319 Grant

Water Programs

Program Summary

The focus of 319 grants is to improve water quality in Ohio’s streams and lakes.  The state of Ohio receives funding annually from U.S. EPA through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.  Projects funded with 319 funds include stream restoration, stream bank (or riparian) restoration, wetland restoration, lowhead dam removal, projects that reduce nutrient and sediment runoff, inland lake management and restoration (public lakes only) and storm water management projects.  Communities and landowners may have the option to work eligible applicants on water quality improvement projects.



Eligible applicants include the following:

  • Local municipalities, counties and townships
  • County and municipal park districts
  • Soil & Water Conservation Districts
  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation and watershed organizations
  • Land managing state agencies

Projects must be identified within an approved watershed action plan, also known as Nine-Element Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategies (click here to see a current list of approved plans). Up to $300,000 is typically available per project and a 40% non-federal match is required.



Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District: 513.732.7075 ext 3

Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District: 937.378.4424

Clinton County Soil & Water Conservation District: 937.382.2461 ext 3

Highland Soil & Water Conservation District: 937.393.1922 ext 3



Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water

50 W. Town St., St. 700

PO Box 1049

Columbus, OH 43216-1049

Ph: 614-265-6685


Program Website: https://epa.ohio.gov/dsw/nps/index#120843254-319-grants