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Handbook for Developing and Managing Tribal Nonpoint Source Pollution Programs Under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act

This handbook explains the role of both EPA and the tribes in working together to help solve water quality problems caused by nonpoint source pollution. All aspects of the grants-funding process are broken down for you in simple steps, showing you how tribes can use section 319 program funds to implement programs and projects to reduce pollution and restore water quality. At the same time, it takes you to the next level by providing a great deal of useful technical information regarding nonpoint source pollution, how you can develop and assess available data to develop a plan of action, and what management practices and activities are needed to solve the problem.

The handbook is meant to be a practical and accessible guide for tribes to answer key questions such as:

  • How do I develop a nonpoint source assessment report and management program that meet 319 program eligibility requirements and set the stage for effective program implementation?
  • What sorts of activities are eligible for funding under CWA section 319?
  • How do I develop and successfully implement a watershed project that will help restore the quality of our water for drinking, fishing, and other uses?
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  • Handbook for Developing and Managing Tribal Nonpoint Source Pollution Programs (PDF)(182 pp, 9 MB, February 2010)
    This updated handbook provides guidance and practical templates for tribes interested in obtaining federal funds to manage nonpoint source pollution under section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act. It describes the 319 (h) grant process, and how to develop a nonpoint source assessment report and management program. This version includes new tribal examples, and a section focused on the watershed-based planning approach. The final section includes resources for tribes related to program goals.