205(j) WQ Management Planning Grant

Announcing the FY2017 205(j) RFP

The 205(j) program will be accepting applications until September 8, 2017. 

Application materials have been updated to include expanded RFP priorities and a slightly shorter application:

FY17 205(j) Request for Proposals
FY17 205(j) Application
FY17 205(j) Review Standards

Please also note the following program updates:

  • Applications to develop 9-Element Watershed Restoration Plans are requested to submit the watershed boundary for the area covered by the plan; these will be added to the map of watersheds eligible for 319 grant funding.
  • Quarterly reports will now be required, a change from the previous requirement of only submitting reports when invoicing the 205(j) program. Please see the updated Quarterly Report Template below.

205(j) Program 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 competetive 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 GIS-based 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. Match is preferred, but not required. Once contracted, projects can run for up to 18 months. Funds are dispersed on a reimbursement basis, and quarterly and final reports are required. The request for proposals is released annually in July, and projects are selected by October.

205J Reporting Templates

Quarterly Report Template (Updated)

Invoice Template

Funded 205(j) Projects

Fiscal Year 2016

Developing a Watershed Restoration Plan for the Town of Beaufort through Coordinated Collaboration (Eastern Carolina Council, $13,535)

Stormwater runoff stemming from increased development has negatively impacted the watersheds surrounding the Town of Beaufort. The Eastern Carolina Council will work with the North Carolina Coastal Federation to develop a plan to restore water quality in these watersheds by restoring natural runoff volumes. The Town of Beaufort has formed a Stormwater Advisory Committee, showcasing its commitment to implementing the plan once developed.

East Fork New River Watershed Plan (High Country Council of Governments, $15,000)

High Country Council of Governments will partner with the New River Conservancy to write a 9-Element Watershed Restoration Plan for the East Fork of the South Fork New River. Stressors to this waterbody include historic channel alterations and straightening, lack of riparian buffers and agricultural impacts. Partnerships with Watauga County, the Town of Boone, NC DOT, and Watauga County Soil and Water Conservation Districts will lay the groundwork for plan implementation in future. This watershed restoration plan will complement High Country COG’s stormwater mapping work in nearby towns and New River Conservancy’s regional restoration and watershed planning work.

Cross Creek 9-Element Watershed Plan (Triangle J Council of Governments, $12,576)

Triangle J Council of Governments will partner with the City of Fayetteville, Sustainable Sandhills, American Rivers, and others to use existing planning documents to develop a 9-Element watershed restoration plan for the Cross Creek watershed.

Town of Newport: Mapping Stormwater Infrastructure and Educating Citizens on Stormwater Infrastructure Maintenance (Eastern Carolina Council, $17,464)

Eastern Carolina Council (ECC) will partner with the Town of Newport in Carteret County along the Newport River to map the Town’s existing stormwater infrastructure (culverts, pipes, outfalls, area drains, catch basins, dry ponds, wet ponds, and ditches.) ECC will also conduct outreach events on how to properly maintain this stormwater infrastructure. This project will help improve stormwater management for the purposes of flood control and water quality, as well as generate responsibility among the Town’s residents in maintaining the Town’s stormwater infrastructure.

School Campus Stormwater Assessment (Mid-East Commission, $19,565)

The Mid-East Commission, in partnership with Sound Rivers, will conduct stormwater assessments and BMP recommendations for 4 school campuses in the Tar-Pamlico and Neuse River basins. Campuses include Pitt County Community College, Beaufort County Community College, Washington High School, and P.S. Jones Middle School. Sound Rivers will develop a ranking matrix to suggest the order of BMP implementation for future work. Additionally, an educational workshop will be convened in Greenville, NC for educational opportunities of local planners, municipality staff, and private consultants.  Topics will include minimum design criteria and innovative stormwater best management practices. 

Planning for a Resilient Future – Protecting the Piedmont Triad’s Water Resources (Piedmont Triad Regional Council, $20,000)

The PTRC proposes to put together a Regional Climate Resiliency Toolkit identifying strategies communities can take to minimize the impact changing weather patterns will have on water quality and ecosystems in the region.  This project will gather climate related data and map vulnerable areas in the region; facilitate four “Working Summits”; 1) Water Supply & Wastewater Capacity; 2) Stormwater & Flooding; 3) Drought & 4) Agriculture; and develop and promote toolkit of best management practices.

