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Clean Water Act Section 106 Tribal Funding

This Announcement is Closed as of January 29, 2010.
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DESCRIPTION:
Objectives: To provide financial assistance for maintaining adequate measures for prevention and control of surface and ground water pollution from both point and nonpoint sources. Tribes can conduct watershed assessments and can maintain and improve their capacity to implement water quality programs through monitoring, assessments, planning and standards development. Additionally, Tribes can participate in program activities related to the restoration of impaired watersheds such as Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL); implementation of integrated wet weather strategies in coordination with nonpoint source programs; and development of source water protection programs.

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Uses and Restrictions: Water Pollution Control grants are intended to provide continuing support for the prevention and abatement of surface and ground water pollution from point and nonpoint sources. Types of water quality management program activities funded include water quality planning and standards development; monitoring and assessments; inspections and enforcement; permitting; training; advice and assistance to local agencies; and public information. Funds cannot be used for the construction, operation, or maintenance of wastewater treatment plants or drinking water systems, including the required water quality monitoring or sampling activities for facility permit compliance purposes; nor can they be used for costs financed by other federal grants.

In general, CWA Section 106 cannot fund activities outside of the reservation, unless the activity pertains to reservation water resources (for example, water quality monitoring where grant funds may be used to study water quality issues in watersheds outside the Reservation if studying the source and its impacts pertains to management of the waters within the Reservation, and this relationship is explained in the scope of work). If these funds are being used for such purposes beyond the reservation boundaries, the Tribe should obtain the necessary access agreement or permission to conduct the activity from the appropriate jurisdiction.

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AWARD, ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION & APPLICATION PROCESS
Region 10 anticipates awarding approximately $3.4 to $3.6 million to up to thirty-eight Tribal governments that are eligible for this program. EPA provides for up to 95% of the approved work plan costs for eligible Tribal governments, while there is a 5% Tribal match. The Regional Administrator may increase the maximum federal share if the Tribal government can demonstrate in writing to the satisfaction of the Regional Administrator that fulfilling the 5% match requirement would impose undue financial hardship. The financial assistance agreements in Region 10 have ranged from $50,000 to $180,000 on an annual basis. Region 10 provides annual funding “targets” for eligible Tribal governments.

NOTE: For other Tribal governments interested in becoming eligible for the CWA Section 106 “Treatment in a manner similar to a state” application process, please go to the contact information section at the end of this document.

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Performance Partnership Grants (66.605): CWA Section 106 grants are eligible for inclusion in Performance Partnership Grants (PPGs). PPGs combine funds from 2 or more environmental program grants listed in 40 CFR Part 35 into a single grant with a single budget. Currently, 32 (of 38) eligible Tribal grantees have PPGs, combining CWA Section 106 with the Indian General Assistance Program (GAP). Other program grants may also be a part of a PPG (for example, CWA 319, wetlands, pesticides, and brownfields). The intent of PPGs is to provide for greater flexibility in program areas while achieving administrative savings. PPG information can be found at 40 CFR Part 35 (January 16, 2001 Federal Register Notice), or at: http://www.epa.gov/water/ppg/ppgguide.html

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Application Dates: Work plan proposals should be postmarked or emailed to Project Officers no later than January 29, 2010. An email/attachment or electronic submittal is acceptable. EPA will review the draft proposals and work with grantees to prepare the final application packages (whether a categorical CWA 106 award or as a part of a PPG).

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Awards: EPA Region 10 will work to ensure that these grants can be awarded by September 30, 2010.

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AGENCY CONTACTS
Program work plans should be postmarked or emailed on or before January 29, 2010 to the EPA Project Officer. An electronic copy should also be sent to:

Janette Rau, Tribal 106 Coordinator
EPA Region 10, Office of Water & Watersheds
(206) 553-0483
rau.janette@epa.gov
Alan Moomaw, Tribal 106 Coordinator
EPA Washington Operations Office
(360) 753-8071
moomaw.alan@epa.gov

For general information regarding the Tribal CWA Section 106 Program, contact either Janette Rau or Alan Moomaw (see above). For questions about the CWA Section 106 grants or the application process please contact your Project Officer (listed below), Janette Rau, or Alan Moomaw.

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EPA Project Officers contact information:

NameTelephone NumberEmail
Diana Boquist(206) 553-1586boquist.diana@epa.gov
Kris Carre(503) 326-7024carre.kristine@epa.gov
Alan Moomaw(360) 753-8071moomaw.alan@epa.gov
Robin Slate(206) 553-8545slate.robin@epa.gov
Jim Zokan(208) 378-5691zokan.jim@epa.gov

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For information about the Tribal 106 Monitoring Program, contact:


Gretchen Hayslip, Monitoring Coordinator
EPA Region 10
(206) 553-1685
hayslip.gretchen@epa.gov

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For assistance with STORET/WQX, contact:

STORET Websitehttp://www.epa.gov/storet/index.html
Tribal STORET/WQX Support Line1-800-844-0638 or owsupport@rti.org
STORET Helpdesk1-800-424-9067 or storet@epa.gov
Jim Hileman, STORET Coordinator
EPA Region 10
hileman.james@epa.gov
(206) 553-1640 or (360) 297-0844

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