Grant Opportunity! Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grants: 2018 Request for Proposals

The Healthy Watersheds Consortium (HWC), a partnership between the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, has called for 2018 Request for Proposals. The goal of the HWC Grant Program is to “accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds”, with primary focus on prevention of land deterioration in the watershed by:
  • Developing funding mechanisms, plans, or other strategies to implement large-scale watershed protection, source water protection, green infrastructure, or related landscape conservation objectives;
  • Building the sustainable organizational infrastructure, social support, and long-term funding commitments necessary to implement large-scale protection of healthy watersheds; and
  • Supporting innovative or catalytic projects that may accelerate funding for or implementation of watershed protection efforts, or broadly advance this field of practice.
Applications are due February 1, 2018 at 8 p.m. Eastern and up to $3 million is available.
Additionally, two webinars have been scheduled to help those interested to get more information about the HWC Grant Program. 
  • On September 26, 2017, 2-3 p.m. Eastern — Peaks to People Water Fund: Lessons learned in the proof of concept phase and demonstration of the Watershed Investment Tool. Learn about work to accelerate forest restoration in Colorado to reduce the threat of severe wildfire in watersheds. The Peaks to People Water Fund received a Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program award in 2016.
  • On October 19, 2017, 2-3 p.m. Eastern – An informational webinar that will provide an overview of priorities for the 2018 program and a forum to answer questions about the program and the application and selection process.
For more information on the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program, resources that will help develop your proposal, and to register for the webinars, visit :http://www.usendowment.org/healthywatersheds.html

September 27, 2017 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:

Date: September 27, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm

Location:
 Spokane County Water Resource Center
1004 N. Freya Street
Spokane, WA 99202

Click here for a map

Call In Number: 509-335-2277
Participant Code: 5266916

In preparation for the Budget Summit at the SRRTTF meeting on 9/27, you all have homework! Please scroll down and review the document titled “Activities for SRRTTF Funding Consideration_prioritized by TTWG.” 
This document shows a consolidated list of PCB monitoring and control action projects (from longer lists compiled of ideas proposed in advance of the September Technical Track Work Group (TTWG) meeting). At that meeting, the TTWG discussed a broad range of options before agreeing to complete an online survey (after the options had been distilled into an actionable list) designed to provide a rough priority ranking. Individuals from 14 participating Task Force entities completed the survey, including nine of 13 SRRTTF voting member entities. The above mentioned document shows those activities, as ranked by the TTWG.
In August, the Task Force had a brief presentation covering some (Ecology-suggested) of the ideas, but the SRRTTF has not discussed the full list. Please take the time to read the document, thinking about best use of limited Task Force funds, and PENCIL in on it a High, Medium, or Low to denote your prioritization of each potential project. Add any discussion notes you’d like to bring up at the SRRTTF meeting on 9/27, where people will have a chance to advocate for or ask questions about these potential activities. It is worth keeping in mind that by the time a contract for the Washington state funding of $310,000 can be put in place, perhaps 18 months can be used for these funds (which must be used before June 30, 2019).
Please come to the 9/27 meeting having spent some time thinking about these ideas, and be ready to listen & discuss the potential activities. After dialogue on the activities at the meeting, the group will conduct a dot exercise to gain a visual representation, then hold discussion with the goal of reaching consensus on a list prioritized by the full Task Force.
Please review all other decision documents prior to the meeting as well.
Thanks in advance for taking the time to prepare, and see you on September 27th!

Meeting Documents:
–  SRRTTF September 27_2017 Agenda_draft_V2

–  Activities for SRRTTF Funding Consideration_prioritized by TTWG

  8.23.17 SRRTTF Meeting Notes Draft_2
–  TTWG_09-06-17_mtg_notes
–  ACE commitment report for 9_27_2017 TF meeting
–  SRRTTF_LimnoTech_09_27_2017_Fingerprinting
–  GroundwaterFingerprintingMemo_DRAFT_092517

 

September 6, 2017 Technical Track Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the SRRTTF Task Force and Technical Track Work group is:

Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
Click here for a map.

