Managing wastewater and stormwater is important for the health and safety of any community. Financing is available for public entities that are looking to expand or improve their water infrastructure. Review the options and see financing for which you are eligible.
To receive funding from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) or Point Source Implementation Grants (PSIG), municipal wastewater and stormwater projects must meet some requirements and be listed on the state Project Priority List.
Stormwater projects must:
- address water quality needs (ponds for water quality may also include associated flood control benefits).
- consist of permanent stormwater treatment structures.
- be based on accepted engineering practices that result in water quality benefits.
Eligible wastewater projects must involve building new or improving, rehabilitating, expanding, or replacing existing wastewater collection or treatment facilities.
Prioritizing projects for funding
To prepare the Project Priority List (PPL), which determines funding priorities for SRF loans and PSIG, the MPCA scores and ranks stormwater and wastewater projects following criteria contained in Minn. R. 7077.0117 to 7077.0119. Projects are prioritized based on several factors, including:
- the type of water the project discharges to and whether it's in need of specific protections or pollutant reductions.
- if the project will help correct certain kinds of water quality problems.
- if the project will reduce the volume of stormwater being discharged.
Apply now to be on the 2024 PPL and Intended Use Plan (IUP) for the Clean Water and Drinking Water SRFs. Projects must be listed on the appropriate PPL to be eligible for the SRFs or Clean Water Legacy Fund programs. Projects must be on the 2024 IUP if they are seeking SRF financing in state fiscal year 2024 (July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024).
|Project deadlines||2024 PPL
(7/1/23 - 6/30/24)
(7/1/24 - 6/30/25)
(7/1/25 - 6/30/26)
|Stormwater or wastewater project plans due to the MPCA (to ensure priority review)||March 3, 2023||March 1, 2024||March 7, 2025|
|Request for placement on the Clean Water PPL due (MPCA)||March 3, 2023||March 1, 2024||March 7, 2025|
|Request for placement on the Drinking Water PPL due (MDH)||May 5, 2023||May 3, 2024||May 2, 2025|
|Request for placement on Intended Use Plan due to the PFA||June 2, 2023||June 7, 2024||June 6, 2025|
|MPCA's preliminary approval of wastewater facilities and stormwater project plans for Intended Use Plan||June 30, 2023||
June 30, 2024
|June 30, 2025|
2023 PPL and IUP
The state's Public Facilities Authority (PFA) prepares an annual Intended Use Plan based on the MPCA's PPL. It lists the projects and activities eligible for Clean Water SRF dollars during the state fiscal year. The 2023 Clean Water PPL and IUP were adopted in December 2022.
PPL application materials
Public entities that would like to get their projects ranked on the Project Priority Lists must submit an application and scoring worksheet to email@example.com.
- Minnesota Rules – Wastewater and Storm Water Treatment Assistance (Chapter 7077)
- Minnesota Rules - Individual Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems (Chapter 7080)
The wastewater infrastructure needs survey (WINS) addresses the current condition and future needs of Minnesota’s publicly owned wastewater treatment and conveyance infrastructure. WINS consists of a general community information survey, and project surveys for current and future sewer system and wastewater treatment facility projects.