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Funding for Nonpoint Source Related Projects

Application Period for the Agricultural Incentive Program (VIP):

July 1, 2020 through August 1, 2020

The Agricultural VIP Program has been developed to help agricultural producers improve crop yields, while improving water quality. This program will offer producers a one-time payment to develop a nutrient management plan and provide a per acre incentive payment for a three year period to implement that nutrient management plan. Applications will be accepted from July 1, 2020 through August 1, 2020. Read more

The Division of Water Quality would like to thank all those that applied for nonpoint source pollution grants this year. Due to the quantity and quality of the proposals that we received this year, it was very difficult to determine which projects should be funded in FY-2021. Please remember that the targeted basin for 2021 was the Colorado River Basin, therefore the majority of the funding was allocated to projects located within that basin.

The following spreadsheet shows which projects were selected for funding for the 2021 fiscal year. If your project was selected for funding a representative from the Division of Water Quality will be in contact with you within the next month to walk you through the contracting process.

If your application was not selected for funding, and you would like to discuss the grant selection process, or discuss why your project was not selected to be funded, please feel free to contact Jim Bowcutt (801-536-4336, and we will try to clear up any concerns that you may have.

We appreciate your interest in the State Nonpoint Source Pollution Program.

FY-2021 NPS Projects Funded

Projects Funded With State NPS Grants

Project Title Watershed Sponsor Project Type Amount Requested Funding Awarded
South East Watershed Coordinator SE Colorado South East Health Department Technical Assistance $38,500 $38,500
Voluntary Agricultural Incentive Program Statewide Utah Division of Water Quality Nutrient Management  150,000 $150,000
Onsite Waste Water Program Statewide DEQ/DWQ Onsite $50,000 $45,894
Upper Sevier NWQI Match Upper Sevier Upper Sevier Conservation District Stream Restoration $175,000 $150,000
BLM Mill Creek Restoration SE Colorado Grand Conservation District Watershed Restoration $33,075 $33,075
Rose and Yellow Fork Creeks Jordan River Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Stream Restoration $7,300 $7,300
Bench Riparian Project Phase 2 San Pitch San Pete Conservation District Stream Restoration $5,500 $5,500
West Mountain Water Project San Pitch San Pete Conservation District Irrigation $18,000 $18,000
Wallsburg Restoration Provo River Wasatch Conservation District Stream Restoration $60,000 $60,000
Otter Creek Riparian and Water Quality Restoration Project Phase 1a Upper Sevier Utah State University Stream Restoration $47,240 $20,000
Wastewater Digital Database Development Phase II SE Colorado South East Health Department Onsite $19,000 $19,000
MST Monitoring Jordan River Salt Lake County Monitoring $ 3,208 $13,208
Project Repairs San Pitch San Pete Conservation District Stream Restoration $36,000 $36,000
Small Farm Water Quality Improvement Project Statewide Utah State University Small Farm $150,000 $75,000
Montezuma Creek Project Effectiveness Monitoring SE Colorado UGS Monitoring $39,598 $15,000
Duchesne River Restoration Uinta Basin Trout Unlimited Stream Restoration $20,608 $20,608
Chalk Creek Monitoring Weber River Summit Soil Conservation District Technical Assistance $15,000 $15,000
Upper Provo River Restoration Provo River Summit Conservation District Stream Restoration $6,400 $6,400
Southeast Utah Human Waste Initiative SE Colorado South East Health Department I & E $200,000 $75,000
Pot Creek Watershed Plan Uinta Basin Uintah Conservation District Watershed Planning $40,000 $40,000
Beaver River Restoration Project Beaver River Trout Unlimited Stream Restoration $22,645 $22,645
Richins Easement Weber River Summit Land Conservancy Easement $15,000 $15,000
Lower Jordan River Basin Watershed Restoration Jordan River Salt Lake County Stream Restoration $30,000 $30,000
AWWA Water Week Statewide Intermountain Section AWWA I & E $5,000 $5,000
Pelican Lake Uinta Basin DWR Stream Restoration $40,000 $40,000
Kent Baker Riparian Project Bear River Black Smith Fork CD Stream Restoration $5,500 $5,500
Producer Website Statewide Utah State University I & E $10,000 $10,000
Russon Irrigation/Soil Health Bear River Private Landowner Soil Health/Irrigation $28,370 $28,370
Total: $1,280,944 $1,000,000

Projects Funded with Section 319

Project Title Watershed Sponsor Project Type Amount Requested Funding Awarded
Local Watershed Coordinators Statewide Utah Division of Water Quality Technical Assistance $ 50,000 $450,000
Utah Water Watch Statewide Utah State University I & E $71,720 $71,720
Mud Creek Restoration Colorado Trout Unlimited River Restoration $500,000 $ 00,000
Pack Creek Restoration SE Colorado Rim to Rim Restoration Stream Restoration $129,500 $102,576
Grand County Dog Waste SE Colorado BLM Dog Waste $11,487 $11,503
Total: $1,162,707 $1,035,799

For questions please contact

  • Jim Bowcutt (NPS Program Coordinator) at (801) 536-4336

Section 319 funding is awarded each year to the State of Utah through a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency in accordance with Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. A requirement of 319 funding is that every project must adhere to a 60/40 cost share rate. This means that 60% of the total project cost can be paid using section 319 funding, and the remaining 40% will need to be paid by other non-federal funds, or as “in-kind” match. A summary of projects using 319 funds in the state can be found in the EPA Grant Recording and Tracking System.

  • GRTS Database

State Nonpoint Source Funding is provided by the Utah Water Quality Board every year from the interest on loans to communities for the maintenance and construction of sanitary sewage systems. The Water Quality Board recognizes that NPS pollution is a growing problem while point source pollution is progressively being dealt with through improved treatment. These funds are used for on-the-ground implementation, NPS studies, and information and education efforts to promote the protection and improvement of water quality.

Applications are ranked by the Water Quality Task Force made up of a team of resource professionals from federal, state and local agencies. Ranking criteria reflect the priorities of the Nonpoint Source program, including protecting public health, restoring impaired waters, and preventing surface and ground water pollution. Additional information on nonpoint source priorities can be found in UAC R317-100-4. Alpha Project Priority System.

All grants that are awarded by the Utah Division of Water Quality will require that a final report be submitted to the State Nonpoint Source Program Coordinator upon project completion. Guidance for final reporting can be found by following the link below.

Send all applications to:

Jim Bowcutt
Utah Division of Water Quality
P.O. Box 144870
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4870

Last updated: June 9, 2020 at 3:32 pm
Categories: Water Quality