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TMDL Water Quality Restoration Grants

 

Annually, the state legislature provides funding for the implementation of best management practices, such as regional stormwater treatment facilities, designed to reduce pollutant loads to impaired waters from urban stormwater discharges. This funding is administered by the Department as the TMDL Water Quality Restoration Grant, which is set out by rule in Chapter 62-305, F.A.C. and authorized by Section 403.890(2), F.S.

The grant applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year and are reviewed and ranked in March, July, and November annually. Projects will be selected for grant funding based on these rankings and the availability of funding. Projects not selected for funding will remain in the pool of projects that will be ranked for one year from the date of submittal.

The grant applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year and are reviewed and ranked in March, July, and November annually. Projects will be selected for grant funding based on these rankings and the availability of funding. Projects not selected for funding will remain in the pool of projects that will be ranked for one year from the date of submittal.

Who is Eligible

  •  Local Governments
  •  Water Management Districts (WMD)

Project Eligibility

Applicants are eligible for the TMDL Water Quality Restoration Grant for the following types of projects:

  •  The project reduces stormwater pollutant loadings from urban areas that discharge to waterbodies on the state’s verified list of impaired waters.
  •  The project is at least at the 60% design phase.
  •  The project is permitted or the permit has been scheduled for approval at the next meeting of the water management district governing board or Department.
  • The project includes storm event monitoring to determine the actual load reduction.
  •  The construction will be completed within three years of appropriation of the funds by the Legislature in order to ensure fund remain available.
  •  The applicant provides a minimum of 50% of the total project cost in matching funds, of which at least 25% are provided by the local government.
  •  The grant funds are used for construction of best management practices, monitoring to determine pollutant load reductions, or public education activities specifically associated with the project and may only occur after the date of contract. Funds spent in advance of contract may be used for match, such as design, land acquisition, and other costs incurred by the applicant.

Project Ranking and Selection

The criteria for project evaluation and ranking include:

  •  Impairment status of the receiving water body
  •  Estimated load reduction of the pollutants of concern
  •  Percentage of local matching funds
  •  Cost effectiveness based on the cost per pound of Total Nitrogen and/or Total Phosphorus removed per acre treated
  •  Inclusion of a robust educational component
  •  Whether the local government sponsor has implemented of a dedicated funding source for stormwater management, such as a stormwater utility fee

To apply for a grant, please submit a TMDL Water Quality Restoration Grant Application Form (MSWord format - 236 kb). Please be sure to read the instructions and the associated guidance to assure that the project description complies with recent changes in state law. Applications are continually accepted and projects are ranked in March, July, and November. Please submit the additional information requested on the TMDL NPS Grant Supplemental Information Form (MS Word Format) along with the Grant application form. All applications should be submitted electronically to Connie Becker, 850-245-8505. For additional information regarding TMDL Water Quality Restoration, you may contact Kathryn Brackett, 850-245-8682. If you have additional questions about what you can do to address nonpoint sources of pollution or additional funding opportunities, please feel free to contact Connie Becker, 850-245-8505. You may want to review additional funding opportunities including the Section 319 grant program and the State Revolving Fund.

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Last updated: August 20, 2014

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