The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund provides set-aside funds for the development of watershed-based plans (WBPs) to address surface water pollutants impacting source water for drinking water systems. A watershed-based plan can enhance or augment a source water protection (SWP) plan in that it encompasses the entire watershed that impacts the supply source, as well as the delineated source water protection area. Once a watershed-based plan is in place, it becomes the guidance and framework for any water quality improvement activities in that watershed. Having a watershed-based plan in place opens up additional funding opportunities for Section 319 grants to implement nonpoint source-reduction projects identified in the watershed-based plan.
South Carolina public organizations such as state agencies, local governments, public universities, soil and water conservation districts, regional planning commissions, watershed organizations, and nonprofit organizations, are eligible to receive these grants.
Proposals for SWP funding must address and/or protect ambient surface water pollutants that can impact source water for drinking water systems. Target watersheds must be located in South Carolina and contain a public drinking water intake or source water. Such watersheds can be identified by using DHEC's Watershed Atlas. If selected, applicants are expected to develop and submit a nine-element watershed-based plan which must be reviewed and approved by DHEC before project close. Please see the following links for more information about the WBP expectations.
Selected projects will be funded 100% by monies provided to SCDHEC by USEPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund set-aside for Source Water Protection. However, additional consideration will be given to proposals which show supplementary funds leveraged for WBP development.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES:
- Approved Watershed-Based Plans
- EPA's Nine Key Elements of a Watershed-Based Plan
- STEPL and Region 5 Model