States receive Section 319(h) funds under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). Each state may pass through a portion of 319(h) funds to other entities to reduce water quality impairment through implementation of nonpoint source (NPS) pollution control projects. NJDEP must award at least 50% of the 319(h) funds to projects that implement approved watershed-based plans. The remainder can be used for other NPS related projects. For 2015, about $1.75M should be available under 319(h). The NJDEP is requesting proposals from organizations and governmental entities for the purpose of implementing: (1) approved watershed based plans or total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) in the Barnegat Bay and the non-tidal Raritan River Watersheds, (2) green infrastructure projects hydraulically connected to areas with documented Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) and outreach efforts which advance these goals or (3) natural solutions, such as the creation of living shorelines, to address erosion and water quality issues as an alternative that adds diversity to other shore protection measures in tidally influenced areas. More information can be found at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/wms/bear/319_grant_program.htm
About Jay Springer, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Jay Springer has been an employee with the NJDEP for the past 26 years and has a diverse background in several programs working on initiatives such as watershed planning and restoration, sustainability, stormwater management and land use permitting. Currently, he supervises staff and the Department’s 319(h) grant program. He also represents New Jersey on the Estuary Implementation Committee of the Delaware Estuary Program, working with partners from the public and non-profit sectors throughout New Jersey and the region. Outside of his responsibilities with the NJDEP, he is very active in his community. Mr. Springer is a former Mayor and Deputy Mayor in Eastampton Township, Burlington County where he currently serves as a Councilman. Mr. Springer has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Rowan University in Biology.