Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)

WISPr Water Infrastructure Sponsorship Program

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.

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

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 and annual reserve budget for assets to help communities budget for their specific needs.

Intended Use Plans

Each year the CWSRF and DWSRF publish an Intended Use Plan (IUP), which 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.

VT Pollution Control Grants

Currently Vermont statute allows for Pollution Control Grants of 10%  - 35% for qualifying Water Pollution Abatement and Control Projects.  The percent grant depends on:

  1. Eligible Project Type and Costs;
  2. Technical Points and Affordability Points awarded under the Priority System;
  3. Availability of Funding from the Vermont Legislature;
  4. Project ranking in the fundable range for PC Grants.

Formerly Vermont Statutes allowed for several types of Pollution Control Grants:

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