A workplan (i.e. project proposal) is an outline of all tasks that need to be completed in order to finish an entire project.  If you are submitting a workplan for an NPS project your tasks may include the following: 

  • Cover page: Project title; organization; fiscal year; budget summary (amount requested, match and total); depending upon the type of proposal information about the waterbodies effected may be required; this includes (name of the major watershed and its HUC-code, name of the specific sub-watershed and its HUC-code, and TMDL sub-watershed (SWS) number and 303(d) list stream code); and finally the contact information (name, mailing address, phone number and Email).
  • Introduction: A description of the geologic extent of watershed, problems and/or threats and a summary of the goals and objectives.
  • Goals and objectivesThis important section outlines the anticipated load reductions, educational outputs and restoration benefits of the project.  All benefits expected from this project should be explained.
  • Management measures: A description of the nonpoint measures that will need to be implemented in order to achieve the goals and objectives of the plan. Include an identification (using a map or detailed description) of the critical areas in which those measures will be needed.
  • Technical assistance: An estimate of the amounts of technical assistance needed, associated costs and the sources and authorities that will be relied on to implement this plan.
  • Budget and match: The budget must be provided that shows a breakdown of anticipated expenses by category, §319 funds and matching fundsThe maximum §319 reimbursement for a project is 60% of the total project cost.  There must be at least 40% non-federal matching funds for each project. Click-Here to download a tool that will help develop a budget and calculate match.
  • Education and outreach: An education and outreach campaign that will be used to enhance public understanding of the project and encourage their early and continued participation in selecting, designing, and implementing the nonpoint management measures that will be implemented.
  • Milestone schedule: A schedule and description of measurable milestones for determining whether management measures or other controls are being implemented.
  • Measures of success: This could include a summary of your monitoring results, number of participants served by your outreach efforts, number of brochures distributed, number of BMPs installed, feet of stream bank restored etc  
Workplans can vary from the above.  For example if you are writing a plan that describes monitoring, it should be similar to a study designThe monitoring plan would also include budget, match and milestones.  Note: USEPA has revised the guidelines for project proposal "workplan" development.  Click-Here to download the guidelines.