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Facilities Engineering Division
Grants & Loans Information

 

The Facilities Engineering Division administers grant and loan programs for municipal pollution control and water supply construction projects. The division also performs financial audit functions for these projects.  Please contact Winslow Ladue, Financial Management Program Manager, Facilities Engineering Division, for more information at (802) 498-7374.  Also, please see the Financial Management Section home page for further details.

About 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.

Vermont Drinking Water SRF FFY2014 Adopted Intended Use Plan

 

The DWSRF has three separate, but often related, funding opportunities.

DWSRF Planning Loans

Planning loans are awarded for preliminary engineering planning studies, preliminary and final engineering plans and specifications for water system improvement projects needed to comply with state and federal standards and to protect public health. Nearly all water system improvement projects are eligible (new construction, renovation or replacement, or consolidation of systems). Costs incurred prior to a commitment of loan funds by DEC are not eligible for a loan.

Planning loans are available for the following systems:

  • Municipal public community systems with populations <10,000
  • Municipal non-transient, non-community (NTNC) water systems
  • Private non-profit community water system with populations <10,000

DWSRF Source Protection Loans

Source Protection Loans can be used to purchase land or conservation easements to protect public water sources and ensure compliance with state and federal drinking water standards. Source(s) must have a hydrogeologically-delineated source protection area, an approved Source Protection Plan prior to loan award and are limited to public community water systems (PCWS). The water system must demonstrate how the project will directly promote public health protection or compliance with national drinking water regulations.

DWSRF Construction Loans

All public community water systems and non-profit non-community water systems are eligible for DWSRF Construction loan funds.

 

About Municipal Pollution Control Projects Priority List for State FY 2014 & Clean Water Intended Use Plan for Federal FY 2013

ADOPTED State FY2015 Municipal Pollution Control PRIORITY LIST and Federal FY2014 Clean Water Intended Use Plan

 

The adopted Municipal Pollution Control Projects Priority List for State FY 2015 and Clean Water Intended Use Plan for Federal FY 2014 includes a listing of construction projects which may apply for and receive State Clean Water Revolving Loan Funds (CWSRF) in State fiscal year 2015.

 

Changes made this year to the CWSRF program in the last two years include:

 

This Year

  • Subsidy may be provided on planning loans based on Median Household Income (MHI), economic viability of a project; or as needed, construction loans considering MHI.
  • Congress amended the federal laws enabling the CWSRF this year including expanding eligibility and placing new requirements. We expect additional implementation guidance from EPA soon on the implementation which will begin 10/1/2014 and the years following.  Additional details will follow once guidance is received from EPA.

 Last Year

  • Short-Lived Asset Reserve table must be included for short-lived assets not being replaced by the proposed project. Waiver process available for small projects such as pump stations.

Short-Lived Asset Reserve – A table of short lived assets should be included for the system (See Appendix A for examples). The table should include the asset, the expected year of replacement, and the anticipated cost of each. Prepare a recommended annual reserve deposit to fund replacement of short-lived assets, such as pumps, paint, and small equipment. Short-lived assets include those items not covered under O&M, however, this does not include facilities such as a water tank or treatment facility replacement that are usually funded with long-term capital financing.

Final Design - Need to update Short-Lived Asset Reserve table for short lived assets funded by the project and update the annual reserve deposit.

 

  • Annual Payment to Reserve Fund – Need to make annual deposit to reserve fund. Amount of deposit needs to be at least the amount determined from the Short-Lived Asset Reserve table.
  • Verification of Deposits into Annual Reserve Accounts – Projects funded for Preliminary Engineering, Final Design and Construction must submit annual verification of deposits made into annual reserve accounts. Verification can be provided by submitting one of the following to Facilities Engineering Division:
  • Annual Reports showing deposits to reserve accounts
  • Annual Audit showing deposits to reserve accounts
  • Copy of Bank Statement of annual reserve accounts
 

