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Driscoll, Paul

Funding Available for Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring

HELENA – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality provides support to groups that enlist volunteers to collect data for water quality monitoring projects related to nonpoint source pollution. These groups provide valuable water quality information in their watersheds to DEQ and to stakeholders.


This funding is for projects designed to gather water quality data on nonpoint source water pollution. Nonpoint source pollution is created when runoff water moves over and through the ground delivering pollutants to lakes, rivers, wetlands, and groundwater. Common nonpoint source pollutants include sediment, nitrogen, phosphorus, metals, pesticides, and pathogens.


Funds will cover the cost of laboratory analysis of water and sediment chemistry samples and sample shipping costs. Up to $3,000 is available per project.


Applicants can be local watershed groups, conservation districts, county extension services, counties, schools, etc. Eligible projects include existing or anticipated water quality monitoring projects related to nonpoint source pollution. A DEQ approved Sampling and Analysis Plan will be required prior to conducting sampling.


Applications are being accepted through 2 p.m., March 31, 2017 and may be subject to a competitive process. Awardees will have until February 2018 to complete their monitoring projects.


For more information on the Volunteer Monitoring Lab Analysis Support Program, please contact Katie Steele at (406) 444-0549, or by email at, or Katie Makarowski at (406) 444-3507, or by email at: Or visit DEQ’s website at:

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