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Nonpoint Source Funding

non-point source funding icon image The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) is pleased to announce the availability of grants to assist in the implementation of projects that promote restoration of Rhode Islandís waters and watersheds. Specifically, this Request for Proposals (RFP) is seeking proposals that will reduce and manage nonpoint sources (NPS) of pollution. Unlike point source pollution that comes from specific, identifiable discharges, NPS pollution is diffuse and generated from many diverse sources including stormwater runoff, failing septic systems and erosion from disturbed sites.

Funding for this RFP comes from two sources - the 2012 Narragansett Bay Watershed Restoration Bond Fund and Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, which is being targeted to specific watersheds. Pursuant to new federal guidelines for Section 319 funding, projects can only be funded in those areas in which a Watershed Plan has been completed. To date, completed Watershed Plans include the Bristol-Kickimuit Rivers Watershed Plan and the Barrington-Palmer-Warren Rivers Watershed Plan. In addition, projects from Aquidneck Island (plan pending) will be considered. Therefore, only projects from the towns of East Providence, Barrington, Warren, Bristol, Portsmouth, Middletown and Newport which implement actions in those watershed plans, will be considered for Section 319 funding. The Narragansett Bay and Watershed Restoration Bond Fund will fund projects statewide.

Grants from both funds will be awarded on a competitive basis pursuant to this Request for Proposals (RFP). Proposals are due on September 12, 2014 by 4:00 p.m.

For information or questions concerning potential projects to be funded by Section 319 funding, please contact:

Betsy Dake, Senior Environmental Planner
(401) 222-4700 ext. 7230 or

or Ernie Panciera, Supervising Environmental Scientist
(401) 222-4700 ext. 7603 or

For information or questions concerning potential projects to be funded by the Narragansett Bay Watershed Restoration Bond Fund, please contact:

Jay Manning, P.E., Principal Sanitary Engineer
(401) 222-4700 ext. 7254 or
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