The workgroup meets two to three times a year and helps members stay abreast of developments in program policies and funding regarding their efforts to target and manage different nonpoint sources. Additionally, the workgroup serves as an instrument for regional collaboration and coordination to address overlapping needs.
Federal funding of NPS projects is supported by Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, and each year, EPA issues a new version of its “319 Guidance,” which outlines what types of projects are eligible to receive funding.
In 2019, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island updated their state nonpoint source management plans. These plans are the guiding documents that outline the states’ goals and objectives for the next five years. The language in these documents allows the states to apply for funds through EPA’s section 319, Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF), and other sources.
Vermont postponed the completion of their nonpoint source management plan in order to coincide with the completion of the Lake Champlain TMDL. Vermont’s 2021-2025 Nonpoint Source Management Plan was recently completed and approved by EPA in 2020.
For more information, contact James Plummer.