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GAPS Assistance Program

Generating Awareness for Project Success (GAPS)


Building successful remediation projects is accomplished through a combination of reliable data, healthy partnerships, and sufficient funding. The Federal 319 program is a reliable source of funding for nonpoint source pollution remediation, including abandoned mine drainage (AMD) and stream restoration projects. However, there is a “gap” in reliable funding and resources to develop realistic cost estimates for 319 remediation projects. A hurdle to many grass-roots organizations is collecting, managing, and analyzing data in preparation for a remediation funding request.

Generating Awareness for Project Success (GAPS) is a collaboration between the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds (FPW) and Three Rivers QUEST (3RQ) with support from the Colcom Foundation to assist grass-roots organizations within the Allegheny and Monongahela river basins with preparing and applying for successful remediation projects. Utilizing field teams and researchers, 3RQ will provide watershed groups with the information and technical expertise needed to prepare successful proposals that secure funding for the engineering and construction of nonpoint source remediation projects.


Grass-roots organizations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, or Maryland within the Monongahela or Allegheny river basins are encouraged to apply for GAPS program assistance. 3RQ anticipates assisting four to six watershed groups in 2022.

Services Provided

3RQ will provide field sample collection, data analysis, and technical resources to develop the basis for on-the-ground remediation efforts. Specifically, this may include monthly grab samples and flow measurements or the installation of in-stream data loggers. 3RQ will coordinate lab analysis and data management. All data will be uploaded to the WATERS database where it will be stored and accessible to your organization long-term at no cost.

In addition, 3RQ provides a network of water-oriented organizations and technical resources within the region to provide further support and collaborations. 3RQ may serve as a platform for documenting remediation successes, sharing data with the public via online Esri maps, and telling a big-picture story of improvements in the Upper Ohio River Basin as they relate to headwater and tributary restoration efforts. It is the goal of 3RQ and FPW to work together to remediate, improve, and enhance water quality throughout the Upper Ohio River basin.

Evaluation Measures

Applications will be evaluated based on the applicant’s ability to move the project toward successful remediation as well as the ability of 3RQ to assist with the specific needs of the organization.


Please submit an application via the webform found here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Information Sessions

3RQ is offering two information sessions to provide detailed information on the program, eligibility, services provided, and the application and evaluation processes. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions directly to 3RQ's team. Two dates are offered to accommodate schedule conflicts, 9/13/22 from 10:00 - 11:00 am and 9/20/22 from 1:30 - 2:30 pm. Both sessions will cover the same information. Register now.


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