Monthly Archives: January 2014

Comments Due Friday on State Revolving Fund Plans

Friday, January 24, is the deadline to comment on MassDEP’s Draft 2014 Intended Use Plans (IUPs) for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

The draft IUPs list by priority ranking those projects that MassDEP will recommend to be financed through the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust in 2014. The Draft IUP lists those projects determined to be the most significant in terms of public and environmental health.

The Clean Water SRF is a joint federal/state fund that assists communities in implementing the requirements of the federal Clean Water Act. The Drinking Water SRF assists public water suppliers to implement the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

MassDEP is recommending $306.3 million in Clean Water SRF financing that will support 28 construction projects and 15 planning projects across the Commonwealth.  The Drinking Water SRF plan supports 20 construction projects with $99.56 million.

These totals are down considerably from 2013, when the Clean Water SRF provided $391 million and the Drinking Water SRF $121 million.

MassDEP also is seeking comment on its proposal to transfer $10 million from the Clean Water SRF to the Drinking Water SRF.

Oral testimony on the IUPs will be received at public hearings on Friday, January 24 – 10 a.m. for the Clean Water SRF and 11 a.m. for the Drinking Water SRF – in Room 2212C at MassDEP, 1 Winter St., Boston, 02108.  Written comments should be sent to MassDEP at the same address for receipt by the close of business Friday.

EPA Offering Green Infrastructure Webcasts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is offering two webcasts in the coming week about green infrastructure:

“Best Practices for Green Infrastructure Operations and Maintenance”
Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 1 to 2:30 p.m. ET

This webcast will provide a general overview of best practices for creating a green infrastructure operations and maintenance plan. Speakers will cover specific lessons learned from early adopters of regulatory and incentive approaches to ensuring proper O&M on both public and private property.

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“Building Green Infrastructure, Jobs, and Wealth: The Prince George’s County, Maryland Urban Stormwater Retrofit Public Private Partnership (P3) Model”
Monday, January 13, 2014, 1 to 3 p.m. ET

This session will feature the innovative Prince George’s County, Maryland, Demonstration Pilot Program that illustrates key steps to creating a successful Public Private Partnership (P3) for a green infrastructure-driven urban stormwater retrofit program. Presentations will describe the process for assembling the needed expertise, from RFQ to implementation. This webcast is targeted to professionals interested in innovative financing of urban stormwater retrofits, green jobs, sustainable redevelopment, and green infrastructure for addressing MS4, TMDL, and other requirements and needs.

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