CWA 319(h) Grants

Nonpoint Source Grant Program

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) 319(h) Nonpoint Source Grant Program provides funding to qualifying counties, conservation districts, higher education institutions, regional agencies, and nonprofit organizations to improve conditions of Nevada’s watersheds and protect against nonpoint source (NPS) water pollution.

The grants support water quality improvement projects, education and outreach efforts, and the development and implementation of watershed based plans that focus on reductions in NPS pollution. Proposals are reviewed by a Technical Advisory Committee and ranked on project merit. Projects located in watersheds with approved watershed based plans, and that are anticipated to measurably reduce pollutants released to streams, rivers, and lakes are given priority. Nonpoint Source Grant Program funds originate from a US Environmental Protection Agency grant pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act (CWA).

Project proponents are encouraged to work with NPS Program staff prior to submittal of a proposal to ensure that it is eligible, complete and competitive. Ongoing and past CWA section 319(h) projects can be found within the Nonpoint Source Management Program Annual Report. ​

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) has awarded 13 grants to improve conditions of Nevada’s surface waters.  Funding for seven implementation, five public outreach, and one watershed planning project(s) was awarded to qualifying state and regional agencies, counties, conservation districts and nonprofit organizations. Projects include initiatives to educate Southern Nevadans about how they can reduce nonpoint source pollution, improvement of riparian conditions on the Carson and Walker Rivers, and development of a coordinated source water protection and watershed management plan for the Truckee River in Washoe County.

For any questions or more information, please contact Birgit Widegren, Supervisor, Nonpoint Source Program, Bureau of Water Quality Planning, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection at 775-687-9550 or bwidegren@ndep.nv.gov.

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