CWSRF & DWSRF Green Project Reserve Guidance
The federal appropriation laws included additional requirements affecting both the Clean Water and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund programs starting in fiscal year (FY) 2010. These laws require that funds be made available to each revolving fund to address green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency improvements, or other environmentally innovative activities. Green Project Reserve (GPR) projects may be funded using a subsidy in the form of principal forgiveness, when funds are available.
We are soliciting eligible GPR project applications in FY 2018 to meet the minimum threshold. Federal guidance requires that the State identify GPR projects on the draft project priority lists (see link to Fiscal Year Reports). In order to meet this requirement, final project plans will need to identify both categorical and non-categorical GPR projects or components and their associated costs (both construction and non-construction). For categorical GPR projects, the plans need to clearly link the GPR portion to the specific category and provide supporting documentation. For non-categorical GPR projects, the plans need to contain a business case. which will serve to demonstrate substantial water and energy efficiency benefits/savings.
The following information has been provided to assist you with GPR determinations and documentation. For DWRF projects that may have GPR water mains, the Green Reserve Qualification Template must be completed along with a business case. Business cases are no longer required for pressure reducing valves or for replacement of existing broken/malfunctioning water meters, or upgrading existing meters with automatic meter reading systems. Additionally, replacement of broken/malfunctioning water meters with traditional water meters may be considered GPR based on a business case. There are business case examples of funded projects noted below.
- EPA Guidance on GPR for CWSRF
- EPA CWSRF GPR Crosswalk
- EPA Guidance to Low Impact Development
- DWSRF GPR Meters and Water Main Template
- EGLE DWRF GPR Guidance
- EPA DWSRF GPR Business Case Examples