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Funding Requirements for Preliminary Engineering Reports (Effective October 1, 2015)  The Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration (MWQFA) thanks everyone who submitted an application during the recent solicitation for FFY2016/State FY2018 funding.  The following documents are now available for a 30-day public comment period prior to submittal to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency to request the FFY 2016 Clean Water and Drinking Water Capital Grants under the Federal Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act: 

Clean Water (Point Source and Nonpoint Source) Documents

The PPLs show all applications received in ranked order from highest to lowest score.  The IUP Table 1 lists projects that ranked high enough to be considered for Water Quality Revolving Loan Funding; however, only those projects with an amount shown in the “Total Funding” column will receive financing (see the “Comments” column for outstanding issues, potential grant funding etc).  Please note:  applicants with projects selected from the PPLs to receive State FY 18 grant funds will be notified around June 2017, following the close of the legislative session. 

For Water Quality Revolving Loan Funding projects only:  applicants wishing to pursue LOAN funding or debt service GUARANTEE on local debt,  on projects identified on the Clean Water PPL that are not being considered for financing can contact Ms. Elaine Dietz (see information below).  Funding capacity for these projects, if selected, will be provided from projects on the older IUPs that are delayed/deleted, from future loan repayments and/or from issuance of additional revenue bonds, if necessary.  

 

Drinking Water Documents

 

The PPLs show all applications received in ranked order from highest to lowest score.  The IUP Table 1 lists projects that ranked high enough to be considered for Drinking Water Revolving Loan Funding; however, only those projects with an amount shown in the “Total Funding” column will receive financing (see the “Comments” column for outstanding issues, potential grant funding etc).  Please note:  applicants with projects selected from the PPLs to receive State FY 18 grant funds will be notified around June 2017, following the close of the legislative session. 

The Draft FFY 2016 IUPs will be the subject of a public hearing on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Maryland Department of Environment (Terra Conference Room, 1st Floor Lobby), 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland, 21230.  The public hearing record will be closed on June 24, 2016.  Comments on the draft documents can be submitted as follows: 

  • In person at the public hearing    
  • Via email to elaine.dietz@maryland.gov 
  • Via fax to (410) 537-3968 (Attn:  Elaine Dietz)

 

Via mail to: Elaine Dietz

  Water Quality Financing Administration

MD Department of the Environment

Maryland Department of the Environment

1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 515

Baltimore MD 21230-1718

 

All comments will be included in a responsiveness summary.  MDE will respond to those who submitted comments at the public hearing requesting certain actions.  Please contact Elaine Dietz at (410) 537-3908 or elaine.dietz@maryland.govwith any questions.

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Purpose and Mission

The mission of the Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration (WQFA) is to provide financial assistance in the form of low interest rate loans and/or grant funding for clean water and drinking water capital projects across the State. 

Eligible types of projects include:

  • Water quality point source projects
  • Drinking water projects
  • Non-point source pollution control projects
  • Septic system upgrade projects  

 

The WQFA administers the loan and grant programs described below: 

Financial Program

Purpose

Water Quality Revolving Loan Program (WQRLF)

Provides low-interest loans to local governments to finance wastewater treatment plant upgrades, nonpoint source projects, and other water quality and public health improvement projects.

Drinking Water Revolving Loan Program (DWRLF)

Provides low-interest loans to local governments to finance water supply improvements and upgrades.

Water Supply Assistance Grant Program

Helping communities meet their water supply needs.

Biological Nutrient Removal Cost -Share Grant Program

Upgrade of publicly-owned wastewater facilities with biological nutrient removal.

Bay Restoration Fund Wastewater Grant Program 

  • ENR upgrade at major or minor wastewater treatment plants.
  • Improvements to existing wastewater conveyance systems. (New)
  • Sewer extension to connect homes on septic systems to a BNR/ENR wastewater treatment plant. (New)
  • Nutrient-reducing BAT shared community septic systems. (New)
  • Stormwater (MS4) projects by local governments with a system of charges. (New)

Bay Restoration Fund - Septic System Grant Program

Upgrades of existing septic systems to best available technology for nitrogen reduction to the Bay.

Linked Deposit Program

Water quality capital improvements

Both loan programs receive federal funding from  the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and offer below market interest rate loans to eligible borrowers, while ensuring the perpetuity of the revolving funds.

The WQFA is authorized to issue revenue bonds subject to approval of the State Board of Public Works and Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment.  Bonds issued by the WQFA do not constitute a debt or the full faith and credit pledge of the State or any political subdivision.  The bonds are paid solely from WQFA revenues as pledged under the bond indenture for each of the above Funds.

The WQFA works very closely with MDE’s Engineering and Capital Projects Program (ECPP, formerly the Water Quality Infrastructure Program).  The ECPP is responsible for the development and implementation of capital projects to correct public health and water quality problems and provides restoration measures that lead to water quality and habitat benefits.  The ECPP provides technical assistance to local government and eligible private entities.

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 Reports:

  • Maryland Water Quality Financial Statements and Supplemental Schedules Together With Report of Independent Public Accountants for the Years Ended June 30, 2015 and 2014 
  • Maryland Water Quality A-133 Supplemental Financial Report Together With Report of Independent Public Accountants
  •  For Septic Grants:

     

    Associated Documents

    Funding Requirements for Preliminary Engineering Reports (Effective October 1, 2015) Funding Requirements for Preliminary Engineering Reports (Effective October 1, 2015)

     

     

     

    For additional information regarding the SRF Loan Programs, please contact Jag Khuman, Director, Water Quality Financing Administration by: Phone: (410) 537-3119 or E-Mail: jag.khuman@maryland.gov

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