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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: July 16, 2010
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Jim Martin, (603) 271-3710

Grants Available for Keeping New Hampshire Waters Clean

Concord, N.H. – New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) announces it is now accepting pre-proposals for the 2011 Watershed Restoration Grants for Impaired Waters and Watershed Assistance Grants for High Quality Waters.

These grants are intended for cleaning polluted waters and protecting waters that are still clean but threatened by potential pollutants. The Restoration Grants are available to help restore polluted water bodies (impaired waters) with water quality problems caused by pollution related to land use. The Assistance Grants are available to protect clean waterbodies (high quality waters) which exceed water quality standards, but where action is needed to prevent significant water quality degradation.

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 streambanks that are contributing sediment to a lake or river, to dam removals. Projects must include the creation of a watershed-based plan or be based on an existing plan that meets federal criteria.

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 3, 2010.

Applicants must submit a pre-proposal to be considered for funding. DES will then meet with selected applicants to explore each project’s potential prior to selecting those which will be awarded funding in 2011.

Funds for Watershed Assistance Grants are appropriated through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. Approximately $700,000 will be available for grants this year. DES awards and administers the grants to local New Hampshire organizations.

For more information or the pre-application form visit the DES website at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/was/categories/grants.htm#warg or contact Jeff Marcoux, (603)271-8862 jeffrey.marcoux@des.nh.gov .

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