LCBP Seeks Proposals for Projects to Reduce Pollution
The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) seeks proposals for projects that will reduce pollution from stormwater runoff in the Lake Champlain watershed. The LCBP will fund projects that install large-scale best management practices (BMPs) or provide planning and prioritization for future on-the-ground stormwater treatment projects. As much as $500,000 in total is available to support projects through the Request for Proposals released this week.
Projects eligible for funds in the BMP category might include construction of innovative projects for shoreline stabilization, green infrastructure, combined sewer overflow (CSO) reduction, or the purchase of equipment to be shared among organizations. Grants of $50,000 to $125,000 will be awarded for these projects.
Eligible planning and prioritization projects might include green infrastructure planning at a municipal level, CSO reduction strategies, or watershed-scale assessments and prioritizations. These projects do not include construction. Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded in this category.
Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont said, “This important round of grants by the Lake Champlain Basin Program will help build projects to prevent pollution from reaching Lake Champlain, and fund research to inform future work on the lake. Funding work to protect Lake Champlain will always be one of my highest priorities as Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee “
Eric Howe, LCBP Program Director, said, “Many important projects that reduce water pollution come with a high price tag. These grants allow municipalities and other organizations to implement important larger-scale projects that can’t be supported with smaller funding sources.”
“NEIWPCC looks forward to continuing to support the great work being done on best management practices in the Lake Champlain region by LCBP and its partners,” said Susan Sullivan, NEIWPCC Executive Director.
The selected projects will further the goals of the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s long-term management plan Opportunities for Action. Support is provided with funds awarded to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission on behalf of the Lake Champlain Basin Program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.
Details about the Request for Proposals are available online at lcbp.org/grants or by calling the Lake Champlain Basin Program office at (802) 372-3213. The deadline for applications is October 13, 2020. Successful applicants will be notified by December 2020 for project initiation by May 2021.