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Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program

The Water Quality Improvement Project program (WQIP) funding application period is open May 1 through July 27!

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Program Description

The Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) program is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that funds projects that directly address documented water quality impairments.

Round 15 Application Information

For full program details, view the Program Overview (PDF, 910 KB). A one page fact sheet (PDF, 127 KB) is also available.

Funding amount

A total of up to $79 million is available. See individual project categories for maximum individual grant amounts.

How to apply

Applications are accepted through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) (leaving DEC's website) before 4:00 PM on July 27, 2018.

Workshops

Pre-application workshops (leaving DEC's website) will be held around the state to provide more information on the grant program and application process. A recording of the WQIP workshop presentation is available (leaving DEC's website).

Eligible Project Types & Required Match*
  • Municipal Wastewater Treatment (WWT) (high priority projects 25%, general projects 60%)
  • Nonagricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control (NPS) (25%)
  • Land Acquisition Projects for Source Water Protection (SWP) (25%)
  • Salt Storage (50%)
  • Aquatic Habitat Restoration (AHR) (25%)
  • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) (25%)

*Match is the percentage of the award amount grant recipients are required to provide as a local share. For more information about each category, including priorities, application requirements, and scoring criteria, view the Program Overview (PDF, 910 KB).

Eligible Applicants

Municipalities, Municipal Corporations, Regulated traditional Municipal Separate, Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and Not for Profit Corporations (only for land acquisition for source water protection or aquatic habitat restoration projects)

Grants Gateway Registration

All not for profits must register and prequalify in the NYS Grants Gateway (leaving DEC website) to be eligible to apply for this grant. All municipalities and soil and water conservation districts must register in the NYS Grants Gateway (leaving DEC website) to be eligible for this grant. For more information, including user guides and tutorial videos on how to register and prequalify, visit NYS Grants Reform (leaving DEC website).

Questions

Send any questions to user.water@dec.ny.gov by July 13, 2018. Frequently asked questions will be posted throughout the application period.

Application Resources
Pollutant Source Prioritization Table
Waterbody Primary Source Secondary Source
Basic Creek Reservoir (Albany County)
Agriculture* Developed Land - Non-MS4
Bear Lake (Chautauqua County)
Internal Loading

Septic Systems
Agriculture*

Blind Sodus Bay (Wayne County) Septic Systems
Developed Land - Non-MS4
Agriculture*
Buck Pond (Monroe County) Septic Systems
Developed Land - MS4
Agriculture*
Cayuga Lake (multiple counties) Agriculture* Developed Land

Chautauqua Lake North (Chautauqua County)

Internal Loading
Agriculture*
Septic Systems
Chautauqua Lake South (Chautauqua County) Internal Loading
Agriculture*
Chesapeake Bay (multiple counties) Agriculture*

Developed Land - MS4
Developed Land - Non-MS4

Conesus Lake (Livingston County) Internal Loading Agriculture*
Cossayuna Lake (Washington County) Septic Systems Agriculture*
Cranberry Pond (Monroe County) Internal Loading
Developed Land - MS4
Septic Systems
Engleville Pond (Schoharie County) Internal Loading
Agriculture*
Findley Lake (Chautauqua County) Septic Systems Agriculture*
Genesee River Basin (multiple counties) Agriculture*
Greenwood Lake (Orange County) Internal Loading
Septic Systems
Developed Land - Non-MS4
Agriculture*
Honeoye Lake (Ontario County) Internal Loading Developed Land
Java Lake (Wyoming County) Septic Systems
Agriculture*
Kinderhook Lake (Columbia County) Septic Systems
Agriculture*
Lake Carmel (Putnam County) Streambank Erosion
Septic Systems
Lake Champlain - Cumberland Bay (multiple counties) Developed Land
Agriculture*
Lake Champlain - Isle LaMotte (multiple counties) Agriculture*
Developed Land
Lake Champlain - Main Lake (multiple counties) Developed Land
Agriculture*
Lake Champlain - Port Henry/Otter Creek (multiple counties) Developed Land
Agriculture*
Lake Champlain - South Lake A (multiple counties) Developed Land
Agriculture*
Lake Champlain - South Lake B (multiple counties) Agriculture*
Developed Land
Lake George (Warren County)

Developed Land
Septic Systems

Lake Oscawana (Putnam County) Developed Land - MS4
Developed Land - Non-MS4
Septic Systems
Lake Salubria (Steuben County) Septic Systems
Agriculture*
Little Sodus Bay (Cayuga County) Septic Systems
Long Pond (Monroe County) Internal Loading
Septic Systems
Monhagen PWS watersheds - Highland Lake (Orange County) Agriculture* Developed Land
Monhagen PWS watersheds - Indigot Creek (Orange County) Agriculture* Developed Land
Monhagen PWS watersheds - Kinch Pond (Orange County) Agriculture* Developed Land
Monhagen PWS watersheds - Mill Pond (Orange County) Agriculture* Developed Land
Monhagen PWS watersheds - Monhagen Lake (Orange County) Agriculture* Developed Land
Monhagen PWS watersheds - Shawangunk Lake (Orange County) Agriculture* Developed Land
Moon Lake (Jefferson County) Septic Systems
Agriculture*
Onondaga Lake (Onondaga County) Developed Land - MS4
Developed Land - Non-MS4
Owasco Lake (Cayuga County) Agriculture* Developed Land
Septic Systems
Palmer Lake (Putnam County) Septic Systems
Developed Land - MS4
Peach Lake (Putnam & Westchester counties) Septic Systems
Developed Land - MS4
Developed Land - Non-MS4
Port Bay (Wayne County) Internal Loading
Septic Systems
Putnam Lake (Putnam County) Internal Loading Septic Systems
Silver Lake (Wyoming County) Agriculture*
Septic Systems
Skaneateles Lake (multiple counties) Agriculture* Septic Systems
Developed Land
Snyders Lake (Rensselaer County) Developed Land - MS4
Developed Land - Non-MS4
Agriculture*
Summit Lake (Schoharie County) Septic Systems
Developed Land

*Agricultural best management practices (BMPs) are not eligible for WQIP funding.

Successful Applicant Requirements

Successful applicants will be required to sign a State of New York Master Grant Contract (MGC) within the Grants Gateway System (leaving DEC website) and will be required to comply with statewide, agency, and program terms and conditions and payment reporting requirements as identified in the MGC. A draft MGC for Round 15 (PDF, 4 MB) is available to view.


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