Past Years - Pollution Control Priority Lists and Clean Water Intended Use Plans

ADOPTED State FY2014 Municipal Pollution Control PRIORITY LIST and Federal FY2013 Clean Water Intended Use Plan  PDF, 18 Pages

ADOPTED State FY2013 Municipal Pollution Control PRIORITY LIST and Federal FY2012 Clean Water Intended Use Plan  PDF, 14 Pages, 789 KB

 

CLEAN WATER State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) LOAN & State Grant APPLICATION:

CWSRF Preliminary Engineering Loan Application Updated 4 May 2011   PDF, 112 KB

CWSRF Final Design Loan Application Updated 18 May 2012   PDF, 117 KB

CWSRF Planning Loan AMENDMENT Updated 4 May 2011   PDF, 117 KB

CWSRF Construction Loan Application Updated 18 May 2012   PDF, 121 KB

CWSRF Construction Loan AMENDMENT Updated 4 May 2011    PDF, 111 KB

State Pollution Grant Application   PDF, 20 KB

CLEAN WATER and DRINKING WATER PAYMENT REQUEST Information (Post ARRA):

CWSRF and DWSRF Payment Request Instructions Updated November 14, 2013.doc

CWSRF and DWSRF Payment Request Form Updated November 14, 2013.xls

 

CWSRF Environmental Review Determinations

All projects receiving CWSRF loan funds must receive an Environmental Review prior to the release of construction loan funding.  The level of detail and the amount of information provided in this environmental report is commensurate with the magnitude of construction activities and their potential impact on environmental and historical resources. Historically, CWSRF funded projects have received categorical exclusions, which are more intensive environmental review, because they are anticipated to have minimal or no impact. The Environmental Review Procedures detail the State Environmental Review Process (approved by USEPA) which describes the procedures used to satisfy the requirement under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). All Categorical Exclusions (CATEX), Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI), Environmental Impact Documents (EID) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS)s are issued within a certain time frame, and are located below.

CLEAN WATER Categorical Exclusions Issued:

2014

RF1-153 Saint Johnsbury Request Letter, Environmental Review & Categorical Exclusion April 16, 2014

RF1-163 Williston - Gallop Hill Pump Station Categorical Exclusion October 14, 2013 & PER Addendum

RF1-152 Windsor Town Categorical Exclusion April 10, 2014

2013

RF1-173 Colchester - Windemere MHP Categorical Exclusion October 10, 2013 & PER

RF1-170 Saint Albans - non‑phosphorus rehabilitation WWTP & 2 PS Categorical Exclusion April 3, 2014 & Letter, EID and EID Addendum

RF1-168 Saint Johnsbury - Routes 2 and Main St CSO Categorical Exclusion April 26, 2013

RF1-172 Springfield - Valley Street Categorical Exclusion August 20, 2013

2012

RF1-160 Milton Town System Replacement/Rehab Categorical Exclusion  October 25, 2012

RF1-101 Richmond Town East Main Street Categorical Exclusion August 10, 2012

RF1-143 Sherburne Fire District No. 1 Categorical Exclusion March 12, 2012

RF1-163 Williston Town Categorical Exclusion March12, 2012

2011

AR1-044 Milton Town Categorical Exclusion January 6, 2011  

RF1-146 Alburgh Village Categorical Exclusion January 10, 2011 

RF1-154 Bellows Falls Village Categorical Exclusion June 17, 2011  

RF1-162 Brighton Town Dale Ave PS Categorical Exclusion December 13, 2011 

RF1-113 Enosburg Falls Village Categorical Exclusion January 12, 2011 

RF1-157 Essex Junction HS Pump Stations & Telemetry Upgrades Categorical Exclusion July 18, 2011 

