Water Quality Improvement Project Program

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) supports water quality improvements through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Statewide Grant Program. The WQIP program is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that directs funds from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund to projects that reduce polluted runoff, improve water quality, and restore habitat in New York’s water bodies.

Eligible Recipients:

  • Municipalities (villages, towns & cities)
  • Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  • Not for Profit Corporations (in some cases)

Eligible Projects:

The five basic types of projects eligible for funding:

  • Municipal Wastewater Treatment
  • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s)
  • Nonagricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control
  • Aquatic Habitat Restoration
  • Water Quality Management

The NYS DEC can provide up to 85% of wastewater treatment improvements and 75% of non-agricultural nonpoint source abatement and control, habitat restoration, and municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4).

Funding Source:
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Funding Amount:


Division of Water
Bureau of Program Resources
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