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Clean Water Initiative Program Grant Opportunities

The Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP) provides funds in the form of grants and contracts to support projects that reduce sediment and nutrient pollution, including phosphorus, from runoff and soil erosion that discharge into the state’s rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and wetlands.

Our grant programs are funded through a combination of state and federal funds. The Clean Water Fund, Capital Fund, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lake Champlain Basin Program TMDL Implementation funds support these grant opportunities.

Grant Opportunities:
Forest Land Analysis to Support Implementation of Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog Restoration Plans

DEC requesting services to conduct analyses that will build the technical framework for meeting the statutory requirements of the Clean Water Service Delivery Act of 2019 (Act 76) pertaining to forestlands. Services include:

  1. Identifying potential sources of forestland phosphorus and sediment loading in Vermont sections of Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog basins, including critical source area identification
  2. Estimating the potential phosphorus and sediment reductions associated with forestland BMP implementation

2020 Technical Assistance, Education & Outreach for Municipal Wastewater Treatment and Pretreatment Facilities

DEC is seeking proposals to develop a program to provide technical assistance, education and outreach for Municipal Wastewater Treatment and Pretreatment Facilities. Up to $110,000.00 is available to conduct this work.


Ecosystem Restoration Grants

DEC is pleased to announce the state fiscal year (SFY) 2020 Request for Proposals (RFP) for Ecosystem Restoration Grants – Round 2. The goal of the program is to support projects that reduce sediment and nutrient pollution, including phosphorus, from runoff and soil erosion that discharge into the state’s rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and wetlands. Remaining funds for the final State Fiscal Year 2020 Ecosystem Restoration Grant round must be used for natural resources restoration projects, including design and implementation of dam removal and floodplain/stream, lake shoreland, wetland, and forest restoration projects. Round 2 prioritizes funds for natural resources restoration project types not eligible for funds through Design/Implementation Block Grants (e.g., dam removal design and implementation).

See the DEC Watershed Projects Database for possible projects. Other projects not currently in the database must be added to the database prior to the application deadline. Resources needed to complete the application can be found on the Applicant & Recipient Resources webpage.


2020 Partnership Project Development Block Grant

DEC is requesting proposals to direct a program that will support the expansion of water quality projects and meeting upcoming obligations of Act 76. In total, $260,000 is available to support landowners, municipalities and other partners to implement project that will improve water quality.

  • Release Date: November 20, 2019
  • Proposals Due: Deadline extended from January 9 to January 13, 2020, 4:00 pm
  • Request for Proposals

Cost Effectiveness and Operation and Maintenance Standards of Clean Water Projects in Vermont

DEC is requesting services to support implementation of the Clean Water Service Delivery Act of 2019 (Act 76). Services include establishing:

  1. Standard costs per clean water project output to inform formula dispersal of funds based on targets and performance; and
  2. Clean water project operation and maintenance (O&M) standards to ensure investments are effective and enduring.

 2020 Woody Buffer Block Grant, Year 2

DEC is requesting proposals to direct a program that will support the implementation of high-priority, cost-effective, native riparian woody buffer plantings. In total, $175,000 is available for project implementation of the Woody Buffer Block grant. Funding for project development costs will be eligible through the Project Development and Technical Capacity Block Grant.


2020 Work Crew, Year 3

DEC is requesting proposals to direct a program that will support the implementation of clean water projects. In total, $215,000 is available to support on-the-ground implementation of high priority projects that have been identified in Tactical Basin Plans and sector-based assessments, such as stormwater master plans, road erosion inventories, or lake assessments.


Design and Construction of Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) at Public Schools in the Lake Champlain Basin in Vermont (Green Schools Initiative)

The State of Vermont is developing a new stormwater general permit that will include sites with three or more acres of impervious surfaces to reduce phosphorus and sediment discharges from developed lands. Over 80 K-12 public schools may be affected and therefore would need to start complying with the permit requirements no later than 2023. This project will issue one or more Requests for Proposals for the assessment, preliminary design, final design and construction of GSI at schools in the Lake Champlain Basin in Vermont that are ready to proceed with meeting the stormwater General Permit 3-9050 requirements.

School Stormwater Permit Early Adoption through the Green Schools Initiative
DEC is developing funding packages to support “early adopter” schools in the Lake Champlain Basin for compliance with the recently released stormwater permit. DEC is requesting information to assess schools’ interest in participating in an early adoption program and to help inform funding and project delivery details. DEC seeks to provide funding, pending availability, at no cost to the schools, on a readiness to proceed basis.


2020 River Corridor Conservation Easement, Round 2

DEC's Clean Water Initiative Program is requesting services to implement priority river corridor easements. These easements are to target critical river corridor and floodplain property to allow for the restoration of channel stability over time to reduce flood hazards, improve water quality, and enhance riparian habitats. River corridor easements ensure no new structures or development within the river corridor, support passive restoration by restricting intervention of the river adjustment processes, and provide for the development of a riparian buffer of native woody vegetation.


Floodplain Restoration and Functional Assessment

DEC is requesting services to create methodology and maps for the Lake Champlain Basin in Vermont to quantify existing and potential floodplain functions related to water quality, habitats, and flood hazard mitigation. The resulting products are expected to support Act 76 implementation by helping to identify and track priority protection and restoration projects. The results will be made available through a web application accessible to watershed organizations and other natural resources restoration partners, including future Clean Water Service Providers.

 
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