U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG) provide critical support to states to take priority actions in achieving Clean Water Act standards, including those that could be impacted by forest management. These funds represent the cooperation in the “cooperative federalism” model.
Of particular importance are the categorical grants for nonpoint source pollution prevention (known as Section 319 funds). This funding allows states to address their highest priority issues relative to minimizing water quality issues from nonpoint sources (agriculture, forestry, stormwater, etc). Federal funds are matched by states at a rate of 60:40.
The National Association of State Foresters urges support at the current $170 million funding level for this critical grant program which helps state forestry agencies protect water quality during forestry activities.