Terry Husseman Account (THA) Grants – Application Announcement

Application Opens: July 15, 2016; Application Closes: August 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
 
Overview of the Terry Husseman Account (THA) Funding Opportunity
THA Grants support locally sponsored 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). Projects that restore or enhance the natural environment may be proposed to address an environmental emergency. An environmental emergency is a risk to the natural environment, as a result of a natural or man-made disaster. Projects that are of a statewide significance propose innovative approaches or technologies that could be applied in multiple watersheds throughout Washington, and result in a significant improvement to the natural environment.
 
To be considered, projects must provide primary benefits to public resources (land or water stewardship) and affiliated infrastructure.
 
Grant Award Amounts
Grant awards can be up to a maximum of $50,000. The typical grant award is less than $20,000. High priority projects with costs up to $50,000 may be placed on a ‘wait-to-fund’ list if regional sub-account balances are low and more time is needed to successfully fund the project.
 
Application deadline
All application material must be received via the online process by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 15, 2016. **
 
Application evaluation period and notice of award decision
All application material will be reviewed, evaluated, and scored by a team of Ecology evaluators. You will be notified by a Regional Fund Coordinator (RFC) of the award decision, no later than Friday, September 23, 2016. If a project is chosen to be funded, the project’s projected start date will be October 14, 2016 or thereafter.
 
Application Schedule of THA Funding Cycle for 2016
Date
Program Milestone
Friday, July 15, 2016
EAGL grant application opens
Monday, August 15, 2016
EAGL grant application closes**
Tuesday, August 16 – Friday, September 16, 2016
Evaluation period for EAGL grant applications
Friday, September 23, 2016
Notices sent to applicants
Friday, October 14, 2016
Projected start date of agreements, if chosen to be funded
Future funding cycles will be offered in the spring and fall of 2017
 
** Applications for projects to address an Environmental Emergency may be submitted at any time. An environmental emergency is a risk to the natural environment as a result of a natural or man-made disaster. The project must meet all of the application criteria. The project must meet all of the application criteria.
 
** Applications for projects that have a Statewide Significance may be submitted at any time. A project of statewide significance is one that proposes innovative approaches or technologies that could be applied in multiple watersheds throughout Washington, and would result in a significant improvement to the natural environment. The project must meet all of the application criteria.
 
Questions
For more information about this funding opportunity, please email questions to Amy Krause at: amy.krause@ecy.wa.gov.
 
Amy Krause

Ecology News: Water Quality Program State Fiscal Year 2017 Final Funding Offer List and Intended Use Plan Published

The Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) Water Quality Program is pleased to announce the publication of the State Fiscal Year 2017 (SFY17) Final Funding Offer List and Intended Use Plan (Final List). The Final List describes how Ecology intends to use state and federal dollars to fund projects focused on improving water quality across the state. The Final List s available at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/iwq/funding/Opp/WQC/CyclePages/WQC2017.html.

 This year Ecology received 155 project proposals requesting approximately $207 million in funding. To ensure that funds were directed to the highest priority projects, Ecology water quality specialists evaluated and scored all eligible project proposals. Scores were compiled, and a statewide priority list was developed. Projects offered funding are based upon the priority list, the type of project, and the funding source. After rating and ranking all eligible proposed projects, Ecology offered approximately $109 million to 54 projects. Projects offered funding include: 17 nonpoint source pollution control activity projects; 2 local onsite sewage system repair and replacement projects; 9 stormwater facility projects; 9 wastewater facility projects in hardship communities; and 17 wastewater facility projects in non-hardship communities.

 For more information about the SFY17 Funding Cycle, please visit the Water Quality Grants and Loans website at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/funding/funding.html.

Funding Work Group Meeting, November 16, 2015

SRRTTF Funding Work Group

November 16, 2015

10 am – 12 pm

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

Call In Number: 800-704-9804 Participant Code: 34863442#
  SRRTTF Funding Work Group Meeting Notes Nov 16 2015 Draft (3)

Draft Agenda

  1. Status of Urban Waters Small Grants application (Lands Council)

2. Evaluation and Recommendation for EPA Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program

  • Due Date for Applications: February 12, 2016, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time (ET)

See

3. Evaluation and Recommendation for Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program 2016

  • Full Proposal Due Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2016 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time 

See

October 21, 2015 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

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

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location:
Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District Office
22510 E. Mission Avenue Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Click here for a map

To attend the meeting by webinar (presentations only):

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To join the online meeting

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1. Go to
https://wadis.webex.com/wadis/j.php?MTID=m176b2b46eec89b9be1cc90f4cceb4ae2
2. Enter your name and email address.

