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Enviro-Mich message from "Robert Sweet" <sweetr@michigan.gov>

Michigan’s Nonpoint Source Program Fiscal Year 2009 Request for

The fiscal year 2009 (FY09) Nonpoint Source (NPS) Grant Program Request
for Proposals (RFP) will include up to $5 million in state Clean
Michigan Initiative (CMI) and federal Clean Water Act Section 319
funding for NPS projects.  Please carefully read the following for
descriptions of changes to previous years’ processes and criteria.  

For the FY09 RFP, all interested applicants will be required to submit
a Notice of Intent (NOI) on a form and in a format prescribed by the NPS
Grant Program on-line.  This NOI will summarize the intent of the
project proposal and include enough relevant information for the NPS
staff to determine whether the project is eligible for consideration. 
If the concept presented in the NOI is not eligible, the NPS Grant
Program Manager will contact the applicant that their application is not
eligible, and a full proposal will not be accepted.  If the concept
presented in the NOI is eligible, NPS staff will be available to assist
in developing a full proposal.  This will reduce the number of full
proposals that will be submitted that we would not fund and allow the
NPS staff to focus efforts on proposals that best meet our priorities.

The schedule below identifies the key steps in the NPS Grant Program
process for FY09.

●	Watershed plans must be submitted by June 25, 2008 for CMI
●	The RFP is intended to be issued on August 20, 2008.  
●	Notice of Intent letters are due September 17, 2008. 
●	Full proposals are due October 29, 2008.

Eligible applicants are limited to those nonprofits and sub-state units
of government that can supply proof of a successful audit at the time of
the application.  Nonprofit entities include entities exempt from
taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as well as
regional planning agencies, colleges, and universities.  Sub-state units
of government include county, city, township, and village entities.

Entities that cannot provide such proof will be deemed ineligible.  No
fiduciary arrangements will be allowed.  

Eligible applications are:

Watershed planning and implementation projects that are either:

●	Waterbodies listed in Appendix C of the “Water Quality and
Pollution Control in Michigan 2008 Sections 303(d), 305(b), and 314
Integrated Report” (Integrated Report)
and where the cause of the designated use not being supported is due to
nonpoint sources.
●	Waterbodies listed as priorities in the Nonpoint Source Grant
Program section of the Integrated Report (page 21).

The DEQ anticipates that the United States Environmental Protection
Agency will approve Michigan’s Integrated Report and 303(d) list early
this summer.  Minor changes may be made to the report and appendices as
part of the approval process.  These changes will be documented on the
DEQ’s Website

Implementation proposals must submit watershed plans for CMI approval
by June 25, 2008, and watershed plans must be CMI-approved by October
22, 2008.  No partial or conditional approvals will be acceptable.  All
past NPS Program approvals remain in effect.

The scale/size watershed included with the NOI must be the same as the
size in the full proposals.

Draft priorities among watershed planning projects are:

First priority:  Watershed planning projects that include waters with
approved Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)

Second priority:  Watershed planning projects requiring TMDLs in the
(Those waterbodies indicated as category 5 in the table at:

Draft priorities among watershed implementation projects are:

Primary priorities:
●	Projects that restore designated uses for waterbodies listed in
Appendix C of the Integrated Report or result in measurable improvements
in water quality in listed water bodies 
●	Projects that achieve or make substantial progress toward
achieving the NPS load reduction targets of an approved TMDL.
●	Projects based on achieving progress toward meeting the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency’s (U.S. EPA’s) strategic targets
defined in the U.S. EPA Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2006-2011,
Sub-objective 2.2.1 (http://www.epa.gov/cfo/plan/plan.htm):
     o	Projects that restore impaired water bodies that are listed in
Appendix C of the Integrated Report due to NPS causes. 
     o	Projects that remove at least one specific cause of water body
impairment from impaired water bodies that are listed in Appendix C of
the Integrated Report due to NPS causes. 
     o	Projects that improve water quality in 12-digit hydrologic unit
code (HUC) subwatersheds in Michigan.  Improved conditions mean that one
or more of the impairment causes identified in Appendix C of the
Integrated Report are removed for at least 40 percent of the impaired
waterbodies within the subwatershed.
●	Projects that will test the use of the core social indicators
for targeting and evaluating NPS information and outreach efforts using
an approach developed by the U.S. EPA Region 5 Social Indicators
●	Projects that implement long-term protection techniques to
address land use changes that are threatening or have impacted water
quality.  This includes activities such as changes to local zoning and
ordinances, conservation easements, purchase of development rights, and
similar managerial activities.

Secondary priority:

Projects that implement innovative management practices to restore or
protect water quality.  Innovative management practices include
practices that have not been previously demonstrated within the same
watershed or area of the state.  

Minimum Match Requirements:

●	Watershed planning projects:  10 percent
●	Implementation projects: 25 percent minimum, except easement
projects that will require 50 percent match.

Ineligible activities:

●	Maintenance practices (including, but not limited to, weed
harvesting, alum treatments, dredging, replacing failed on-site septic
systems, integrated crop management, and catch basin repairs).
●	Land acquisition (e.g. land purchase in fee simple).
●	Construction, operation, or maintenance of septage facilities,
sanitary sewer, or traditional storm sewer collection systems.
●	Purchasing capacity at an existing wastewater treatment plant.
●	Addressing remote (out of watershed) atmospheric inputs
(atmospheric deposition).
●	Other point-source pollution related projects (e.g. illicit
connections projects, catch basin inserts, in-stream treatment).
●	Development of geographic information systems; however, layers
may be added to existing systems if needed for the project.
●	Wetland banking or off-site wetland mitigation.
●	Dam removal or repair.
●	Projects that negatively impact any water resource.
●	CMI-NPS Pollution Control Grants only:  Information and
education, planning, and similar activities.
●	Addressing contaminated sediments.

There are numerous links included in this e-mail, referring to several,
sometimes lengthy documents.  If you have a proposal idea, please
contact any of the NPS Staff at the top of our Web page at
www.michigan.gov/deqnps.  Please look for the RFP in August 2008 on
our Web site.

Robert Sweet
Environmental Science & Services Division
Department of Environmental Quality

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