Deadline: February 11, 2011
Administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Bronx River Watershed Initiative has a total of $3 million available for storm water retrofit projects, including Low Impact Development initiatives, to address the root causes of pollution from storm water outfalls and improve water quality and river ecology along the Bronx River. The funds come from a $7 million settlement resulting from violations associated with discharges of raw sewage into the Bronx River from storm sewers.
Proposed projects must have a direct relationship to reducing or eliminating the quantity or improving the quality of the polluted storm water flowing into the Bronx River. The BRWI is intended to support on-the-ground implementation of projects that are structural in nature, with results that include improving water quality by directly removing pollutants from storm water; improving water quality by filtering pollutants through media; increasing rates of storm water infiltration and slowing storm water runoff by reducing flow rates from a site and increasing time for infiltration; improving or adding retention capacity (the amount of water stored at the surface for the duration of a storm); improving or adding detention capacity (restraining the flow of water temporarily before it moves further downstream); and creating CSO abatement or storm water management programs to remove or reduce floatable debris from storm water and/or waste-streams.
Federal, state, and local government; nonprofit organizations; educational institutions; and interstate entities or regional water pollution control agencies are eligible for funding.
Grant awards will range from $50,000 to $350,000 each. Although matching funding is not required, strong preference will be given to projects approaching a 1:1 match.
Bronx River Watershed Initiative