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By the Numbers: Dashboard tracks grants and loans helping Michigan communities upgrade water systems

More than half of the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s (EGLE’s) budget is distributed to Michigan communities via grants and loans to assist with infrastructure upgrades and other means of protecting the environment and public health. Two of the most notable and longest-running programs to distribute that money are the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

Dashboard showing location of EGLE loans.

EGLE loans dashboard.

 

Now, a new interactive dashboard from EGLE’s Water Infrastructure Funding and Financing Section (WIFFS) details the loans  EGLE has awarded through those two programs.

“Communities across the state have benefitted from the funding provided through these programs – more than $7 billion since their inceptions,” said Kelly Green, administrator of Water Infrastructure Funding and Financing for EGLE. “This dashboard allows communities, the public, and policymakers transparent access to the grant and loan awards – who is receiving them, for what purpose, and the amounts allocated.”

The dashboard is updated quarterly as new loans are awarded. Users can sort information in the dashboard by using the filters at the top of the screen, (Fiscal Year Awarded, Impacted Legislative Districts, or Project Number), by zooming and panning on the map, or by clicking on a slice on the pie chart. To view more details about a specific project, click on a point feature on the map. (Note: locations are generalized in nature and provide a community overview of where construction work is being done not necessarily the specific site.)

Started 1989, the CWSRF program assists municipalities with sanitary and storm system improvements. The DWSRF program begin nine years later and is a companion program that awards loan dollars to applicants to satisfy Safe Drinking Water Act requirements.

The programs operate as revolving funds whereby loan payments revolve back into the fund and are awarded to future applicants. Since the inception of the programs EGLE has provided over $7.3 billion dollars in low interest loans for drinking water and wastewater projects.