Clean Water Revolving Fund:
Michigan's Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund, better known as the State Revolving Fund (SRF), is a low-interest loan (2.5% for fiscal year 2015) financing program that assists qualified local municipalities with the construction of needed water pollution control facilities.
Michigan enacted 1988 PA 317, The Clean Water Assistance Act, to establish the SRF which is now codified as Part 53, 1994 PA 451, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. It is anticipated that both carry-over and new funding will be made available to subsidize Green Projects in fiscal year 2016. If you have projects with components that address green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency improvements, or other environmentally innovative activities, project plans will need to be submitted by July 1, 2015.
Please refer to the Green Project Reserve Guidance below for further information. If you are interested in applying for an SRF loan, a final project plan must be submitted or postmarked on or before July 1 to be considered for funding in the next fiscal year. As of October 1, 2014, the SRF program has provided low interest loans for 523 projects, totaling $4.2 billion…
Webinar on septic systems announced:
MSU Extension is hosting a live webinar, "Septic Systems: Insight Into Your Onsite System" on Monday, April 20 from 1:30-3:30 pm. This program will cover what a septic system is, how it works, best management practices to protect the system and human health, how to identify trouble in the system and steps to take if a problem occurs.
The live webinar will include presentations by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Macomb County Health Department Sanitarian Supervisor with 29 years of septic and well experience. The presentations will be followed by a live question and answer session via the chat box.
To join this FREE webinar, you must pre-register at http://events.anr.msu.edu/septicinsight/ . You will receive a confirmation email upon registration and log in instruction at least 48 hours prior to the webinar.
Deadline to register is Friday, April 17, 2015.
Lapeer favors GLWA:
According to the Lapeer County Press, Lapeer City Council voted earlier this week to negotiate a long term water deal with the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA), instead of the new Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA), whose pipeline from Lake Huron to Genesee County is being installed presently. GLWA is the successor of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD), which lost a number of its northern wholesale customers over the past two years in anticipation of KWA.