DEEP: Nonpoint Source Pollution Plan Update

Connecticut Nonpoint Source Management Program Plan
 
US EPA has approved CT DEEPís 2014 Nonpoint Source Management Program Plan effective September 29, 2014.
 
The plan was developed consistent with EPAís planning requirements as stated in EPAís Nonpoint Source Program and Grants Guidelines for States and Territories, issued April 12, 2013 for a state NPS plan.  The Plan is a framework for the activities for the next five years of DEEPís Nonpoint Source Program funded under EPA Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.  DEEP also submits an annual workplan and receives a grant each year from EPA.  An approved five year Program Plan is required for DEEP to be eligible for annual 319 funding.  DEEP also administers a 319 Grant Program with a limited portion of those funds dedicated to developing Watershed Based Plans, and the majority focused on implementing projects with the goal of restoring impaired waters to meet Connecticut Water Quality Standards.  The Program Plan also commits DEEP to working with stakeholders to protect threatened or high quality waters.  
 
Some changes in the rollout of the plan to the public were needed to facilitate completion of an approvable plan to meet EPA Region and Headquartersí deadlines.  Many of the aspects of the approved plan rely upon stakeholder participation with DEEPís Nonpoint Source Program activities.  It is our goal to enhance the process of stakeholder cooperation and communication loops at all times, not just during the plan development process, and many of those stakeholder participatory processes are laid out in the approved Nonpoint Source Program Plan.  DEEP will continue to be open to public comment and feedback on the activities goals and priorities of the DEEP Nonpoint Source Program.  
 
Thanks to all who participated in the October 31, 2013 Public Meeting, and also those who submitted written comments on the materials that were posted.  We look forward to working with you and the organizations that you represent to further our mutual goals.   Please feel free to send email to deep.watershed@ct.gov if you have additional questions or concerns regarding DEEP Nonpoint Source Program or aspects of the five year Program Plan.
 
 
 
 
 
Content last updated October 14, 2014