DNR to fund projects that protect Missouri's waters

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will fund projects designed to protect Missouri's waters from pollution caused by storm water runoff.

Pollution from storm water runoff, known as nonpoint source pollution, is a common problem nationwide, and can endanger the quality of the water supply. This type of pollution can carry contaminants from agricultural or municipal areas, like fertilizers, pesticides, construction debris, or bacteria.

The Department is now accepting applications for grants for projects that protect Missouri's waters from pollution caused by stormwater runoff. The grants can range from $5,000 to $300,000 and projects can last up to three years. Educational groups, local governments, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.

Eligible projects will use a Department of Natural Resources approved watershed plan to improve damaged waters and reduce pollutants.

Research projects are not eligible.

Funding for the grant program comes from the U.S., Environmental Protection Agency through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The application deadline in July 23, 2012. For more information visit www.dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/nps/319/nps-proj-req.htm or for information about the application or watershed plans contact Greg Anderson with the Water Protection Program at 573-751-7144.

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