Eden Area Watershed Restoration Outreach and Education (Piedmont Triad Regional Council, $12,576)

The Piedmont Triad Regional Council will partner with the Dan River Basin Association to educate and inform stakeholders, landowners and citizens about watershed restoration projects prioritized in the Eden Area Watershed Plan. These efforts will build on citizens’ long-standing water quality concerns as well as recent concerns that exist due to the coal ash spill. The project will involve four public meetings designed to increase stakeholders’ awareness and capacity to improve water quality. It will also seek to increase volunteer participation in the Dan River Basin Association’s volunteer water quality improvement projects (including storm drain marking, water quality monitoring, and riparian buffer programs.)

Fiscal Year 2015

Technical Assistance for Siler City Water Resources Protection (Triangle J Council of Governments, $18,000)

The project will provide GIS analyses and draft policy language options to promote water quality protection and help integrate it with other goals held by the Town of Siler City, such as economic development, parks & greenways, and connectivity as well as existing ordinances. This project will build on existing efforts and will support the Town of Siler City with technical background and policy tools for how it can protect water quality as it grows.

Guilford County Catchment Prioritization & Pollutant Identification Program (Piedmont Triad Regional Council, $19,404)

The project will use a GIS-based tool to identify priority watersheds in Guilford County for fecal coliform concerns; ground-truth the tool's findings through in-stream sampling and field surveys; and engage the public at potential restoration sites. The overall purpose of the project is to address water quality needs of Guilford County and help the county comply with Jordan Lake Rules and numerous local Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs.)

Towns of Banner Elk and Blowing Rock Stormwater Infrastructure Mapping (High Country Council of Governments, $11,542)

This project involves mapping existing stormwater infrastructure for two Towns in the High Country region – the Town of Banner Elk and the Town of Blowing Rock. Stormwater mapping help protect water quality by giving the Towns the information they need to implement appropriate BMPs, develop appropriate regulations, develop CIPs for stormwater infrastructure, and prioritize maintenance. Managing stormwater as Banner Elk and Blowing Rock develop is important because both Towns are situated at the headwaters of their respective basins and have relatively high surface water quality.

McGalliard Creek Plan (Western Piedmont Council of Governments $20,000)

McGalliard Creek has been on the 303d list of impaired waters since 2003 and received a poor rating for fish community. This project will involve developing a plan specifically for McGalliard Creek, to help mitigate the creek's water quality issues. The McGalliard Creek Plan will identify sources of impairment through data and stakeholder meetings; outline strategies to aid in watershed restoration; identify restoration activities and best management practices that best address the issues; and compile a project atlas of identifiable 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 (Triangle J Council of Governments, $4,950)

The purpose of this project is to train local stewards to develop watershed restoration plans across North Carolina and increase their capacity to lead local watershed efforts. This will be accomplished through a series of two-day workshops through the NC Watershed Stewardship Network (WSN), of which TJCOG is a founding member. These local watershed workshops will be conducted in collaboration with UNC Institute for the Environment (UNC-IE) and hte Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI).

Wallace Stormwater Mapping: Mapping infrastructure, analyzing stormwater ordinances, and educating citizens on water quality best management practices. (Eastern Carolina Council of Governments, $16,614)

ECC proposes to partner with the Town of Wallace, located in Duplin County in the Lower Rockfish Creek sub-watershed of the Cape Fear River Basin, to map the Town’s existing stormwater infrastructure, evaluate the Town’s existing stormwater ordinances, and educate citizens of the Town on the importance of reducing stormwater pollution. The goals of this project are: 1) to help the Town better manage stormwater runoff for flood control, sediment and erosion control, and water quality, 2) to help improve and maintain water quality in the Boney Mill Pond and Little Rockfish Creek, and 3) to educate the public on how they can mitigate the impacts of stormwater runoff on water quality.

Roanoke River Mid & Lower Basinwide Watershed Collaboration, Education, and Action Initiative (Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments, $8,490)

This project will involve holding two events to educate elected officials, leaders and other public and private stakeholders in the mid North Carolina portion of the Roanoke River Basin to help improve and sustainably manage the basin. Specific focus will be placed on the Smith Creek, Newman's Creek and Roanoke Rapids areas. UCPCOG will partner with Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments and others to hold these professionally facilitated group/stakeholder engagement and input activities. Stakeholder knowledge will lead to increased buy-in and partnership and ultimately lead to actions to improved impaired local waterways.

