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Since 2005, Dane County has made funds available to municipalities for this
cost-sharing program to improve old storm drain outlets that dump untreated
stormwater and litter into county lakes, rivers, and streams. The goals of the
Urban Water Quality Grant Program are to improve the quality of urban
stormwater runoff entering Dane County lakes, rivers and streams, increase
public awareness of urban water quality issues, and provide public education
about urban stormwater quality improvement practices.
Since 2005, the county’s Urban Water Quality Grants have helped fund projects
totaling more than $5.3 million that are estimated to have removed more than
400,000 pounds of debris since that time and more than 760 pounds of phosphorus
One pound of phosphorus removed from the county’s watersheds prevents 500
pounds of algae growth in area lakes.
In 2013, $1,500,000 is available in this program. For the first time,
municipalities that contain one of the county’s top ten stormwater outfalls
into the lakes will be eligible for an enhanced cost-sharing rate of 75% of the
total cost of best management practices (no cap). Other projects that treat
urban runoff will be eligible for cost-sharing up to 50% of the total cost of
construction (not to exceed $100,000). In order to be considered for funding,
practices must be constructed and fully functional by the end of 2014.
Details of the 2013 program, including a list of the top ten outfalls, can be found in
Urban Water Quality Grant Announcement. Projects will be evaluated and selected
as they are received, with an initial application deadline of September 30, 2013.
The Yahara Waterways Water Trail Guide is a great resource for exploring our area waters.