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Water Quality Improvement Project Program

Water Quality Improvement Project 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. We encourage you to read the entire Program Overview to learn about our new programs. Below are some highlights:

  • 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 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) is 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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  • 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

  • Find the page in the Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List (WI/PWL) that corresponds to the waterbody the project will address. Applicants need to install Google Earth on their computer before trying to access the map.
  • Feasibility studies are required for Green Infrastructure/Stormwater Retrofit and Aquatic Habitat Restoration projects in the marine district. Read and follow the applicable Green Infrastructure Feasibility Study Outlines and submit the feasibility study with the WQIP application.

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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