Invitation to USEPA Listening Sessions with s319 Watershed Assistance Grant Recipients (past, current, and future!)

Please see below for an announcement from EPA regarding a series of listening sessions for communities and local organizations that are current or potential recipients of 319 sub-awards.

“On September 27, 2022, EPA released a memo entitled Near-term Actions 

to Support Environmental Justice in the Nonpoint Source Program. In the memo, EPA committed to taking action to ensure equitable and fair access to the benefits of cleaner water prov


ided by the Section 319 program. Among the actions EPA commits to in the memo is an ongoing dialogue with the NPS community as this work goes forward.

As a part of this dialogue, it is important to hear from those who might have received a pass through grant from a state or territory and those who have not yet received a 319 grant.  The NPS program is hosting four listening sessions open to all NPS subgrantees and those considering applying for an NPS grant. If you are interested in participating in a listening session, please sign up through our Eventbright Registration for one of the following dates:

  • Tuesday, May 17 at 1:00pm-2:30pm ET 
  • Wednesday, May 18 at 3:00pm-4:30pm ET  
  • Note: This session will focus on communities in the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed
  • Tuesday, May 24 at 6:00pm-7:30pm ET 
  • Wednesday, May 25 at 3:00pm-4:30pm ET 

These listening sessions will provide an overview of the NPS program and the Justice40 initiative, and a facilitated discussion with subgrantees. This discussion aims to understand the challenges facing environmental justice communities, Tribes, and Indigenous communities, how these challenges impact NPS programs working within these communities, and how EPA can help address these challenges through action in the Clean Water Act Section 319 programs.

NPS grants are given directly to states, territories, and tribes to support a variety of activities related to nonpoint source efforts. To learn more about the NPS program, please visit this webpage.

If you have any questions or need additional information please contact Cyd Curtis (  or Steve Epting (


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