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Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program

Water Quality Improvement Project Program Round 14 Funding is Available!
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2017 Changes

There are a number of changes in this year's WQIP Program Overview (PDF, 790 KB). We encourage you to read the entire Program Overview to learn about our new programs. Below are some highlights:

  • On May 30, 2017, DEC hosted a meeting with eligible applicants to discuss the Land Acquisition Projects for the Source Water Protection category. Please see the presentation slides (PDF, 977 KB) and Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 234 KB) (FAQs) for additional information. The FAQs will be updated as more questions are received so check back often for updates. Applicants should review the Program Overview first, then consult the FAQs with any questions. If you still have questions after reading both of those documents, do not hesitate to contact us.
  • Increased funding for wastewater treatment projects including: installing disinfection equipment; upgrading municipal systems to correct combined sewer overflows and sanitary sewer overflows (CSO/SSO); removing phosphorous or nitrogen in discharges; and constructing wastewater systems in communities with inadequate septic systems.
  • Funding is available to help municipalities repair damage from flooding along the open shorelines of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario (including the Niagara River), the St. Lawrence River and the Finger Lakes. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has $1.5 million in grant funding to replenish beaches, install nature-based revetments and other "soft engineering" stabilization measures. Read the attached fact sheet (PDF, 93 KB) for details on what projects are covered by the grant and how to apply for the grant."
  • Funding to protect sources of drinking water through land acquisition projects. Applicants can apply for funding to purchase land or conservation easements to protect surface drinking water supplies, protect groundwater drinking water supplies, or install in-waterbody practices to control nutrients.
  • Funding for projects to relocate a salt storage pile and/or construct a structure to cover a salt storage pile.

Overview of the WQIP Program

DEC supports water quality improvements through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Statewide Grant Program. The WQIP program is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that uses New York State Environmental Protection Funds and Clean Water Infrastructure Act funds for projects that improve water quality, protect drinking water sources, reduce polluted runoff and restore habitat in New York's waterbodies.

Through the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative, DEC has made up to $87 million available to support water quality improvements through the WQIP Grant Program. Grants awarded through the WQIP program can fund up to 85% of the total project cost for high priority Wastewater Treatment Improvement projects, up to 40% of the total project cost for General Wastewater Infrastructure Improvement projects, or up to 75% of the total project cost for Non-Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control, Land Acquisition Projects for Source Water Protection, Salt Storage, Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) projects.

For more detail on the WQIP, the Round 14 Program Overview (PDF, 790 KB) and WQIP Round 14 One Page Summary (PDF, 230 KB) are available for applicants to review program priorities.

Pre-application workshops will be held around the State for potential applicants. The workshop schedule, along with additional information, is available on the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) website (leaving DEC website). All those who would like to have the application process explained or have process-related questions answered are encouraged to attend.

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 projects for source water protection or aquatic habitat restoration projects)

Eligible Project Types

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

Application Preparation Tips

  • Applicants apply for WQIP Round 14 funding through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA)(leaving DEC website)
  • Applications are due by 4 pm on July 28, 2017. This is a hard deadline; all uncompleted applications will not be considered for grant funds. We suggest you submit your application well before the deadline.
  • Review the application questions and gather all pertinent material to help you complete your application
  • Attend a CFA workshop for more information on the application process and the WQIP grant program. See the REDC website (leaving DEC website) for a schedule of workshops.

Additional Resources

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 as soon as possible.

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 and reporting requirements as identified in the MGC. The Water Quality Improvement Project Program MGC is available for review.


All questions should be submitted via e-mail to Answers will be posted in the FAQ for WQIP. Questions should be submitted no later than July 10, 2017.

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