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March 3, 2009

Re:      Federal Stimulus Funding US EPA – Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds

Dear Mayor:

Earlier today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its official guidance on the economic recovery funding for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF’s). The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided $4 billion for the Clean Water SRF and $2 billion for the Drinking Water SRF.
http://www.epa.gov/water/eparecovery/docs/2009-03-02_Final_ARRA_SRF_Guidance.pdf

The law dictates that states must use at least 50 percent of the money for principal forgiveness, negative interest loans or grants (or any combination of these). Additionally, at least 20 percent of the money must be used for green infrastructure or water or energy efficiency projects.

Visit the State’s “Call for Projects” website at
http://www.nj.gov/dep/dwq/pdf/EconomicRecoveryCallforProjects.pdf to move ahead on this.

Communities that are interested in receiving assistance for a project must contact their state SRF programs to be placed on the state’s priority list for funding. States have been collecting information on projects that are ready to proceed to construction, but many have reopened their priority lists in response to final passage of the law. Projects must be under contract for construction or construction must have commenced within 12 months of enactment—by Feb. 17, 2010.

There are a number of other documents on the EPA website, including a state breakdown of SRF allocations.
http://www.epa.gov/water/eparecovery/docs/Final_SRF_eco_recovery_allotments.pdf

For more information on other EPA programs, visit the EPA’s economic recovery website.
http://www.epa.gov/recovery/

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

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