U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Water Headlines – November 13, 2012

EPA has released draft Nonpoint Source Program and Grants Guidelines for States and Territories for review and comment. The revised guidelines provide states and territories with a framework to use section 319 Clean Water Act grant funds to effectively implement their state nonpoint source management programs. The guidelines provide updated program direction, an increased emphasis on watershed project implementation in watersheds with impaired waters, and increased accountability measures. They also emphasize the importance of states updating their nonpoint source management programs to ensure that section 319 funds are targeted to the highest priority activities. EPA has extended the deadline for accepting comments from December 7 to December 14, 2012. Click here for the guidelines. Comments should be sent to 319grants@epa.gov.