Wetlands

Wetland Program Development Grants

The Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) (RFPs are typically put out in the spring time) provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct projects that promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction and elimination of water pollution. WPDGs assist state, tribal, local government (S/T/LG) agencies and interstate/intertribal entities in building programs to protect, manage and restore wetlands. States, tribes, local governments, interstate associations, and intertribal consortia are eligible to apply for the Regional WPDG Request for Proposals (RFPs). Nonprofits, interstate associations and intertribal consortia are eligible to apply for the National WPDG RFPs.

WPDGs provide applicants an opportunity to develop and refine comprehensive state/tribal/local government wetland programs. These programs are meant to:

  • build the capacity of state/tribal/local governments to increase the quantity and quality of wetlands in the U.S. by conserving and restoring wetland acreage and improving wetland condition; and
  • use one or more of the following “Core Elements” in order to achieve this goal.

Core Elements- With the work of many states and tribes, the EPA has distilled a set of core elements, actions and activities that together comprise a comprehensive wetland program. The EPA has summarized these common core elements, actions and activities in the Core Elements of an Effective State and Tribal Wetland Program Framework, also called the Core Elements Framework. The CEF describes in greater detail each of the four core elements that make up an effective state/tribal wetland program. These four core elements are:

  1. monitoring and assessment;
  2. voluntary restoration and protection;
  3. regulatory approaches including CWA 401 certification; and
  4. wetland-specific water quality standards.

Previous Wetland Program Development Grants

The Wetland Grants Database contains further information on Wetland Program Development Grants that were awarded in past years. The Wetland Grant Database (WGD) houses grant data for Wetland Program Development Grants, a three-year demonstration pilot program (the "Pilot Grants"), grant Case Study narratives and Model Products created by the grant program.

Applicants for Wetland Program Development Grants should examine the case studies and previous awards found in the Wetlands Grant Database and consider whether there is any information from any grants similar to their current proposals that the applicant can benefit from (such as project design, deliverables, etc.).

 This document highlights successful use of WPDGs in building one or more elements of a wetlands protection program and serves as an example to others who are striving to develop comprehensive programs.

Regional and Headquarters Grant Coordinators

Region 1 (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)

Kristen Conroy
US EPA Region 1
1 Congress Street, MC CSP, Suite 100
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-918-1069
E-mail: Kristen Conroy (conroy.kristen@epa.gov)
2015-16 WPDG Request for Proposal — Application Period Closed.

Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, VI)

Kathleen Drake
US EPA Region 2
290 Broadway
NY, NY 10007
Phone: 212-637-3817
E-mail: Kathleen Drake (drake.kathleen@epa.gov)
2015-16 WPDG Request for Proposal — Application Period Closed.

Region 3 (DE, MD, PA, VA, WV, DC)

Danielle Algazi
US EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street, MC 3EA00
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone:215-814-2722
E-mail: Danielle Algazi (algazi.danielle@epa.gov)
2016-17 WPDG Request for Proposal — Application Period Closed.

Region 4 (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)

Geryl Ricks
US EPA Region 4
61 Forsyth Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-562-9393
E-mail: Geryl Ricks (ricks.geryl@epa.gov)
2016 WPDG Request for Proposal — Application Period Closed.

Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)

Kristen Faulhaber
US EPA Region 5
77 West Jackson Blvd., MC WW16J
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-353-4378
E-mail: Kristen Faulhaber (faulhaber.kristen@epa.gov)
2016 WPDG Request for Proposal — Application Period Closed.

Region 6 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)

Sondra McDonald
US EPA Region 6
1445 Ross Avenue, MC 6WQ-AT
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 214-665-7187
E-mail: Sondra McDonald (mcdonald.sondra@epa.gov)
2015-16 WPDG Request for Proposal — Application Period Closed.

Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE)

Mandy Whitsitt
US EPA Region 7
11201 Renner Boulevard
Lenexa, KS 66219
Phone: 913-551-7311
Fax: 913-551-9311
E-mail: Mandy Whitsitt(whitsitt.mandy@epa.gov)
2016 WPDG Request for Proposal — Application Period Closed.

Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)

Cynthia Gonzales
US EPA Region 8
1595 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-312-6569
E-mail: Cynthia Gonzales (gonzales.cynthia@epa.gov)
2016-17 WPDG Request for Proposal — Application Period Closed.

Region 9 (AZ, CA, HI, NV, AS, GU)

Leana Rosetti
US EPA Region 9
75 Hawthorne Street, MC WTR-3
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-972-3070
E-mail: Leana Rosetti (rosetti.leana@epa.gov)
2015-16 WPDG Request for Proposal — Application Period Closed.

Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA)

Michael Szerlog
US EPA Region 10
1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900, ETPA-202-2
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-553-0279
E-mail: Michael Szerlog (szerlog.michael@epa.gov)
2015-16 WPDG Request for Proposal — Application Period Closed.

Headquarters

Myra Price
US EPA Wetlands Division
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, MC 4502T
Washington, DC 20460
Phone: 202-566-1225
E-mail: Myra Price (price.myra@epa.gov)
FY 2016 and FY 2017 National Wetland Program Development Grants — Application Period Closed.