The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final guidance on April 12, 2013, about states’ use of grants for nonpoint source programs under the Clean Water Act. The guidance recognizes uncertainties in grant funding, which decreased from more than $238 million in 2003 to $165 million in 2012. The new guidelines require states to set aside at least half of the grant money they receive as “watershed project funds” in recognition of EPA’s focus on watershed-wide approaches to nonpoint source pollution. This set-aside must “go toward restoring impaired waters through the implementation of [watershedbased plans] or acceptable alternative plans.” The guidelines also emphasize coordination of the EPA grant program with Department of Agriculture programs focused on reducing nonpoint source impacts from farming activities.