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Urban Water Quality Grant Program

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 annually.

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 the Urban Water Quality Grant Announcement. Projects will be evaluated and selected as they are received, with an initial application deadline of September 30, 2013.

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