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205(j) WQ Management Planning Grant

 
2019 Grant Schedule & Materials

2019 Grant Schedule & Materials

Monday, July 22, 2019 205(j) grant RFP opens
Friday, September 13, 2019 Deadline for proposals; must be received electronically by midnight
Monday, September 30, 2019 Applicants will receive review team’s questions about their proposals
Monday, October 7, 2019 Deadline for applicants to answer review team’s questions
Monday, October 14, 2019 Applicants notified if selected for funding. Move forward with contracting.
Thursday, October 31, 2019 Deadline for selected applicants to return completed contracting forms to 205j grant manager, to enable contracts to be developed on time.
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 Contracts executed, projects may start. (Estimated depending on time for contract preparation.)

2019 205(j) Grant Request for Proposals
2019 205(j) Grant Application
2019 205(j) Grant Review Criteria

Overview

Overview

Through the Section 205(j) Grant program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides states with funding to do water quality planning. North Carolina typically receives around $100,000 for competitive funding of water quality planning projects. These projects can involve identifying the nature, extent and cause of water quality problems or doing planning work to address those problems. Projects can include but are not limited to the development of EPA 9-Element Watershed Restoration Plans for a 12-digit or smaller USGS HUC, mapping stormwater infrastructure, conducting engineering designs for stormwater best management practices, and watershed assessments of pollutant sources.

205(j) grants are eligible to regional Councils of Government; COGs may partner with any public sector organization to implement projects. A match is preferred, but not required. Once contracted, projects can run for a maximum of 18 months. Funds are dispersed on a quarterly reimbursement basis, with any invoice to be accompanied by a report of the work performed. The request for proposals is released annually in summer and projects are selected in fall (2018 may see an earlier timeline than previous years.) 

Project Reporting

Project Reporting

PIs for funded projects must submit a quarterly report detailing work performed along with any invoice to be reimbursed. If no work is completed in a quarter, no report is required. Project PIs should use the following report and invoice templates:

Quarterly Report Template (Updated)
Invoice Template

2018 Project Archive

2018 Project Archive

Siler City Stormwater Infrastructure Mapping and Assessment ($20,963)  The Triangle J Council of Governments will partner with the Town of Siler City to map the Town’s stormwater infrastructure and identify maintenance needs to improve water quality. Full project description. 

Elkin & Jonesville: Stormwater Infrastructure Mapping & Assessment ($18,826)  The Piedmont Triad Regional Council will partner with the Yadkin Valley Sewer Authority and the Towns of Elkin & Jonesville to inventory and map local stormwater infrastructure and identify maintenance needs to reduce stormwater loads on wastewater facilities. Full project description. 

Upper Middle Creek 9-Element Watershed Action Plan ($21,847)  The Triangle J Council of Governments will work with Wake County and the Towns of Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, and Cary to create a Watershed Action Plan for the Upper Middle Creek that addresses water quality impairments associated with rapid urbanization. Full project description. 

French Broad River Watershed Stormwater Inventory ($20,000)  The Land of Sky Regional Council will develop detailed, web-based stormwater inventories for the Towns of Laurel Park and Marshall. Full project description. 

Mapping Stormwater Infrastructure in the Town of Bridgeton, NC ($7,753)  The Eastern Carolina Council will partner with the Town of Bridgeton to map the Town’s stormwater infrastructure and educate citizens and elected officials on stormwater infrastructure maintenance. Full project description. 

Haskett Creek Watershed Plan ($18,201)  The Piedmont Triad Regional Council will partner with the North Carolina Division of Water Resources and local stakeholders to develop a 9-Element watershed plan for Haskett Creek in Randolph County, including an analysis of existing water quality data and environmental and land use conditions. Full project description. 

Stormwater Education, Assessments and Planning for the Town of White Lake ($19,600)  The Lumber River Council of Governments will partner with the Town of White Lake to determine the nature, extent, and cause of stormwater pollution into White Lake as the first step in developing a comprehensive watershed plan. Full project description. 