RF1-148 Essex Junction POTW Refurbishment Categorical Exclusion July 19, 2011 

RF1-150 Newport City Categorical Exclusion February 7, 2011

RF1-149 Williston Town Categorical Exclusion January 12, 2011

RF1-151 Williston Town Categorical Exclusion March 16 2011 

2010

RF1-145 Hinesburg Town Categorical Exclusion November 4, 2010  

RF1-135 Windsor Town Categorical Exclusion December 16, 2010

Otter Valley Union High School Categorical Exclusion February 26, 2010     

2009

AR1-098 & AR1-018 Barre City Categorical Exclusion July 20, 2009 

AR1-007 Bellows Falls Village Categorical Exclusion May 20, 2009  

AR1-026 Bristol Town Categorical Exclusion September 8, 2009  

AR1-013 Burlington City Categorical Exclusion June 4, 2009  

AR1-012 Castleton Town Categorical Exclusion May 18, 2009  

RF1-131 Enosburg Falls Village Categorical Exclusion June 19, 2009  

AR1-004 Essex Junction Village Categorical Exclusion April 28, 2009 

AR1-001 Essex Town Categorical Exclusion March 30, 2009  

AR1-032 & AR1-033 Essex Town Categorical Exclusion November 17, 2009  

AR1-006 Hartford Town Categorical Exclusion April 22, 2009  

AR1-099 Hartford Town Categorical Exclusion November 16, 2009  

AR1-010 Hinesburg Town Categorical Exclusion May 7, 2009   

AR1-011 Johnson Village Categorical Exclusion May 7, 2009   

AR1-043 Middlebury Town Categorical Exclusion October 13, 2009  

AR1-044 Milton Town Categorical Exclusion July 13, 2009  

AR1-016 Montpelier City Categorical Exclusion June 15, 2009  

AR1-003 Morrisville Village Categorical Exclusion April 10, 2009   

AR1-054 Proctor Town Categorical Exclusion June 22, 2009

AR1-057 Richmond Town Categorical Exclusion November 5, 2009  

AR1-057 Richmond Town Environmental Information November 2009  

AR1-061 Rochester Town Categorical Exclusion November 4, 2009  

AR1-009 Rutland City Categorical Exclusion May 19, 2009  

AR1-062 Shelburne Town Categorical Exclusion June 9, 2009  

AR1-014 South Burlington City Categorical Exclusion May 21, 2009  

AR1-073 South Burlington City Categorical Exclusion July 23, 2009  

AR1-070 & 071 & 072 South Burlington City Categorical Exclusion July 29, 2009

AR1-015 State of VT BGS Categorical Exclusion May 26, 2009  

AR1-079 Troy Town & Jay Town Categorical Exclusion December 16, 2009  

AR1-005 Waterbury Village Categorical Exclusion April 20, 2009  

AR1-005 Waterbury Village Categorical Exclusion May 15, 2009  

 

CLEAN WATER Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI) Issued:

2013

RF1-171 Brattleboro Black Mountain Gravity Sewer Finding of No Significant Impact November 6, 2013 & PER & EID

RF1-166 Rutland Northwest Neighborhood (Library Ave) CSO Finding of No Significant Impact November 6, 2013 & PER & EID

RF1-164 Waitsfield Decentralized WW Project Winter Park REVISED Letter, UPDATED Environmental Assessment, REVISED Finding of No Significant Impact 5 SEP 13

EM-96143301.0 Village of Waterbury REVISED Finding of No Significant Impact dated March 11, 2013

2012

EM-969142001.0 Troy-Jay WWCS Project July 19, 2012

Village of Waterbury USEPA Special Grant FONSI Letter, Determination & Phosphorus Environmental Assessment January 31, 2012

2009

AR1-024 Brattleboro Town FONSI June 18, 2009  

AR1-041 Hartford Town Quechee Expansion FONSI Environmental June 2009 Document  

AR1-041 Hartford Town Quechee FONSI Letter December 11, 2009  

AR1-067 South Burlington City Airport Parkway FONSI May 4, 2009  

AR1-067 South Burlington City Airport Parkway FONSI Letter to Colchester from EPA May 4, 2009   

 

 
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