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Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program

The Water Quality Improvement Project Program Round 14 awards have been announced!

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Governor Cuomo Announces Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Grants

On December 13, 2017, Governor Cuomo announced awards for Round 7 of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative that supports economic development, strategic plan implementation and job creation across New York State.

As part of Round 7 of the REDC initiative, the DEC awarded $87,091,268 for 95 projects from the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Grants program.

The WQIP Award List (162.8 KB) provides key information about each funded project. A complete list of grants awarded through the REDC initiative can be found on the Regional Economic Development Council's website (leaving DEC website).

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. The Water Quality Improvement Project Program MGC from previous Rounds is available for review. The MGC for Round 14 will be posted shortly.

Program Description

The Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) program funds projects that directly address documented water quality impairments.

Eligible Applicants

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

Note: Applicants must be registered in Grants Gateway.

Eligible Project Types

  • Municipal Wastewater Treatment (WWT)
  • Nonagricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control (NPS)
  • Land Acquisition Projects for Source Water Protection (SWP)
  • Salt Storage
  • Aquatic Habitat Restoration (AHR)
  • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)

Overview of the WQIP Program

For more detail on WQIP, applicants can review the Round 14 Program Overview (PDF, 790 KB) and WQIP Round 14 One Page Summary (PDF, 230 KB).

Pre-application workshops were held around the State. A recording of the presentation is available on the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) website (leaving DEC website).

Additional Resources

The following resources may be helpful to entities considering applying for future Rounds of the WQIP program.

Nonpoint source project priority plans
Project Category Total Daily Maximum Load (TMDL) Watershed Action Agenda Nine Element Watershed Plan SPDES Permit Long Term Control Plan Source water Assessment Plan Beach Restoration Plan (OGL1) Beach Restoration Plan (Other2)
Beach Restoration X X
Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Facilities for Failing On-Site Treatment Systems X X X X
Great Lakes Nature-Based Shoreline Projects X X X X X X X X
Green Infrastructure Practices/Stormwater Retrofits X X X X X X X X
In-Waterbody Control for Nutrients X X X X X X
Streambank Stabilization/Restoration and Riparian Buffers X X X X X X X X
Salt Storage X X X X X X
Other NPS Projects X X X X X X X X

1 Beach Restoration Plans funded by the Ocean and Great Lakes Program of the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) Beach Closure Mitigation Pilot Project

2 Beach Restoration Plans funded by other sources

Grants Gateway Registration

All municipalities and soil and water conservation districts must register in the NYS Grants Gateway System (leaving DEC website) to be eligible for this grant.

All not for profits must register and prequalify 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). Since the process is multi-stepped, we encourage you to fulfill this requirement in advance of applying for the next Round of WQIP grants.

Questions?

All questions should be submitted via e-mail to User.Water@dec.ny.gov.


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