3. Enter the meeting password: SRRtf102115

4. Click “Join Now”.

For Audio:
Call In Number: 800-704-9804
Participant Code: 34863442#

Please note, the conference call in number will remain open until 15 minutes until after the meeting begins. It will continue to remain open as long as there are callers on the line. If you wish to join the meeting by phone late, please notify Kara Whitman (kmwhitman@wsu.edu) ahead of time.

Meeting Documents
–  SRRTTF 10.21.15 Meeting Summary
 SRRTTF Oct. 21 2015 Agenda_draft_(revised date)
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SRRTTF_ComprehensivePlan_WorkPlan_2015_1012_draft
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SRRTTF 09-23-15 summary notes_draft
 SRRTTF UWSR data summary 
 SRRTTF Atmos.Dep. 10-21-15 (Presentation)
 SRRTTF UWSR data summary_EAP presentation
 Atmos dep in WA 8-6-15 INTERNAL Ecology memo for scoping purposes only
–  Lands Council Proposal Abstract

EPA Grant Solicitation:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals under the Urban Waters Small Grants program that will advance EPA’s water quality and environmental justice goals. Proposed projects will address urban runoff pollution through diverse partnerships that produce multiple community benefits, with emphasis on underserved communities.
Proposals must be submitted electronically via Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov) by 11:59 P.M. EST on November 20, 2015.

October 1, Funding Workgroup Meeting

The next meeting of the Funding Work Group is:
Date: Thursday October 1, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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

Call In Number: 800-704-9804 Participant Code: 34863442#

Meeting Documents:

Funding Work Group Meeting Agenda

Funding Work Group Meeting Notes

Link to the SBIR Funding program

Link to the Urban Waters Small Grants program

July 29, 2015 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

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

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

Click here for a map

Call In Number: 800-704-9804
Participant Code: 34863442#

Mark Vincent Presentation: Pigments and PCBs
To joint the presentation from your computer, tablet or smartphone, please go to
For audio, please use the dial in phone number above.

*Please note, the conference call in number will remain open until 15 minutes until after the meeting begins. It will continue to remain open as long as there are callers on the line. If you wish to join the meeting by phone late, please notify Kara Whitman (kmwhitman@wsu.edu) ahead of time.

Meeting Documents:
–  SRRTTF July 29 2015 Meeting Summary (edited 9.22.15)
 SRRTTF July 29 Agenda_revised2
  SRRTTF Mtg Summary 06-24-15 DRAFT
Technical Documents
 SRRTTF_Phase_2_Draft_Report_2015_07_22
 Edit to 2.3.2 Blank Correction 29Jul2015 (Spokane County)
 Update on Scope of 2015 Sampling
 Draft Amendment 4 Appendix B Ecology contract 07-15-15
Ecology Outreach Grant
 SRRTTF Support Letter_Draft 2015 07 21
 7.21.15 update to gross grant concept
EPA Response
  EPA plan for PCBs in response to court order
 Spokane TMDL Notice_of_Filing_EPA Response_to_Remand_filed_7.14.15
 Ecology Response to Questions from EPA email dated 7 May 2015
PCB Purchasing Policies
  EPP Policy ADMIN 5600-14-07_City of Spokane
  ORD C35099 – 06-02-2014 – SMC_City of Spokane PCB purchasing ordinance
  Spokane County PCB Purchasing Resolution

July 15, 2015 SRRTTF Education and Outreach Meeting

Date: July 15 , 2015
Time:1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Spokane City Hall
808 W Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99201 (MAP)
Room 2A (second floor), check in at Security Desk.

Call In Number: 800-704-9804 Participant Code: 34863442#

Meeting Documents:
 SRRTTF Education and Outreach meeting 7.15.15 summary
 SRRTTF Education and Outreach Work Group_summary notes 7_8_15 CONFERENCE CALL
–  first draft GROSS grant info
  July 15 GROSS grant concept Final Draft

 

$229 million proposed for clean water projects across Washington: Opportunity to Comment

OLYMPIA – Grants and loans valued at approximately $229 million are proposed for 165 clean water projects across Washington. The money would go to communities all over the state to help fund much-needed infrastructure projects and help protect water and the environment.
“We’re partnering with local communities across Washington to help fund improvements,” said Heather Bartlett, manager of the Department of Ecology’s Water Quality Program. “It’s an opportunity to financially support communities that might not otherwise be able to afford these projects, and create jobs at the same time. Plus, we are fixing stormwater pollution problems that threaten our waters.”

