CWFP Priority Principal Forgiveness
Priority Principal Forgiveness (Priority PF) is an incentive that may be awarded in addition to regular Principal Forgiveness (PF). There are three categories of Priority PF, as established in the Clean Water Fund Program (CWFP) annual Intended Use Plan (IUP): regionalization, phosphorus reduction and energy efficiency. To be eligible for Priority PF, the municipality must first meet the eligibility requirements for regular PF. There is the caveat that no more than 70% of total project costs can be awarded as PF.
Regionalization Priority Principal Forgiveness
At least one publicly owned WWTP discharge must be eliminated and the flow must be redirected to a neighboring municipality. Furthermore, at least one of the municipalities involved and incurring capital improvement costs must meet the eligibility requirements for Regular PF.
Regionalization Priority PF will be awarded in the amount of $2,000,000 for the elimination of the first WWTP discharge, with an additional $1,000,000 awarded for each additional WWTP discharge eliminated as a part of the same project. The award will be allocated proportionally to the municipalities involved based on the costs of regionalization attributed to each municipality. Regionalization Priority PF is subject to availability and will be allocated in priority score order.
To receive funding, eligible applicants must indicate their eligibility within the Project Information screen of the CWFP application and submit it prior to the deadline, describe their affiliation with other municipalities involved in the project and submit a proposed or executed intermunicipal agreement with their application. The intermunicipal agreement must include all municipalities involved in the regionalization project, must have a term for at least the life of the loan and meet all other intermunicipal agreement requirements. An executed copy of the intermunicipal agreement is required prior to the loan closing.
Phosphorus Reduction Priority Principal Forgiveness
Eligible municipalities must meet the criteria below.
- Meet the eligibility requirements for Regular PF.
- Discharge less than 150 pounds of phosphorus per month (based on average flows from the past five years) or have an alternate phosphorus limit (pursuant to s. NR 217.04(2), Wis. Adm. Code), or serve a population of less than 10,000.
- For applicants with an alternative phosphorus limit per s. NR 217.04(2), Wis. Adm. Code, the phosphorus-related project must increase wastewater user charges to greater than 2% of the applicant's MHI in order to qualify.
- Have a final water quality-based effluent limit for phosphorus less than or equal to 0.3 mg/L as a monthly average limit (or 0.1 mg/L as a 6-month average limit) or be located in an implemented TMDL area for phosphorus.
- Discharge to surface waters.
- Must involve phosphorus reduction-related upgrades to the WWTP. The Phosphorus Reduction PF is only calculated on the phosphorus reduction-related WWTP upgrade costs.
The phosphorus reduction incentive will be available at two levels.
- For applicants where the project covered by the application is necessary in order to meet the final water quality-based effluent limit for phosphorus, the PF incentive will be equal to 50% of the phosphorus reduction-related project costs, as determined by the DNR, up to a cap of $1,000,000.
- For applicants where the project covered by the application is necessary in order to meet an interim limit for phosphorus that is less stringent than the final limit, the PF incentive will be equal to 25% of the phosphorus reduction-related project costs, as determined by the DNR, up to a cap of $500,000.
There is a lifetime cap of $1,000,000 in Phosphorus Reduction PF for any one municipality, regardless of how many phosphorus reduction-related projects are needed to meet final limits.
Eligible applicants must provide and/or attach the following information on the Project Information screen of the CWFP online application and submit it prior to the deadline.
- A breakout of the major components associated with the phosphorus reduction portion of the project. Include the purchase and installation costs associated with each of those components.
- Either an estimated or an approved phosphorus cost percentage. The phosphorus cost percentage should be calculated as PP = PC/DC where PP is the phosphorus percentage expressed as a decimal; PC is the construction costs associated with the phosphorus components of the project (this should be the sum of the phosphorus cost breakout); and DC is the construction costs associated with the total design capacity.
- A parallel cost estimate specific to the phosphorus costs. Use the parallel cost percentage (PCP) calculation method described in Attachment 2 of the “Guidance for Septage Considerations in Municipal Wastewater Facility Planning and for Application of Zero Percent Clean Water Fund Loans.” Replace the septage costs with phosphorus-specific costs.
- Indicate whether the design of the project is intended to meet the final phosphorus limit or an interim limit.
Energy Efficiency Priority Principal Forgiveness
Eligible municipalities must be the recipient of an energy efficiency incentive from Focus on Energy and must meet the eligibility requirements for Regular PF.
Energy Efficiency Priority PF will be awarded as a one-to-one match of the Focus on Energy incentive up to a cap of $50,000 per project. The award is based on availability and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the DNR's receipt of the required documentation.
Applicants must provide documentation of the award incentive from Focus on Energy. This documentation is not required at the time of application submittal but must be provided prior to loan closing. Additionally, applicants who learn of a Focus on Energy award, or submit a loan application, after the deadline are still eligible for the Energy Efficiency Priority PF funds, as available. Applicants who want to claim Energy Efficiency Priority PF after submittal of their loan application, but prior to loan closing, should work with their DNR Project Manager to submit documentation and be considered for funding.
- Contact information
- For information on this topic, contact:
- Lisa Bushby, CWFP Coordinator or Becky Scott, Program & policy analyst
Disclaimer of guidance: This document is intended solely as guidance and does not contain any mandatory requirements except where requirements found in statute or administrative rule are referenced. Any regulatory decisions made by the Department of Natural Resources in any matter addressed by this guidance will be made by applying the governing statutes and administrative rules to the relevant facts. Program implementation details are outlined in the governing administrative codes and statutes: §§ 281.58 and 281.59, Wis. Stat., and ch. NR 162, Wis. Adm. Code.