Water Quality Management Planning

(205(j)(2)) or 604(b)

To assist States (including territories and the District of Columbia), Regional Public Comprehensive Planning Organizations (RPCPOs), and Interstate Organizations (IOs) in carrying out water quality management (WQM) planning.

Funding Priority -- Fiscal
Year 2016: Funds are allotted by state in accordance with Section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act.

Grant funds are used to determine the nature and extent of point and non-point source water pollution and to develop water quality management plans.

States are encouraged to give priority to watershed restoration planning.

EPA is requesting states to emphasize a watershed approach in developing their state workplans.

This will complement the Agency's overall watershed effort as stated in the Agency's Strategic Plan.

In addition, states should incorporate climate change considerations into their water quality planning, as appropriate.

This will complement the Agency's Climate Change Action Plan.



Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2017: Funds are allotted by state in accordance with Section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act.

Grant funds are used to determine the nature and extent of point and non-point source water pollution and to develop water quality management plans.

States are encouraged to give priority to watershed restoration planning.

EPA is requesting states to emphasize a watershed approach in developing their state workplans.

This will complement the Agency's overall watershed effort as stated in the Agency's Strategic Plan.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Grants are allocated to States for: 1) development of water quality management plans; 2) development of watershed plans; 3) development of waste load allocations for impaired waterbodies; 4) reviews and revisions of water quality standards; and 5) collection and analysis of ambient monitoring data.

Fiscal Year 2017: Grants are allocated to States for: 1) development of water quality management plans; 2) development of watershed plans; 3) development of waste load allocations for impaired waterbodies; 4) reviews and revisions of water quality standards; and 5) collection and analysis of ambient monitoring data.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


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
Water Resources Control Board, California $ 1,110,000   2018-10-012023-09-30
Natural Resources, Missouri Department Of $ 449,000   2018-10-012023-09-30
New Jersey Department Of Environmental Protection $ 744,139   2018-07-012023-06-30
Environmental Conservation, New York Department Of $ 1,789,000   2018-04-012023-03-31
Environmental Quality, Michigan Department Of $ 897,000   2017-10-012022-09-30
Water Resources Control Board, California $ 958,000   2017-10-012022-09-30
Environmental Protection, Massachusetts Department Of $ 550,000   2018-07-012022-09-30
Natural Resources, Missouri Department Of $ 371,000   2017-10-012022-09-30
New Jersey Department Of Environmental Protection $ 547,000   2017-07-012022-06-30
Environmental Conservation, New York Department Of $ 1,478,000   2017-04-012022-03-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Section 604(b) funding provides the financial source for States and territories to pursue water quality planning under Sections 205(j) and 303(e) of the Clean Water Act. This program provides a planning framework to support watershed restoration and protection activities. In FY 16, a total of 56 grants will be awarded to States and territories to support water quality planning activities. Outputs included new/updated water quality management plans, new/revised water quality standards, Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), river planning projects, ambient monitoring data to support water quality assessments, and integrated 304(b)/303(d) reports. Fiscal Year 2017: Section 604(b) funding provides the financial source for States and territories to pursue water quality planning under Sections 205(j) and 303(e) of the Clean Water Act. This program provides a planning framework to support watershed restoration and protection activities. In FY 17, a total of 56 grants will be awarded to States and territories to support water quality planning activities. Outputs included new/updated water quality management plans, new/revised water quality standards, Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), river planning projects, ambient monitoring data to support water quality assessments, and integrated 304(b)/303(d) reports. Fiscal Year 2018: NA.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Section 604(b) funds are awarded under Section 205(j)(2) to State water quality management agencies to carry out WQM planning.

Pursuant to Section 205(j)(3) of the CWA, as amended, States are required to allocate at least 40 percent of funds awarded under 205(j)(2) to eligible RPCPOs and IOs.

EPA may approve a State's request to pass through less than 40 percent if, after consultation with its RPCPOs and IOs, the Governor determines that pass through of at least 40 percent will not: (1) result in significant participation by RPCPOs and IOs in WQM planning; and (2) significantly assist in development and implementation of the state's WQM plan.

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

State Water Quality Management Agencies.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State Water Quality Management Agencies.

Credentials/Documentation

2 CFR 200 Subpart E applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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.

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.

Neither environmental impact statements nor environmental impact assessments are required for activities funded under Section 205(j) and 604(b) since these funds are used for water quality planning and not implementation .

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 grant application must be submitted to the appropriate EPA Regional Administrator's Office. 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. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov. Additional information on the EPA grant package can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/ogd/grants/how_to_apply.htm.

Award Procedures

Grant applications are reviewed by the appropriate EPA Regional Office and, if approved, the funds are awarded by the Regional Administrator.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Water Quality Act of 1987, Public Law 100-4; Clean Water Act, Section 205(j)&604(b), Public Law 97-117; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 45 days.

Appeals

Disputes 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. Each fiscal year, the Administrator shall reserve under Section 604(b) of the CWA for each State an amount not to exceed one percent of the amount allotted and available for obligation for Clean Water State Revolving Fund or $100,000, whichever is greater, for the purposes of making grants to the States to carry out water quality management planning. Under Section 205(j)(3), at least 40 percent of a State's annual award under 205(j)(2) must be allocated to eligible RPCPOs and IOs, unless EPA approves a lesser amount. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

As determined in accordance with Section 604(c)(1) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Sums allotted to a State under this section for a fiscal year shall be available for EPA's obligation to the State during the fiscal year for which sums are authorized and during the following fiscal year. Recovery Act funds were available for EPA's obligation to the State until September 30, 2010. 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.

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

For Recovery Act funds, funding reports must be submitted in a prescribed format within 10 calendar days after the end of each calendar quarter, beginning October 10, 2009.

These reports include data elements as prescribed by Public Law 111-5, Section 1512 and OMB Guidance.

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 changes to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records kept for 3 years from date of submission of the annual financial status report. If questions remain, records retained until matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0103-0-1-304; 68-0102-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 16 Not Available; FY 17 est $11,822,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available(Exp: Budget not specified) - FY 15 $11,700,000; FY 16 $14,140,000; and FY 17 est. $11,822,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $100,000 to $1,478,000/fiscal year; Average: $251,000/fiscal year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Grant regulations at 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, and 40 CFR Part 35, Subpart A.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

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

Headquarters Office

Chris Solloway Chris Solloway, Nonpoint Source Management Branch (4503T), Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, Office of Water, USEPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. Telephone: (202) 566-1202; E-mail: solloway.chris@epa.gov , Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: solloway.chris@epa.gov Phone: 202-566-1202

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Funds are awarded to state agencies in accordance with Sections 205(j) and 303(e) of the Clean Water Act, 40 CFR 130.5-6, and EPA program guidance.



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