Water Pollution Control State, Interstate, and Tribal Program Support

To assist States (including territories, the District of Columbia, and Indian Tribes qualified under CWA Section 518(e)), and interstate agencies in establishing and maintaining adequate measures for prevention and control of surface and ground water pollution from both point and nonpoint sources.

Funding
Priority - Fiscal Year 2008: States and Tribes will continue to focus on fulfilling their basic responsibilities under the CWA and, based upon a shared understanding with EPA of the environmental progress expected, will identify program activities that will best support attaining targeted environmental improvements.

State priority efforts will include: (1) adoption of new comprehensive monitoring strategies and the development of statistically-valid monitoring networks to target activities and determine water quality status and trends; (2) support of cost-effective water quality management decisions (including total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) and watershed plans designed to meet water quality standards); and (3) implementing concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOS) and storm water permitting programs.

States and Tribes will work toward adoption of nutrient criteria for fresh waters, adoption of the 1986 bacteria criteria, and adoption of fish tissue criteria for mercury in their water quality standards.

States will support EPA in implementing the "Permitting for Environmental Results Strategy (PERS)," including: (1) developing and strengthening systems to ensure the integrity of the program; (2) achieving and measuring environmental results; and (3) incorporating efficiencies in permitting program operations.

States will also conduct source water protection actions to protect both ground water and surface waters used for drinking water.

Tribes will continue to conduct watershed assessments and will maintain and improve their capacity to implement water quality programs through monitoring, assessments, planning, and standards development.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2009: States and Tribes will continue to focus on fulfilling their basic responsibilities under the CWA and, based upon a shared understanding with EPA of the environmental progress expected, will identify program activities that will best support attaining targeted environmental improvements.

State priority efforts will include: (1) adoption of new comprehensive monitoring strategies and the development of statistically-valid monitoring networks to target activities and determine water quality status and trends; (2) support of cost-effective water quality management decisions (including total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) and watershed plans designed to meet water quality standards); and (3) implementing concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOS) and storm water permitting programs.

States and Tribes will work toward adoption of nutrient criteria for fresh waters, adoption of the 1986 bacteria criteria, and adoption of fish tissue criteria for mercury in their water quality standards.

States will support EPA in implementing the "Permitting for Environmental Results Strategy (PERS)," including: (1) developing and strengthening systems to ensure the integrity of the program; (2) achieving and measuring environmental results; and (3) incorporating efficiencies in permitting program operations.

States will also conduct source water protection actions to protect both ground water and surface waters used for drinking water.

Tribes will continue to conduct watershed assessments and will maintain and improve their capacity to implement water quality programs through monitoring, assessments, planning, and standards development.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Grants are made to States, interstate agencies, and tribes qualified under CWA Section 518(e), for the administration of State and tribal programs for the prevention, reduction, and control of water pollution.

Activities funded include administration of State and tribal water quality planning programs; water quality standards programs; water quality monitoring and assessments; National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) permitting programs; compliance and enforcement programs, and ground water protection programs.

More specifically, adoption and implementation of new comprehensive monitoring strategies, as stated in the March 2003 Elements of a State Water Monitoring and Assessment Guidance, and the development of statistically valid monitoring networks to help target activities and determine water quality status and trends; enhancement of the quality and timeliness of state/tribal water quality standards triennial reviews so that standards are based on sound science and EPA guidance; adoption of nutrient criteria for fresh waters, adoption of the 1986 bacteria criteria, and adoption of fish tissue criteria for mercury into state water quality standards; effective management of the permit program through State participation in implementing EPA's "Permitting for Environmental Results Strategy (PERS)," focusing on (1) developing and strengthening systems to ensure the integrity of the program; (2) achieving and measuring environmental results; and (3) incorporating efficiencies in permitting program operations; implementation of program enhancements identified in the FY 2004 comprehensive assessment of NPDES program integrity; and State storm water and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) permitting programs, wet weather issues and combined sewer overflows (CSOs).