NR 153.16(1)(a)(a) The department may provide cost sharing under s. NR 153.26 for local assistance activities conducted during the grant period in large-scale TMDL implementation projects and large-scale non-TMDL control projects.
NR 153.16 Note Note: Small-scale TMDL projects, small-scale non-TMDL control projects, and notice of discharge projects are not eligible for local assistance grants. However, design and construction services costs in small-scale and notice of discharge projects may be included in the cost of construction for reimbursement purposes.
NR 153.16(1)(b) (b) The cost-share rate for local assistance activities may not exceed 70 percent of the eligible costs identified in this section.
NR 153.16(1)(c) (c) The following activities are eligible for local assistance funding when conducted in the project area:
NR 153.16(1)(c)1. 1. Identifying high priority nonpoint pollution sources for control.
NR 153.16(1)(c)2. 2. Contacting and informing landowners and land operators of conservation program opportunities and requirements, including those relating to state performance standards and prohibitions.
NR 153.16(1)(c)3. 3. Determining and documenting compliance of cropland practices and livestock facilities with performance standards and prohibitions.
NR 153.16(1)(c)4. 4. Identifying site-specific best management practices needed to achieve compliance with performance standards and prohibitions or to otherwise control nonpoint pollution sources.
NR 153.16(1)(c)5. 5. Developing and reviewing cost-share agreements with the cost-share recipient.
NR 153.16(1)(c)6. 6. Providing assistance to the department in developing and issuing notices under ss. NR 151.09 and 151.095 and developing and issuing comparable notices under local ordinances.
NR 153.16(1)(c)7. 7. Best management practice construction services, including construction management and verification of best management practices installation.
NR 153.16(1)(c)8. 8. Reviewing best management practice operation and maintenance during the grant period.
NR 153.16(1)(c)9. 9. Developing and transmitting to the department information that identifies landowners and operators that do not comply with performance standards or prohibitions.
NR 153.16(1)(c)10. 10. Administration of property acquisition in accordance with s. NR 153.25.
NR 153.16(1)(c)11. 11. Fiscal management.
NR 153.16(1)(c)12. 12. Development of informational materials, including videos or brochures.
NR 153.16(1)(c)13. 13. Project evaluation activities identified in the project application and required by the runoff management grant agreement, including monitoring.
NR 153.16(1)(c)14. 14. Other activities approved by the department as being necessary to implement the project.
NR 153.16(1)(d) (d) The following staff support costs are eligible for cost sharing:
NR 153.16(1)(d)1. 1. The cost of testing materials for use in best management practice design and installation.
NR 153.16(1)(d)2. 2. Travel expenses, including personal vehicle mileage charges, meals, lodging, and other reasonable travel expenses necessary to the project.
NR 153.16(1)(d)3. 3. The cost of recording the cost-share agreement with the county register of deeds.
NR 153.16(1)(d)4. 4. Field equipment necessary to conduct or evaluate the project.
NR 153.16(1)(d)5. 5. Other direct costs necessary for the project and approved by the department.
NR 153.16(2) (2)Ineligible costs. The following costs are not eligible for local assistance funding under this section:
NR 153.16(2)(a) (a) Activities for which WPDES permit coverage is required.
NR 153.16(2)(b) (b) Direct costs for other items not listed in this section, including best management practice design, staff training, ordinance development and administration, promotional items except when used for educational purposes, and the purchase or lease of motor vehicles.
NR 153.16(2)(c) (c) Indirect project costs that are not directly related to the output of a product or service or cannot be identified specifically with a single cost objective in an economically feasible manner.
NR 153.16 History History: CR 00-025: cr. Register September 2002 No. 561, eff. 10-1-02; CR 09-112: r. and recr. Register December 2010 No. 660, eff. 1-1-11.
NR 153.17 NR 153.17Targeted runoff management project application.
NR 153.17(1)(1)Applicability. This section applies only to targeted runoff management projects.
NR 153.17(2) (2)Application process.
NR 153.17(2)(a)(a) Subject to the availability of funds, the department shall do the following:
NR 153.17(2)(a)1. 1. Solicit applications for projects to be funded under this chapter by providing the public with information that application materials are available upon request.
