Wastewater and stormwater financial assistance
Managing wastewater and stormwater is important for the health and safety of any community. It can also make a difference to a community’s growth potential and environmental value, in terms of attracting new businesses, new residents, and additional visitors. Financing for wastewater and stormwater projects is available for public entities.
On December 7, 2012, a joint mailing was sent to more than 1,300 eligible municipal entities that are eligible to submit wastewater, stormwater or drinking water capital improvement projects.
- Cover Letter
- Clean water (wastewater and stormwater) PPL sheet
- Drinking water PPL sheet
- Clean water and drinking water Intend Use Plan sheet
This following fact sheet offers a guide for researching financial options. Examine the requirements for each program and see if your entity qualifies. If so, contact the funding agency as the first step toward an affordable solution that protects health and safety while enhancing your community
Project priority list and intended use plan (IUP)
The MPCA prepares the project priority list (PPL) to determine funding priorities for Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loans, Wastewater Infrastructure Fund (WIF) Grants or Loans, Point Source Implementation Grants (PSIG), and the Small Community Wastewater Treatment (SCWWT) Grants or Loans. Project rankings on the PPL are also considered by other funding agencies when making their project funding decisions.
- Final 2013 Clean Water Project Priority List approved September 21, 2012
- Final 2013 Intended Use Plan details available on the Public Facilities Authority website. — Projects that seek funding from the 2013 IUP must submit plans and specifications to MPCA by March 21, 2013.
2014 project priority list schedule
Wastewater Facilities Plans or Stormwater Project Plans are due to the MPCA (to ensure priority review)
March 7, 2014 or before
Request for Placement on PPL due to the MPCA
March 7, 2014 or before
Request for Placement on the 2014 IUP due to the PFA
June 6, 2014
Wastewater Facilities Plans or Stormwater Project Plans preliminary approval by MPCA for 2014 IUP projects
July 1, 2014
Clean Water Revolving Fund Minn Rule Ch 7077 administrative forms
Administrative Checklist for Wastewater Collection and Treatment Projects - The Administrative Checklist is used by MPCA staff engineers, project professional engineers, and municipal administrators to track the required MPCA administrative forms that will be completed by municipalities and their projects’ professional engineers, and submitted to MPCA for their respective projects.
Facilities Plan and Facilities Plan Supplement for Wastewater Treatment Systems- Ch 7077.0272
- Design Flow and Loading Determination Guidelines for Wastewater Treatment Plants - Ch 7077.0272, Subp. 2.B.
- State Environmental Review Process (SERP) Mailing List - Ch 7077.0272, Subp. 2a.B.
- Environmental Information Worksheet - Ch 7077.0272, Subp. 2a.F.
Plans and Specifications for Wastewater Treatment Systems- Ch 7077.0274
- Project Schedule Form - Ch 7077.0274, Subp. 3.A.
Certification Submittal Requirements- Ch 7077.0280
Project Performance - Ch 7077.0288
Application materials for PPL
Local governments wishing to get projects ranked on the PPL must submit an application and scoring worksheet. Projects to serve unsewered areas must also submit their Unsewered Area Needs Documentation Part 1 in the format required by the MPCA.
- PPL Wastewater Application (updated to include GPR)
- PPL Stormwater Application (updated to include GPR)
- Project Priority List (PPL) Scoring Worksheet - Existing permit
- Project Priority List (PPL) Scoring Worksheet - Unsewered area
- Project Priority List (PPL) Scoring Worksheet - Stormwater
- State Revolving Fund Project Priority List Part 1: Unsewered Area Needs Documentation (wq-wwtp2-10)
- Minnesota Rules - Wastewater and Storm Water Treatment Assistance (Chapter 7077)
- Minnesota Rules - Individual Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems (Chapter 7080)
Clean Water Revolving Fund — Wastewater and stormwater
The Clean Water Revolving Fund, also known as the Clean Water State Revolving Fund or simply SRF, is established under the Federal Clean Water Act and state law to make loans to for both point source (wastewater and stormwater) and nonpoint source water pollution control projects. The PFA prepares an annual Intended Use Plan (IUP) based on a Project Priority List developed by the MPCA. The IUP describes the projects and activities eligible for funding during the state fiscal year.
The Wastewater Infrastructure Fund (WIF) program provides supplemental assistance in the form of grants and deferred loans to local governments for high cost, high priority wastewater projects. The program works in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development grant and loan program, or in conjunction with financing from the Clean Water Revolving Fund. Projects must be ranked on the MPCA’s Project Priority List to be eligible for WIF funds.
Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) grants
The Total Maximum Daily Load grant program provides grants to units of local government to assist with the cost of wastewater treatment or stormwater projects necessary to meet wasteload reduction requirements under TMDL implementation plans prepared and approved under the federal Clean Water Act.
Phosphorous Reduction Grants — Wastewater and stormwater
The Phosphorus Reduction Grant program provides grants to units of local government for the capital costs of wastewater treatment projects or portions thereof that will reduce the total discharge of phosphorus from the facility to one milligram per liter or less.
Small Community WWT
The Small Community Wastewater Treatment Program provides funding to help communities replace non-complying septic systems and straight pipes with new individual or cluster subsurface sewage treatment systems (SSTS) that will be publicly owned, operated and maintained.
For more information or help:
- Administrative procedures:: Bill Dunn, Wastewater and Stormwater Financial Assistance Programs Coordinator, 651-757-2324, 651-402-1639 (cell)
- Technical issues: Randy Thorson, P.E., Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Municipal Division, 651-757-2779
- Stormwater technical issues: Michael Findorff, P.E., 651-757-2357
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
520 Lafayette Road N.
St. Paul, MN 55155-4194