FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2004) - Grants totaling $3.5 million are available for watershed restoration projects and for watershed implementation plan development as well as for other projects to help mitigate or prevent rainwater runoff pollution.
The waters of the Commonwealth become polluted when streams and rivers receive sediment, pesticides, metals and animal and human waste picked up by rainwater that runs across the land. Runoff pollution, also known as nonpoint source pollution, is the No. 1 contributor to water pollution in Kentucky, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the impaired rivers, streams and lakes in the state.
The Kentucky Division of Water administers the grants provided through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To find out how to apply for grant funds, visit the Division of Water Web site at http://www.water.ky.gov/.
A link at the top of the Web page will take you to additional information and an initial interest Web form that potential applicants must fill out and submit. This new process will allow the Division of Water to better assist those wishing to apply for funds.
The Division of Water has also prepared Guidance Document and Application Instructions, which walks potential applicants through the entire process of applying for grant funds to help mitigate or prevent nonpoint source pollution.. The document is available through a link from the Division of Water Web site.
Projects will compete for funding under the upcoming Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Pollution Implementation Grant for 2006. These funds are provided to Kentucky by the EPA. They can be used to pay for up to 60 percent of the total cost for each project. A 40 percent nonfederal match is required.