Grants issued by USEPA under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act include a condition requiring the submittal of a status report every six months. This report is prepared to satisfy that condition and publicize the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's accomplishments in controlling nonpoint source pollution.
Nonpoint source pollution is the diffuse, intermittent runoff of pollutants from various sources. Precipitation moving over and through the ground picks up pollutants from these sources and carries them into rivers, lakes, and ground water. Major sources that contribute to Illinois' nonpoint source pollution problems are agriculture, construction erosion, urban runoff, hydrologic modifications, and resource extraction activities. The Clean Water Act of 1987 included a new national initiative to help states develop innovative nonpoint source pollution control strategies. Under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, USEPA provides grants to states for the implementation of approved nonpoint source management programs. Funding under these nonpoint source program implementation grants has been used in Illinois to finance projects that demonstrate cost-effective solutions to nonpoint source problems and that promote the public's knowledge and awareness of nonpoint source pollution. For more information on Illinois EPA's nonpoint source water pollution control grant program or on specific grant projects, contact:Illinois Environmental Protection Agency