The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under its Columbia River Basin Restoration Program, is issuing two Request for Applications from eligible entities to improve water quality in the Lower Columbia River Estuary and/or the Middle and Upper Columbia River Basin through specific actions to reduce toxics, increase toxics monitoring, and/or increase public education and outreach on pollution prevention to reduce toxics.
The Columbia River Basin Restoration Program “will assist tribal, state, and local governments; nongovernmental entities, and others as they implement the Columbia River Basin Toxics Reduction Action Plan and the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan and conduct activities to support EPA national goals for the Columbia River Basin,” says the notice.
Eligible projects must address at least one of the following project categories: eliminating or reducing pollution; cleaning up contaminated sites; improving water quality; monitoring to evaluate trends; reducing runoff; protecting habitat; or promoting citizen engagement or knowledge. Priority for funding will be given to projects which are consistent with federal fiscal years 2021 and 2022 (FY21/22) funding priorities as described in the RFA.
EPA is offering an informational webinar on Dec 14, 2021.
“We encourage potential applicants to attend one of the sessions to learn more about the Columbia River Basin Restoration Program and the grant application process. During the webinar, EPA will highlight any changes to the program, review eligibility criteria, funding limits and mandatory cost share requirements. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. Pre-registration is not required.”
•Tuesday, December 14, 9:30-11am (Pacific) (link will be provided, please check website)
More information about this funding opportunity and the informational webinars can be found at: EPA’s Columbia River Basin Website.
Applications must be submitted electronically by Tuesday, February 8, 2022 11:59 pm (Eastern) through www.grants.gov by following the instructions in the RFA.
More information: ColumbiaRiverBasinGrant@epa.gov