Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)

How to Select A Consultant

The Brooks Act requires that federally funded projects obtain professional design services through Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) Procurement.  The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 required this process for all CWSRF funded projects.  There is a waiver process currently available, please talk with your project developer if your community might need a waiver.

FED has prepared several documents to help federally funded projects though the QBS procurement process:

Consultant Submittal Requirements

Summary of Submittal Requirements
Percent Complete Feasibility Studies Step 1: Facilities Planning Step 2: Final Design Step 3: Construction

Fiscal Sustainability Plans

WRRDA required that all CWSRF projects include a Fiscal Sustainability Plan. This is planning document that makes a list of critical assets, their condition, and the costs for repairing or rehabbing them on a regular schedule. The plan recommends and annual reserve budget for assets to help communities budget for their specific needs.

Intended Use Plans

Each year the CWSRF and DWSRF each publish an Intended Use Plan (IUP), which is a planning report that explains how the SRF funding "cap grant" provided by the Federal government will be used to support the programs. Each IUP involves a public hearing and comment period, a priority list, and an explanation about how money will be used to meet funding requirements. Each IUP can be amended by request in January.

Each IUP makes program decisions to meet requirements set by Congress in each year's cap grant.  Those program decisions are discussed breifly below:

VT Pollution Control Grants

Vermont Statutes allow for several types of Pollution Control Grants:

  • Combined Sewer Overflow Abatement Grants (up to 25% of eligible costs)
  • Dry Weather Flow Abatement Grants (up to 35% of eligible costs)
  • Sludge and Septage Grants (up to 50% of eligible costs)

All projects in the CWSRF program are tracked for grant eligibilty.  Projects that are eligible are requested by the Department to be added to the Captial Bill.  In some circumstances the Department's recommendations may not be followed and projects may not appear in the Capital Bill.  

Environmental Review

All federally funded projects are required to comply with NEPA, the National Environmental Policy Act. Since both the CWSRF and DWSRF receive federal funds, all elements of these projects must comply with NEPA. The State of Vermont has established two State Environmental Review Procedures (SERPs) to complete the environmental reviews associated with the required NEPA review.


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