Carolina Beach Nine Minimum Element Watershed Restoration Plan ($15,271)  The Cape Fear Council of Governments will partner with the North Carolina Coastal Federation to develop a 9-Element watershed restoration plan for the Town of Carolina Beach. Full project description. 

2017 Project Archive

2017 Project Archive

Pine Knoll Shores Nine Minimum Element Watershed Restoration Plan ($15,014)  The Eastern Carolina Council partnered with the North Carolina Coastal Federation and the Town of Pine Knoll Shores to create the “Pine Knoll Shores Nine Elements Watershed Restoration Plan.”  The plan identifies low-cost, high yield strategies to reduce flooding and improve water quality, including community outreach initiatives and targeted retrofit projects.

Town of West Jefferson Stormwater Infrastructure Mapping ($10,755)  The High Country Council of Governments created a detailed GIS map and comprehensive database of stormwater infrastructure for Town of West Jefferson. The map will allow the Town to implement appropriate BMPs, form regulations, develop capital improvement projects for stormwater infrastructure, and prioritize maintenance.

Land of Sky Stormwater Inventories ($20,505)  The Land of Sky Regional Council developed detailed, web-based stormwater inventories for the Towns of Rosman and Hot Springs in the Upper French Broad River Basin.

Madison & Mayodan: Stormwater Infrastructure Mapping & Assessment ($17,579)  The Piedmont Triad Regional Council partnered with the Towns of Madison and Mayodan to map their stormwater infrastructure, analyze land use contributions to stormwater loads, and identify potential green stormwater infrastructure projects to reduce flooding and improve water quality.

Determining the Extent and Cause of Bacteria Contamination in Richland Creek ($25,286)  The Southwestern Commission partnered with the Haywood Waterways Association to address fecal coliform impairments in the Richland Creek Watershed by quantifying the types and concentrations of bacteria present and analyzing genetic markers using microbial source tracking. This information is helping stakeholders identify bacterial sources (residential or agricultural) and more effectively focus technical and financial resources to fix the issues.   

City of Roanoke Rapides Stormwater Infrastructure Mapping ($16,896)  The Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments partnered with the City of Roanoke Rapids to build a geodatabase and begin mapping stormwater infrastructure.

2016 Project Archive

2016 Project Archive

Developing a Watershed Restoration Plan for the Town of Beaufort through Coordinated Collaboration ($13,535)  The Eastern Carolina Council partnered with the North Carolina Coastal Federation and the Town of Beaufort to create the 9-element “Beaufort Watersheds Restoration Plan” aimed at reducing stormwater runoff volume and improving water quality.   

Cross Creek 9-Element Watershed Plan ($9,703)  The Triangle J Council of Governments worked with the City of Fayetteville and their partners to create the 9-Element “Cross Creek Watershed Action Plan” to address water quality impairments.

Town of Newport: Mapping stormwater infrastructure and educating citizens on stormwater infrastructure maintenance ($17,464)  The Eastern Carolina Council partnered with the Town of Newport to map the Town’s stormwater infrastructure and educate Homeowners Associations and citizens on stormwater infrastructure maintenance. The assessment identified system maintenance and repair needs, vulnerabilities to extreme weather events, and potential stormwater ordinance improvements.

East Fork New River Watershed Plan ($15,000)  The High Country Council of Governments partnered with Watauga County, the Town of Boone, and the New River Conservancy to create the “East Fork- South Fork New River Watershed Plan.” The plan analyzes sources of water pollution and identifies solutions that will enhance the ecological function and associated ecosystem services and economic value of the watershed.  

Eden Area Watershed Restoration Outreach and Education ($12,576)  The Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC) educated stakeholders, landowners, and citizens in the Eden area about the planning efforts and high priority projects included in the finished Eden Area Watershed Plan and Project Atlas. PTRC also partnered with the Dan River Basin Association to expand the riparian buffer program and to introduce four new water quality programs to the Eden area: rain barrel workshops, citizen water quality monitoring training, storm drain marketing, and the water quality protector program.  

