The DNREC Nonpoint Source Program is committed to addressing pollution affecting Delaware waterbodies by encouraging and supporting the use of specific best management practices that can reduce the effects of nonpoint source pollution.
The program administers a competitive grant program, through Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act, to support best management practices in agriculture, silviculture, construction, septic systems, and hydromodification activities.
The program focuses on implementation projects in areas with approved watershed plans. The success stories told here are in watersheds and subbasins are areas that have seen improvements in water quality through efforts funded by Section 319 Implementation Grants.
The U.S. EPA has identified nine key elements that are critical for achieving improvements in water quality. These elements, commonly called the “a through i criteria,” are important for the creation of thorough, robust, and meaningful watershed plans. Incorporation of these elements is of particular importance when seeking Section 319 implementation grant funding. They help provide reasonable assurance that NPS load allocations identified in the TMDL will be achieved.