A portion of the loan funds available from the Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund (also known as the Clean Water State Revolving Fund) are available for privately-owned water quality improvement projects that help meet the water quality goals of Delaware’s estuary management programs.
The federal Clean Water Act limits the eligibility of privately-owned wastewater treatment projects to those that support the implementation of Delaware’s Nonpoint Source Management Program under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, and Delaware’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan under Section 320 of the Act. About two-thirds of the State is located within the watersheds of the two estuaries eligible for funding, the Delaware Bay and the Inland Bays. One-third is located in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which is ineligible for privately-owned wastewater treatment project assistance.
Loans for privately-owned water quality improvement projects are awarded through the Project Priority List process.
Privately owned water quality improvement projects focused on improving water quality in Delaware’s estuaries. Green infrastructure, water efficiency, energy efficiency, or environmentally innovative projects are also eligible.
Private individuals, companies (profit and non-profit), and other entities.
CCMP goals for Section 212 (publicly owned treatment works) and Section 319 (non-point source pollution remediation) of the Clean Water Act overlap with Section 320. However, CCMPs include point sources of pollution and other estuarine zone goals previously not eligible under Section 212 Section 319. As a result, the Section 320 authority provides the opportunity to fund privately owned water quality improvement projects that may require environmental permits.
The principles that guide Delaware’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund funding decisions for Clean Water Act Section 320 projects are:
Clean Water State Revolving Fund financial assistance opportunities under Section 320 for certain categories of eligibilities, in addition to eligibilities under Section 212 and Section 319, include :