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Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program

The Water Quality Improvement Project Program (WQIP) grant application period is open through July 26, 2019! Apply using the Consolidated Funding Application (leaves DEC website).
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Program Description

The Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) program is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that funds projects that directly address documented water quality impairments or protect a drinking water source.

2019 Applicant Information

For full program details, view the WQIP Round 16 Program Overview (PDF).

How to Apply

Applications are being accepted through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) (leaves DEC website) until 4:00 PM on July 26, 2019.

Funding Amount

A total of up to $70 million is available. See individual project categories for maximum individual grant amounts.

Workshops

Pre-application workshops are being held around the state to provide more information on the grant program and application process. See the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) website for a schedule of workshops (leaves DEC website). A recording of the workshop presentation (leaves DEC website) is also available.

Eligible Project Types & Required Match*

  • Wastewater Treatment Improvement (high priority projects 25%, general projects 60%)
  • Nonagricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control (25%)
  • Land Acquisition for Source Water Protection (25%)
  • Salt Storage (50%)
  • Aquatic Connectivity Restoration (25%)
  • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) (25%)

*Match is the percentage of the award amount grant recipients are required to provide as a local share. For more information about each category, including priorities, application requirements, and scoring criteria, view the WQIP Program Overview (PDF).

Eligible Applicants

  • Municipalities and Soil and Water Conservation Districts are eligible for all project types.
  • Not-for-Profit Corporations are eligible for Aquatic Connectivity Restoration and Land Acquisition for Source Water Protection only.

Grants Gateway Registration

All applicants must register in the NYS Grants Gateway by the time of application to be eligible to apply for this grant. All not for profits must also prequalify in the NYS Grants Gateway to be eligible to apply for this grant. For more information, including user guides and tutorial videos on how to register and prequalify, visit the Grants Management website (leaves DEC website).

Questions

If you have questions regarding WQIP after reading this webpage and the WQIP Program Overview (PDF), email user.water@dec.ny.gov by July 12, 2019. Frequently asked questions will be posted weekly.

Application Resources

Project Type Resources
All project types
Wastewater treatment
Nonpoint source
Land acquisition for source water protection
Salt storage
Aquatic connectivity restoration
MS4
Nonpoint Source Pollutant Source Prioritization Table
Pollutant Source Prioritization Table
Waterbody Watershed Plan Pollutant of Concern Primary Source Secondary Source
Basic Creek Reservoir (Albany County) TMDL Phosphorus Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff) Streambank Erosion
Bear Lake (Chautauqua County) TMDL Phosphorus Internal Loading Septic Systems
Black River Basin (multiple counties) Nine Element Plan Nutrients (Nitrogen, Phosphorus) and Sediment Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff) Septic Systems
Blind Sodus Bay (Wayne County) TMDL Phosphorus Septic Systems Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Buck Pond (Monroe County) TMDL Phosphorus Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Cayuga Lake (multiple counties) HABs Action Plan Nutrients (Nitrogen, Phosphorus) Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff) Septic Systems
Chautauqua Lake North (Chautauqua County) TMDL Phosphorus Internal Loading Septic Systems
Chautauqua Lake South (Chautauqua County) TMDL Phosphorus Internal Loading Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Chesapeake Bay (multiple counties) TMDL Nutrients (Nitrogen, Phosphorus) and Sediment Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff) Streambank Erosion
Conesus Lake (Livingston County) TMDL (Draft) Phosphorus Internal Loading Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Cossayuna Lake (Washington County) TMDL Phosphorus Septic Systems Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Cranberry Pond (Monroe County) TMDL Phosphorus Internal Loading Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
East of Hudson (NYC Watershed) TMDL Phosphorus Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff) Streambank Erosion
West of Hudson (NYC Watershed) TMDL Phosphorus Streambank Erosion Septic Systems
Engleville Pond (Schoharie County) TMDL Phosphorus Internal Loading Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Findley Lake (Chautauqua County) TMDL Phosphorus Septic Systems Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Genesee River Basin
(multiple counties)
Nine Element Plan Phosphorus and Sediment Streambank Erosion Septic Systems
Greenwood Lake (Orange County) TMDL Phosphorus Internal Loading Septic Systems
Honeoye Lake (Ontario County) TMDL (Draft) Phosphorus Internal Loading Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Java Lake (Wyoming County) TMDL Phosphorus Septic Systems Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Kinderhook Lake (Columbia County) TMDL Phosphorus Septic Systems Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Lake Carmel (Putnam County) TMDL Phosphorus Streambank Erosion Septic Systems

Internal Loading
Lake Champlain (multiple counties) TMDL Phosphorus Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Lake George (Warren County) HABs Action Plan Nutrients (Nitrogen, Phosphorus)

Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)

Septic Systems
Lake Oscawana (Putnam County) TMDL Phosphorus Septic Systems Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Lake Salubria (Steuben County) TMDL Phosphorus Septic Systems Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Little Sodus Bay (Cayuga County) TMDL Phosphorus Septic Systems Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Long Island Sound TMDL Nitrogen Septic Systems Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Long Pond (Monroe County) TMDL Phosphorus Internal Loading Septic Systems
Monhagen-Middletown Reservoir System watershed (Orange County) HABs Action Plan Nutrients (Nitrogen, Phosphorus) Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff) Septic Systems
Moon Lake (Jefferson County) TMDL Phosphorus Septic Systems Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Onondaga Lake (Onondaga County) TMDL Phosphorus Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff) Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Areas
Owasco Lake (Cayuga County) HABs Action Plan Nutrients (Nitrogen, Phosphorus) Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff) Septic Systems
Palmer Lake (Putnam County) TMDL Phosphorus Septic Systems Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Peach Lake (Putnam & Westchester Counties) TMDL Phosphorus Septic Systems Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Peconic Estuary TMDL Nitrogen Septic Systems Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Port Bay (Wayne County) TMDL Phosphorus Internal Loading Septic Systems
Putnam Lake (Putnam County) HABs Action Plan Nutrients (Nitrogen, Phosphorus) Septic Systems Streambank Erosion
Silver Lake (Wyoming County) TMDL Phosphorus Septic Systems

Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)

Streambank Erosion

Skaneateles Lake (multiple counties) HABs Action Plan Nutrients (Nitrogen, Phosphorus) Septic Systems Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Snyders Lake (Rensselaer County) TMDL Phosphorus Developed Land (Stormwater Runoff)
Summit Lake (Schoharie County) TMDL Phosphorus Septic Systems Developed Land

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