Request for Proposal
2021 Invitation for Source Water Grant Proposals

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State of Nebraska
Department of Environment and Energy
P.O. Box 98922
Lincoln, NE 68509
PHONE: (402) 471-2186
FAX: (402) 471-2909

2021 Invitation for Source Water Grant Proposals

The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) is inviting proposals for source water protection projects. Funding is authorized through section 1452 of the Safe Drinking Water Act as administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the NDEE and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
These funds are a potential source of support for drinking water protection projects in Nebraska. Program overview, grant process, general program information, funding priority, project requirements and format are outlined in the attached guidance.
Project proposals will be reviewed by staff at NDEE, Nebraska Health and Human Services, and representatives of other organizations. Projects recommended by the reviewers will be forwarded to the Director of NDEE for approval.
Any questions you may have regarding this invitation may be submitted to the Source Water Coordinator at the address below. Questions will be answered directly and then immediately posted on the NDEE website for reference.

Proposals must be submitted to the NDEE office in Lincoln by 5:00 PM Wednesday July 14, 2021.

Funding under section 1452 of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act

Political subdivisions in Nebraska that operate a public water system serving a population of 10,000 or less that can show financial hardship.

Hardship eligibility criteria:
  • MHI (Median Household Income) of the political subdivision population must be less or equal to 120% of the statewide MHI reported in the 2012-2016 ACS five-year estimate of $54,384.
  • Applicants that don’t meet the hardship eligibility may submit a financial hardship report to the Department for additional consideration justifying the grant request.

To obtain your MHI contact Tatiana Davila at 402-471-3376 or
  • Projects must focus on the protection of Nebraska public drinking water sources, not operation and maintenance of the system or water treatment.
  • Projects must include activities in one or more of the three categories: water quality, water quantity, and/or water public education.
  • Projects must have a good potential for success (i.e., tasks must yield measurable improvement in water quality, reduction of water use, increased resource reliability, citizen knowledge and/or behaviors, etc.).
  • Commitment must be demonstrated by the public water system and local government to develop, implement, support, and sustain a local protection program after funding is received.
  • On-the-ground activities must take place within existing wellhead protection areas, source water protection areas, designated future wellhead protection areas, or the associated area served by the community Public Water Supply System.
  • At least a 10% non-federal match to the total project cost is required. For example: a project totaling $20,000 will receive $18,000 in grant funds and would have a requirement of $2,000 in match. Match can be in-kind and/or cash.
  • Projects that provide long-term benefits to drinking water quality, quantity, and/or education.
  • Contaminant source identification – research / investigation.
  • Contaminant pathway removal – includes the closure of abandoned or unused wells.
  • Contaminant removal – pollution prevention and waste reduction.
  • Contaminant source management – implementation of best management practices (BMPs), ordinance development, and implementation of a Source Water or Wellhead Protection Plan.
  • Information and education sharing – workshops, brochures, meetings, and media campaigns.
  • Development of a Drinking Water Protection Management Plan which is an alternative to 9-element watershed management plans. These plans will focus on wellhead protection areas. Plans must address implementable groundwater best management practices. (For additional information please refer to the Fact Sheet below).
  • Activities related to the operations and maintenance of drinking water systems including: treatment, transmission, distribution, consolidation or storage.
  • Land purchases.
  • Projects that only develop a traditional Source Water or Wellhead Protection Plan and do nothing toward implementation of the plan; these plans should not be confused with a Drinking Water Protection Management Plan.
  • Projects requesting only personnel expenses.
  • Projects geared towards the security aspect of Source Water, such as security fencing and cameras.
Prioritization will be given for the following status/activities:
  • Developing phase one or two of a Drinking Water Protection Management Plan.
  • Projects where activities will be sustained beyond the term of the grant.
  • Projects implementing on-the-ground management activities.
  • Projects addressing nitrate contamination/loading.
  • Public Water Supply Systems that have a NDEE-approved Wellhead or Watershed Protection Plan and/or are a designated Groundwater Guardian.
  • Projects that focus on community education and awareness about how to protect and improve the local drinking water source.
Drinking Water Protection Management Plans are an alternative to 9-element watershed management plans. These plans will be specific to Wellhead Protection Areas and/or defined future WHP areas and must develop implementable groundwater best management practices (BMPs). The purpose of this plan is to provide an analytic framework for managing efforts to restore and protect a community’s drinking water. With the approval of this plan by EPA, communities will be eligible to apply for Clean Water Act section 319 Nonpoint Source Program grants to assist in the implementations of these management practices. *Detailed information about DWPMPs can be found in Fact Sheet Below*

Applicants that receive funding must adhere to EPA’s Subaward Policy, CFR §200.320, which states that procurement of services or supplies of more than $3,000 must obtain price or rate quotations from at least three qualified sources. It is highly recommended to obtain price or quotes prior to application submission to ensure costs remain within project budget and to expedite the start of project work. Learn about EPA’s Subaward Policy here:*

Project areas include:
  • Wellhead protection areas - groundwater systems,
  • Officially designated future wellhead protection areas, and
  • Populations served by the community Public Water Supply System.
10% of Total Project Cost
July 14, 2021
Proposals, including a DUNS number, must be received at the NDEE Lincoln office by 4:00 PM of this due date.

August 2021
Proposals are reviewed by committee.

September 2021
Projects selected and sponsors notified. Funding is made available to begin projects pending approval of a final Work Plan and finalization of a funding agreement.

September 2021
Projects may start no earlier than September 1, 2021 as all project funding is dependent on NDEE’s receipt of the EPA Capitalization Grant. Contracts will not be signed prior to NDEE receiving funds.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 5:00pm
Hand deliver, mail, or email a PDF to:

245 Fallbrook Blvd
Lincoln, NE 68521

PO Box 98922
Lincoln, NE 68509-8922

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No additional information at this time.