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.

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection’s (NDEP) Bureau of Water Quality Planning 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. 

In 2018, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) has awarded 11 grants to improve conditions of Nevada’s surface waters.  Funding for six implementation, three public outreach, and two watershed planning projects was granted 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, install Best Management Practice measures in the Tahoe basin, and develop 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

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