§319 overview

The Clean Water Act §319 requires States to form a Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program and authorizes Congress to provide funds to the States.
General Conditions: The maximum reimbursement is 60% of the total project cost.  There must a 40% non-federal match for each grant.  Administrative costs, overhead and indirect costs cannot exceed 10% of the grant award.  There is a 20% limit on grant monies for non-implementation activities such as planning and monitoring.

GrantsNPS Program funds are used for staff, planning activities, operating costs, outreach and education, and AGOs.  Program funds also provide money to several partner agencies that implement nonpoint pollution projectsWatershed project funds provide money for projects based on watershed based plans that attempt to address waters impaired by nonpoint pollution.  Selection of projects and activities are driven by the 303(d) list, TMDL development as well as the goals and objectives of the NPS Program's management plan.
Targeted stream must be on 303(d) list and have or be a part of a TMDL, then a watershed based plan (WBP)must be developed and approved by USEPA.  All project proposals submitted to NPS must conform to the plan and achieve its target pollutant load reductions. Note: The exception is a watershed protection plan (WPP) and/or WPP project.

Timelines: Watershed project proposals are due to WVDEP by May 1 which allows the NPS Program time to review the proposals before submitting the state’s entire §319 grant to USEPA by July 1.  It often takes six months or more for the state's grants to be reviewed, revised if necessary, and approved by USEPA.  Notice of grant awards are usually provided to the state by spring of the following year.

All grantees must submit two semi-annual reports for as long as projects are active. The first semi-annual report covers October 1 through March 31 and is due May 1. The second semi-annual report covers April 1 through September 30 and is due November 1. The NPS Program's annual report is submitted to USEPA by mid February of every year. 

Final inspections and final reports are required when a project is completed. The reports and GRTS are USEPA's tools for reporting state's progress to Congress. If reports are not recieved on-time grant funds will be compromised.  For more detaisl go to the watershed project page. For a general overview download the NPS Program's two-page information sheet.