Audio Call In Number: 509-335-2277
Conference ID: 2740350

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Meeting Materials:
TTWG_09-06-17_mtg_notes

TTWG agn 09-06-17_draft v2
Spokane County project suggestions
SRSP TF Monitoring Stawman Proposal Draft2 08-28-17
Potential PCB Control Actions (1)

Ecology News: Public Participation Grants Application Open

The Washington Department of Ecology will begin accepting applications for Public Participation Grants (PPGs) at 8 a.m. July 18, 2017. The PPG program is a competitive grant program. Grants are available to individuals affected by a contaminated site, or to non-profit public service organizations. The purpose of the grants is to facilitate public participation in: 
·       The cleanup of hazardous substance release sites, or
·       The implementation of the state’s solid and hazardous waste priorities.
Applications are available through Ecology’s Administration of Grants and Loans (EAGL) online grant management system.  You will need to set up a Secure Access Washington account before you can access EAGL. You will find more information about SAW and EAGL here: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/funding/EAGL.html.
 
The application will be open until 5 p.m. Aug. 11, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted. Ecology will evaluate and score each eligible application received. Grant funds are available for projects conducted July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019.
Visit our web page for more information on PPG and the application process: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/grants/ppg.html

Ecology News: Ecology’s Water Quality Program Financial Assistance – Workshop scheduled for August

The Department of Ecology’s Water Quality Program State Fiscal Year 2019 (SFY19) Funding Cycle opens on August 14, 2017 and closes on October 16, 2017.  Ecology has scheduled a training workshop for eastern Washington applicants seeking funding for water quality-related projects on August 16 from 9:00am – 1:00pm.  The workshop will be held at the Spokane Convention Center.  For more details see the attached Workshop Flyer.

Ecology News: Coastal Protection Fund (CPF) – Terry Husseman Account (THA) Grants – closes at 5:00 pm on August 14, 2017.

The Terry Husseman Account (THA) Grant cycle opened on July 14, 2017 and closes at 5:00 pm on August 14, 2017.  The online funding application is open to projects that restore or enhance the natural environment. Typical projects address water quality issues and fish and wildlife habitat protection or enhancement in or adjacent to waters of the state (i.e., streams, lakes, wetlands or the ocean). To be considered, projects must provide primary benefits to public resources (land or water stewardship) and affiliated infrastructure. Grant awards can be up to a maximum of $50,000. The typical grant award ranges from $10,000 to $25,000. Please visit the: Terry Husseman Account (THA) Website for Funding Guidelines, eligibility, and application instructions.

EPA NEWS: FY 2017 Grant Announcement: FY 2017 Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program

Request For Proposals

2017 Pollution Prevention (P2) Source Reduction Assistance Grant Request for Proposal for EPA Region 1

RFP# EPA-Region10-P2-2017-001

Open Date: June 16, 2017

Closing Date: Wednesday July 26, 2017, 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time (8:59pm Pacific Daylight Time)

P2 Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) awards support pollution prevention through source reduction and resource conservation work. You can read a description of SRA awards in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) 66.717.

  • Eligibility: The fifty states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the U.S., local governments, city or township governments, independent school district governments, state controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations (other than institutions of higher education), private institutions of higher education, community-based grassroots organizations, and federally-recognized tribes and intertribal consortia.
  • Match requirement: 5%
  • Range of possible award amounts: $20,000 – $95,000.
  • Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov “FY 2017 Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program for Region 10″
  • For more information, contact Robert Drake (drake.robert@epa.gov), 206-553-4803
Related information:

May 31, 2017 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:

Date: May 31, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm

Location:
Spokane County Water Resource Center
1004 N. Freya Street
Spokane, WA 99202

Click here for a map

Call In Number: 509-335-2277
Participant Code: 5266916

Meeting Materials:
SRRTTF 5.31.17 mtg_notes_final
agenda:
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SRRTTF May 31_2017 Agenda_draft_2
previous meeting summaries:
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SRRTTF 04.26.17 DRAFT summary
–  5.10.17 SRRTTF conference call DRAFT notes
 TTWG 5.3.17 DRAFT notes
EPA SRRTTF 04.26.17 Draft notes
technical documents up for decision
 SRRTTF_2016_MonthlyMonitoringReport_05-24-2017_draft
(comments received on the report and addendum/data/field report: Posted Here)
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QAPP_addendum4_052417
– QAPP Checklist rev 5-31-2017
other meeting documents:
–  ACE financial Statement April 2017
–  Ace commitment report Feb -April 2017
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Response to Leg.Fiscal Inquiry May 2017
 CPMA Meeting at IEP_Attendees List
– SRRTTF PCB Database Tsk1&2 TechMemo DRAFT

Ecology News: Opportunity to comment on the EPA Performance Partnership Agreement

Ecology has a partnership with EPA that is revisited every two years. This year Ecology has requested $11 million from EPA for numerous environmental efforts. The partnership provides funds that support Ecology’s participation in the Task Force.The comment period for this partnership grant agreement with EPA ends on May 31st. 

