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  319(h) Highlighted Projects Back BWQP Home Page   

BWQP receives federal funds from the U.S. EPA which are passed through the Nonpoint Source Program and awarded annually on a competitive basis. Projects eligible for funding include activities which reduce, eliminate and/or prevent nonpoint source (NPS) pollution through the implementation of best management practices (BMPs) for sources such as, but not limited to, agricultural drainage and/or runoff (includes irrigation, grazing, dairies, etc.), mine drainage, physical habitat alteration, channel erosion, sedimentation due to construction and land development, hydrologic modification, dredging, silvicultural practices, septic systems and urban runoff.

In addition to the implementation of BMPs, other eligible NPS activities include technology transfer, innovative methods or practices, ground water protection, pollution prevention, technical assistance and public education. Comprehensive watershed management projects are also eligible for funding. A one-to-one non-federal match of grant funds is required.
 
Descriptions of Highlighted 319(h) Grant Program Funded Projects are provided below.   Most project descriptions include related website links, including a link to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Grants Reporting and Tracking System Database.   The included links provide additional information for those wanting to learn more about a project and/or a project’s sponsor.   Further inquiries about projects should be directed to the Nonpoint Source Program Supervisor, Birgit Widegren, at bwidegren@ndep.nv.gov.

Education Coordinator

  
Project Proponent: Carson Water Subconservancy District
Project Contact: Ed James
Project Location: Carson City
Basin / Watershed Name: Carson River

Project Description: The project will fund an established environmental education coordinator position whose primary goal is to maintain partnerships with local schools and offer opportunities for increased knowledge and understanding of water quality and environmental watershed issues.

Project Status:    Current        Complete
Detailed Project Information: EPA's Grants Reporting and Tracking System

Reducing NPS Impact through BMPs
  

Project Proponent: Carson Water Subconservancy District
Project Contact: Genie Azad
Project Location: Carson City
Basin / Watershed Name: Carson River

Project Description: This project proposes to aid in the reduction of NPS pollution through the implementation of community based education, hands-on training, and implementation of best management practices (BMPs) on private and commercial properties in Carson City.

Project Status:    Current        Complete
Related Links: Carson Water Subconservancy District

Middle Carson River Stream Restoration and Rehabilitation
  


Project Proponent: Dayton Valley Conservation District
Project Contact: Richard Wilkinson
Project Location: Rolling A Ranch
Basin / Watershed Name: Carson River

Project Description: The project proposes to improve river conditions by stabilizing river banks with bioengineered structures, and to improve floodplain function by implementing invasive plant management and by revegetation with native species.

Project Status:      Current    Complete

West Walker River Bank Stabilization and Sediment Control Project
  

Project Proponent: Smith Valley Conservation District
Project Contact: Michelle Langsdorf
Project Location: Smith and Mason Valleys
Basin / Watershed Name: West Walker River, HUC 16050302

Project Description: Eroding riverbanks in three locations will be stabilized using bioengineering techniques.
Degraded riparian habitat will be restored.

Project Status:      Current    Complete
Detailed Project Information: EPA's Grants Reporting and Tracking System

Las Vegas Valley Storm Drain Marking Program
  

Project Proponent: Conservation District of Southern Nevada
Project Contact:Jennifer Szwejbka
Project Location: Las Vegas Valley
Basin / Watershed Name:Lake Mead, HUC 15010005

Project Description: Eight thousand storm drain inlets will be marked in Las Vegas Valley with the message "Don't Pollute! Drains to Lake Mead." Additional educational material discussing the impacts of contaminated urban runoff will be developed and distributed.

Project Status:      Current    Complete

Cabin Creek & Martin Creek Improvements

Project Proponent: USFS Humboldt - Toiyabe NF
Project Contact: Boyd W. Hatch
Project Location: Santa Rosa Ranger District
Basin / Watershed Name: Martin Creek - Little Humboldt River, HUC 16040109.

Project Description: The project includes the construction and relocation of approximately 10 miles of fence to create a riparian pasture. An additional 8 miles of fence will receive heavy maintenance or be reconstructed. An existing head cut in the N. Fork of Cabin Creek channel will be repaired following this project. The riparian pasture will be grazed under a modified rest rotation grazing system where the primary objective will be to improve riparian and stream conditions.

