Water Pollution Control State, Interstate, and Tribal Program Support

To assist States (including territories, the District of Columbia, and Indian Tribes qualified under CWA Section 518(e)), and interstate agencies in establishing and maintaining adequate measures for prevention and control of surface and ground water pollution from both point and nonpoint sources.

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Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2016: States and Tribes will continue to focus on fulfilling their basic responsibilities under the CWA and, based upon a shared understanding with EPA of the environmental progress expected, will identify program activities that will best support attaining targeted environmental improvements.

State priority efforts will include: (1) implementing monitoring strategies and the statistically-valid surveys to determine water quality status and trends; (2) fostering a watershed approach, including total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) and watershed plans designed to meet water quality standards; and (3) implementing concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and storm water permitting programs.

States and Tribes will work toward adoption of nutrient criteria for fresh water for state water quality standards.

States NPDES Programs will support EPA in: (1) developing and strengthening systems to ensure the integrity of the program; (2) achieving and measuring environmental results; and (3) incorporating efficiencies in permitting program operations.

States will also conduct source water protection actions to protect both ground water and surface waters used for drinking water.

Tribes will continue to conduct watershed assessments and will maintain and improve their capacity to implement water quality programs through monitoring, assessments, planning, data management and standards development

Funding Priority for 2017

Funds will be awarded to assist in construction of municipal wastewater treatment works which are required to meet state and/or federal water quality standards and improve the water quality in the waters of the United States.

Annual funding priorities are determined by the state in which the grantee is located.

The project must be given priority by the state water pollution control agency through its project priority system and recommended for funding for approval by the EPA Regional Office.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: New and expanded wastewater treatment plants, infiltration/inflow correction, stormwater projects, new collector sewers, nutrient removal, new and rehabilitated sewer lines, and green infrastructure projects.

Fiscal Year 2017: New and expanded wastewater treatment plants, infiltration/inflow correction, stormwater projects, new collector sewers, nutrient removal, new and rehabilitated sewer lines, and green infrastructure projects.

Fiscal Year 2018: NA.


Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Contact appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Health, Hawaii Department Of $ 1,827,000   2019-10-012024-09-30
Environmental Protection, Florida Department Of $ 581,265   2019-10-012024-09-30
Environmental Quality, Louisiana Department Of $ 151,265   2019-10-012024-09-30
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission $ 278,000   2019-04-012023-09-30
Environmental Management, Indiana Department Of $ 41,265   2019-10-012023-09-30
North Dakota Department Of Environmental Quality $ 151,265   2019-10-012023-09-30
Environmental Quality, Idaho Department Of $ 151,265   2020-01-012023-07-30
Natural Resources, Wisconsin Dept Of $ 159,570   2019-10-012023-05-31
Environment, Great Lakes, And Energy, Michigan Department Of $ 151,265   2018-10-012022-12-31
Natural Resources, Georgia Department Of $ 85,000   2019-10-012022-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: In Fiscal Year 2016, 5 grants for approximately $26 million were awarded. Projects funded included new and expanded wastewater treatment plants, infiltration/inflow correction, stormwater projects, new collector sewers, nutrient removal, new and rehabilitated sewer lines, and green infrastructure. Fiscal Year 2017: In Fiscal Year 2017, it is anticipated that 5 grants for approximately $26 million will be awarded. Projects to be funded include new and expanded wastewater treatment plants, infiltration/inflow correction, stormwater projects, new collector sewers, nutrient removal, new and rehabilitated sewer lines, and green infrastructure. Fiscal Year 2018: NA.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are used for construction of municipal wastewater treatment works including privately owned individual treatment systems, if a municipality applies on behalf of a number of such systems.

Such works may serve all or portions of individual communities, metropolitan areas, or regions.

A project may include, but may not be limited to, treatment of industrial wastes.

The grantee must require pretreatment of any industrial wastes which would otherwise be detrimental to efficient operation and maintenance, or the grantee must prevent the entry of such waste into the treatment plant.

The grantee must have or initiate an acceptable system of user charges.

From FY 2004 onwards, American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia may use up to four percent of the funds appropriated under Title VI for administration and closeout of their construction grant program.

Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information.

Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: https://www.epa.gov/geospatial.

Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government.

Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible entities include States (including the District of Columbia and territories), interstate water pollution control agencies as defined in the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, and Indian tribes qualified under CWA Section 518(e).

Agencies making application for funds must annually submit their pollution-control program to the appropriate EPA Regional Administrator for approval.

Requirements of the program are based on Section 106 of the Act, 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, and 40 CFR Parts 35 and 130.

For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States (including the District of Columbia), Territories, interstate water pollution control agencies and Indian tribes qualified under Section 518(e) of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200 Subpart E. State and interstate agencies and Indian tribes qualified under Section 518(e) of the Clean Water Act must show compliance with 40 CFR 35, Subpart A and Subpart B. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Informal meetings are held between regional office, State, territorial, and Indian tribe applicant agencies concerning program preparation.

The standard application forms, as furnished by the Federal agency and required by 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, must be used for this program.

The grant agreement must adequately reflect the priorities identified in the State/EPA Agreement.

Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this program description, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement.

For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as 'Information Contacts' or see Appendix IV of the Catalog.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The grants application must be submitted to the appropriate EPA Regional Office, Grants Administration Branch (see Appendix IV of the Catalog). The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by 2 CFR 200 and 1500, as applicable, must be used for this program. EPA requires final applications to be made on Standard Form 424. Requests for application kits must be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Mailcode (3903R), Washington, DC 20460 or through the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Additional information on the EPA grant package can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/ogd/grants/how_to_apply.htm. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed by the appropriate EPA Regional Office and if approved, are signed by the Regional Administrator. For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Clean Water Act, Section 106, Public Law 95-217, 33 U.S.C 1251.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 30 days.

