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Grant Funds Available for Watershed Projects

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Grant funds for projects that clean up polluted streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater or protect water resources are available from the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s Division of Water. The grants would provide funding for watershed restoration projects and plan development and projects reducing and preventing runoff pollution.

The Division of Water (DOW) says runoff pollution is the number one contributor to water pollution in the commonwealth, accounting for nearly two-thirds of impaired bodies of water in the state.

Federal NPS grants are funded through Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act. They can be used to pay for up to 60% of the total cost for each project with a required 40% non-federal match.

DOW gives priority to projects involving watershed plan development and implementation in impaired waters and Special Use Waters facing threats. Proposals must be submitted by April 22. 

More on how to apply

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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