Announcements

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) will be accepting grant workplans for nonpoint source pollution (NPS) management projects until the close of business, Friday, December 5, 2014.  If you are not the individual responsible for making grant requests, please provide this information to the proper individual in your organization.

Consideration will be given to project types in the following order:

  • Best Management Practices (BMPs) implementation projects within a designated priority watershed, as defined by the 2011-2016 NPS Management Plan Update with an EPA accepted 9 element watershed management plan (WMP)
  • In-stream water quality monitoring projects that support or assist the development of a 9 element watershed plan, or capture results of implementation within a NPS priority watershed
  • Outreach/education or planning projects within NPS priority watersheds that are a component of an EPA accepted 9 element WMP
  • Projects that implement BMPs to address or meet a nonpoint source Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

Research projects are not eligible for funding.

All monitoring projects must include a task to enter the data collected into STORET or WQx database.

Only complete grant workplans will be accepted.  Furthermore, all grant workplans must identify a cause(s) and source(s) of nonpoint source pollution within the respective watershed’s project area.  Load reduction modeling information should be included in the project workplan.  Please contact the NPS staff for modeling requirements and modeling assistance no later than November 7th, 2014.  Those applicants who fail to contact the NPS staff by November 7th will receive the lowest modeling assistance priority.

A Grant Workplan at a minimum will consist of the following:

  • the identified impaired waterbody or segment targeted, the Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) of the targeted watershed
  • specific NPS constituent(s) defined to be controlled, reduced or abated
  • a tracking mechanism to quantify results, specific timeline in which task or activities are to be completed
  • estimated cost per task, complete budgets, justifications and financial audit requirements
  • model, and/or methodology for estimating NPS pollution reduction, control or abatement
  • justification of a reasonable expectation that water quality will be improved

Applying for a grant does not guarantee funding of the request.

Starting September 15, 2014, the NPS staff will be available to work with and advise applicants in the preparation of their Grant Workplans.

Workplan templates are available from the NPS staff or by calling (501) 682-1611.  Electronic submittal will be accepted provided such application is submitted in MS WORD 2010 or later format.

Workplans received after the close of business on December 05, 2014 will not be accepted.

ANRC requires that section 319(h) grant recipients provide a minimum of non-federal match in the amount of 43% of the entire project costs.  In other words, for a project with a total cost of $100,000, the recipient will be required to provide $43,000 in non-federal funds or in-kind services.  The amount of federal funds available for our example grant would be $57,000.  Funds and services used as match shall not be utilized as match for any other federal grant program and shall not in any way be paid by federal funds.

Previously approved workplans, project descriptions, presentations, annual and final project reports may be reviewed at www.arkansaswater.org.  Should you have questions or need additional information contact the NPS staff.

Click here to view the NPS Priority Watershed map

NPS Staff:

Tony Ramick – Tony.ramick@arkansas.gov  - (501) 682-3914

Allen Brown – Allen.brown@arkansas.gov  - (501) 682-3902

Kevin McGaughey – Kevin.mcgaughey@arkansas.gov  - (501) 682-3908

Robbie Alberson – Robbie.alberson@arkansas.gov  - (501) 682-3917

Steve Stake – Steve.stake@arkansas.gov  - (501) 682-3956

Dusty Rains – Dusty.rainins@arkansas.gov  - (501) 682-3916