State financial managers calculate that 11 jobs in Washington are created for every $1 million spent on infrastructure projects. Using this calculation, the funding will support more than 2,300 jobs, with one-third of them as construction jobs.

Highlights of the funding include approximately $145 million to 21 wastewater treatment facility projects. Six of these projects are in communities that qualify for financial hardship status. They will receive grants, forgivable principal loans (loans that do not need to be paid back), and loans with interest rates as low as zero percent. The communities are:

  • Skokomish Indian Tribe
  • Chehalis
  • Winlock
  • Sacheen Lake Water and Sewer District (Pend Oreille County)
  • Kitsap County
  • Oak Harbor

Approximately 110 of the projects would reduce stormwater pollution coming from existing development across Washington. Ecology proposes to share $63.2 million in grants from the Stormwater Financial Assistance Program. A few of the highest-priority stormwater projects include:

$1.5 million to Spokane to install pavement that allows water to soak into the ground, bio-retention swales, and drywells to protect the Spokane River.

  • $466,000 to Walla Walla to install bio-retention basins and remove hard pavement to protect Mill Creek.
  • $461,250 to Port Angeles to add pavement that allows water to soak into the ground to two alleys to reduce pressure on an existing stormwater system, help reduce polluted stormwater runoff that gets into Port Angeles Harbor, and reduce stormwater flow into the sewer system.
  • $533,000 to Fife to install low-impact development stormwater treatment technologies to protect the Fife Ditch and Hylebos Waterway.

Thirty-one projects would receive $8 million to address land-use-caused pollution, including:

  • Nearly $36,000 to the Capitol Land Trust to protect Mima Creek from agricultural activities.
  • $261,000 to improve the health of Frazer Creek in Okanogan County, which was harmed by the Carlton Complex wildfires.
  • $208,000 to The Lands Council for education and outreach with landowners, developers and students to improve water quality in Hangman Creek near Spokane.
  • $105,000 for Snohomish Conservation District to re-forest two streams and a wetland in the French Creek watershed to make the water colder.

Ecology invites public comments on the proposed funding list through 5 p.m. March 15. It will hold a public meeting at 1 p.m., March 4, 2015, at the Pierce County Library, PAC – Processing and Administrative Center, 3005 112th Street East, Tacoma, WA, 98446. Visit our website or contact daniel.thompson@ecy.wa.gov if you have comments.

Project descriptions and proposed funding amounts can be found online, as well as descriptions of where the money comes from.  The funding is contingent on a final state budget. Spending could begin as early as July 1, 2015.

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October 22, 2014 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting Announcement

Date: October 22, 2014 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location:
Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District Office
22510 E. Mission Avenue Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Click here for a map

Call In Number: 800-704-9804 Participant Code: 34863442#

Meeting Documents
– SRRTTF 10 22 14 Meeting Summary FINAL
 SRRTTF October 22 2014 Agenda_revised2
  SRRTTF 09-24-14 Summary_for approval 10-22-14

Outreach Documents:
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SRRTTF Funding Fact Sheet 02-27-13 (Approved)
–  SRRTTF_KeyMessages_v3

Toxics Workshop Documents (2015 Spokane River Toxics Workshop)
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2015-Workshop-Purpose-Statement
 Jan 2015 SRRTTF Workshop agenda_draft
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Workshop-Planning-Document-Analytical-Session
  Workshop-Planning-Document-Mass-Balance-and-Statistics
  Workshop-Planning-Document-Sampling-Session
 Workshop-Planning-Document-Where-to-Session

Presentations
– PCB related cleanup at Trentwood_Kaiser Presentation

EPA Grant Opportunity

Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant RFP

EPA is soliciting proposals for the management of the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant. The purpose of the grant is to accelerate and expand the strategic protection of healthy freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds across the country. EPA expects to issue a cooperative agreement to fund a single grantee to manage the Healthy Watersheds Consortium grant program and issue subawards on a competitive basis. Eligible applicants for this RFP are non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, interstate agencies, and inter-tribal consortia which are capable of undertaking activities that advance healthy watershed programs on a national basis. Eligible entities for the subawards include public and private nonprofit institutions / organizations, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, states, local governments, U.S. territories or possessions, and interstate agencies. Anticipated federal funding under the competition is approximately $3.75 million over six years. Proposals are due January 5, 2015

For more information go to http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/watershed/consortiumgrant.cfm