Water: Clean Water State Revolving Fund
Clean Water State Revolving Fund Programs 2009 Annual Report: Summary
Congress created the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program in 1987 to serve as a long-term funding source for projects that clean and protect the nation's waters. It funds a broad range of projects—from wastewater systems and nonpoint source pollution control to estuary management and a range of projects focusing on water quality.
With over $77 billion in funds available for assistance to both large and small communities, it is the largest federal funding program for wastewater infrastructure projects across the country.
The 2009 annual report on the CWSRF provides an overview of the CWSRF's financial performance while highlighting some of the program activities.
- Operating in all 50 states and in Puerto Rico, the CWSRF program has provided nearly $74 billion in assistance since its inception by issuing 24,688 low interest loans.
- Since the CWSRF benefits reporting system debuted in 2005, states have linked $23 billion in CWSRF assistance to Clean Water Act goals. Over 130 million people have been served by projects that aim to preserve water quality for aquatic life, provide for water recreation, and protect drinking water sources.
- States embraced the opportunities of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 by adapting their programs and seeking out new solutions and possibilities for streamlining the CWSRF implementation process.
- In 2009, a CWSRF PISCES (Performance and Innovation in the SRF Creating Environmental Success) Award was presented to one state from each of the 10 U.S. EPA REgions. These recipients of the fifth annual PISCES awards are examples of outstanding performance, creativity, and integrity in the CWSRF program.