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Water Quality Financing    

    

FFY 2015/State FY2017 Financial Assistance Solicitation Announcing the Federal FY2015/State FY2017 Financial Assistance Solicitation  

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This notice is to invite you to apply for capital project funding from the following grant and loan programs administered by MDE: 

 

  • Water Quality State Revolving Loan Fund (WQSRF) – Low interest rate loan and loan principal forgiveness (if eligible) for publicly-owned sewerage treatment works projects and publicly or privately-owned stormwater treatment works projects.

 

  • Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) – Low interest rate loan and loan principal forgiveness (if eligible) for public or privately-owned drinking water projects. 

 

  • Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) Program – Grant funds for 50% of the eligible cost of BNR upgrade at designated wastewater treatment plants.

 

  • Bay Restoration Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) Program – Grant funds for 100% of the eligible project cost of ENR upgrade at designated wastewater treatment plants. 

 

  • Supplemental Assistance Program – Grant funds not to exceed $1.5 million for wastewater projects at publicly-owned facilities, based on system size, compliance, and affordability. 

 

  • Water Supply Financial Assistance - Grant funds not to exceed $1.5 million for drinking projects at publicly-owned facilities, based on system size, compliance, and affordability.

 

If your project will be ready-to-proceed to construction by December 2016, please complete a separate application for each capital project for which you are seeking financial assistance and submit to MDE per instructions on the last page of the application.  If you previously applied for financial assistance and your project was only partially or not funded, a new/updated application is required.

 

All applications must be received by MDE no later than January 30, 2015.

 

Application Forms

 

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 the icon to the right.   Acrobat Reader

 

  For a Microsoft Word version of an application, please contact Elaine Dietz at 410-537-3908 or elaine.dietz@maryland.gov 

 

Associated Documents

  • WQFA Clean Water Benefits Mapping
  • County Grant Administrators, Loan Officers and Project Managers
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Integrated Project Priority System for Water Quality Capital Projects (All applicants for clean water – point source and nonpoint source – projects should review this for eligibility and project ranking)
  • Integrated Project Priority System for Drinking Water Capital Projects (All applicants for drinking water projects should review this for eligibility and project ranking)
  • Supplemental Mapping Instructions
  • Funding Eligibility - Loans and Grants (excluding BNR/ENR)
  • PFA Exception Procedure
  • Water Audit and Water Conservation Guidance
  • EPA's WaterSense Program - WQFA encourages all Maryland municipalities to promote water conservation.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Project Reserve Guidance
  • Green Project Reserve At-A-Glance (clean water projects only)
  • Sample Calculations for Non-Point Source Projects
  • Non-Point Source Load Reduction Calculator
  • Median Household Income Chart
  • Priority Fund Map (PFA)
  • River Basin Designation Chart
  • Environmental Benefits Districts in Maryland
  • Bay Restoration Fund (BRF)
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    Water Quality Financing Administration

    The Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration thanks everyone who submitted an application during the solicitation for FFY2014/State FY2016 funding and/or participated in the public comment period.  The following final documents and responsiveness summary have been submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  to request the FFY 2014 Clean Water and Drinking Water Capital Grants under the Federal Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act, respectively:   

    Clean Water (Point Source and Nonpoint Source) Documents

    Drinking Water Documents

     Please contact Elaine Dietz at elaine.dietz@maryland.govor (410) 537-3908 with 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  

     

     FUNDING APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED DECEMBER THRU JANUARY ANNUALLY

     

    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 wastewater facilities with biological nutrient removal 

    Bay Restoration Fund - Enhanced Nutrient Removal Grant Program

    Innovative, state-of-the-art technology at wastewater treatment plants for nitrogen and phosphorus reduction to the Bay

    Bay Restoration Fund - Septic System Grant Program

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

    Supplemental Assistance Grant Program

    Construction of needed wastewater facilities. Correction of water quality problems.

    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.

     

     Reports:

  • Maryland Water Quality Financial Statements and Supplemental Schedules Together With Report of Independent Public Accountants for the Years Ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 
  • Maryland Water Quality A-133 Supplemental Financial Report Together With Report of Independent Public Accountants
  •  For Septic Grants:

  • Program Implementation Guidance FY 2015 (Appendix B) 
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    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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