Chesapeake Bay Program

 

The EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) awards annual grants to states, local governments, non-governmental organizations, interstate agencies and academic institutions to reduce and prevent pollution and to improve the living resources in the Chesapeake Bay. Grants are awarded for implementation projects, as well as for research, monitoring, environmental education, and other related activities. EPA's funding priority is to achieve the goals and objectives established in the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement through the implementation of management strategies and work plans. More detail on these can be found at http://www.chesapeakeprogress.com. Funded projects have helped support the commitments set forth in Chesapeake Executive Council agreements and amendments (The Chesapeake Bay Agreement of 1983 through the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement) and subsequent directives, adoption statements, endorsements and resolutions to expand and strengthen cooperative efforts to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay. Non-competitive and competitive assistance agreements under this program include: ? Chesapeake Bay Regulatory and Accountability (CBRAP) grants: These grants are awarded non-competitively to the signatory jurisdictions to aid in implementing and expanding their regulatory, accountability, assessment, compliance, and enforcement capabilities to meet the Water Quality Goal for the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement and the Bay TMDL. ? Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grants (CBIG): These grants are awarded non-competitively to the signatory jurisdictions for implementation of the management strategies and their two-year work plans developed for each of the applicable outcomes identified in the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. ? Monitoring Grants: These grants are awarded non-competitively to signatory jurisdictions for enhanced monitoring and assessment of nutrient and sediment loads, habitat quality, benthic community conditions, and trends of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries. ? Small Watershed Grants (SWG): These EPA grants, currently administered and leveraged by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), are awarded to local governments and non-governmental organizations working to protect and improve local waters and habitats across the Bay watershed while building citizen-based resource stewardship. ? Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants (INSR): These larger EPA grants, currently administered and leveraged by NFWF, support regional innovative solutions to reduce or eliminate nutrient and sediment pollution to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. ? Technical Assistance and General Assistance Grants: These grants are awarded competitively to nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, academic institutions and others to implement the goals of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2019: Work in this program directly supports Goal 1/Objective 1.2, Provide Clean and Safe Water in EPA's FY 2018 - 2022 Strategic Plan. Most of EPA?s direct efforts for FY 2019 will focus on implementation of the two-year workplans for the 25 management strategies developed under the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement to achieve the 31 outcomes articulated in the Agreement. Particular focus for EPA funds will be on the water quality outcomes that describe the commitment of the Agreement signatories for having practices in place to achieve 100 percent of the necessary pollutant reductions by 2025. This priority funding will continue EPA?s activities, as well as EPA?s responsibilities related to oversight of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, support for the Bay watershed jurisdictions as they develop and implement their Phase III WIPs, and support for the partnership's joint development and implementation of a Conowingo WIP and financing strategy. The EPA and its partners also will be developing or revising at least 20 new indicators to measure Bay restoration progress under the new Agreement. The EPA will continue to provide coordination to the broad range of program partnership teams and workgroups developing and implementing the management strategies. Funding Priorities - Fiscal Year 2020: Work in this program directly supports Goal 1/Objective 1.2, Provide Clean and Safe Water in EPA's FY 2018 - 2022 Strategic Plan. The FY 2020 President's Budget for the Chesapeake Bay Program is $7.3 million. EPA is requesting these funds to support the state and local collection of water quality monitoring data and coordination of science, research, and modeling. Such activities include: ? Water quality monitoring: Tidal and non-tidal monitoring and Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) monitoring ? Provide facilitation to build capacity at the state level: Coordinate modeling, decision support services, data collection, analysis, storage, and access; support information dissemination and transparency; and provide consistency and efficiency in communications and data management. The activities described above would help protect the important investment that federal, state and local governments have made in providing clean and safe water. Environmental results are measured through data collected by the states and shared with the federal government. This information also will support measuring progress toward existing Agency nutrient and sediment performance goals and measures as well as other Chesapeake Bay Agreement outcome indicators.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.466
Federal Agency/Office
