Water Pollution Control (Clean Water) Revolving Loan Fund (WPCRLF) Program

The Federal Water Quality Act of 1987 required all states to begin the transition from the federal EPA grants program to a new State Revolving Fund loan program no later than FY 1989. Federal funds previously appropriated for the grants program were instead targeted to the SRF loan program in FY 1989 and after. These funds are being used for funding basically the same types of wastewater projects that were funded under the grants program. Loans awarded for these wastewater projects are being repaid to the SRF at an interest rate that is at or below market interest rates, and the fund is to be maintained in perpetuity. The states must provide at least a 20% match to the federal funds. The funding authorization for the SRF program expired at the end of FY-94 along with the Clean Water Act. However, Congress has continued to appropriate funds on a year-to-year basis. State legislation to establish the SRF was enacted during the 1988 legislative session and implementation was begun in FY 1989.

How To Get Started

Municipalities, public sewer districts or other eligible recipients who are interested in obtaining low interest loan funding for water pollution control projects should do the following:

  1. Hire a consulting engineer registered in Mississippi
  2. Click here to view the Construction Branch Staff Directory
  3. Arrange a pre-planning conference with Department staff
  4. Submit a Ranking Form requesting placement on the Priority List
  5. Develop and submit a Facilities Plan by the deadline established each year
Green Project Reserve (GPR) Funding

Beginning with the FY-2010 Federal CWSRF Appropriations Act, Congress has included the following provision with the CWSRF appropriations language:

“Provided, That for fiscal year [Current Fiscal Year], to the extent there are sufficient eligible project applications, not less than [*] percent of the funds made available under this title to each State for Clean Water State Revolving Fund capitalization grants shall be used by the State for projects to address green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency improvements, or other environmentally innovative activities.”

* Percentages were 30% for FY-2010 and FY-2011, and 10% for FY-2012

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has termed this provision the “Green Project Reserve” (GPR) and interpreted the language to mean that States must undertake special efforts to solicit such projects, and must reserve this funding until it is either awarded to such projects, or EPA approves a waiver for insufficient eligible project applications, after review and acceptance of the State’s solicitation efforts.

Attached below is the latest (2012) version of the EPA published GPR Guidance document, which provides details regarding 1) what types of projects qualify as GPR projects, 2) which of those qualify categorically, 3) which must be further justified using a “business case” to qualify, and 4) how to prepare a business case.

In addition to reserving this funding as required, MS’s WPCRLF Program has made additional subsidy available in the form of forgiveness of 20% of the loan principal, to WPCRLF eligible projects for which at least 25% of the project scope/cost qualifies as GPR eligible.

WPCRLF-eligible applicants interested in such funding for upcoming projects which may qualify as GPR eligible, should complete and submit a WPCRLF Ranking Request Form for the project. An MDEQ project manager will then be assigned to the project, and will transmit information to assist the applicant and their consulting engineer in the planning and loan application processes.

Also, attached below are tables which provide details of the WPCRLF projects which have received GPR funding, as well as copies of any Business Cases submitted for those GPR-funded projects which did not qualify categorically.

WPCRLF/GPR Project Details [ARRA]

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WPCRLF/GPR Project Details [FY-2010 and Subsequent Appropriations

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