Task Force members are encouraged to provide feedback for the drafting of this plan. To provide comment go to http://www.ecy.wa.gov/ppa.html 

 

 

Ecology News: Proposed Amendments to Chapter 173-98 WAC and Chapter 173-95A WAC (Ecology grand and loan process for funding water projects)

Below is a Rule Proposal Notice regarding proposed amendments to Chapter 173-98 WAC (the Clean Water State Revolving Fund rule) and Chapter 173-95A WAC (the Centennial Clean Water Program rule). In addition, a PDF of the Rule Proposal Notice is below.

The Rule Proposal Notice contains information on the rulemaking for the two rules, including how to obtain documents, how to participate in the combined public hearing and webinar, how to submit comments, and how to receive updates.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact:

Daniel Thompson
Department of Ecology
Water Quality Program – Financial Management Section
PO Box 47600
Olympia WA 98504-7600
Phone: 360-407-6510
Email: daniel.thompson@ecy.wa.gov


Rule Proposal Notice

Introduction

The Department of Ecology (Ecology) proposes to adopt amendments to Chapter 173-98 Washington Administrative Code (WAC), Uses and Limitations of the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund and Chapter 173-95A WAC, Uses and Limitations of the Centennial Clean Water Program. The rule proposal will be published in the Washington State Register on May 3, 2017.

Chapter 173-98 WAC addresses requirements for Ecology’s administration of Washington State’s Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the Water Pollution Control Revolving Administration Account. CWSRF provides low interest rate loans to public bodies for statewide, high-priority water quality projects.

Chapter 173-95A WAC addresses requirements for Ecology’s administration of the Centennial Clean Water Program (Centennial). Centennial provides grants and low interest rate loans to public bodies for statewide, high-priority water quality projects.

Proposed Amendments

Ecology proposes to amend the rules to:

  • Address “housekeeping” issues.
  • Provide more clarity.
  • Provide more flexibility.
  • Take advantage of new funding opportunities consistent with state and federal updates.

Expected Adoption Date

Ecology expects to adopt the amended rules by August 2, 2017.

Documents for Review and Comment

The following documents are available for review and comment:

  • Proposed rule language.
  • Determination of Nonsignificance.

To obtain these documents visit http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/ruledev/wac17398/1604ov.html or send an email request to daniel.thompson@ecy.wa.gov.

 Public Hearing and Webinar

Ecology will hold a combined public hearing and webinar on May 31, 2017, at 1:00pm. The event will include a short presentation and a question and answer session followed by the formal public hearing.

The public hearing location is:
Department of Ecology
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, WA 98503

Ecology is also offering the hearing via webinar. Webinars are an online meeting forum that you can attend from any computer using internet access. To join the webinar click on the following link for more information and instructions: https://wadis.webex.com/wadis/j.php?RGID=rcac981bd94bf44f68fee7cca7aacbe1f.

 Submitting Comments

The comment period on the proposed amended rules and the Determination of Nonsignificance ends June 7, 2016. You can comment in the following ways:

  1. Testify or submit written comments at the public hearing or through the webinar.
  2. Submit your comments via e-Comments at http://ws.ecology.commentinput.com/?id=vM3e3.
  3. Mail your comments to:

Daniel Thompson
Department of Ecology
PO Box 47600
Olympia WA 98504-7600

Ecology’s Response to Comments

All of the comments received will become part of the official record. We will publish responses to comments in a document called a Concise Explanatory Statement (CES). The CES is required by the Administrative Procedure Act (RCW 34.05) and is available after the rule is adopted.

Receive Email Updates

To receive updates on the rulemaking process and other significant grants and loans program actions, please sign up for the Ecology’s Water Quality Program’s Grants and Loans ListServ at: http://listserv.wa.gov/cgi-bin/wa?A0=ECY-WQ-GRANTS-LOAN.