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Environmental Programs
Clean Water State Revolving Fund

 Total Federal Funding: $4 billion
 Estimated N.C. Funding: $68 million
 Estimated Local Funding: $2,665,263
 Administering Agency: N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Engineering & Property Management – Storm Water Services Division
City of Charlotte
 Overview: Stimulus funding for wastewater projects will be administered in North Carolina by the Division of Water Quality through the State Revolving Fund process. Funding of projects will be considered on a project-by-project basis and may either be grants or no- or low-interest loans. In the light of the economic conditions now facing North Carolina residents, the Secretary's Office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has determined, in consultation with the North Carolina Office of Economic Recovery and Investment, that recipients of assistance under the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act (ARRA) will be provided with loans that include principal forgiveness for 50% of the total amount of assistance received. The remaining 50% of the total amount of assistance will be in the form of a loan at 0% interest rate, the term of which will be set by the North Carolina Local Government Commission. The maximum assistance amount will be $3 million per project. At least 20% of funds will be used for "green" infrastructure, water or energy efficiency improvements or other environmentally innovative activities.
 Eligibility: Priority will be given to projects based on utility system financial need, system compliance needs and project schedule. Eligible uses for the funds include construction of publicly-owned wastewater treatment facilities, local sewers, sewer interceptor, and water recycling facilities.
  • Awards will be limited to a maximum of $3 million. Awards will not be increased for high bids.
  • The first round of funding (applications due April 3, 2009), awards will be made in priority order of those project that will be ready for construction June 17, 2009. Approximately 65% of funds available (i.e. – after the Green Project Reserve) will be awarded.
  • The first round of funding award notifications will be mailed April 17, 2009. 
  • Projects not receiving funding in the first found and projects submitted by June 3, 2009 will then be ranked and awarded funding in priority order for the second round of funding.
  • A unit of government shall not receive more than one award unless there are insufficient applications to award all funds available. For a given community, the highest ranking project will be considered first. In the event of a tie within a community, the highest cost project will be considered up to $3 million.
  • If a unit of local government receives an award as part of the "green" set-aside, it will still be eligible to receive an additional award if it has an application that rates high enough.

Awarded Projects:
Revolution Park Water Reuse Project ($316,442) – This project is located in Revolution Park, which will result in a two-acre lake that will filter storm water pollutants and provide a source of water for irrigation, reducing the demand for potable water.

Muddy Creek/Campbell Creek Restoration ($1,570,740) – The project will result in restoration and enhancement of 7,373 linear feet of stream and 6.1 acres of wetland along Muddy Creek and Eastland Branch. This project will also implement four storm water best management practices (BMPs) that will address storm water pollutants in a highly urbanized area. These BMPs will detain storm water runoff, enhancing and protecting the receiving streams from the scouring effects of urban runoff. The project will create, enhance, and protect forested riparian areas and create a new 27.9 acre riparian wildlife habitat conservation area as well.

Wilora Lake Rehabilitation ($778,081) – The rehabilitation will replace a deteriorated dam, improve safety, provide additional flood storage, reduce erosion, preserve habitat and protect water quality. The pond will serve as an urban storm water management facility in an established single family residential watershed. Construction is scheduled to be completed in fourth quarter 2010.

 Local Funding Availability: Notification of first round of funding April 17, 2009.
Notification of second round of funding July 1, 2009.
 Contact Information: Daryl Hammock, Water Quality Manager
 Amounts Obligated:  ---
 Job Creation/Retention:  ---
 Project Completion Status: Revolution Park Water Reuse Project: January 2010
Contractor: 8-Star Construction

Muddy Creek/Campbell Creek Restoration: July 2010
Contractor: Shamrock Environmental

Wilora Lake Rehabilitation: Fall 2010
Contractor: United Construction
 Tentative Public Hearing Dates: March 17, 2009 in Raleigh, NC.
 Links for More Information: Muddy Creek/Campbell Creek Restoration
Wilora Lake Rehabilitation