School Campus Stormwater Assessment ($19,565)  The Mid-East Commission conducted stormwater assessments for Pitt County Community College, Beaufort County Community College, Washington High School, and P.S. Jones Middle School in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico basins. This information was used to identify and prioritize projects that will yield water quality benefits and integrate with environmental education curricula on each campus.

Planning for a Resilient Future- Protecting the Piedmont Triad’s Water Resources ($20,000)  The Piedmont Triad Regional Council created the 100-page “Piedmont Triad Resiliency Tool Kit” report that identifies strategies for communities to minimize the impact of changing weather patterns on water quality and ecosystem health.

2015 Project Archive

2015 Project Archive

Technical Assistance for Siler City Water Resources Protection ($18,000)  The Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG) partnered with the Town of Siler City to inventory the Town’s natural resources and provide policy guidance to promote conservation and water stewardship. Data from the GIS natural resource analysis combined with feedback from local stakeholders and TJCOG staff was used to develop recommendations for conservation and green infrastructure practices in the Town.

Guilford County Catchment Prioritization & Pollutant Identification Program ($19,404)  The Piedmont Triad Regional Council facilitated a multi-party partnership that identified priority watersheds in Guilford County for fecal coliform concerns with a GIS-based tool, ground-truthed the findings of the tool through in-stream sampling and field surveys, and engaged the public at potential restoration sites on what they can do to sustainably improve and protect local streams.

Towns of Banner Elk and Blowing Rock Stormwater Infrastructure Mapping ($11,542)  The High Country Council of Governments partnered with the Towns of Banner Elk and Blowing Rock to map the Towns’ stormwater infrastructure and photograph all stormwater point features. The high-quality GIS maps will help the Towns manage their stormwater systems and address erosion, flooding and pollutant concerns through BMPs and regulations.  

McGalliard Creek Plan ($20,000)  The Western Piedmont Council of Governments partnered with the Town of Valdese to develop the McGalliard Creek Plan, including a project atlas of properties that best meet the goals of the project.

Local Watershed Workshops – Building the Capacity of Local Watershed Stewards to Develop Simplified Watershed Restoration Plans and Complete 9 Element Checklists ($4,950)  The Triangle J Council of Governments developed and conducted a series of two-day workshops in each North Carolina ecoregion (3 total) to train local stewards to develop 9-Element watershed restoration plans and increase their capacity to lead local watershed efforts.

Wallace Stormwater Mapping: Mapping infrastructure, analyzing stormwater ordinances, and educating citizens on water quality best management practices ($16,614)  The Eastern Carolina Council partnered with the Town of Wallace to map the Town’s stormwater infrastructure, evaluate existing stormwater ordinances, and educate citizens on the importance of reducing stormwater pollution. Based on this work, ECC developed a 17-page report of recommendations for stormwater management practices that address the Town’s water quality and flooding issues and presented their work at a town hall and on the Town’s website.

Roanoke River Mid & Lower Basinwide Watershed Collaboration, Education, and Action Initiative ($8,490)  The Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments worked with the Kerr-Tar Council of Governments on the “Partnership & Knowledge into Action” project to open dialogue and spur action for the near-term improvement and long-term sustainable management of the Roanoke River Basin. The Partnership hosted the 4th Annual Eastern North Carolina Sustainability Summit and a Roanoke River Basin Watershed Workshop to bring together motivated stakeholders to discuss common themes, lessons learned, partnerships, and desired action items for impaired waterways in the basin.

2014 Project Archive

2014 Project Archive

Upper Swannanoa River 9-Element Watershed Action Plan Development ($25,000)  The Land of Sky Regional Council partnered with the Town of Black Mountain and Riverlink to create the 9-Element "Upper Swannanoa River Watershed Management Plan" and conduct public education and outreach efforts.

