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About BWQP — The Bureau of Water Quality Planning (BWQP) is responsible for several water quality protection functions which include collecting and analyzing water data, developing standards for surface waters, publishing informational reports, providing water quality education and implementing programs to address surface water quality.

Statutory Authority
[NRS 445A.010 / 445A.730]
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CARSON CITY — The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) has approximately $1 million dollars in federal funding available to provide grant assistance for projects that prevent or control nonpoint source water pollution, the leading cause of water quality impairment in Nevada.

Nonpoint source (NPS) water pollution occurs when rain, snowmelt and irrigation water flows over developed or disturbed land, carrying with it contaminants including oil, sediment, pesticides, bacteria and nutrients. This contaminated water makes its way into Nevada’s waterways either directly or through storm drains.

All proposals must follow the guidelines for application outlined in the Request for Proposals (RFP), which is available for download below. State, local and tribal governments, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions are eligible to apply. A non-federal match (cash and/or in-kind) of at least 50 percent of the total project cost is required.

Owyhee River at Mountain City BWQP Branches and Programs
Water Quality Standards and Monitoring Branch — is responsible for developing and reviewing surface water quality standards, administering the total maximum daily load (TMDL) Program, and generating the Nevada Water Quality Integrated Report. The branch also administers the State's ambient surface water quality and bioassessment monitoring programs.

401 Water Quality Certification Program — grants certification to assure state water quality standards will not be violated for activities requiring a federal permit that may result in a discharge to a water.

Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Management Branch — is responsible for managing nonpoint sources of pollution in Nevada. Nonpoint source (NPS) pollution results from a variety of diffuse and dispersed human activities.

Environmental Education & Outreach Program — focuses on environmental educational programs offered by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.

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  • Lake Tahoe Watershed Program — is the NDEP program collaborating with the federal, state, local, and private partners to protect Lake Tahoe as a water of extraordinary aesthetic or ecologic value.

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