Environmental Protection Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 To date in FY 2016, CBPO has issued three RFP announcements. CBPO received one proposal for one of these RFPs, and issued one award. CBPO may issue additional RFPs in FY 16, and plans to fund over 45 existing awards. FY 16 activities will include: citizens monitoring; communications, outreach, and education activities to support the staffing and operations of the Bay Program Communication Office; implementation of WIPs to reduce nutrients and sediments to improve water quality; continued technical support and outreach to address water quality restoration goals and maintain public awareness of Bay restoration; investigation of the nitrogen reduction efficiency and cost effectiveness of nitrogen reducing septic systems within the mid-Atlantic region; evaluation of the impact of phosphorus species on water quality and plant growth; NPDES data synthesis and field monitoring to better estimate loadings of toxics (metals, organics) to Chesapeake Bay through storm water; Chesapeake Bay modeling, GIS and data analyses support, water quality data analysis/integration support, nonpoint and point source data management/analysis; and development of new regulations, design of TMDL watershed implementation plans, reissuance and enforcement of permits, and technical and compliance assistance to local governments and regulated entities to meet the goals of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement To date in FY 2016, CBPO has issued three RFP announcements. CBPO received one proposal for one of these RFPs, and issued one award. CBPO may issue additional RFPs in FY 16, and plans to fund over 45 existing awards. FY 16 activities will include: citizens monitoring; communications, outreach, and education activities to support the staffing and operations of the Bay Program Communication Office; implementation of WIPs to reduce nutrients and sediments to improve water quality; continued technical support and outreach to address water quality restoration goals and maintain public awareness of Bay restoration; investigation of the nitrogen reduction efficiency and cost effectiveness of nitrogen reducing septic systems within the mid-Atlantic region; evaluation of the impact of phosphorus species on water quality and plant growth; NPDES data synthesis and field monitoring to better estimate loadings of toxics (metals, organics) to Chesapeake Bay through storm water; Chesapeake Bay modeling, GIS and data analyses support, water quality data analysis/integration support, nonpoint and point source data management/analysis; and development of new regulations, design of TMDL watershed implementation plans, reissuance and enforcement of permits, and technical and compliance assistance to local governments and regulated entities to meet the goals of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.
Fiscal Year 2017 In FY17, one RFP was issued, thirteen were proposals received, and four awards were issued. Additionally, over 45 existing assistance agreements were funded. Accomplishments include: citizens monitoring; communications, outreach and education activities to support the staffing and operations of the Bay Program; implementation of WIPs to reduce nutrients and sediments to improve water quality; continued technical support and outreach to address water quality restoration goals and maintain public awareness of Bay restoration; investigation of the nitrogen reduction efficiency and cost effectiveness of nitrogen reduction septic systems within the mid-Atlantic region; evaluation of the impact of phosphorus on water quality and plant growth; NPDES data synthesis and field monitoring to better estimate loadings of toxics (metals, organics) to the Bay through stormwater; Chesapeake Bay modeling; GIS and data analyses support; water quality data analysis/integration support; nonpoint and point source data management and analysis; development of new regulations; design of TMDL watershed implementation plans; reissuance and enforcement of permits; and technical and compliance assistance to local governments and regulated entities to meet the goals of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed agreement.
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY18 two RFPs were released and three awards were made. Additionally, over 45 existing assistance agreements were funded. Accomplishments for FY18 included: continued implementation of WIPs to reduce nutrients and sediments to improve water quality; continued technical support and outreach to address water quality restoration goals and maintain public awareness of Bay restoration; citizens monitoring; Chesapeake Bay modeling, GIS and data analyses support, water quality data analysis/integration support, nonpoint and point source data management/analysis; and technical assistance to local governments and regulated entities to meet the goals of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY19 it is projected that four RFAs will be released with at least 4 awards. Additionally, it is also projected that over 45 existing assistance agreements will be funded. Projected accomplishments for FY19 are anticipated to be similar to the accomplishments achieved in the previous fiscal year.
Fiscal Year 2020 Based on the FY20 President’s Budget, it is projected that monitoring initiatives will continue. These include: supporting the characterization of water and habitat quality and benthic community conditions for the main stem Chesapeake Bay and tidal tributaries; characterizing nutrient and sediment loadings to the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries from the surrounding Chesapeake Bay watershed; assessing changes in nutrient and sediment concentrations in local streams and rivers throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed; and providing data analysis and interpretation support for water quality and living resources status and trends. All in support of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement goal to “Reduce pollutants to achieve the water quality necessary to support the aquatic living resources of the Bay and its tributaries and to protect human health."
