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Financial Assistance - Nonpoint Source Funding

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to support grant awards using federal Nonpoint Source Section 319 funds for projects that will reduce and manage nonpoint sources (NPS) of pollution. The RFP, done jointly with the related Bay and Watershed Restoration (BWRF) program, 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.

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 and the Wood-Pawcatuck watershed (plans pending), and the Nonquit Pond watershed (draft plan under review) will be considered.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis pursuant to this Request for Proposals (RFP).

Proposals are due on June 30,2017 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 Scientist
401-222-4700 ext. 7230 or

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