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Clean Water Act Section 604(b) Water Quality Planning Grants

The 604(b) application period is closed. A request for applications is typically issued every four years. The next request for applications is expected to be issued in 2022.

Overview

Clean Water Act Section 604(b) Water Quality Planning Grants fund regional comprehensive water quality management planning activities as described in Section 604(b) of the federal Clean Water Act. 604(b) funds are to be used for water quality management planning activities, such as determining the nature, extent and causes of point and nonpoint source water pollution problems, and developing plans to resolve these problems.

DEC typically issues a Request for Applications (RFA) every 3-5 years and awards funds to multi-year projects.

View the 2018 604(b) RFA (PDF) to see the most recent funding priorities. Funding is typically available for Baseline Planning Programs and a Statewide Planning Coordination Program.

Eligible Applicants

The following regional planning and interstate organizations are eligible for 604(b) funding.

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

Baseline Planning Program

The 2018 RFA required at least one of the following objectives to be addressed in Baseline Planning Program applications:

  • Help develop and implement source water protection programs
  • Help develop and implement nine element watershed management plans
  • New Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit assistance
  • Chesapeake Bay Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan local engagement assistance
  • Local, regional and watershed planning

Funding amount

DEC anticipates that a total of approximately $600,000 will be available annually from 2019-2023. The minimum amount per grant is $15,000 per year; maximum is $100,000 per year. Actual amounts for grants each year will depend on Congressional appropriations.

Match

A minimum 10% local match of the award amount is required.

Statewide Planning Coordination Program

The 2018 RFA required the following objective to be addressed in Statewide Planning Coordination Program applications:

  • Serve as a statewide coordinator for the 604(b) Water Quality Management Planning Program.

Funding amount

Up to $25,000 will be available annually from 2019-2023.

Match

No local match is required for the Statewide Program.

2018 Awards

DEC awarded grants to nine organizations for ten four-year water quality management planning programs in response to the 2018 604(b) RFA. Nine baseline planning programs were awarded, and one statewide coordination program.

2018 604(b) Funding Award Recipients
Awardee Program Year 1 Award Amount
Capital District Regional Planning Commission Baseline Planning Program $53,582.32
Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board Baseline Planning Program $73,327.50
Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board Statewide Planning Coordination Program $25,000.00
Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council Baseline Planning Program $97,769.91
Oneida County (Herkimer-Oneida Counties Comprehensive Planning Program) Baseline Planning Program $58,992.45
Hudson Valley Regional Council Baseline Planning Program $96,104.00
Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board Baseline Planning Program $97,770.00
Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board Baseline Planning Program $97,770.00
Southern Tier East Regional Planning and Development Board Baseline Planning Program $64,307.11
Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board Baseline Planning Program $50,940.13

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