DEEP: Upcoming Watershed Events and Grant Deadlines

Upcoming Watershed Events and Grant Deadlines
The following might be of interest to Connecticut Watershed Stakeholders:
Connecticut DEEP has announced the next round of competitive grant funding to assist municipalities, land conservation organizations and water companies with the purchase and preservation of open space lands, urban green space and community gardens through the state of Connecticut's Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Program (OSWA).  Application deadline: February 2, 2016.
Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program 2016 Request for Proposals
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is pleased to solicit applications for the 2016 The Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. Projects include a variety of ecological improvements including: wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation; community tree canopy enhancement; and/or water quality monitoring and stormwater management; along with targeted community outreach, education and stewardship.
Full Proposal Due Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2016 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time
DEEP issues a Request for Proposals annually for 319 Nonpoint Source Projects.  Proposals for the 2016 319 grant round must be submitted by February 29, 2016.  
EPA Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program for protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds.  Eligible activities include:
Projects identified in watershed protection or conservation plans;  Building sustainable organizational support and funding commitments to implement large-scale protection of healthy watersheds;  and supporting innovative or catalytic projects for watershed protection.
Proposals are due to the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc. by  March 14, 2016
CT Greenways Council Accepting Nominations for Greenways
Connecticutís Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Greenways Council today announced that they are now soliciting nominations for official State greenway designations.  The deadline for submission of nominations is April 29, 2016.
27th Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference for the New England states and New York will be held on April 20-21, 2016 at the Hilton in Hartford, Connecticut.  Please save the date on your calendar and stay tuned for early bird registration next year.
This conference, coordinated by New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) in partnership with its member states and EPA, has become the premier forum for sharing information about nonpoint source pollution (NPS) issues and projects in this region.  The 2016 conference sessions will reflect the theme:  Doing More with Less: Tools for More Effective NPS Management. 
US EPA has approved CT DEEPís 2014 Nonpoint Source Management Program Plan effective September 29, 2014.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection uses the Department's web site to provide information about topics pertaining to water quality based programs within Connecticut.  These  updates may include information on the Water Quality Standards, TMDLs, Monitoring and Assessment, Watershed Management, Non-Point Source and 319 Programs, Aquifer Protection and other water quality programs or projects. If you would like to receive notice of water quality program updates by e-mail, please subscribe to the WQPlanning listserv.

Content last updated on February 2, 2015