CLEAN WATER & DRINKING WATER
Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF)
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Overview: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides a total of $4 billion to Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and $2 billion to Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) programs to fund projects that will improve water quality and water supply. These funds are revolving loan funds administered by the states to support water and wastewater utility projects. Note that of the total amount allocated under ARRA, 20% must be set aside for green infrastructure, energy and water efficiency, and environmentally innovative projects.
EPA Announces $38,993,400 Recovery Act Funds for Water Infrastructure Projects in the District of Columbia
Washington, D.C. is exempt from establishing a State Revolving Fund (SRF) program. Federal funds are issued as grants by EPA. The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority will be one of several grantees for project grants from the stimulus funds.
According to the SRF Allotments Based on Final Economic Recovery Appropriations document (3/12/09) on EPA’s website, the District of Columbia will be allotted $19.4 million in CWSRF and $19.5 million in DWSRF funds.
The latest Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Act funding information available on the District’s Stimulus website is their Draft Fiscal year 2009 Construction Grants Project Priority List for Water Pollution Control Projects, which includes proposed projects for the Blue Plains AWTP, and their Intended Use Plan for the Safe Drinking Water Act Funds Federal Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010.
UPDATE: List of Stimulus funded Water Projects in the District
To view and/or download the District's Project Priority List (PDF), click here.
To view and/or download the District's Intended Use Plan (PDF), click here.
According to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) website, Maryland will be provided with a total of $121.6 million in funding, with Water Quality receiving $94.8 million and Drinking Water receiving $26.9 million.
On March 20, 2009, Governor O’Malley and MDE Secretary Shari Wilson announced 95 proposed water quality and drinking water projects, totaling $119.2 million, set to receive either low interest loans or grants under the ARRA. MDE states that the “proposed funds were allocated based on readiness to proceed, as well as maximum environmental and health benefits, and will benefit every region of the State.”
CWSRF: A total of $20,863,846 in Clean Water projects was awarded to Maryland jurisdictions in the COG region.
DWSRF: A total of $1,309,500 in Drinking Water projects was awarded to Maryland jurisdictions in the COG region.
UPDATE: Proposed Water Quality and Drinking Water Stimulus Funding Project List & Map
To view and/or download Maryland's complete proposed funding list (PDF), click here.
To view and/or download Maryland's proposed funding map (GIF), click here.
According to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) web site, Virginia will be allotted $76,995,168 in Clean Water State Revolving Funds. Two hundred and ninety-four applications were received during the initial application process. After the initial evaluation, DEQ prepared a Draft Project Priority List for public review, which consists of the applicants and projects being considered for funding. DEQ notes that an applicants’ presence on the list does not guarantee funding.
Virginia's DEQ received 294 applications requesting a total of $1.4 billion. The attached draft project priority list of applications is being presented for public review and comment. The draft list is oversubscribed, and will have to be pared to fit the $77 million allocation.
UPDATE: Virginia Drinking Water Stimulus projects
CWRSF: Virginia jurisdictions in the COG region may be receiving $4,383,000 of Clean Water stimulus funding.
DWSRF: According to Virginia’s Department of Health web site, the state's DWSRF should be receiving $21 million in stimulus funding.
The State Water Control Board has approved the final list of localities that will receive federal stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Virginia Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund for improving wastewater treatment plants and collection systems. A total of $76.9 million in grants is available from the federal government for these projects, going to 27 localities. The Department of Environmental Quality evaluated 294 requests, worth more than $1.3 billion, before submitting a recommendation to the water board. Specific criteria were used in DEQ's analysis, including anticipated environmental benefits, financial hardship and ability to begin the projects in the near future. A locality's unemployment rate also was a consideration.
For more information on Virginia's drinking water stimulus projects, click here.
The funds are administered by EPA and are allocated to each state based on statutory allotment percentages for the CWSRF and percentages derived from the 2003 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey for the DWSRF. Each state will award the funds to local governments or utilities for projects (selected through a review and evaluation process) as either a low interest, flexible terms loan or a grant. Preference will be given to applicants whose projects are “shovel ready” within 12 months of the enactment of the ARRA.
NOTE: Localities must be registered through Grants.gov in order apply for
federal grants. The web site includes a walk through of the registration
For more information and for EPA guidance, click here to visit the EPA's ARRA Web site.
To view and/or download the entire SRF Allotments document (PDF), click here.
Department of the Environment
Water Quality Division
202.535.2194 | E-Mail
State of Maryland
Water Quality Financing Administration
410.537.3119 | E-Mail
Commonwealth of Virginia
Department of Environmental Quality
Construction Assistance Program
804.698.4133 | E-Mail
Department of Health - DWSRF
Director of Construction Assistance, Planning, and Policy
804.864.7489 | E-Mail
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