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. ​

$791,000 in grants awarded in 2021 to improve surface water in Nevada:

With funding provided by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) has awarded twelve grants to improve conditions of Nevada’s surface waters. Funding for six implementation and six public outreach projects was granted to qualifying regional agencies, counties, conservation districts and nonprofit organizations. Projects funded include restoring riverbanks on the West Walker River, removing fine sediment particles on the roads in the Lake Tahoe Basin, funding river cleanup events and education on the Truckee River, supporting Las Vegas Wash revegetation Green-Ups, and teaching children in the Humboldt River watershed about water pollution prevention. 

For detailed information on how to apply for and create a competitive proposal for the grant funding opportunity, view the presentation workshop below.  Note that this presentation includes proposal submittal information relative to the 2021 319(h) grant cycle.   The 2021 grant cycle has closed.   

Nonpoint source 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. “Nonpoint source pollution continues to be a significant threat to Nevada’s waterways,” said Birgit Widegren, supervisor of NDEP’s Nonpoint Source Program. “Implementing water quality restoration projects and educating our citizens on how they can help will reduce that threat.”

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

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