According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), polluted runoff, or nonpoint source pollution (NPS), is the number one contributor to water pollution nationwide. Nonpoint source pollution results from rainwater runoff that finds its way into surface or groundwater. As it travels across surfaces, this runoff can pick up sediment, nutrients, bacteria, and toxins, which then have an adverse impact on the state's water resources.
South Carolina receives an annual grant allocation from EPA to implement NPS abatement strategies as described in the state's NPS Management Program (PDF-1.3M). A portion of these funds are passed on through a competitive grant process to stakeholder groups, government entities, or other agencies interested in conducting projects that reduce or prevent NPS water pollution through the implementation of an approved TMDL. These funds are known as Section 319 grants and they pay up to 60% of eligible project costs, with the applicant providing a 40% non-federal match (PDF-232K).
Grant proposals for NPS projects are solicited periodically throughout the year. Guidance on the application process and information on TMDL projects available for funding will be made available at that time. If you wish to receive e-mail notification of NPS grant information, please send us your e-mail address.
If you would like more information on the Section 319 NPS grant program, please contact Shakhlan Garane or visit the links listed below.
Implementation Appendix (PDF-5.3MB) - A manual of conservation practices to reduce pollutant loads generated from nonpoint sources (available courtesy of Natural Channel Design, Inc. and Tetra Tech, Inc.).
The following websites contain information about nonpoint source pollution: