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2018 Water Quality Restoration Grants Information & RFP

The State Fiscal Year 2018 (SFY18) Request for Proposals (RFP) solicits applications for eligible nonpoint source (NPS) pollution control projects to be considered for funding under the Water Quality Restoration Grant Program. The RFP establishes the criteria for project eligibility based on federal requirements and State priorities; identifies specific administrative, procedural, and programmatic requirements for applicants; and provides timetables and deadlines for the grant application and related decision-making processes. Up to $10M in grants are available in SFY 18 for watershed restoration, enhancement, and protection strategies that address NPS pollution within the Barnegat Bay Watershed, including implementation of the Metedeconk River Watershed Protection and Restoration Plan. Other funding priorities include:

  • Development of a Toms River Watershed Restoration Plan
  • Development of other watershed protection and/or restoration plans
  • Implementation of projects to restore wetlands, create living shorelines, and promote resiliency
  • Implementation and development of education and stewardship programs
  • Expansion of stormwater system mapping beyond existing municipal permit requirements
  • Retrofitting stormwater basins throughout the watershed
  • Identification and elimination of illicit connections via source tracking
  • Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) mapping, restoration and monitoring
  • Shellfish enhancement within harvestable but nutrient impaired areas
  • Any other projects consistent with the NJDEP Barnegat Bay Restoration, Enhancement and Protection (REP) Strategy
Metedeconk Plan cover BBAy REP cover

Public Information Sessions ▼

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the two public information sessions to be held on the following dates and times:

Location Date and Time
Jacques Cousteau Coastal Education Center
130 Great Bay Blvd. Tuckerton, NJ 08087
Tuesday, June 12th
10:00 am-2:00 pm
Ocean County College
1 College Drive Toms River, NJ
Building #10 (Conference)
Conference Rooms A&B

Thursday, June 14th
10:00 am-2:00 pm

Application Information ▼

Applicants must email an electronic copy of the project proposal that includes all elements of the proposal by 5:00 pm EDT on Friday August 31, 2018, the application deadline, to in Microsoft Word, PDF or compatible format. Other larger format documents, such as maps tables and photos, may be submitted and postmarked by the application deadline to:

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Water Monitoring and Standards
Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Restoration and Standards
401 East State Street
P.O. Box 420 / Mail Code 401-04I
Trenton, New Jersey, 08625-0420
Attention: Dian Smith

For information about the 2018 Water Quality Restoration Grant RFP, please contact Jay Springer, Section Chief, Restoration and Stewardship Section, at (609) 633-1441 or

For more information, please contact Kimberly Cenno, Bureau Chief,
Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Restoration and Standards at (609) 633-1441.

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