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Ohio EPA Requests Nominations to Finance Wastewater Projects
Nominations must be received by Aug. 31
Communities seeking funding assistance for wastewater infrastructure projects for program year 2021 are encouraged to apply for assistance under the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF). Projects may be nominated by following the instructions and forms available on Ohio EPA’s website. Nominations must be received by Aug. 31, 2020.
“For more than 30 years, the state’s revolving loan fund has helped many communities and homeowners improve their wastewater infrastructure,” Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson said. “I encourage community leaders to work with our office to assess their needs and consider submitting a nomination by the Aug. 31 deadline.”
As in previous years, sufficient loan funds are anticipated for all eligible projects, with a continued focus on nutrient reduction, unsewered areas, and regionalization. In addition to loan awards, approximately $35 million will be made available as “principal forgiveness” loans (loans in which some of the principal does not have to be repaid). Also, up to $15 million will be offered to public agencies and not-for-profit organizations to carry out projects that restore and protect Ohio’s water bodies under the Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program.
For construction projects, nominations must be submitted to Ohio EPA by Aug. 31. While planning, design, and nutrient reduction projects may be nominated at any time, it is highly recommended all anticipated projects be submitted during the open nomination period, as additional funds (e.g. H2Ohio and federal funding) may become available during the upcoming program year.
The WPCLF program is administered by Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance, with assistance from the Ohio Water Development Authority. Since 1989, the WPCLF has provided more than $10 billion in community loan assistance and saved its customers more than $1.5 billion in interest.
The WPCLF also offers technical assistance to public wastewater systems in a variety of areas from the planning, design, and construction of improvements to enhancing the technical, managerial, and financial capacity of these systems.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.