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Wetland Program Development Grants and EPA Wetlands Grant Coordinators

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About Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs)

WPDGs provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct projects that promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction and elimination of water pollution.

Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are typically put out in the spring time.

WPDGs assist state, tribal, local government (S/T/LG) agencies and interstate/intertribal entities in building programs to protect, manage and restore wetlands. States, tribes, local governments, interstate associations, and intertribal consortia are eligible to apply for the Regional WPDG Request for Proposals (RFPs). Nonprofits, interstate associations and intertribal consortia are eligible to apply for the National WPDG RFPs.

WPDGs provide applicants an opportunity to develop and refine comprehensive state/tribal/local government wetland programs. These programs are meant to:

  • Build the capacity of state/tribal/local governments to increase the quantity and quality of wetlands in the U.S. by conserving and restoring wetland acreage and improving wetland condition.
  • Use one or more of the following “Core Elements” in order to achieve this goal.

Core Elements

With the work of many states and tribes, the EPA has distilled a set of core elements, actions and activities that together comprise a comprehensive wetland program. The EPA has summarized these common core elements, actions and activities in Core Elements of an Effective State and Tribal Wetland Program, also called the "Core Elements Framework." The CEF describes in greater detail each of the four core elements that make up an effective state/tribal wetland program. These four core elements are:

  1. Monitoring and assessment.
  2. Voluntary restoration and protection.
  3. Regulatory approaches including CWA 401 certification.
  4. Wetland-specific water quality standards.

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Past Grant Awards

The Wetland Grants Database contains further information on Wetland Program Development Grants that were awarded in past years. The Wetland Grant Database (WGD) houses grant data for Wetland Program Development Grants, a three-year demonstration pilot program (the "Pilot Grants"), grant Case Study narratives and Model Products created by the grant program.

Applicants for Wetland Program Development Grants should examine the case studies and previous awards found in the Wetlands Grant Database and consider whether there is any information from any grants similar to their current proposals that the applicant can benefit from (such as project design, deliverables, etc.).

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Wetlands Grant Coordinators and Requests for Proposals

Map of the US, split into EPA regions

Tribal Wetland Program Development Grant Competition

Myra Price (
1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
MC: 4501T
Washington, DC 20460
Phone: 202-566-1225
 2020-2021 Tribal WPDG Request for Proposal Application Period Closed.

Tribal WPDG Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Region 1 (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)

Donna Smith-Williams (
EPA Region 1
1 Congress Street, MC CSP, Suite 100
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-918-1620
2019-20 WPDG Request for ApplicationsApplication Period Closed.

Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, VI)

Jaclyn Woollard (
EPA Region 2
290 Broadway
NY, NY 10007
Phone: 212-637-3832
2019-20 WPDG Request for ApplicationsApplication Period Closed.

2019-20 WPDG Region 2 Frequently Asked Questions 

Region 3 (DE, MD, PA, VA, WV, DC)

Danielle Algazi  (
EPA Region 3
Wetland Branch/Water Division
1650 Arch Street, MC 3WD10
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-814-2722 
2020  WPDG Region 3 Request for ApplicationApplication Period Closed.

Region 4 (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)

Geryl Ricks (
EPA Region 4
61 Forsyth Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-562-9837

2019-20 WPDG Request for Application — Application Period Closed.

Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)

Dertera Collins (
EPA Region 5
77 West Jackson Blvd., MC WW16J
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-353-6291

2019-20 WPDG Request for Applications — Application Period Closed.

Region 6 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)

Sondra McDonald (
EPA Region 6
1445 Ross Avenue, MC 6WQ-AT
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 214-665-7187

2019-20 WPDG Request for Applications — Application Period Closed.

Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE)

Jennifer Ousley (
EPA Region 7
11201 Renner Boulevard
Lenexa, KS 66219
Phone: 913-551-7498

2019-20 WPDG Request for Applications — Application Period Closed.

Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)

Cynthia Gonzales (
EPA Region 8
1595 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-312-6569
2020, 2021, and 2022 Region 8  WPDG Request for ApplicationsApplication Period Closed.

Region 9 (AZ, CA, HI, NV, AS, GU)

Sarvy Mahdavi (
EPA Region 9
Southern California Field Office
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-244-1830
Successful applicants for WPDGs in Region 9

2019-20 WPDG Request for Applications — Application Period Closed

Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA)

Wetland grant coordinators in Region 10
Successful applicants for WPDGs in Region 10
2019-20 WPDG Request for Applications — Application Period Closed.

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