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Financial Assistance: Nonpoint Source Funding

2021 Nonpoint Source Implementation Grants

Announcement of Request for Proposals
Proposals Due Friday, January 14, 2022

The RIDEM Office of Water Resources is pleased to announce the availability of an estimated $1.4 million in federal funding provided to RIDEM by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act for grants to assist in the implementation of projects that protect and restore water quality from nonpoint sources of pollution and to improve or restore aquatic habitats. view the complete RFP here.

RIDEM is seeking proposals to protect and enhance water quality or support designated uses of Rhode Island’s waters by:

  • Improving or restoring aquatic habitat including improving stream connectivity, riparian buffers and/or lake conditions;
  • Mitigating stormwater pollution in areas NOT restricted by MS4 permit requirements;
  • Replacement of a failing or substandard onsite wastewater treatment system, including a cesspool excluding direct assistance to individual homeowners;
  • Abating nonpoint source pollution from farms; and
  • Other projects that implement actions to prevent or abate nonpoint source pollution or improve aquatic habitat.

Pursuant to federal guidelines for Section 319 funding, projects can only be funded in areas in which a watershed plan has been completed or significant progress has been made towards completing a plan. See the RFP for information about eligible watersheds.

Two virtual workshops to review the RFP process and clarify guidance for potential grant applicants have been scheduled for:

Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 865 1325 5103
Passcode: 919489
Call in number: 1-929-205-6099

Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Time: 4:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 829 5437 3442
Passcode: 119198
Call in number: 1-929-205-6099


For information or questions, please contact:

Betsy Dake, Senior Environmental Scientist
401-222-4700 ext. 2777230 or

Ernie Panciera, Supervising Environmental Scientist
401-222-4700 ext. 2777603 or