Authorization
Clean Water Act, Section 117(e)(1)(A); 117(e)(1)(B); 117(d); and 117(g)(2)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Under section 117(d), funds are available for technical and general assistance grants to nonprofit organizations, State and local governments, colleges, universities, and interstate agencies; under section 117(e)(1)(A) and 117e(1)(B), respectively, funds are available for implementation, regulatory and accountability, and monitoring grants to signatory jurisdictions; and under section 117(g)(2), funds are available for technical assistance and assistance grants under the Small Watershed Grants Program to local governments and nonprofit organizations and individuals in the Chesapeake Bay region. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this assistance listing, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiary eligibility is the same as applicant eligibility.
Credentials/Documentation
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this assistance listing, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement. For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed in the competitive announcement. For non-competitive awards, pre-application assistance is recommended and should be obtained from the EPA Region III Grants Management Office. All proposals or work statements should be consistent with CBPO's Grant Guidance located at https://www.epa.gov/restoration-chesapeake-bay/chesapeake-bay-program-grant-guidance .
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants, except it limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through https://www.grants.gov. Competitive announcements (RFAs) for grants/cooperative agreements are announced widely through the internet and Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program Office's RFA mailing distribution list and email database. All EPA RFAs issued by Chesapeake Bay Program Office (CBPO) are announced in the following manner: posted to www.grants.gov, posted on CBPO's website located at www2.epa.gov/grants/grants-your-region-information-specific-epa-region-3, posted on CBP partnership's website located at https://www.chesapeakebay.net/what/grants, listed in Bay Brief newsletters located at www.chesapeakebay.net/news/newsletters, sent to those on CBPO's RFA mailing list, and e-mailed to those on CBPO's RFA e-mail list. RFAs are posted at various times throughout the year. Information pertaining to application requirements for EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program grants programs can be found in the U.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office 2019 Grant and Cooperative Agreement Guidance at: https://www.epa.gov/restoration-chesapeake-bay/chesapeake-bay-program-grant-guidance. Issued Chesapeake Bay Program RFAs will identify specific outcomes that will further the goals of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. The RFA will include detailed instructions for submission of applications. Interested parties who would like to receive a copy of issued Chesapeake Bay Program RFAs and be added to the email and/or mailing database should submit their name, address, phone number, and email address to James Hargett at: Hargett.James@epa.gov; no phone calls will be accepted.
Award Procedure
For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements.
Deadlines
Specific information regarding deadlines is provided in the competitive announcement.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 7 months after deadline for application submission.
Appeals
Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as "Contact Information." Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
Renewals
Extensions are subject to approval by EPA.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this assistance listing will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance Agreements awarded under the Chesapeake Bay Program include the following: (1) 117(d) Technical Assistance and General Assistance Grants - These grants will be awarded competitively to nonprofit organizations, State and local governments, colleges, universities, and interstate agencies to implement the goals of the Chesapeake Bay Agreements; such as activities to support living resource protection and restoration; vital habitat protection and restoration; water quality protection and restoration; sound land use; and stewardship and community engagement. All applicants applying for grants under Section 117(d) must commit to a cost share ranging from 5 to 50 percent of the total project costs, as determined at the sole discretion of EPA. This determination will be stated in Request for Applications (RFAs) or Agency policy. (2) 117(e)(1)(A) Chesapeake Bay Regulatory and Accountability Grants (CBRAP) - As a result of EO 13508, these grants help each watershed state and the District of Columbia to develop new regulations, design TMDL watershed implementation plans, reissue and enforce permits, and provide technical and compliance assistance to local governments and regulated entities. The grants aid the states and DC in implementing and expanding their jurisdiction's regulatory, accountability and enforcement capabilities, in support of reducing nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment loads delivered to the Bay to meet the water quality goals of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. EPA awards these grants non-competitively. Signatory jurisdictions applying for regulatory and accountability program grants under Section 117(e)(1)(A) must identify 50% cost share of total project costs (equal match/dollar for dollar) as required by statute. (3) Section 117(e)(1)(A) Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grants (CBIG) - The Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grants are authorized under