US EPA grants fund to manage Oklahoma’s nonpoint-source water pollution

The Oklahoma Office of the Secretary of Energy has received funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to manage nonpoint-source water pollution (NPS).

The $8.55m funding will be used by the Oklahoma Office for several projects that have been designed to improve water quality in various priority watersheds.

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said: “Improving the nation's water is one of EPA's highest priorities under the Trump Administration.

“This grant funds state-led programmes that are working for communities throughout my home state of Oklahoma.”

NPS is caused due to rainfall or snowmelt moving over the ground. The runoff gathers natural and man-made pollutants as it flows, and then deposits them into lakes, rivers, and groundwater.

The pollution created by the runoff materials can be difficult to manage as it cannot be traced to a specific source.

Oklahoma Energy and Environment Secretary Michael Teague said: “Oklahoma has shown great success in improving water quality by working directly with landowners to reduce non-point source pollution.

“This award will continue to assist the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and partners to improve our state’s waters.”

The EPA funding will enable the US state to fund NPS management projects, such as controlling animal wastes, sediment, pesticides, and fertilisers; watershed planning and monitoring; and education and outreach programmes.