Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act provides federal funding to address nonpoint source pollution. Projects or programs must benefit Florida’s priority watersheds (“impaired waters”), and local sponsors must provide at least a 40 percent match or in-kind contribution (with the exception that a State Revolving Fund loan, although federal, can be used as nonfederal match). Eligible activities include demonstration and evaluation of urban and agricultural stormwater best management practices, stormwater retrofits and public education.
Approximately $5 to $6 million is available each year depending on federal appropriations.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.