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The Financial Management Program administers the engineering planning advance, engineering grant, and revolving loan programs. It also writes grant and loan awards for pollution control and water supply treatment and distribution and wastewater treatment and collections systems, and solid waste projects, and performs audit functions for the above projects.
Growth Center and Growth Management Guidance -
The Growth Center and Growth Management Guidance Document provides guidance for municipalities, consultants, Agency of Natural Resources’ staff and others interpreting the Municipal Pollution Control Priority System Rule. The rule establishes criteria for Agency funding of wastewater treatment facilities. The Guidance Document includes an explanation (types and characteristics) of “growth centers” for the purpose of the rule amendment and state regulatory proceedings associated with any infrastructure improvements. The Guidance Document also identifies and evaluates the effectiveness of local planning and regulatory tools that are available to municipalities to manage growth associated with sewer line extensions outside of growth centers.
Guidance Document Update - Engineering Fee Allowances -
An engineering fee allowance applicable to water supply and wastewater projects funded by DEC grant and loan programs was originally established in 1987 and was amended periodically to adjust for inflation. The revision below addresses concerns about the appropriateness of the previous allowance to address engineering cost for very small projects and very large projects, and is based on more recent data from Vermont and Connecticut.
Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund
The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program provides low cost loan financing to municipal and privately owned public water systems for capital improvements that improve public health protection and facilitate compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Municipal Pollution Control Priority Lists and Clean Water Intended Use Plans -
Please find below a request for pollution control projects in need of funding.
Towns, villages and cities please forward this email to other interested parties as they apply to your municipality: selectboard members, village trustees, city alderman, town or village managers, city mayor, city engineer, wastewater superintendent, public works directors, or wastewater treatment plant operator.
Municipalities interested in having a project considered for funding are asked to fill out the attached Priority List Application. Projects are ranked by the Department to allocate available State and Federal loans and grants. Later, municipalities with a funded project will need to fill out a loan or grant application to receive funds.
Qualifying projects will be listed on the new State Fiscal Year 2015 (begins July 1, 2014) Pollution Control Projects Priority List and Planning List for 2016 to 2024.
The attached application is to be filled out for each existing and new project requesting funding in the 2015 to 2024 time frame.
Funding is available for planning (preliminary engineering and final design engineering) and construction (construction engineering and construction contracts). Loans for planning have terms of zero percent interest and zero percent administrative fee, repayment begins five years after completion of services, and repayment is over five to fifteen years depending on loan amount. Planning loans must be combined with construction loans if a project is constructed. Construction loans have terms of two percent administrative fee, repayment begins one year after completion of the project and repayment is over a period up to twenty years. State grants may be available, as described below, when funding is approved by the Vermont legislature.
Please return the attached excel spreadsheet application by January 31, 2014.
Please note the following changes from the previous year’s request.
Annual Public Meeting Topics
The Facilities Engineering Division Financial Management Program is considering incorporating affordability into the clean water loans and grants. Any changes would take place in state fiscal year 2016 or beginning July 1, 2015. We are collecting information to prepare for any legislative changes that may be needed.
Please provide comments on the proposed requirements and questions below either via email to Winslow.firstname.lastname@example.org or at the 3/13/14 public meeting.
The Pollution Control Projects Priority List is adopted each year to identify municipal pollution control projects qualifying for available funding through the State Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and State grant programs. All projects requesting funding from 7/1/2014 to 6/30/2015 need to fill out a Priority List Application.
The Pollution Control Projects Planning List is adopted each year to identify municipal pollution control projects and funding for the second to tenth year of the planning cycle. All projects requesting funding from 7/1/2015 to 6/30/2024 need to fill out Priority List Application.
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund provides loans for qualifying projects. State grants may also be available for qualifying projects as noted below. Projects that may be funded include the following:
Refurbishment projects - Include improvements and renovations that are necessary to enable the treatment facility and/or pump stations to continue to operate efficiently and meet its present discharge standards for another twenty to twenty-five year design period.
Combined Sewer Overflow projects - These projects address problems caused by sewers that carry both wastewater and stormwater, and become hydraulically overloaded during rainfall events. This results in overflows to surface waters that are in violation of state and federal standards. State grants may be available for 25 percent of eligible costs.
Phosphorus Removal projects - State statute prohibits most discharges to the drainage basins of Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog that contain a phosphorus concentration in excess of standards, and requires that phosphorus effluent limits be implemented in any drainage basin where needed to meet the requirements of a total maximum daily load document or attain compliance with water quality standards. These projects are needed to meet existing phosphorus discharge permit limits. State grants may be available for 100% of eligible costs.
Dry Weather Flow projects - These are projects which abate pollution that occurs during dry weather periods, when systems are not stressed by rainfall events (see CSO discussion). Examples are the construction of a collection system and new treatment facility to eliminate direct discharges to surface waters, or the extension of a sewerage system to collect the flows from failing septic tank or leach field systems and convey them to an existing treatment facility. State grants may be available for eligible costs.
Enlargement projects - Upgrades of current facilities to handle increased wastewater flows or organic loading resulting from existing or planned municipal growth.
Sewer Line Replacement/Refurbishment projects - Upgrades of existing sewer lines to address aging infrastructure and limited capacities.
Sewer Line Extension projects – Construction of new sewer lines in areas previously not served by municipal sewers.
Septage and Sludge – Wastewater treatment plants with a design hydraulic capacity of 250,000 or more gallons per day and undergoing refurbishment may be eligible to receive grant funds up to 50 percent of the cost of that portion of the plant to be used to treat septage and sludge. Factors considered in provided grants include capacities of the plant to provide this treatment, the need for septage treatment in the region and the availability of funds provided by the legislature.
Stormwater/ Green Infrastructure/ Nonpoint Source projects – These projects store and/or treat stormwater flows which impair surface waters. In addition, projects using natural landscapes and/or plantings to manage wet weather flows to maintain and restore natural hydrology may be funded. Nonpoint source projects can address discharges to groundwater in leach fields. All projects of this type need to either be required by a draft or final NPDES permit or described in Vermont's nonpoint source management plan.
Water/Energy Efficiency or Environmental Innovative projects – These projects deliver equal or better services with less water, such as installing water meters, recycling water use, and /or addressing leaks. Energy efficiency projects reduce energy consumption at eligible water facilities or produce clean energy for these facilities. Environmentally innovative projects demonstrate new and/or innovative approaches to managing water resources in a more sustainable way.
Other - Represents projects that do not neatly fit into the categories above.
The timeline for this year's priority list:
December 12, 2013 Applications and Meeting Notification
January 31, 2014 Applications DUE
March 13, 2014 2-4 PM Hearing at National Life, Montpelier, in the WINOOSKI Conference Room
March 27, 2014 Comments Due
May-June 2014 FINAL Priority List
July 1, 2014 Start of State Fiscal Year 2015
Please let us know if you have questions, Winslow
Financial Management Program Manager
Facilities Engineering Division
Department of Environmental Conservation
802 498-7374 Cell Phone only
Past Years - Pollution Control Priority Lists and Clean Water Intended Use Plans
RULE - Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Protection Rules: Chapter 2
Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) LOAN & State Grant APPLICATIONS -
CLEAN WATER and DRINKING WATER PAYMENT REQUEST Information (Post ARRA):