Concord, NH – New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) is pleased to announce it is now accepting pre-proposals for the 2007 Watershed Assistance and Watershed Restoration Grants. These grants are available to solve water quality problems caused by pollution related to land use and to help restore polluted water bodies. Funds can be used for a wide range of activities from establishing an advisory committee, creating a watershed management plan, designing and implementing a stream or river restoration plan, stabilizing roadways that are contributing sediment to a lake or river, to dam removals. These grants are offered to municipalities, non-profit organizations, state agencies, regional planning commissions, and county conservation districts. The deadline for pre-proposals is September 15, 2006.
Applicants must submit a pre-proposal to be considered for funding. DES staff will select from the pre-proposals those projects which warrant further consideration. DES will then meet with these applicants to explore each project’s potential prior to selecting those which will be awarded funding in 2007.
New this year, DES is seeking comprehensive watershed based projects with requested grant amounts which exceed $45,000 and match amount exceeding $30,000 for a total project cost of $75,000 or more.
Funds for Watershed Assistance Grants are made available through the US Environmental Protection Agency under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. DES awards and administers the grants to local New Hampshire organizations.
For more information contact Barbara McMillan at DES, (603) 271-7889 or visit the web site for the pre-application form.