ews Release 338

Public invited to comment on plan for 2011 drinking water fund Deadline for comments is June 21

Volume 38-338 (For Immediate Release)
Contact:  Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JUNE 10, 2010--The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments on the 2011 Draft Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan.

The department will hold a public meeting to discuss the plan and take comments at 10 a.m., June 17, at the Lewis and Clark State Office Building, 1101 Riverside in Jefferson City.

Each year, the department prepares a plan describing how it intends to use federal and state funds for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program.  The department uses this money to make low-interest loans to drinking water systems.  These loans help systems improve infrastructure, comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act and protect public health.

The interest rate on the available loan funds this year will be approximately 30 percent of the interest rate offered on a market rate loan.  The department uses a smaller amount for program administration and technical assistance.

The department anticipates there will be approximately $56 million available this year for low-interest loans to drinking water systems and approximately $8 million available for other authorized activities.  In addition, approximately $8 million will be used for additional subsidies in the form of grants for drinking water infrastructure projects.  More than $5 million of the grants and loans will be used for projects that address green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency improvements or other environmentally innovative activities.

The department is also soliciting comments on the draft Priority Point Criteria and the draft Readiness to Proceed Criteria, which will be used to rank new applications received for fiscal year 2012.  Except for minor updates that do not affect the basic criteria, the department is proposing no changes to either of the criterion approved last year. The deadline for 2012 applications is tentatively set for Nov. 15.

The department will accept comment on these drafts until June 21.  Comments can be submitted to the department’s Water Protection Program by:

A copy of the draft drinking water Intended Use Plan and criteria can be found on the department website at dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/srf/index.html.  A copy may also be requested by writing to Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Water Protection Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176, or by calling the department’s Water Protection Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1300.