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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: June 10, 2011
CONTACT: Barbara McMillan, 603-271-7889

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 2012 Watershed Restoration Grants for Impaired Waters and Watershed Assistance Grants for High Quality Waters. The deadline for pre-proposals is July 29, 2011
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) whichexceed water quality standards, but where action is needed to prevent a significant decline in water quality.

These grants are offered to municipalities, non-profit organizations, state agencies, regional planning commissions, and county conservation districts. Funds can be used to develop and implement watershed plans that address specific pollution problems. Solutions can include a wide range of activities such as installing rain gardens, green roofs, and porous pavement, stabilizing streambanks, and implementing stormwater utilities.

Applicants must submit a pre-proposal to be considered for funding. The pre-proposals will be used to select projects for further discussion and possible funding.

Funds for Watershed Assistance Grants are appropriated through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. Approximately $450,000 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://tinyurl.com/DESGrants or contact Jeff Marcoux (603)271-8862 jeffrey.marcoux@des.nh.gov.

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