Section 117(e)(1)(A) to signatory jurisdictions. Implementation Grants are for the purpose of implementing the management mechanisms established under the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, with particular emphasis on state programs for control and abatement of nonpoint source nutrient and sediment pollution (including atmospheric deposition as a nonpoint source). Specifically, CBIG awards support the jurisdictions' implementation of the management strategies developed for each of the applicable outcomes identified in the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. CBIG awards may support the jurisdictions' implementation of their watershed implementation plans (WIPs) and milestone commitments, including addressing EPA's evaluation of the WIPs and milestones, and comparable actions that support nutrient and sediment load reduction goals. If the signatory jurisdictions do not use 117(e)(1)(A) grants for projects consistent with furthering the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement goals and outcomes, EPA may reallocate, conditionally award, or withhold funds. These grants are awarded non-competitively to any jurisdiction that signed the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. Signatory jurisdictions applying for implementation under Section 117(e)(1)(A) must identify 50% cost-share of total project costs (equal match/dollar for dollar). (4) Section 117(e)(1)(B) Monitoring Grants - The monitoring grants are authorized under Section 117(e)(1)(B) for signatory jurisdictions. These grants support the characterization of water and habitat quality and benthic community conditions for the main stem Chesapeake Bay and tidal tributaries, characterizing nutrient and sediment loadings to the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries from the surrounding Chesapeake Bay watershed, assessing changes in nutrient and sediment concentrations in local streams and rivers throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and providing data analysis and interpretation support for water quality and living resources status and trends. These grants are awarded non-competitively to any signatory jurisdiction that signed the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. Signatory jurisdictions applying for monitoring grants under Section 117(e)(1)(B) must identify 50% cost share of total project costs (equal match/dollar for dollar). (5) Section 117(g)(2) Small Watershed Grants - The Small Watershed Grants Program was established under Section 117(g)(2), which provides that grants can be awarded under Section 117(d) to local governments and nonprofit organizations in the Chesapeake Bay region working on a local level to protect and improve watersheds, while building citizen based resource stewardship. The purpose of the grants program is to demonstrate effective techniques and partnership-building to achieve Chesapeake Bay Program objectives at the small watershed scale. The Small Watershed Grants Program was designed to encourage the sharing of innovative ideas among the many organizations wishing to be involved in watershed protection activities. Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information. Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: https://www.epa.gov/geospatial.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Monitoring reviews are required to be conducted by the Project Officer with the recipient. These reviews are required either semi-annually or quarterly depending on the terms and conditions of the assistance agreement.
Auditing
Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.
Records
Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained for three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. Under Section 117(e)(1)(A) and 117(e)(1)(B), respectively, signatory jurisdictions applying for regulatory and accountability, implementation, and monitoring grants must identify 50 percent cost share of total project costs (equal match/dollar for dollar). All applicants applying for technical and general assistance grants under Section 117(d), must commit to a cost share ranging from 5 percent to 50 percent as determined at the sole discretion of EPA. This determination will be stated in Request for Applications (RFA) or Agency policy. EPA will promptly inform the applicant of the selected cost share requirement. Applicants applying under the Small Watershed Grants Program under Section 117(g)(2) must commit to a cost share of 25 percent of the total project cost. State and local governments receiving assistance under any of the provisions of Section 117 must comply with 2 CFR 200 and 1500. In addition to the cost share requirement, applicants must adhere to the requirement in the Clean Water Act, Section 117 - Administrative Costs. This section requires a 10 percent cap for administrative costs. The cost of salaries and fringe benefits incurred in administering the grant cannot exceed 10 percent of the Federal grant amount.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are normally funded on a 12-month basis. The term of the grant shall be determined at the time of grant award. The method of fund disbursement will be determined at the time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
James Hargett, EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office, 410 Severn Avenue, Suite 112, Annapolis, MD 21403. Telephone: (410) 267-5743; FAX: (410) 267-5777; E-mail: hargett.james@epa.gov, or Rebecca Hindin, EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office, 410 Severn Avenue, Suite 112, Annapolis, MD 21403. Telephone: (410) 267-5700; FAX: (410) 267-5777; E-mail: Hindin.rebecca@epa.gov
Headquarters Office
James Hargett
EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office, 410 Severn Avenue, Suite 112
Annapolis, MD 21403 US
hargett.james@epa.gov
