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NJDEP Makes $6 Million in Grants Available for Harmful Algal Bloom Management

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The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking applications for $6 million in grants for projects related to lakes and harmful algal bloom (HAB) management, including treatment and prevention demonstration projects as well as water quality restoration through prevention and mitigation of nonpoint source pollution (NPS). This is being done via two (2) Request for Proposals (RFP).

RFP #1

This RFP will provide $2.5 million to fund the implementation of innovative or proven methods to prevent, mitigate and/or control freshwater HABs within the State. Proposals are sought for projects designed to avoid the occurrence of HABs or reduce their intensity and duration including best management practices that reduce nutrient input; designed to minimizing HAB impacts on human and animal health, aquatic resources, and local economies when they do occur; and directly reduce or contain a HAB.

Proposal Submission Deadline - Monday January 13, 2020.

RFP #2

This RFP will provide up to $3.5 million for watershed restoration, enhancement, and protection strategies that address NPS pollution. NPS pollution carries nutrients into our waterways leading to over-enrichment and eutrophication; elevated nutrients along with other suitable environmental conditions such as elevated temperatures lead to HABs. Proposed projects would support water quality/watershed planning (including HABs/lakes), implementation of water quality improvement measures associated with approved Watershed Plans and total maximum daily loads (TMDL's), development of wastewater management plans and /or their components, implementation of green infrastructure to reduce stormwater input into combined sewer systems, and implementation of measures to provide resiliency against future storm events and sea level rise due to climate change.

Proposal Submission Deadline - Monday February 10, 2020.

Information Sessions for these proposals will be held on the following dates:

RFP #1: Friday, December 20. 2019, 9:30am-12:00pm

DEP Public Hearing Room, 401 E. State St, Trenton NJ 08625

RFP #2: Thursday, January 9, 2020, 1:00-4:00pm,

The Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Ed Center at 605 Pequest Rd, Oxford, NJ 0786


Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 1:00-4:00 pm

DEP Public Hearing Room, 401 E. State St, Trenton NJ 08625

Who should apply for these grants?

State, regional and local government agencies or units, County planning departments or boards, health departments, designated water quality management planning agencies, State universities and colleges, Interstate agencies of which New Jersey is a member, and watershed and water resource associations and other local nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply.

Additional funding available:

$10 million in additional funding is also available in principal-forgiveness (grant-like funding) combined with low interest loans through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program (administered by the DEP in partnership with New Jersey Water Infrastructure Bank under the Water Bank) for sewer and stormwater upgrades to reduce the flow of nutrients to HAB affected waterbodies.

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