Grant Funding Now Available from New Healthy Watersheds Consortium

The Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program has just published a Request for Proposals (RFP) to support local projects that protect and sustain healthy watersheds (including drinking water sources).  Through this program, EPA will provide approximately $3.75 million over six years to the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities for projects that develop and/or support state, interstate, and tribal healthy watersheds programs and enhance collaboration among the many groups who benefit from protecting healthy watersheds such as drinking water utilities, hunters and fisherman, foresters and farmers, and more. The Endowment is also matching a portion of EPA’s financial commitment to the partnership and expects to leverage additional funding from other public and private sources.

The goal of the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program is to accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds. This goal will be achieved by:

  • Funding key projects identified in existing watershed protection or conservation plans;
  • Building the sustainable organizational infrastructure, social support, and long-term funding commitments necessary to implement large-scale protection of healthy watersheds; and
  • Supporting innovative or catalytic projects that may accelerate or broadly advance the field of practice for watershed protection efforts.

For more information and to view and download the RFP and other helpful documents, visit the website HERE.  For questions, please contact Peter Stangel at peter@usendowment.org.

 

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JAWRA Article Highlights Geospatial Methodology to Identify Concentrated Agricultural Runoff in Coastal Virginia

The Journal of the American Water Resources Association published an article in its December issue about a geospatial methodology that has been developed using high resolution Lidar-derived digital elevation models (DEMs) to help track runoff from agricultural fields and identify areas of potential concentrated flow through vegetated riparian areas in the Coastal Plain of Virginia.  The methodology was found to be an effective way to determine areas of flow concentration and identify buffer locations that may be ineffective at trapping sediment and nutrients coming from individual agricultural fields. While this study was specific to this area, this methodology has the potential to improve results of management practices aimed at reducing nonpoint source pollution leaving agricultural fields in other areas throughout the US where Lidar-derived DEMs are available.

ASDWA Sponsors Session at March 2016 AWWA Sustainable Water Management Conference in Providence, RI

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) will hold its Sustainable Water Management Conference this year from March 7-10, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island.  ASDWA is pleased to be a sponsor of the conference this year and will be hosting a half-day session entitled, “Source Water Protection Actions and Opportunities for Partners at Multiple Levels,” that will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 8th.  This will be the first session in a three-part source water protection series that will also include sessions on “Tools You Can Use to Protect Your Source Water,” and “Seeing Green: Improving Water Quality and Quantity through Forestry,” on Wednesday morning and afternoon.  These sessions will include speakers from ASDWA, the Rhode Island and Connecticut State Drinking Water Programs, EPA, and local water utilities.

The conference will include sessions on a variety of other topics in addition to source water protection, such as infrastructure management, watershed management, conservation costs and benefits, water reuse, water and energy efficiency, green infrastructure, and more.  For more information, to view the conference program agenda, and to register, visit the AWWA web site HERE.

Funding Opportunities Highlighted in EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Following are a few funding opportunities highlighted in EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter.  For more information about these and other grant opportunities, please visit the EPA’s website.

NOAA 2016 Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program:  NOAA announced funding to evaluate and quantify the ability of coastal natural and nature-based features to mitigate the effects of sea level rise, storm surge, flooding, and wave run-up on coastal ecosystems and communities. Proposals should model the impacts of sea level rise and quantify the vulnerability and resilience of communities (including drinking water infrastructure) to inundation and sea level rise under various deployment levels of nature-based ecosystems, which include forests, wetlands, floodplains, dune systems, seagrasses, barrier islands, and reefs.  Eligible applicants include:  State, local, and tribal governments.  Applications are due by January 8, 2016.  For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

NFWF Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program:  The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is making $2.5 million available for funding diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds, and the species and habitats they support. Projects should address stormwater management by designing and implementing green infrastructure such as tree canopies, bio swales, permeable pavers, bio retention, green roofs, downspout disconnection, and native vegetation that can also protect drinking water sources.  Eligible applicants include: State, local, and tribal governments, nonprofits, and educational institutions.  Applications are due February 3, 2015.  For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement:  EPA has announced $1.2 million in funding to support community-based organizations to collaborate and partner with industry, government, academia, and other stakeholders to develop and implement solutions that address local environmental and public health issues, including drinking water. Proposals should include outreach to affected underserved vulnerable communities and residents about environmental and public health issues and engage them in activities to plan, access, improve, and benefit from their local environment.  Eligible applicants include: Tribal governments, Native American organizations, and nonprofits.  Applications are due by February 12, 2016.  For more information, visit the request for proposals.

December 8 Webinar on NASA’s Precipitation Measurement Applications

NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Applications Program has announced a series of webinars about access and usage of global, high-resolution, precipitation data from remote sensing observations.  This information may be useful to state drinking water programs and water systems that use forecasting and modeling to consider water quality and quantity impacts on drinking water supplies.  The first webinar will be held next week, on December 8th from 8:00am – 9:30am (eastern) and repeated again from 2:00pm – 3:30pm (eastern).  This first webinar will provide an overview of the GPM mission, data products, and data access tools.  Please visit the NASA website for more information and to register.