Town of Wilkesboro Stormwater Infrastructure Mapping ($15,052)  The High Country Council of Governments partnered with the Town of Wilkesboro to map the Town’s stormwater system and gather detailed information for each stormwater feature within town limits across public and private property from which they will be able to address erosion and water quality concerns, implement BMPs, and develop regulations.  

Developing 9-Element Watershed Plans for the Eno River, Knap of Reeds Creek, and Upper Barton Creek Watersheds in the Upper Neuse River Basin ($19,199)  The Triangle J Council of Governments partnered with local governments and watershed planning organizations to develop 9-Element Watershed Plans for the Eno River, Knap of Reeds Creek, and the Upper Barton Creek Watersheds in the Upper Neuse River Basin and assisted stakeholders in identifying opportunities for collaboration, capacity building, and implementation.

Maysville: Mapping Stormwater Infrastructure, Analyzing Stormwater Ordinances and Educating Citizens on Water Quality Best Management Practices ($9,052)  The Eastern Carolina Council partnered with the Town of Maysville to map the Town’s existing stormwater infrastructure, evaluate stormwater ordinances, and educate citizens on the importance of reducing stormwater pollution in order to improve flood control and water quality.

Eden Area Watershed Restoration ($22,083)  The Piedmont Triad Regional Council and the City of Eden adapted the "Eden Area Watershed Restoration Plan" into a 9-Element local watershed plan, including a detailed project atlas and robust outreach campaign, to address fecal coliform and turbidity impairments in the Dan and Smith Rivers.

Pine Knoll Shores: Mapping Stormwater Infrastructure, Analyzing Stormwater Ordinances and Educating Citizens on Water Quality Best Management Practices ($12,014)  The Eastern Carolina Council partnered with the Town of Pine Knoll Shores, located in Carteret County on a barrier island between Bogue Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, to map the Town’s existing stormwater infrastructure, evaluate stormwater ordinances, and educate citizens on the importance of reducing stormwater pollution through a town hall meeting and community events.

2013 Project Archive

2013 Project Archive

Oriental: Mapping stormwater infrastructure, analyzing stormwater ordinances and educating citizens on water quality best management practices ($13,143)  The Eastern Carolina Commission partnered with the Town of Oriental to map the Town’s stormwater infrastructure, evaluate stormwater ordinances, make specific recommendations for stormwater management practices, and educate citizens on the importance of reducing stormwater pollution.

Mountain Regional Erosion and Sediment Control Initiative - Phase 3 ($20,000)  The Southwestern Commission worked with the Regional Erosion and Sediment Control Initiative to provide a mountain-specific sediment and erosion control training one-day course and supplemental materials to contractors in the seven western counties of North Carolina.

Evaluation and Update of Eight Local Watershed Plans to 9-Element EPA Watershed Plans in the Neuse and Cape Fear River Basins ($22,916)  The Triangle J Council of Governments and Piedmont Triad Regional Council worked with the State to develop a standardized assessment methodology for reviewing and evaluating existing Local Watershed Plans (LWPs) to determine if they meet the EPA 9 Minimum Elements. Eight LWPs were then reviewed with this methodology and updated plans where necessary.

Comparing LID and Traditional Stormwater Management at the Site Level: Financial Aspects and Stormwater Loads ($15,614)  The Triangle J Council of Governments conducted a cost-effectiveness study on Low Impact Development (LID) at residential and commercial sites, using the Stormwater Permit Application/Stormwater EZ tool to compare site-level stormwater characteristics of each scenario.

Little River Watershed Restoration Project  ($25,527)  The Albemarle Commission developed the 9-Element "Little River Restoration Plan" that seeks to address water quality impairments by working directly with farmers, homeowners and businesses to reduce sediment and nutrient loading from agricultural operations and stormwater.

2012 Project Archive

2012 Project Archive

Phase IV of the Goose and Crooked Creek Local Watershed Plan: Implementation ($16,000)  The Centralina Council of Governments created an implementation guide for the Goose and Crooked Creek Watershed Management Plan. Implementation includes working with land owners identified in the Project Atlas, working towards adoption or acceptance by local jurisdictions, and developing a long-term management strategy.

