American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Water Quality Planning and Management - 604(b)
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or Recovery Act, has made available funding for 604(b) Water Quality Management Planning Grants. Missouri’s share of the 604(b) Recovery Act Funding is $1,097,400 million. The funding will help the department protect and improve water quality by conducting water quality monitoring and assessment; implementing Missouri’s water quality standards; conducting water quality planning activities and effectively administering grant and subgrant funds.
The Clean Water Act Amendments require states to pass through 40 percent of the 604(b) funds to regional public comprehensive planning organizations. Missouri Councils of Government, Regional Planning Commissions and Interstate Organizations were invited to submit project proposals for funding under the authority of Section 604(b) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. These are federal funds administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Department of Natural Resources. The water quality management funds could be used for activities such as: watershed management plans, urban Stormwater management plans, and Stormwater planning. Applicants were especially encouraged to give priority to watershed management planning in urban watersheds or sensitive watershed threatened by development, along with green infrastructure, water or energy improvements related to water quality, or other environmentally innovative planning activities.
The department will use the remaining 60 percent of the Recovery Act 604(b) funding to conduct water quality monitoring studies involving nutrients, dissolved oxygen and other special studies needed for the development of TMDL or water quality standards. In addition to department staff working on these projects, the department may also hire outside contractors to complete some of these monitoring efforts. The Recovery Act funds will help complete some of the monitoring and planning efforts needed to help improve the water quality in Missouri.
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Water Protection Program
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176
800-361-4827 or 573-751-1300