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Information on FY 2004 Water Quality Cooperative Agreement Program


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FRL-7599-8 Notice of Request for Initial Proposals (PDF) (3pp, 43K) (IPs) for Projects To Be Funded From the Water Quality Cooperative Agreement Allocation (CFDA 66.463- - Water Quality Cooperative Agreements.

FY 2005 Request for Proposals (RFP) for Projects to be Funded from the Water Quality Cooperative Agreement Allocation - EPA Headquarters (PDF) (13pp, 329K)

Status of FY 2004 Water Quality Cooperative Agreements Initial Proposals as of July 9, 2004

The Agency received more than 290 responses to our December 18, 2003, Federal Register Notice.

As of July 9, 2004, the following projects have been selected for further consideration. Sponsors have been, or will be, contacted and asked to submit a full application.

Organization Title
American Samoa Development of a new environmental infrastructure financing mechanism in the Pacific Islands
American Public Works Association Fostering EMS Implementation: Training and Outreach for Local Government Leaders
Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies 2004 National Pretreatment Coordinators Workshop
Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Agencies Environmental Accomplishments of the CWSRF
Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Agencies State/USEPA Pretreatment Partnership
California Urban Water Conservation Council Calculating Utility Avoided Costs and Environmental Values of Urban Water Efficiency Programs
California Urban Water Conservation Council Developing a Framework for a National Consortium Water Efficiency
California State Water Resources Control Board Environmental Benefits Evaluation Tool
Center for Watershed Protection Techniques for Identifying/Correcting Inappropriate Discharges
City of Denton Demonstrating the impacts of oil and gas exploration on water quality and how to minimize these impacts through targeted monitoring activities and local ordinances
Conservation Technology Information Center Nonpoint Source Pollution Reduction Through Water Quality Trading - Information and Education Outreach Project
Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities National Training Workshop for Managers of State Revolving Loan Funds
Georgia Tech Economic Development Institute Development of a Software Decision Support Tool for Preparation of industrial Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWP3)
Global Environment and Technology Foundation Continuation of the National PEER Center Initiative
Illinois Natural History Survey Effects of water quality on acute and chronic toxicity of sulfate to freshwater bivalves, Ceriodaphina dubia, and Hyalella azteca
Iowa Cattleman's Association Non-Basin Technologies for Open Feedlot Runoff: Demonstration, Implementation and Modeling
Louisiana State University Treatment Beyond the Lagoons for Dairy Wastes in Louisiana
Low Impact Development Center Low Impact Development Strategies and Tools for Local Governments
Maryland Department of Agriculture CAFO Producer Outreach and Development of a System for Improved Poultry Manure Management
Midwest Biodiversity Institute Analysis of the Relationship between Water Quality and the Presence and Abundance of Freshwater Mussel Taxa
Montana State University Optimization of Construction BMP Performance in the Northern Rockies for Enhanced Storm Water Control
National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies Financing Mechanisms for Local Stormwater Management Programs
New Mexico Environment Department Integrated New Mexico Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Development
Mill Creek Restoration Project River Resource Economics: An Integrated Watershed- Approach to Implementing the NPDES Program and Creating Ecological and Community Development Benefits
Rural Communities Assistance Program Challenges for the Management of USEPA Wastewater Infrastructure Earmarks
Texas Engineering Extension Service The 22nd Annual National Operator Trainers' Conference
Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Get the Dirt Out: Georgia Construction Stormwater Project
Urban Utility Center, Polytechnic University Collaborative Sewer Infrastructure Management Systems
Water Environment Federation Municipal Wastewater Treatment Facility Protocol for Managing Wet Weather Flow
Water Environment Research Foundation Characterizing the Quality of Effluent and Other Contributory Sources During Peak Wet Weather Events
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Sixth Annual Biosolids Regulator Workshop

It is not anticipated that we will make selections beyond those shown above. It is expected that a solicitation for projects to be funded in FY 2005 will be issued during the first quarter of FY 2005.

There are a number of reasons why an initial proposal may not have been selected. Among them are:

  • The competition was very keen. There were more very good projects to select from than we had the resources to fund.
  • The IP may have addressed very real problems without addressing the criteria in the Notice; e.g., the project did not address a nationally important need, issue or interest or there was no plan to transfer results of the project to other potentially interested parties.
  • Appeared to be a construction project that was not consistent with the Notice which noted that projects should be for "research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys and studies."
  • Projects were submitted by "for profit" firms that are not eligible for these awards.

Frequently Asked Questions about the WQCA Program

Who is eligible for an award under this program?

Eligibility is established in Section 104 (b)(3) of the Clean Water Act. Eligible recipients are State water pollution control agencies, interstate agencies, other public or nonprofit private agencies, institutions, organizations, and individuals. For profit companies are not eligible for these agreements.

out of date The FY 2003 Federal Register Notice is also available through a hyperlink.

How many IPs were submitted in FY 2003 and how many were asked to submit a full application?

More than 430 IPs were selected and the sponsors of approximately 30 of the IPs were asked to submit full applications.

What were some of the reasons that projects were not selected?

The IP may have addressed very real problems without addressing the criteria in the Notice; e.g., the project did not address a nationally important need, issue or interest or there was no plan to transfer results of the project to other potentially interested parties.

The project appeared to be a construction project that was not consistent with the Notice which noted that projects should be for "research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys and studies".

Projects were submitted by "for profit" firms that are not eligible for these awards.

Can I submit more than one proposal?

Yes, more than one proposal may be submitted for consideration. Multiple submissions does not increase the odds of selection.

Can the project be for more than one year? How would a multi-year project be funded?

Projects can be for more than one year but rarely more than three. Multi-year projects are most likely to be funded on an incremental basis, subject to availability of funds and continued progress of the project.

 

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