Fiscal Year 2014

Upper Swannanoa River 9-Element Watershed Action Plan Development (Land of Sky Regional Council, $25,000)

The development of a watershed plan for the Upper Swannanoa River Watershed will address water quality impairments in the Upper Swannanoa River, including the 7-mile section that runs through the Town of Black Mountain, which is on the EPA's 303(d) list of impaired waters. The plan will provide for extensive public education and outreach about the importance of water quality and will lay the groundwork for the town to begin installing BMPs that will result in a significant improvement in water quality.

Town of Wilkesboro Stormwater Infrastructure Mapping (High Country Council of Governments, $15,052)

The project involves mapping the Town of Wilkesboro’s stormwater system and gathering detailed information for each stormwater feature within town limits across public and private property. Stormwater mapping will give the Town accurate information to implement appropriate BMPs, develop appropriate regulations, develop CIPs for stormwater infrastructure, and prioritize maintenance. The Town’s request to High Country COG to map the stormwater system was intended to assist with fulfilling commitments to NCDENR in anticipation of possible future Phase II Stormwater Regulations. This project will build upon the Town’s “Cub Creek Watershed Plan,” completed by AECOM in 2009, and the current “Cub Creek Streambed Restoration Project” with Blue Ridge Environmental Consultants.

Developing 9-Element Watershed Plans for the Eno River, Knap of Reeds Creek, and Upper Barton Creek Watersheds in the Upper Neuse River Basin (Triangle J Council of Governments, $19,199)

Triangle J Council of Governments will help local governments and watershed planning organizations develop 9-Element watershed plans for the Eno River, Knap of Reeds Creek, and Upper Barton Creek Watersheds. Once these plans are developed, practitioners in these areas will be eligible to obtain funding from the Section 319 Grant Program. The project will involve the following activities: 1) Use the 9 Element Checklist, developed by TJCOG and the NC Division of Water Resources (DWR), to determine if and where any of the plans for the Eno River, Knap of Reeds Creek, and Upper Barton Creek watersheds already meet the 9 Elements; 2) Develop additional elements in order to complete the 9 Element Checklist and submit them for approval to DWR; and 3) Work with local stakeholders to inform the process, make them aware of the revised EPA guidance and 9-Element Checklist, and assist them 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 (Eastern Carolina Council of Governments, $7752)

The Eastern Carolina Council (ECC) proposes to partner with the Town of Maysville, located in Jones County on the White Oak River, to map the Town’s existing stormwater infrastructure, evaluate the Town’s existing stormwater ordinances, and educate citizens of the Town on the importance of reducing stormwater pollution. The goals of this project are: 1) to help the Town better manage stormwater runoff for flood control, sediment and erosion control, and water quality, 2) to help improve water quality in the White Oak River Basin, and 3) to educate the public on how they can mitigate the impacts of stormwater runoff on water quality.

Eden Area Watershed Restoration (Piedmont Triad Regional Council, $22,083)

This project involves completing the Eden Area Watershed Restoration Plan, begun in 2011. A Project Atlas appended to the plan will identify projects within priority subwatersheds that can most effectively serve the water quality needs of the Dan and/or Smith Rivers. The Plan will be revised to meet the needs of the US EPA’s Nine Key Elements of Local Watershed Planning as well as to assess how all recommended restoration efforts can also address the impacts of the coal ash spill and its legacy. This project will involve a robust outreach effort in the watershed that will work closely with stakeholder organizations to endorse or adopt the restoration plan and its recommended projects and programs.

Pine Knoll Shores: Mapping Stormwater Infrastructure, Analyzing Stormwater Ordinances and Educating Citizens on Water Quality Best Management Practices (Eastern Carolina Council of Governments, $13,314)

The Eastern Carolina Council (ECC) proposes to partner 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 the Town’s existing stormwater ordinances, and educate citizens of the Town on the importance of reducing stormwater pollution. The goals of this project are: 1) to help the Town better manage stormwater runoff for flood control, sediment and erosion control, and water quality, 2) to help improve water quality in Bogue Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, and 3) to educate the public on how they can mitigate the impacts of stormwater runoff on water quality.

