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Water Quality Management Planning

This program contains Recovery Act funding.
205j2 or 604b
Number: 66.454
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of Water

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
66.454 Water Quality Management Planning
Federal Agency (030):
Office of Water, Environmental Protection Agency
Authorization (040):
Clean Water Act, Section 205(j)&604(b), Public Law 97-117; Water Quality Act of 1987, Public Law 100-4; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5.
Objectives (050):
To assist States (including territories and the District of Columbia), Regional Public Comprehensive Planning Organizations (RPCPOs), and Interstate Organizations (IOs) in carrying out water quality management (WQM) planning. Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2013: Funds are allotted by state in accordance with Section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act. Grant funds are used to determine the nature and extent of point and non-point source water pollution and to develop water quality management plans. States are encouraged to give priority to watershed restoration planning. EPA is requesting states to emphasize a watershed approach in developing their state workplans. This will complement the Agency's overall watershed effort as stated in the Agency's Strategic Plan.
Types of Assistance (060):
FORMULA GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Section 604(b) funds are awarded under Section 205(j)(2) to State water quality management agencies to carry out WQM planning. Pursuant to Section 205(j)(3) of the CWA, as amended, States are required to allocate at least 40 percent of funds awarded under 205(j)(2) to eligible RPCPOs and IOs. EPA may approve a State's request to pass through less than 40 percent if, after consultation with its RPCPOs and IOs, the Governor determines that pass through of at least 40 percent will not: (1) result in significant participation by RPCPOs and IOs in WQM planning; and (2) significantly assist in development and implementation of the state's WQM plan. Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information. Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: http://geodata.epa.gov. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
State Water Quality Management Agencies.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
State Water Quality Management Agencies.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Compliance with 40 CFR 31. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
The standard application forms, as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102, must be used for this program. Neither environmental impact statements nor environmental impact assessments are required for activities funded under Section 205(j) and 604(b) since these funds are used for water quality planning and not implementation. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The grant application must be submitted to the appropriate EPA Regional Administrator's Office. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The standard application forms, as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102, must be used for this program. EPA requires final applications to be made on Standard Form 424. Requests for application kits must be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Mailcode (3903R), Washington, DC 20460 or through the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Applicants may be able to use http://www.grants.gov to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA. Additional information on the EPA grant package can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/ogd/grants/how_to_apply.htm.
Award Procedure (093):
Grant applications are reviewed by the appropriate EPA Regional Office and, if approved, the funds are awarded by the Regional Administrator.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Approximately 45 days.
Appeals (096):
Disputes will be resolved under 40 CFR 30.63 or 40 CFR 31.70, as applicable.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory Formula: Title Clean Water Act. Each fiscal year, the Administrator shall reserve under Section 604(b) of the CWA for each State an amount not to exceed one percent of the amount allotted and available for obligation for Clean Water State Revolving Fund or $100,000, whichever is greater, for the purposes of making grants to the States to carry out water quality management planning. Under Section 205(j)(3), at least 40 percent of a State's annual award under 205(j)(2) must be allocated to eligible RPCPOs and IOs, unless EPA approves a lesser amount.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
As determined in accordance with Section 604(c)(1) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Sums allotted to a State under this section for a fiscal year shall be available for EPA's obligation to the State during the fiscal year for which sums are authorized and during the following fiscal year. Recovery Act funds were available for EPA's obligation to the State until September 30, 2010. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The method of fund disbursement will be determined at the time of award.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
EPA includes reporting requirements for grants and cooperative agreements in the terms and conditions of the agreements. Specific reporting requirements are also identified in the Grant Regulations at 40 CFR Part 30 and 40 CFR Part 31, as applicable. For Recovery Act funds, funding reports must be submitted in a prescribed format within 10 calendar days after the end of each calendar quarter, beginning October 10, 2009. These reports include data elements as prescribed by Public Law 111-5, Section 1512 and OMB Guidance. Program reports are required under this program. Cash reports are required under this program. Progress reports are required under this program. Expenditure reports are required under this program. Performance monitoring is required under this program.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.
Records (113):
Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records kept for 3 years from date of submission of the annual financial status report. If questions remain, records retained until matter is completely resolved.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Formula Grants) FY 12 $15,419,000; FY 13 est $14,131,000; and FY 14 est $11,718,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Range: $100,000 to $2,200,000/fiscal year; Average: $369,321/fiscal year. Recovery Act funds - Range: $100,000 to $4,369,100/fiscal year; Average: $708,786/fiscal year.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
EPA General Grant Regulations and Procedures, 40 CFR Part 31 and 40 CFR Part 35, Subpart A.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. Contact appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office (152):
Meghan Klasic Assessment and Watershed Protection Division (4503T)
Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds
Office of Water, USEPA
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: klasic.meghan@epa.gov Phone: (202) 564-8221 Fax: (202) 566-1331
Website Address (153):
http://water.epa.gov/aboutow/owow/funding.cfm
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Funds are awarded to state agencies in accordance with Sections 205(j) and 303(e) of the Clean Water Act, 40 CFR 130.5-6, and EPA program guidance.