(A) There is hereby created in the state treasury the nonpoint source pollution management fund. The fund shall consist of grant moneys received under section 319 of the "Federal Water Pollution Control Act" for purposes of assisting with the development and implementation of a comprehensive nonpoint source pollution management program pursuant to that section of the act. Moneys credited to the fund may be used for purposes of research, planning, water quality assessments, demonstration projects, enforcement, technical assistance, education, and training regarding management of nonpoint sources of water pollution. The director may enter into agreements to receive grant moneys for the nonpoint source pollution management fund and may enter into agreements to make grants of moneys credited to the fund including, without limitation, passthrough grants to other state departments or agencies.
(B) The director shall periodically prepare and, by rules adopted under division (O) of section 6111.036 of the Revised Code, establish a priority system for identifying activities eligible for assistance under this section. The priority system shall ensure that financial assistance available under this section is first provided to:
(1) Control particularly difficult or serious nonpoint source pollution problems including, without limitation, problems resulting from mining activities;
(2) Implement innovative methods or practices for controlling nonpoint sources of pollution including, without limitation, regulatory programs that the director determines are appropriate;
(3) Control interstate nonpoint source pollution problems;
(4) Implement ground water quality protection activities that the director determines are part of a comprehensive nonpoint source pollution control program, which activities include research, planning, ground water assessments, demonstration programs, enforcement, technical assistance, education, and training to protect ground water quality from nonpoint sources of pollution.
Effective Date: 05-26-1989