Fiscal Year 2013

Project Title:  Oriental: Mapping stormwater infrastructure, analyzing stormwater ordinances and educating citizens on water quality best management practices
Recipient:  Eastern Carolina Council

Amount:  $13,143

Description:  The council proposes to evaluate the town's stormwater ordinances and make recommendations for adjustments or additions to help improve water quality in the Neuse River Basin.  The map of stormwater infrastructure will provide additional information for the Town of Oriental to assist them in addressing their stormwater and water quality issues.

Project Title: Mountain Regional Erosion and Sediment Control Initiative - Phase 3

Recipient: Southwestern Commission

Amount: $20,000

Description: The Southwestern Commission proposes to work with the Regional Erosion and Sediment Control Initiative to develop a consistent and affordable program to provide sediment and erosion control training to contractors in the seven western counties of North Carolina. Using a mountain-specific curriculum developed by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in 2013, the Commission will develop a training delivery system, a marketing and certification program, a tracking system, and supplemental training materials, including two videos and two supplemental curricula.

Project Title: Evaluation and Update of Eight Local Watershed Plans to 9-Element EPA Watershed Plans in the Neuse and Cape Fear River Basins

Recipient: Triangle J Council of Governments

Amount: $22,916

Description: The 205j Grant Program has indicated its first priority for the FY13 cycle is to fund “projects that develop “nine element” watershed plan(s) in whole or in part”. Therefore, Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG), together with Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC), proposes to perform the following work:

  • Working with the NC Division of Water Resources (DWR), the NC Ecosystem Enhancement Program (EEP), and other regulators, develop a standardized assessment methodology for reviewing and evaluating existing Local Watershed Plans (LWPs) to determine if and where they meet the 9 Elements and develop a standardized documentation procedure;
  • As a pilot, put eight existing LWPs through the assessment (Middle Cape Fear, Morgan and Little Creeks, Ellerbe Creek, Little Lick Creek, Upper Swift Creek, Upper & Middle Rocky River , Troublesome & Little Troublesome Creeks, and Tickle, Travis & Little Alamance), documenting where and how they meet any or all of the 9 Elements; and
  • Update these eight plans where necessary in order to meet the EPA’s 9 Elements.

Project Title: Comparing LID and Traditional Stormwater Management at the Site Level: Financial Aspects and Stormwater Loads

Recipient: Triangle J Council of Governments

Amount: $15,614

Description: This project will develop low-impact development and traditional stormwater management scenarios for two different land uses and apply the new Stormwater Permit Application/Stormwater EZ tool to compare site-level stormwater characteristics of each scenario.  Other components of this project to be funded through project partners would estimate expenditures and revenues on the part of local governments, developers, and tenants/landowners of designing, reviewing, permitting, constructing, and/or maintaining stormwater and stormwater-related infrastructure for the site.  Land development stakeholders will be involved throughout the project. 
 

Project Title: Little River Watershed Restoration Project

Recipient: Albemarle Commission

Amount: $25,527

Description: The Albemarle Commission (AC), Albemarle Resource Conservation and Development Council and other project partners propose to develop a restoration plan for the Little River watershed using EPA’s nine-step process. The restoration plan will help guide efforts to conserve and restore the watershed, and identify key activities for future grant applications. The Little River watershed (Figure 1) was once rich in biodiversity with key anadromous fish and shellfish areas, and swamp forests critical to support native fish and wildlife, mitigate flooding, and protect water quality. Stormwater runoff from agriculture, and residential and commercial development in the watershed has degraded water quality to the point where a 7.9 mile section of the Little River is listed as Impaired  (2012, 303d list).

Fiscal Year 2012

Project Title:  Phase IV of the Goose and Crooked Creek Local Watershed Plan: Implementation
Recipient:  Centralina Council of Government
Amount:  $16,000
Description:  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.

Project Title:  Trent Woods: Mapping stormwater infrastructure, analyzing ordinances and water quality BMP education
Recipient:  Eastern Carolina Council
Amount:  $19,867
Description:  Map the Town of Trent Wood'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 (Neuse River basin).

Project Title:  Assessment of the Green River Watershed: A Supplement to the NC DWQ Broad River Basinwide Water Quality Plan
Recipient:  Isothermal Planning and Development Commission
Amount:  $15,000
Description:  Conduct additional assessment in the Green River Watershed in order to: identify and prioritize stressors, evaluate and specify feasible water quality initiatives, and improve public involvement and interest in this relatively intact and high quality natural resource.

