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Water Quality Management Planning Programs

Clean Water Act, Section 604(b) Funding Awards

DEC has awarded Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 604(b) funding, also known as 604(b) funding or CWA Section 604(b) funding. This page provides an overview of the 604(b) awards made by DEC.

604(b) Award Background

On December 23, 2014, DEC published a request for applications (RFA) for Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 604(b) funds. DEC received twelve applications and awarded funding to ten programs (administered by nine entities). The 604(b) Funding Awards table below lists the ten programs.

604(b) Funding Awards
Awardee Program 4-Year Contract Cap Amount*
Capital District Regional Planning Commission Baseline Planning Program $181,794
Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board Statewide Planning Coordination Program $100,000
Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board Baseline Planning Program $288,561
Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council Baseline Planning Program $288,412
Herkimer-Oneida Counties Comprehensive Planning Program Baseline Planning Program $288,562
Hudson Valley Regional Council Baseline Planning Program $284,996
Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board Baseline Planning Program $288,562
Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board Baseline Planning Program $288,508
Southern Tier East Regional Planning and Development Board Baseline Planning Program $186,605
Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board Baseline Planning Program $203,999

* The actual amount provided to recipients each year is subject to change based on the amount DEC receives from EPA.

Overview

The federal Clean Water Act provides funding to states for regional water quality management planning projects. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awards 604(b) grants to states, which in turn make awards to regional planning and interstate organizations. While EPA awards 604(b) funds annually, DEC typically issues a Request for Applications (RFA) every 3-5 years and awards funds to multi-year projects. Another RFA is not anticipated until 2018.

Eligible Applicants

The following organizations are eligible to apply for 604(b) funding. Links to eligible applicant websites are in the Links Leaving DEC's Website section in the right-hand column of this page.

NYS Regional Planning Organizations

  • Capital District Regional Planning Council
  • Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board
  • Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council
  • Herkimer-Oneida Counties Comprehensive Planning Program
  • Hudson Valley Regional Council
  • Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board
  • Long Island Regional Planning Council
  • Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board
  • Southern Tier East Regional Planning and Development Board
  • Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board

Interstate Organizations

  • Delaware River Basin Commission
  • Great Lakes Commission
  • Interstate Environmental Commission
  • New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
  • Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission
  • Susquehanna River Basin Commission

Past Funding

2010 RFA

In 2010, DEC issued a request for applications (RFA) for 604(b) funds available from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2015. The priorities of the RFA were:

  • County Water Quality Coordinating Committee (CWQCC) support and assistance
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) elements
  • Phase II Stormwater for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) and construction planning
  • Water Quality Management Planning (WQMP)

DEC awarded over $2.8 million to fourteen water quality management planning projects administered by ten entities.

2009 ARRA Funds

In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA or Stimulus) provided extra 604(b) funds. New York awarded $1.7 million to eleven planning projects focused on the following priorities:

  • Green Infrastructure
  • Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development
  • Phase II Stormwater for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)
  • Water Quality Management

The ARRA 604(b) projects all began by February 17, 2010 and were finished by February 17, 2012. For more information, visit the ARRA/CWA Section 604(b) webpages (links are below and in the left-hand column of this page).


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