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Jan. 22, 2019 Ecology seeks comment

State Fiscal Year 2020 Draft Water Quality Funding Offer List and Intended Use Plan

Ecology is pleased to announce the availability of the State Fiscal Year 2020 (SFY20) Draft Funding Offer List and Intended Use Plan (Draft List) for public review and comment. The Draft List describes how we propose to use state and federal dollars to fund water quality improvement projects across the state. In addition, the Draft List and other SFY20 Funding Cycle information is available at our Water Quality Grants webpage.

How to comment

A public review and comment period on the Draft List is open until 5:00pm on Feb. 18, 2019. We will hold a public information meeting to present the Draft List and discuss the project evaluation and Funding Cycle process.

Informational Meeting

Feb. 6 at 1:00 pm

Pierce County Library

3005 112th Street East, Tacoma, WA.

Please email or mail comments on the Draft List to:

Daniel Thompson

Department of Ecology

Water Quality Program - Financial Management Section

P.O. Box 47600

Olympia, WA 98504-7600

Email: daniel.thompson@ecy.wa.gov

We evaluated 139 applications from local governments, tribes, conservation districts, other public bodies, and qualified not-for-profit organizations. Funding requests totaled approximately $339 million. We are proposing grants and loans for 107 projects totaling more than $183 million; funding is based on the Governor’s proposed 2019-21 Biennial Budget and federal funding estimates. The total includes $120 million in low-interest loans from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, $33 million in grants from the Stormwater Financial Assistance Program, approximately $28 million in grants from the Centennial Clean Water Program, and about $1.6 million in grants from the Clean Water Act Section 319 Program. This year, more than $114 million of our combined funding is for projects that will help support Puget Sound recovery. These projects are a high priority, as they help improve water quality and create a healthy habitat for the endangered Southern Resident Orca, salmon, and the food web they rely on.

The projects proposed for funding reflect the highest priority water quality projects across the state. Projects proposed for funding include:

  • 32 nonpoint source pollution control activity projects.
  • 1 local onsite sewage system repair and replacement projects.
  • 4 stormwater control activity projects.
  • 34 stormwater facility projects.
  • 36 wastewater facility projects.

Next Steps

We will respond to all comments received during the comment period when we publish the Final List. We expect to publish the Final List by June 28 after approval of the state’s 2019-2021 Biennial Budget. All commenters will be notified by email when the Final List is published.