DPNR Is Accepting Proposals for Non-Point Source Pollution

The Division of Environmental Protection, pursuant to the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA), is accepting proposals for projects that seek to address non-point source (NPS) pollution in the territory. Projects may fall into two categories: management practices, education or outreach to critical audiences, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR).

Examples of management practices include, but are not limited to, the following:

1) Implementation of watershed management plans, ordinances and farm management plans, etc.

2) Reducing or eliminating the introduction of pollutants to lands through reduced nutrient and pesticide application

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3) Implementing soil erosion measures to prevent pollutants from leaving the site during land-disturbance activities (note: activities required by the Department or a Soil Conservation District through regulatory programs are not eligible for funding)

Examples of Education and Outreach to Critical Audiences include, but are not limited to, the following:

1) Demonstration and evaluation of innovative Best Management Practices (BMP’s) for activities such as agriculture, storm-water, onsite wastewater systems

2) NPS Pollution awareness and educational activities including community-based educational effort (storm drain stenciling, public service announcements, etc.)

3) Smart Growth and Low Impact Development Demonstration and Education Projects

Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. (EST) by Monday, Feb. 27.

For more information on NPS Pollution Control and Implementation, contact Diana Joshua, MPA, program administrator, at 773-1082, ext. 2286 or at [email protected]

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