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Montana/Dakotas Environmental Quality Protection Program

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Eligible Recipients:

  • Educational Institution
  • Local Government
  • Native/Tribal Entity
  • Non-profit
  • State Government

Program Purpose:

  • Environmental Clean-up

Reserved for Energy


Upcoming Milestones:


Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Funded by:

U.S. Department of the Interior


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Montana/Dakota (MTDK) and its partners mitigate hazards to protect public health and safety and the environment, and restore watersheds for resources, recreation, fish, wildlife and domestic animals, and manage air quality for the protection of public health and sensitive ecosystems, and return lands to productive uses including, but not limited to, recreation, fish and wildlife habitat, and preservation of historical/cultural resources. Extractive industry activities of the past, including underground and surface mining and releases of hazardous substances from degraded watersheds and air-sheds on public lands throughout Montana/Dakotas (MT/DAK). Unrestored sites may pose a threat to wildlife, biota, groundwater, surface water, soil as well as to risks to the health and safety of public land users.

Funding Opportunity Goals

  1. Reclaim abandoned hardrock mine lands to productive uses including, but not limited to, recreation, fish and wildlife habitat, and preservation of historical/cultural resources.
  2. Reduce liabilities by eliminating or reducing human health and ecological risks posed by abandoned mines.
  3. Establish partnerships, where possible, with States, local governments, Tribes, and voluntary environmental and citizen groups, non-governmental organizations to pool resources and expertise to address abandoned mines.

Related Resources

Additional information is available on the Resources page.

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Grant - no match
Total Amount Available:
Limit per Applicant:
Estimated Awards:

Applicant Guidance

The recipient should expect Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to have substantial involvement in the project. Prior to submitting an application, applicants are encouraged to contact AML program personnel at the BLM district or field office where the work is proposed to take place to discuss proposed projects in order to determine eligibility under the BLM priorities and criteria described in this NOFO. If the project crosses multiple states or is national in scope, applicants are also encouraged to contact Krista Doebbler, HQ-232 AML program lead at kdoebble@blm.gov.

Substantial involvement may include, but not be limited to, such things as:

  1. Collaboration between the BLM and recipient in carrying out management, development, implementation, operation, monitoring and evaluation of the proposed work;
  2. Training of recipient personnel;
  3. Review and approval by the BLM of one stage of work prior to the start of the next stage;
  4. Review and approval by the BLM of modifications or sub-awards prior to their award;
  5. Participation in selecting recipient project staff; and
  6. Ability to immediately halt work because of failure to meet agreement objectives.

Contact Information

For programmatic technical assistance, contact:

Mark Peterson

Email: mpeterson@blm.gov

For Grants Management Officer assistance, contact:

Beesan Abder-Ruhman

Phone: (406) 896-5331

Email: babderruhman@blm.gov

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