Phone: 410-267-5743
Fax: 410-267-5777

Rebecca Hindin
EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office, 410 Severn Avenue, Suite 112
Annapolis, MD 21403 USA
Hindin.Rebecca@epa.gov
Phone: 410-267-5700
Fax: 410-267-5777
Website Address
https://www.epa.gov/grants/grants-your-region-information-specific-epa-region-3
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0108-0-1-304
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$54,000,760.00; FY 19 est $54,000,000.00; FY 20 est $7,300,000.00; FY 17$53,652,760.00; FY 16$64,744,800.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$50,000 to $6,000,000 per fiscal year; $350,000 per fiscal year average.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
In addition to the requirements under 2 CFR 200 and 1500, the Chesapeake Bay Program assistance agreements must follow the U.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office Grant and Cooperative Agreement Guidance which is updated annually. This guidance can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/restoration-chesapeake-bay/chesapeake-bay-program-grant-guidance
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Grants and cooperative agreements will be awarded to states and local governments, colleges, universities interstate agencies, and nonprofit organizations for nonpoint source implementation, water quality monitoring, education and outreach, watershed management, living resources and habitat restoration, and program support. Examples of funded projects include: (1) enhanced storm water monitoring; (2) communications, outreach, and public education efforts; (3) computer modeling; (4) nonpoint source pollution programs; (5) citizens monitoring; (6) Chesapeake Bay point source data management; and (7) regulatory and accountability programs. Grants and cooperative agreements will be awarded to states and local governments, colleges, universities interstate agencies, and nonprofit organizations for nonpoint source implementation, water quality monitoring, education and outreach, watershed management, living resources and habitat restoration, and program support. Examples of funded projects include: (1) enhanced storm water monitoring; (2) communications, outreach, and public education efforts; (3) computer modeling; (4) nonpoint source pollution programs; (5) citizens monitoring; (6) Chesapeake Bay point source data management; and (7) regulatory and accountability programs.
Fiscal Year 2017 Cooperative agreements and grants were awarded to states and local governments, colleges, universities interstate agencies, and nonprofit organizations for nonpoint source implementation, water quality monitoring, education and outreach, watershed management, living resources and habitat restoration, and program support. Examples of funded projects included: (1) communications, outreach, and public education efforts; (2) enhanced storm water monitoring; (3) citizens monitoring; (4) nonpoint source pollution programs; (5) computer modeling; (6) Chesapeake Bay point source data management; and (7) regulatory and accountability programs.
Fiscal Year 2018 Competitive grants and cooperative agreements funded for the past fiscal year included: (1) support for the Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants program; (2) support for the Chesapeake Bay Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction program; and (3) geospatial analysis support for implementation of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement goals and outcomes. Non-competitive grants continued to be funded to the signatory jurisdictions for: (1) their regulatory and accountability programs, (2) the control and abatement of nonpoint source nutrient and sediment pollution, (3) implementation of their watershed implementation plans and milestone commitments, and (4) water quality monitoring and assessment
Fiscal Year 2019 Projected competitive grants and cooperative agreements for the current fiscal year include: (1) support for the continued administration and development of the Chesapeake Center for Collaborative Computing (C4); (2) support for the development and implementation of the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership’s Conowingo watershed implementation plan; (3) support for addressing the ongoing investigation, development, programming, testing, and implementation of an optimization system built around the CBP’s Chesapeake Assessment and Scenario Tool (CAST) model; and (4) support for establishing and administering a program to support projects proposed by the Goal Implementation Teams (GITs), designated Work Groups, and Action Teams to meet their responsibilities, targets, outcomes and goals under the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. Non-competitive grants are projected to continue to be funded to the signatory jurisdictions for: (1) their regulatory and accountability programs, (2) the control and abatement of nonpoint source nutrient and sediment pollution, (3) implementation of their watershed implementation plans and milestone commitments, and (4) water quality monitoring and assessment.
Fiscal Year 2020 Based on the FY 2020 President's Budget for the Chesapeake Bay Program at $7.3 million, EPA's projected projects under this listing include the continued support in the state and local collection of water quality monitoring data and coordination of science, research, and modeling. Such activities include: • Water quality monitoring: Tidal and non-tidal monitoring and Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) monitoring • Provide facilitation to build capacity at the state level: Coordinate modeling, decision support services, data collection, analysis, storage, and access; support information dissemination and transparency; and provide consistency and efficiency in communications and data management.