Appeals

Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as 'Information Contacts.' Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title Clean Water Act, Chapter CFR 35.162. The regulation that implements the formula can be found at 40 CFR 35.162. As stated in the Clean Water Act, appropriated funds are allotted among the State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Agencies on the basis of the extent of the pollution problems in the respective States. The six components in the Section 106 State allotment formula selected to reflect the extent of the water pollution control problems in the United States are: (1) surface water area; (2) ground water use; (3) water quality impairment; (4) point sources; (5) non-point sources; and (6) population of urbanized areas. The set-aside for Interstate Water Pollution Control Agencies is 2.6 percent of the total State monies appropriated under Section 106. The interstate allotment formula consists of two parts: (1) a funding floor, and (2) a variable portion. To receive a Section 106 Water Pollution Control grant, a State or interstate agency must expend annually for recurrent Section 106 program expenditures an amount of non-federal funds at least equal to expenditures during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1971. A portion of the annual Section 106 appropriation is set-aside for eligible Indian Tribes qualified under CWA Section 518(e), and an allocation formula is used to distribute these funds to the EPA Regions. The Tribal allocation formula consists of both a base portion (which is currently equal to approximately $65,000 times the total number of Tribes with Treatment in a manner similar to a State [TAS] approval for Section 106 grants in each EPA Region), plus a weighted variable portion. The variable portion is based upon the total tribal water area (50 percent), land area (25 percent), and reservation population (25 percent) in each EPA Region. Tribal work plan costs include the costs of planning, developing, establishing, improving, and maintaining a water pollution control program. The Regional Administrator may provide up to 95 percent of the approved work plan costs for Tribes or intertribal consortia establishing a Section 106 water pollution control program. The Regional Administrator may increase the maximum Federal share if the tribe or intertribal consortium can demonstrate in writing to the satisfaction of the Regional Administrator that fiscal circumstances within the Tribe or within each Tribe that is a member of an intertribal consortium are constrained to such an extent that fulfilling the 5 percent match requirement would impose undue hardship. Since 2005, additional funds have been allocated for the purposes of strengthening State and Territorial water quality monitoring programs. Matching Requirements: To receive a Section 106 Water Pollution Control grant, a State or interstate agency must expend annually for recurrent Section 106 program expenditures an amount of non-federal funds at least equal to expenditures during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1971. A portion of the annual Section 106 appropriation is set-aside for eligible Indian Tribes qualified under CWA Section 518(e), and an allocation formula is used to distribute these funds to the EPA Regions. The Tribal allocation formula consists of both a base portion (which is currently equal to approximately $65,000 times the total number of Tribes with Treatment in a manner similar to a State [TAS] approval for Section 106 grants in each EPA Region), plus a weighted variable portion. The variable portion is based upon the total tribal water area (50 percent), land area (25 percent), and reservation population (25 percent) in each EPA Region. Tribal work plan costs include the costs of planning, developing, establishing, improving, and maintaining a water pollution control program. The Regional Administrator may provide up to 95 percent of the approved work plan costs for Tribes or intertribal consortia establishing a Section 106 water pollution control program. The Regional Administrator may increase the maximum Federal share if the tribe or intertribal consortium can demonstrate in writing to the satisfaction of the Regional Administrator that fiscal circumstances within the Tribe or within each Tribe that is a member of an intertribal consortium are constrained to such an extent that fulfilling the 5 percent match requirement would impose undue hardship. Since 2005, additional funds have been allocated for the purposes of strengthening State and Territorial water quality monitoring programs. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. This program has MOE requirements; see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

One year; payments are approved quarterly and disbursed monthly. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The method of fund disbursement will be determined at the time of award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

EPA includes reporting requirements for grants and cooperative agreements in the terms and conditions of the agreements.

Agreements may require quarterly, interim, and final progress reports, and expenditure/financial, equipment, and invention reports.

Specific reporting requirements are also identified in the grant regulations at 2 CFR 200 and 1500, as applicable.

Program reports are required under this program.

Cash reports are required under this program.

Progress reports are required under this program.

Expenditure reports are required under this program.

Performance monitoring is required under this program.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.

Records

Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate charges to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained for 3 years from the date of submission of the annual financial status report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0103-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $26,848,000; FY 17 est $26,170,000; and FY 18 est $26,000,000 - Title II obligations available for construction grants to District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands are: FY 16 $26,848,000; FY 17 $26,170,000; and FY 18 est. $26,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $30,000 to $12,000,000/fiscal year; Average: $5,000,000/fiscal year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

General Grant Regulations and Procedures, Environmental Protection Agency (2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable); Handbook of Procedures, State and Interstate Program Grants; Environmental Protection Agency, State and Local Assistance Programs, Grants for Water Quality Planning, Management and Implementation (40 CFR Part 130 and 40 CFR Part 35 Subpart A and B).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Robyn Delehanty Office of Wastewater Management (4201M), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Tara Johnson, Sustainable Communities Branch (4204M), Municipal Support Division, Office of Wastewater Management, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20460. Telephone: (202) 564-6186, Fax: (202) 501-2346, E-mail: johnson.tara@epa.gov , Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: delehanty.robyn@epa.gov Phone: (202) 564-3880

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Section 106 funds are awarded to State, territory, interstate, and Indian tribal agencies in accordance with overall water quality management needs, the requirements of programs covered by these agreements, and EPA Program guidance. The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.



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