Water: Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) Funding Framework
October 21, 1996
State Environmental Agency Directors
I am pleased to forward the final SRF Funding Framework -- Policy and Guidance document to you. The Framework is the product of a year-long dialogue between EPA and its State partners to clarify the possible uses of SRF funds. The document also provides States with a tool to establish relative priorities to guide the use of SRF funds to correct water quality problems on a statewide or watershed basis. The Framework builds upon the current SRF program, broadens the participation of nonpoint source and estuary constituent groups, and encourages States to establish integrated water quality priorities.
The Framework is designed to help States set priorities and demonstrate the relative importance of funded water quality projects to the public. Further, the process described in this document will help States select certain "non-traditional" projects where the connection to water quality improvements is critical, but more difficult to demonstrate. The Framework establishes voluntary guidelines for funding traditional SRF projects (where the primary purpose is water quality) and sets national policy for States that wish to make use of their SRF to fund innovative non-traditional projects.
A series of workshops is scheduled for early 1997 to assist States in developing integrated priority setting systems and linking their SRF programs and watershed planning efforts. These workshops will be oriented toward State officials working on nonpoint source, estuary, wetlands, watershed, and SRF programs and will seek to begin the process of information sharing at the State level on these important issues. I wish to thank the many State and EPA participants and reviewers for their helpful input and comments which allowed us to more clearly articulate the purpose of this document.