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.
A guide for researching options for financing water infrastructure projects. Examine the requirements for each program and see if your entity qualifies.
Project Priority Lists and Intended Use Plans
The MPCA prepares the project priority list (PPL) to determine funding priorities for Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loans, Wastewater Infrastructure Fund Grants or Loans, Point Source Implementation Grants, and the Small Community Wastewater Treatment Grants or Loans. Other funding agencies consider project rankings on the PPL when making their project funding decisions.
2019 PPL and IUP
In January 2018, the MPCA, Department of Health and Public Facilities Authority notified all eligible municipal entities that there is an opportunity to submit Clean Water or drinking water projects to their respective Project Priority List (PPL).
Schedule for 2019 projects
|Wastewater Facilities Plans or Stormwater Project Plans are due to the MPCA (to ensure priority review)||March 2, 2018|
|Request for Placement on PPL due to the MPCA||March 2, 2018|
|Request for Placement on the 2019 IUP due to the PFA||June 2, 2018|
|Wastewater Facilities Plans or Stormwater Project Plans: preliminary approval by MPCA for 2019 IUP projects||June 30, 2018|
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.
Please direct all Clean Water Project Priority List (PPL) documents to PPL.Submittals.PCA@state.mn.us.
- 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 Project Priority List (PPL) Scoring Summary
2018 PPL and IUP
Projects and activities the PFA intends to fund from the Clean Water Revolving Fund in state fiscal year (FY) 2018 (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018).
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.
- Wastewater Collection and Treatment Facilities - Cost Eligibility Guidelines for the Clean Water Revolving Fund Program
- Clean Water Revolving Fund guidance for municipal wastewater projects' 30-year expected life analysis (wq-wwtp2-51)
Clean Water Revolving Fund administrative forms (Minn. Rule Ch 7077)
These Administrative Checklists are 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.
- Administrative Checklist for Wastewater Collection and Treatment Projects
- Administrative Checklist for Stormwater Treatment Projects
- Cost and Effectiveness Certification Form
Facilities Plan and Facilities Plan Supplement for Wastewater Treatment Systems - Ch 7077.0272
- For additional information on working with Section 106 Preservation Conditions: Advisory Council on Preservation Conditions website
- Section 106 Consultation guidance document (wq-wwtp2-50) - An overview of the process for completing Section 106 Consultation.
- Section 106 Review Exemption Checklist (wq-wwtp2-48)
- Appendix C — Template letter to the MnHPO (wq-wwtp2-49)
- Tribal Contacts — Section 106 Reviews (p-gen5-30)
- Section 106 Reviews — Tribes by County (p-gen5-31)
- 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 (wq-wwtp2-20) - 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
- Schedule for Completion of Facilities Plan Form - Ch 7077.0280, Subp. 2.B.
- Certification of Enactment of Sewer Use/Rate Ordinance - Ch 7077.0280, Subp. 4.B.
Project performance - Ch 7077.0288
- One-year Certification Form - Ch 7077.0288, Subp. 2.A.
- Operation and Maintenance Manual Certificate of Completion - Ch 7077.0288, Subp. 2.B.
- Documentation of Sufficient Funds Form - Ch 7077.0288, Subp. 2.C.
- Electronic Submittal: Wastewater Treatment Facility Construction Record Documents (wq-wwtp5-87)
The Water 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.
Provides grants to units of local government to assist with the cost of wastewater treatment or stormwater projects necessary to:
- Meet wasteload reductions prescribed under a total maximum daily load (TMDL) plan required by Section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act
- Reduce the discharge of total phosphorus to one milligram per liter or less
- Meet any other water quality-based effluent limit established under section Minnesota Statute Section 115.03, subd 1, (e)(8), that is incorporated into a permit issued by MPCA that exceeds secondary treatment limits
- Meet a total nitrogen limit of ten milligrams per liter or less
Funds have been appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature from the Clean Water Fund via the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.
The determination of eligible costs includes a calculation by the MPCA of the Essential Project Component (EPC) percentage based on existing versus future needs, which may result in some projects qualifying for less than 50% grants.
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.
Bill Dunn, Wastewater and Stormwater Financial Assistance Programs Administrator, 651-757-2324 or 651-402-1639 (cell)
- Wastewater technical issues: Randy Thorson, P.E., 651-757-2779
- Stormwater technical issues: Michael Findorff, P.E., 651-757-2357