Project Status:      Current    Complete
Detailed Project Information: EPA's Grants Reporting and Tracking System

Carson City Urban Fishing Pond

Project Proponent: Carson City Parks and Recreation Department
Project Contact: Vern L. Krahn
Project Location: Carson City
Basin / Watershed Name:Clear Creek, Carson River, HUC 16050201, 16050202

Project Description: The Carson City Parks and Recreation Department (CCPRD) will install permanent Best Management Practices (BMPs) at the Carson City Fairgrounds as part of a project to construct an urban fishing pond and an events staging area.

Project Status:    Current        Complete
Detailed Project Information: EPA's Grants Reporting and Tracking System

Wetlands Park Southward Expansion Project
  

Project Proponent: Conservation District of Southern Nevada
Project Contact: Kim Woods
Project Location: Clark County Wetlands Park
Basin / Watershed Name: Las Vegas Wash

Project Description: The project includes construction of a series of wetland ponds, erosion control structures and riparian habitat. Eleven (11) acres of existing alkali plant community (primarily salt grass), 31.5 acres of Atriplex (saltbush), 48 acres of common reed and 18.5 acres of tamarisk will be converted to 25.5 acres of open water, 29.5 acres of marsh habitat, 18 acres of willow, 18 acres of cottonwood and six (6) acres of mesquite habitat. An additional 23 acres of alkali, Atriplex and common reed will remain, the common reed constituting 18 of the acres.

Project Status:      Current    Complete

Pet Waste Management Program
  

Project Proponent: Conservation District of Southern Nevada
Project Contact: Heather Gallo
Project Location: City of North Las Vegas
Basin / Watershed Name: Las Vegas Wash

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to educate the public about proper pet waste disposal through mailers and signage, and to provide samples of appropriate pet waste disposal units.

Project Status:      Current    Complete

Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials of Nevada (NEMO Nevada)
  

Project Proponent: Board of Regents, Nevada System of Higher Education, on behalf of University of Nevada, Reno
Project Contact: Susan Donaldson
Project Location: Truckee and Carson River Watersheds
Basin / Watershed Name:
Truckee (HUC#16050102)
Pyramid – Winnemucca Lakes (HUC#16050103)
Upper Carson (HUC#16050201)
Middle Carson (HUC#16050202)
Lower Carson (HUC#16050203)

Project Description: The goal of NEMO Nevada is to educate land-use decision makers on the connection between their decisions and water quality. Since 2004, NEMO Nevada has reached 26 of the 34 decision making or advisory boards in Washoe County (76.5%), increasing their awareness of water quality issues and improving their capacity to analyze development plans. With augmented funding, NEMO has expanded to Nevada to Douglas and Lyon Counties. New components added to the program include the following: Trainings on watershed management and floodplain plans and the role of riparian buffers in water quality protection, including examples of buffer ordinances; and hands-on training in the correct installation of construction-site BMPs.

Project Status:    Current        Complete
Related Links: NEMO Nevada (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials)

Lake Clarity Crediting Program Support Services
  

Project Proponent: Environmental Incentives, LLC
Project Contact: Chad Praul, P.E., Partner
Project Location: Lake Tahoe, NV
Basin / Watershed Name: Lake Tahoe

Project Description: NDEP worked with the Lahontan Water Board (LWB) to develop the Lake Tahoe TMDL, a science based restoration effort to mitigate the causes for LakeTahoe’s declining clarity. In preparation for the transition from the science-based planning and policy formation phase to the implementation and performance evaluation phase, the Lake Clarity Crediting Program (Crediting Program) was developed to motivate action to improve Lake clarity. The Crediting Program quantifies, tracks and reports actions taken by local governments and state transportation agencies to reduce their stormwater pollutant loads. This project provides support services to enable the NDEP and LWB to test and implement the protocols, tools and methods described in the Crediting Program Handbook. Feedback received during testing will result in greater acceptance of the TMDL by regulated jurisdictions, improvements to the Crediting Program Handbook and improved efficiency of the Crediting Program.

Project Status:    Current        Complete
Detailed Project Information: EPA's Grants Reporting and Tracking System
Related Links: NDEP Lake Tahoe Watershed Program

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