NR 153.17(2)(a)1.a. a. The department shall solicit applications for any small-scale project on an annual basis provided there is adequate funding available.
NR 153.17(2)(a)1.b. b. The department may solicit applications for any large-scale project on an annual or biennial basis depending on the availability of funds.
NR 153.17(2)(a)2. 2. Distribute to any potential applicant that requests it a copy of the appropriate application and application instructions.
NR 153.17(2)(b) (b) All applicants for funding shall submit project applications on forms provided by the department. A governmental unit or federally recognized tribal governing body may request funding under this chapter for one or more projects by submitting the appropriate applications to the department.
NR 153.17 Note Note: Forms can be obtained from the department's Bureau of Watershed Management or the department's Bureau of Community Financial Assistance, 101 S. Webster St., PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921.
NR 153.17(2)(c) (c) A state agency, including the department, may request funding under this chapter for a project that is on land under state ownership or control and is in a priority watershed or priority lake area by submitting the appropriate application to the department.
NR 153.17(2)(d) (d) The department may request funding for the purchase of eligible easements located in a priority watershed project area by submitting the appropriate application to the department.
NR 153.17(2)(e) (e) Applicants shall submit completed project applications to the department in order to be considered for funding in the following calendar year. Applications shall be delivered or post-marked by midnight, April 15.
NR 153.17(3) (3)Required administrative information. An applicant for any targeted runoff management project shall submit the following information to be considered for funding:
NR 153.17(3)(a) (a) Applicant name.
NR 153.17(3)(b) (b) Name and title of authorized representative.
NR 153.17(3)(c) (c) Contact name and telephone number.
NR 153.17(3)(d) (d) Type of governmental unit and applicant address.
NR 153.17(3)(e) (e) Signature of authorized representative.
NR 153.17(3)(f) (f) Project name and scope.
NR 153.17(3)(g) (g) Other administrative information that the department determines necessary to process the application.
NR 153.17(4) (4)Required screening information. An applicant for a targeted runoff management project shall submit the screening information required by this subsection to be considered for funding.
NR 153.17(4)(a) (a) Certification that the project meets applicable eligibility requirements of s. NR 153.14. To demonstrate consistency with a county's land and water resource management plan as required under s. NR 153.14 (3) (c) a county shall substantiate that the land and water resource management plan, plan amendment, or work plan prepared under s. ATCP 50.12 identifies goals, objectives, or activities related to the resource concerns being addressed by the project.
NR 153.17(4)(b) (b) A map of the project area showing the watershed, subwatershed, or specific site to be served by the project. The map shall be accompanied by information the applicant is aware of that concerns environmental contamination, endangered, threatened or wetland resources, historic properties, or historic places contained in the project area and potentially impacted by the project.
NR 153.17(4)(c) (c) A list of the best management practices for which funding is requested, including property acquisition associated with any of these practices, and identification of practice eligibility under s. NR 153.15. For land acquisition, a certification statement that the applicant will obtain control of the property upon which the practice will be constructed prior to commencement of the grant period.
NR 153.17(4)(d) (d) A list of local assistance and design activities for which funding is requested and an identification of eligibility under s. NR 153.16.
NR 153.17 Note Note: Local assistance activities eligible for reimbursement are identified in s. NR 153.16. Reimbursement may also be sought for design and construction services work under s. NR 153.15 (1) (a).
NR 153.17(4)(e) (e) Certification that the activities listed on the application are scheduled for completion within the allowable time period specified by the department in the application materials.
NR 153.17(4)(f) (f) Certification that the applicant has made arrangements to provide the staff necessary to implement the project.
NR 153.17(4)(g) (g) Certification that staff and contractors designated for the project have adequate training, knowledge, and experience to implement the proposed project.
NR 153.17(4)(h) (h) Evidence that the proposed project does not conflict with statewide and targeted nonpoint source performance standards and prohibitions.