Project Title:  Kerr-Tar Water Quality Education and Outreach Program for Elected Officials and Municipal Staff
Recipient:  Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Government
Amount:  $33,276
Description:  Ensure that elected officials in Region K better understand, communicate and are able to make informed decisions regarding water quality data, policies, practices, and regulations. This includes how to obtain state and local financial and regulatory commitments to implement those measures and to determine the nature, extent and cause of water quality problems in various areas of our region. An intensive public official education program will allow those officials to more fully understand the nature and extent of those programs, plans and monitoring activities. Without a better, clearer, understanding of the issues; the opportunities and constraints, communicated in layman’s terms, local involvement and proactive measures to protect and enhance water quality in rural areas will remain a tremendous challenge. The project will create a template to use in other rural areas.

Project Title:  Triad Regional Watershed Prioritization Assessment
Recipient:  Piedmont Triad Council of Government
Amount:  $6,221
Description:  Re-assess a GIS-based analyses of watershed conditions for protection and restoration planning purposes. The original analysis anticipated water quality conditions at the 12-digit HUC scale based upon land use and land cover in all three of the PTRC river basins (Roanoke, Yadkin, and Cape Fear River Basins). While these assessments have predictive value in anticipating watersheds with good or poor water quality conditions, recent work on the Upper Cape Fear River basin has introduced a more nuanced analysis that is proving more valuable. The project will re-examine watershed prioritization throughout the Triad in the Yadkin-Pee Dee and Dan River Basins.

Project Title:  Hickory Meadows Wetlands/Water Quality Improvement Project
Recipient:  Upper Coastal Plain Council of Government
Amount:  $12,836
Description:  Design a wetland area(s) on the site of an existing golf course in order 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.

Fiscal Year 2011

Project Title:  Stormwater Infrastructure Mapping Town of River Bend
Recipient:  Eastern Carolina Council
Amount:  $14,459
Description:  To map the stormwater infrastructure for the Town of River Bend. Will help the town to better manage stormwater, flood control, sediment and erosion control to improve water quality in the Trent River (Neuse River basin).

Project Title:  High Country Regional Water Quality Initiative (64MB)

Recipient:  High Country Council of Government

Amount:  $50,000

Description:  To make site-specific plans and guidance for stormwater treatment best management practices and streambank restoration including the development of geodatabases critical to the effort. The plans will be for 19 towns in the COGs seven counties and include watersheds in the Catawba, French Broad, New, Watauga and Yadkin river basins.

Project Title:  Land Use Regulations Within the Black River Watershed of Sampson County

Recipient:  Mid-Carolina Council of Government

Amount:  $21,760

Description:  To develop land use regulations to reduce pollution from stormwater runoff in the Black River watershed (Cape Fear River basin).

Project Title:  Dan River Basin Restoration Analysis and Strategy

Recipient:  Piedmont Triad Council of Government

Amount:  $29,050

Description:  To collect 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. A report and a website will be created as part of the project.

Project Title:  Davidson County Citizens for Improving Stream Health (DC FISH)

Recipient:  Piedmont Triad Council of Government

Amount:  $15,743

Description: To provide support for Davidson County Citizens for Improving Stream Health (DC FISH) for outreach, education, the identification of groups to receive training for StreamWatch monitoring of impaired waterways and conduct stream clean-up events (Yadkin River basin).

Project Title:  Upper Neuse River Basin Water Quality Monitoring Plan (20MB)

Recipient:  Triangle J Council of Government

Amount:  $28,659

Description: To develop a long-term water quality monitoring program for the Upper Neuse River sub-basin (Neuse River Basin).

Project Title:  Upper Cape Fear River Basin Restoration and Conservation Analysis and Strategy (70MB)

Recipient:  Triangle J Council of Government

Amount:  $40,316

Description: To collect environmental, economic and recreational data on the upper Cape Fear River basin to determine priority watersheds for restoration and conservation. A report and a website will be created as part of the project.

Project Title:  Watershed Planning and GIS/Data Management (4 MB)

Recipient:  Western Piedmont Council of Government

Amount:  $6,393

Description: To produce a low-cost internal method for developing watershed action plans including identification of priorities, database resource updates, and the adaptation of an existing watershed plan (Catawba River basin).

 

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