The Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) Water Quality Program is pleased to announce the availability of the State Fiscal Year 2017 (SFY17) Draft Funding Offer List and Intended Use Plan (Draft List) for public review and comment. The Draft List describes how Ecology proposes to use state and federal dollars to fund projects focused on improving water quality across the state.
This year, Ecology received 155 applications requesting more than $207 million in financial assistance. Ecology is proposing grant and loan funding for 103 projects totaling approximately $137.5 million. The total includes $100 million in loans from the Washington State Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund, approximately $33.2 million in grants from the Stormwater Financial Assistance Program, approximately $2.7 million in grants from the Centennial Clean Water Program, and approximately $1.5 million in grants from the Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Program. The projects proposed for funding reflect the highest priority water quality projects across the state. Projects proposed for funding include:
- 54 stormwater facility projects.
- 26 wastewater facility projects.
- 16 nonpoint source pollution control activity projects.
- 5 stormwater control activity projects.
- 2 local onsite sewage system repair and replacement projects.
The Draft List is available at: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/SummaryPages/1610002.html. In addition, the Draft List and other SFY17 funding cycle information are available at:http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/funding/Opp/WQC/CyclePages/WQC2017.html.
A public review and comment period is open until 5:00pm on February 21, 2016. Ecology will hold a public information meeting to present the Draft List and discuss the project evaluation and funding cycle process. Details on the public meeting are listed below.
Date: Friday, February 5
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: Pierce County Library
Processing and Administrative Center
3005 112th Street East
Tacoma, WA 98446
Please mail, email, or fax any written comments on the Draft List to:
Department of Ecology
Water Quality Program – Financial Management Section
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
A Final Funding Offer List and Intended use Plan (Final List) will be developed and issued following the receipt of public comments, awarding of federal grants, and passage of the state 2016 Supplemental Budget. The Final List is expected to be published by July 1, 2016. Any public comments received on the Draft List will be addressed in the Final List.