NR 153.17(4)(i) (i) For agricultural projects, documentation that the county has a qualifying strategy to implement state agricultural performance standards and prohibitions contained in subch. II of ch. NR 151. To qualify, the strategy shall address the following key actions:
NR 153.17(4)(i)1. 1. Inform and educate landowners and land operators required to comply with performance standards.
NR 153.17(4)(i)2. 2. Conduct compliance status inventories based on records reviews and on-site visits.
NR 153.17(4)(i)3. 3. Document inventory results and maintain compliance status records.
NR 153.17(4)(i)4. 4. Report inventory results and continuing compliance maintenance requirements to landowners and operators.
NR 153.17(4)(i)5. 5. Identify best management practices to achieve compliance.
NR 153.17(4)(i)6. 6. Apply for grants from the department, or work to secure grants from other state, federal, or local sources to provide cost sharing to landowners and land operators to achieve compliance with performance standards.
NR 153.17(4)(i)7. 7. Develop cost-share agreements and provide for technical assistance to landowners and land operators to achieve compliance with performance standards.
NR 153.17(4)(i)8. 8. Assist the department at its request in drafting ch. NR 151 notices to landowners and land operators.
NR 153.17(4)(i)9. 9. Fulfill annual program reporting requirements.
NR 153.17(4)(j) (j) Other information that the department may require to screen the application for compliance with minimum program and statutory requirements.
NR 153.17(5) (5)Required scoring information for large scale projects. An applicant for any large-scale TMDL project or large-scale non-TMDL project shall submit the following information to be considered for funding under this chapter:
NR 153.17(5)(a) (a) Receiving water quality need, including impairment or threats to water quality caused or contributed to by nonpoint pollution sources that will be addressed by the project.
NR 153.17(5)(b) (b) Expected reduction in pollutant loading attributed to the project.
NR 153.17(5)(c) (c) Potential for the desired water quality response to implementation of best management practices.
NR 153.17(5)(d) (d) Justification for geographic extent of the proposed project area.
NR 153.17(5)(e) (e) Information regarding specific nonpoint pollution sources in the project area and the need and strategy for collecting and evaluating additional inventory information.
NR 153.17(5)(f) (f) Proposed nonpoint pollution control strategy for the project area, including contacting and educating landowners and operators, conducting farm evaluations, identifying and targeting high priority nonpoint pollution sources such as sites failing to meet state standards and prohibitions, selecting cost-effective best management practices, delivering cost sharing and technical assistance, using local and state regulatory tools to facilitate attainment, and continuing maintenance of state performance standards and prohibitions.
NR 153.17(5)(g) (g) Evidence of local support and involvement including support from governmental units, interest groups, landowners, and land operators. The department may also request information concerning a governmental unit's continuous decision-making process which ensures participation by minority and low income populations in affected areas, along with majority populations, to ensure that as an outcome all people receive the benefits of a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment regardless of race, national origin, or income.
NR 153.17(5)(h) (h) Consistency of the proposed project with other local land and water resource management plans, including the county land and water resources management plan.
NR 153.17(5)(i) (i) Project budget and cost-effectiveness.
NR 153.17(5)(j) (j) Partnerships in the project area, including the extent to which available federal funding and other staffing and financial resources will be used.
NR 153.17(5)(k) (k) Strategy for evaluating changes in pollution potential, pollutant loading, and receiving water response after implementation of the project.
NR 153.17(5)(L) (L) The extent of local authority to enforce performance standards and prohibitions, including information required to determine the project score enforcement multiplier under s. NR 153.19 (4).
NR 153.17(5)(m) (m) For the city of Racine, an explanation of how the proposed project will contribute to meeting storm water requirements under ch. NR 216.
NR 153.17(6) (6)Required scoring information for small scale projects. An applicant for any small-scale TMDL project or small scale non-TMDL project shall submit the following information to be considered for funding:
NR 153.17(6)(a) (a) Receiving water quality need, including impairment or threats to water quality caused or contributed to by nonpoint pollution sources that will be addressed by the project.
NR 153.17(6)(b) (b) Expected reduction in pollutant loading or pollution potential attributed to the project.
NR 153.17(6)(c) (c) Extent to which performance standards and prohibitions will be implemented.
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