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

DEC is now accepting applications for 604(b) funds. The application deadline has been extended one week - applications must now be submitted by 3:00 PM on November 21, 2018.


DEC is pleased to announce funding to implement 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, including tasks to determine the nature, extent and causes of point and nonpoint source water pollution problems, and to develop plans to resolve these problems.

Availability of Funds

DEC has issued a Request for Applications (RFA) (PDF, 546 KB) for funds available under section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act.

Funding is available under the following two 604(b) categories:

How to Apply

Complete applications must be submitted through the New York State Grants Gateway Grant Opportunity Portal by 3:00 PM on November 14, 2018. No hand-delivered, facsimile, mailed, or e-mailed applications will be accepted.

Eligible Applicants

The following regional planning and interstate organizations are eligible to apply for 604(b) funding. Links to eligible applicant websites are in the Links Leaving DEC's Website section in the right-hand column of this page.

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

DEC anticipates that approximately ten programs will be funded. Program periods of four years are preferred. View the RFA (PDF, 546 KB) for full details.


Proposals must address one of the following:

  • 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.


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

Statewide Planning Coordination Program

Only one application will be funded for this program. Programs of four years are preferred. View the RFA (PDF, 546 KB) for full details.


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.


No local match is required for the Statewide Program.


Send any questions to by October 31, 2018. Frequently asked questions will be posted throughout the application period.

More about 604(b) Funds

The federal Clean Water Act provides funding to states for regional water quality management planning projects. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awards 604(b) grants to states, which in turn make awards to regional planning and interstate organizations. While EPA awards 604(b) funds annually, DEC typically issues a Request for Applications (RFA) every 3-5 years and awards funds to multi-year projects.

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