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Grants available to help local communities deal with polluted urban and agricultural runoff

MADISON – Local governments have until April 15 to apply for
cost sharing grants to help meet state and federal requirements to
control polluted runoff from agricultural and urban areas. The
Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for 2010
grant funding in both the Targeted Runoff Management (TRM) and
Urban Nonpoint Source and Stormwater Management programs.

“DNR is pleased to again help local governments control polluted
runoff, Wisconsin’s number one source of water pollution,” said
Matt Frank, DNR Secretary. “Water from storms or snow melt washes
across streets, parking lots, farm fields, barnyards, and
construction sites, and carries sediment, fertilizer, manure, toxic
pollutants, and pathogens into lakes, rivers, or groundwater.”

Polluted runoff, also known as “nonpoint source pollution,” can
hurt drinking water quality, destroy fish habitat, kill fish, clog
harbors and streams with sediment, and harm boating, fishing,
swimming and other water recreation.

Targeted Runoff Management (TRM) grants are provided to control
runoff pollution from both urban and agricultural sites of high
priority where significant natural resources are at risk. Examples
of eligible projects include barnyard and feedlot protection
practices, detention ponds, livestock waste management practices,
and stream bank restoration and wetland construction projects.

Urban Nonpoint Source and Storm Water Management (UNPS; SW)
grants are used to control polluted runoff specifically in urban
areas. Two types of grants are available: planning or construction.
Examples of eligible planning projects include community stormwater
planning efforts, preparation of local ordinances that impact
stormwater, evaluation of local stormwater financing options
(including stormwater utilities), detection and elimination of
illicit stormwater discharges, and public participation, education,
and outreach activities. Examples of eligible construction projects
include detention basins, infiltration trenches and basins, wetland
basins, and stream bank and shoreland stabilization projects.

Since the runoff grant program began in 1999, DNR has awarded
590 grants to 202 different local governments totaling nearly $24
million for TRM grants and just over $34.5 million for UNPS and SW
grants.

While some grant awards may be reduced due to state budget
constraints, Frank says, good progress can still be made as a
result of recent increases in Governor Doyle’s most recent budget.
“This remains a priority for us. Projects will provide construction
jobs and protect clean water, which is critical to Wisconsin’s
economic future and recovery,” Frank said.

More information about Runoff Management Grants and links to
applications are available on the DNR Web site. To be considered
for funding in 2010, grant applications must be postmarked no later
than April 15, 2009. Award notices will be made in late 2009 – once
funding levels for both these programs are included in 2009-2011
Biennial Budget.

FOR MORE INFORMATION or a printed version of the 2010
applications: contact Kathleen Thompson at (608) 267-7568

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