Trent Woods: Mapping stormwater infrastructure, analyzing ordinances and water quality BMP education ($19,867)  The Eastern Carolina Council partnered with the Town of Trent Wood to map the Town's stormwater infrastructure, evaluate existing stormwater ordinances, and educate the citizens on the importance of reducing stormwater pollution. This project will help the town to better manage stormwater, flood control, sediment and erosion control to improve water quality in the Trent River.

Assessment of the Green River Watershed: A Supplement to the NC DWQ Broad River Basinwide Water Quality Plan ($15,000)  The Isothermal Planning and Development Commission conducted additional assessments in the Green River watershed to identify and prioritize stressors, evaluate and specify feasible water quality initiatives, and improve public involvement and interest in this high-quality natural resource.

Kerr-Tar Water Quality Education and Outreach Program for Elected Officials and Municipal Staff ($33,276)  The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments (KTCOG) launched a public official education and outreach program to improve decision-making and communication around water quality data, policies, practices, and regulations. The initiative included information on how to determine the nature, extent, and cause of water quality problems and ways to secure state and local financial and regulatory commitments to implement water quality improvement measures. KTCOG developed a template for other rural areas to use for similar initiatives. 

Triad Regional Watershed Prioritization Assessment ($6,221)  The Piedmont Triad Council of Governments updated the model they use to develop conservation and restoration priorities based on new data layers and applied it to the Dan River and Yadkin-Pee Dee River basins. Results were summarized and validated with the NCDWQ water body assessments. 

Hickory Meadows Wetlands/Water Quality Improvement Project ($12,836)  The Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments designed a wetland area on the site of an existing golf course to improve the quality of the stormwater that drains into Fishing Creek, which is the home of at least two threatened/endangered aquatic species found in the subbasin.

2011 Project Archive

2011 Project Archive

Stormwater Infrastructure Mapping Town of River Bend ($14,459)  The East Carolina Council partnered with the Town of River Bend to map the Town's stormwater infrastructure in order to reduce flooding, provide sediment and erosion control, and improve water quality in the Trent River in the Neuse River basin.

High Country Regional Water Quality Initiative ($50,000)  The High Country Council of Governments developed 26 site-specific plans and guidance for stormwater treatment best management practices and streambank restoration for 19 towns in the COG's seven counties.

Land Use Regulations Within the Black River Watershed of Sampson County ($21,760)  The Mid-Carolina Council of Governments developed land use regulations to reduce pollution from stormwater runoff in the Black River watershed in the Cape Fear River basin.

Dan River Basin Restoration Analysis and Strategy ($29,050)  The Piedmont Triad Regional Council collected environmental, economic and recreational data from North Carolina, Virginia and USEPA regional offices to identify restoration priorities in the Dan River sub-basin of the Roanoke River basin and created report and website to present the findings. 

Davidson County Citizens for Improving Stream Health (DC FISH) ($15,743)  The Piedmont Triad Regional Council provided support to Davidson County Citizens for Improving Stream Health (DC FISH) for outreach, education, and training in the Yadkin River basin.

Upper Neuse River Basin Water Quality Monitoring Plan ($28,659)  The Triangle J Council of Governments developed a long-term water quality monitoring program for the Upper Neuse River sub-basin.

Upper Cape Fear River Basin Restoration and Conservation Analysis and Strategy ($40,316)  The Triangle J Council of Governments collected environmental, economic and recreational data on the upper Cape Fear River basin to determine priority watersheds for restoration and conservation and created a report and website to present the findings.

Watershed Planning and GIS/Data Management ($6,393)  The Western Piedmont Council of Governments produced a low-cost, internal method for developing watershed action plans, including identification of priorities, database resource updates, and the adaptation of the Lower Creek Source Water Protection Plan.