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WRRDA - What is it and what does it mean for me?

Mary Wagner, PE | with 0 Comments

WRRDA - What is it and what does it mean for me?

The Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) was signed into law on June 10, 2014.  It is promoted as cleaning up and expanding funding opportunities available from the Environmental Protection Agency state revolving fund programs.  We’ve listed the key features of WRRDA for you here.
  • The types and nature of projects eligible for State Revolving Fund loans and grants have dramatically increased.  In addition to Publicly Owned Treatment Works and other traditional projects, the funds may also be used for:
    • management and conservation plans,
    • storm water (these have been greatly expanded beyond treatment),
    • non-point sources for pollution,
    • watershed projects,
    • pilot programs,
    • energy-consumption reduction projects; and more.
  • There is a possibility of increasing the loan term to 30 years, state by state.  This may have an effect on the interest rates or other factors and the facilities must have at least that life.  Wisconsin will not increase loan terms to 30 years.
  • A Fiscal Sustainability Plan will be required.
  • Procurement of A/E Services will be handled on a state by state basis.  Procurement in Wisconsin may be required for any costs that are wished to be recovered using principal forgiveness (PF) only loans.  Procurement may not be required for costs being recovered by low-interest loan funds (or a blend of loan and PF funds.)
  • Principal Forgiveness and other subsidy arrangements will be available every year that there is sufficient funding available from the federal government as a capitalization grant.
  • American Iron and Steel requirements are now permanently in place.
  • Davis Bacon Prevailing Wage requirements are now permanently in place.
We’re learning more about WRRDA every day and how it will effect funding processes for you in the future.  Watch our blog for more updates or subscribe to the Grants and Funding newsletter to keep on top of this topic.  For more information on WRRDA or for other funding inquiries, contact Mary Wagner.

Since this blog was originally posted on September 9, 2014, WDNR has released updated information surrounding how WRRDA will impoact EIF programs.  We've updated the content of this post to reflect the most recent and up-to-date information available.  Please contact us with any questions.

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