSRF allotment is reserved for WQMP activities. This means that nearly $40 million will be available nationally to support a broad range of planning activities. Examples of these activities might include: addressing nutrient pollution from cities and agriculture on a watershed basis, protecting undeveloped areas through "green infrastructure" techniques, creating low impact development programs that will protect water quality in developing areas, developing watershed plans and total maximum daily loads, analyzing trends in water availability and use, and developing response plans to adapt to climate change.

For a copy of the guidance documents, please visit http://www.epa.gov/water/eparecovery/


Michael R. Martin • Sent via Blackberry

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