DEP Announces Funding for Stormwater BMPs in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Posted: August 11, 2015

Local entities implementing BMPs to address MS4, CSO discharges are eligible, must apply by October 9, 2015
Rain garden in Lancaster, PA.

Rain garden in Lancaster, PA.

DEP has announced a new funding opportunity for local entities seeking to implement stormwater BMPs in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Applications are now being accepted for grants to provide funds for the construction of urban stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce the discharge of nutrients and sediments delivered to the Chesapeake Bay.  Municipalities within the Chesapeake Bay drainage area are eligible to apply; other parties who are interested in promoting stormwater BMP construction are encouraged to approach municipal officials and offer to assist in application development and project management.

The due date for applications is October 9, 2015.  The maximum funding amount per applicant is $200,000.  Construction must be complete within two years.  Funding recipients will be selected on a competitive basis.

Projects must be:
  1.  Within urbanized areas (UAs) according to the latest Decennial Census in which National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit coverage is required for the discharge of stormwater from municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s); OR
  2.  For discharges from combined sewer overflows (CSOs) through combined sewer systems (CSSs); AND
  3.  Located within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Projects must result in structural, on the ground BMP(s) that meet the requirements of Pennsylvania’s Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual (363-0300-002), as applicable, and have been demonstrated to reduce the discharge of nutrient and/or sediment loads to surface waters.  Examples include (but are not limited to):

  1.  Bioretention/raingardens
  2.  Bioswales
  3.  Permeable pavement
  4.  Urban nutrient management
  5.  Urban stream restoration
  6.  Urban tree planting
  7.  Vegetated open channels
  8.  Vegetated roofs
  9.  Wet ponds and wetlands
  10. Other projects that reduce the flow of stormwater into MS4s or CSSs

For additional information and to download the application forms, checklist and instructions, visit DEP’s MS4 Funding Opportunities website. Interested entities can also contact Mr. Leif Rowles, P.E., at  or (717) 783-2290.