New Mexico Environment Department: Watershed-Based Planning Projects
The New Mexico Environmental Department is seeking to develop planning projects within the watersheds of specified priority stream reaches to meet the requirements of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “Nonpoint Source Program and Grants Guidelines for States and Territories.” Watershed-based planning projects must focus on development of Watershed Based Plans (WBPs) that characterize watersheds and identify causes and sources of water quality impairments; set goals and identify solutions that include management measures to address the impairments; outline implementation and monitoring programs; and provide estimates of expected reductions in pollutant loading following implementation. Projects may revise or supplement existing WBPs.
Projects must focus on the impaired stream reaches and associated impairments, but may also include watershed planning elements, including activities related to protecting water quality, for other streams within the watershed covered by the WBP. Projects must demonstrate the likelihood of success in transitioning to implementation following completion of the WBP. Projects must be completed using a collaborative process involving a local stakeholder driven workgroup, coordinated by a facilitator, planner, or team with expertise in natural resources management.
Amount: $200,000 in federal funds is available. Federal funds will fund up to 60% of project costs. A minimum of 40% of project costs, which may include the value of in-kind labor and services, must be paid through non-federal sources. The project period is four years.
Eligibility: Those eligible for funding include: citizen watershed groups, non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, individuals, and federal, state and local agencies (including those of Indian Nations, Pueblos, and Tribes).
Only those waters having completed Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), and a limited category of waters which are thought to be impaired by reduced flow, and an even more limited category of waters in Category 4B, are eligible. Several streams in the Sacramento Mountains have been identified as geographic priorities (see solicitation for details).
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