Background information on the watershed is important in order to set the nonpoint problem and the justification for the project.  Examples of watershed background information can include but is not limited to: ecology, geology, land uses, water quality, TMDL status, economic and recreational uses and public support within the watershed. 

  • Nonpoint problems and sources: §319 incremental projects must be focused on solving some kind of nonpoint pollution problem.  In order to set achievable goals and objectives anyone submitting a proposal must have prior knowledge of the problems and their causes.  Clearly state what the problem is and how it affects water quality.  Describe the sources or causes of the nonpoint pollution and how this project will address those aspects.
  • Type of project: Nonpoint projects should address the focus areas of the program.  Briefly describe the type of project being proposed and how it relates to the NPS focus areas.  For example, is the project an agricultural project intended to protect riparian zones by fencing livestock out of the stream?  Or, is it an acid mine drainage project using passive treatment systems to raise pH and remove metals?  In other words, this part should not be a detailed description of the project, which will come later.  This part is only intended to categorize the project and its area of focus.
  • The lead agency and contacts: The “lead agency” is defined as the entity that is coordinating or implementing the project.  The NPS normally works through some kind of government agency however it is not necessary that the “lead agency” be a government agency.  However any entity that receives program funds must be listed as a registered vendor with the State of West Virginia.  Private businesses are not eligible for applying for §319 funds.  Not for profit groups may apply but it helps facilitate the process if they coordinate through a local Conservation District or government. 

The applying entity must describe their organization and provide contact information.  Briefly describe the purpose and goals of the organization and any operational information that may be pertinent to the proposal.  A very brief description of past accomplishments that may illustrate the competency of the organization to successfully implement the project should be included. 

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