What is Sponsorship?
The Water Infrastructure Sponsorship Program (WISPr) is intended to address a limited and under-assisted category of water resource needs in Vermont known as natural resource projects (NRP). The goal of WISPr is to counter the loss of ecological function and biological diversity that jeopardize the health of Vermont’s water resources by providing financial resources.
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:
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The Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 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 an annual reserve budget for assets to help communities budget for their specific needs.