DEEP: Nonpoint Source Management

Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Management

Many activities associated with various land uses within Connecticut have the potential to contribute pollution to ground and surface water resources.  Water pollution that is not concentrated within a drainage system, or discharged from a point, such as a pipe, is called nonpoint source pollution.  Potential sources of Nonpoint Source Pollution can include agriculture, waste from domestic animals and wildlife, malfunctioning septic systems, runoff from impervious surfaces and managed turfgrass, soil erosion, atmospheric deposition, marinas and boating activity, and others.  Pollutant levels, or loadings, from nonpoint sources can be increased by weather conditions which cause stormwater runoff or snowmelt.  If pollutant concentrations from these nonpoint sources are high enough, uses of those surface or groundwaters for public water supplies, recreation, or aquatic life may become impaired

In Connecticut, stormwater pollution from urban areas that is collected in stormdrains, or that discharges from construction, commercial, or industrial sites, is regulated by stormwater general permits, so is technically considered point source pollution.  More information on Stormwater Management and Permitting

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has worked to develop programs, technologies and legislation with both local and national significance that are protective of water resources, and has led a national pilot program to monitor nonpoint source pollution at residential development sites.

A significant component of Connecticut DEEP’s Nonpoint Source Management Program consists of implementing the EPA Clean Water Section 319 Program.  DEEP issues a Request for Proposals annually for 319 Nonpoint Source Projects.
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is accepting proposals for Clean Water Section 319 matching grants focused on addressing Nonpoint Source impacts in water bodies.  Proposals may be submitted by any interested public or private organization.  Proposals submitted in response to this FY2017 Request for Proposals must be received electronically by March 3, 2017.
Additional Nonpoint Source Program Initiatives
The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Projection and Land Reuse is seeking proposals from environmental consulting firms or other qualified individuals, to conduct an assessment of onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTS), quantify of the nitrogen loading, and propose nitrogen management options for OWTS in coastal areas of CT. The consultant should be knowledgeable with the planning, management, design and implementation of OWTS in Connecticut, use of spatial land use data and analysis, and methods to quantify OWTS nitrogen loading.
Deadline for submission of Proposals is 4:00 P.M., February 21, 2017
All questions should be directed to:
Susan Peterson (RFP# DEEP–WPLR–2017LISN)
Environmental Analyst III
Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street, 2nd Floor Hartford, CT 06106-5127
GRTS: Grant Reporting and Tracking System
State grant recipients are required to report their progress annually in GRTS, including reductions of NPS pollutant loadings and improvements to water quality achieved by pollution control practices.  GRTS enables EPA and States to demonstrate the accomplishments achieved with the use of 319 grant funds.  The data entered into GRTS is used by EPA to respond to inquires received from Congressional committees, the White House, and various constituent groups.
Grant recipients should fill out the spreadsheet XLS form below, save it, and email it to your DEEP Watershed Manager
Required "load reduction" calculations should be accomplished using either the Region 5 Load Estimation Spreadsheet Model, or the more complex STEPL Model (most recent verison), which can be found at: by selecting the Models and Documentation Link on the left side menu.
EPA's GRTS Home has more information on GRTS
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is in the process of 
DEEP's Watershed Management Program is actively involved in administering nonpoint source control grants and programs.  For further information, please contact your Watershed Manager.
Content last updated January 20, 2017