2018 CWF SLC Projects & Practices
$6,882,000 the first year and $12,618,000 the second year are for grants to protect and restore surface water and drinking water; to keep water on the land; to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams; and to protect groundwater and drinking water, including feedlot water quality and subsurface sewage treatment system projects and stream bank, stream channel, shoreline restoration, and ravine stabilization projects. The projects must use practices demonstrated to be effective, be of long-lasting public benefit, include a match, and be consistent with total maximum daily load (TMDL) implementation plans, watershed restoration and protection strategies (WRAPS), or local water management plans or their equivalents. A portion of these funds may be used to seek administrative efficiencies through shared resources by multiple local governmental units.
Clean Water Fund grant dollars will be used to protect shallow subsurface groundwater, surface water and drinking wells and human health by providing necessary funding to low income homeowners for repair or replacement of SSTS identified as ITPH in the nine watersheds within SLC. Those systems identified as straight-piping or surface discharging(See 12 photos in General Attachments) will receive priority funding status, thereby eliminating direct sewage discharge to adjacent water bodies; wetlands, lakes, streams, rivers, and groundwater.
SLC identifies residential ITPH SSTS through Point of Sale compliance inspections, past violations, formal complaints, or referral by the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) through their Single Family Rehab Program or Home Investment Partnerships Program. SLC contracts with AEOA to screen homeowners to determine program eligibility, process applications and administer funding mechanisms to repair or replace SSTS identified as ITPH.
Homeowners will first be screened for SLC/MN AgBMP Low Interest SSTS Loan Program eligibility. Those homeowners not meeting the minimum qualifications for the AgBMP loan program, but meet U.S. Rural Development low-income guidelines will qualify for grant funding. These low-income homeowners have no other means to finance repair or replacement of the ITPH systems and avoid a SLC SSTS ordinance violation and subsequent enforcement action.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
The goal of this project is to replace nine imminent health threat systems in St. Louis County.