Water Level Monitoring Grants

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is offering a new grant program to project sponsors specifically targeted to support the collection and reporting of water level data in groundwater production wells in the basin.

Grant funding is focused on needs such as purchasing, installing, or maintaining water level monitoring equipment, to provide the appropriate data collection methods to meet the Commission’s requirements to monitor and report operational data. Funding should have the potential to positively impact a project sponsor’s ability to report reliable water level data, develop a valuable resource of operational water level data, prepare for the permit renewal process, and allow informed management of a water system.

How Does the Program Work?

Applicant Eligibility: Most projects in the Susquehanna River Basin approved to withdraw groundwater are eligible to apply. Although project sponsors generally must have a current docket approval with SRBC, project sponsors with a grandfathering certificate or operating under an order to make application for groundwater wells are also eligible. The program is open to both public and non-public project sponsors.

Grants may be used for projects that are not currently collecting water level data from their well(s) or may be used to upgrade equipment: to address equipment failure; to achieve better accuracy; to improve efficiency; or to automate water level measurement/recording.

Groundwater remediation projects are not eligible for this grant due to the nature of those projects, in that the collection of water level data is not critical for renewal.

The Commission will generally follow the criteria for prioritization provided along with these grant materials. However, all eligible projects will be considered. These criteria will assist the Commission in prioritization of projects should the number of applications exceed the budget for this year’s grant round.

Funding Amount: The Susquehanna River Basin Commission will fund up to $1,500 per source, with a facility cap of $7,500 per year for projects that meet the program’s requirements.

How to Apply

Timeframe: Applications open on April 1, 2021, and are due by June 30, 2021.

Funds will be distributed by direct reimbursement through submittal of paid invoices or receipts to the Commission. To be eligible for reimbursement, all items must be bought and service performed must be completed after April 1, 2021.

Application Process: The application process is a streamlined internal process requiring a single page application and budget. Proposals will be reviewed by the Commission. Funding announcements will be made after August 1, 2021.

The Commission’s Manager of Project Review is available for help with any or all parts of the application process, but input from Commission staff or any other office is no assurance that the project being submitted will be funded.