Several projects located in NCW reports Washington Department of Ecology
DOE proposes to award $386 million in grants and loans for 134 high-priority clean water projects across the state. Our Water Quality Combined Funding Program supports communities by helping them upgrade wastewater treatment and sewer systems, manage polluted stormwater, and complete a variety of other projects to prevent and clean up diffuse sources of pollution, also known as nonpoint pollution.
Click here for complete project map – including several located in North Central Washington.
Nearly 90% of the funding the Water Quality Program receives is passed through to local communities for environmental and infrastructure projects. Our clean water funding comes from a mix of state and federal funds dedicated for water quality improvements and protection. This includes funding from the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the Capitalization Grant, which contributes funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). For state fiscal year 2025, we received approximately $31 million in BIL supplemental funding focused on assisting small, financially disadvantaged communities and $4.5 million of forgivable principal loan funding to address emerging contaminants, such as 6PPD. Forgivable principal loans do not have to be re-paid. Additionally, EPA is providing an estimated $1 million from the Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grants Program, which Ecology is including in the Water Quality Combined Funding program.
Clean water project highlights
|Fifty wastewater projects are proposed to receive approximately $327 million in grants, low interest loans, and forgivable loans. Seventeen of the projects qualify for special hardship assistance to help prevent large increases in the sewer bills for residents. In addition, two projects will refinance a high interest rate loan. Refinancing existing sewer debt can help improve the financial condition of wastewater funds in these communities.
|The Spokane Conservation District is on the list to receive $1 million in grant funding for two proposals to build on previous work to prevent stream bank erosion and install riparian plantings along Hangman Creek. The proposals include two strategies: direct restoration, as pictured above, as well as an innovative incentive program. The Hangman Creek Riparian Buffer Incentive Program provides rental rates with long-term contracts for agricultural riparian land taken out of production.
|Clark Conservation District developed the “Poop Smart Clark” program in collaboration with Clark County: Public Works, Public Health, Clean Water District, and WSU Extension. This project (draft offer $500,000) builds on a previous program in Clark County focused on the East Fork Lewis River Watershed. This proposal expands the program county-wide, and includes pollution source identification, targeted outreach, and voluntary implementation of best management practices, with a focus on septic systems.
|City of Tumwater has two stormwater proposals totaling $357,000 for an Enhanced Maintenance Plan and stormwater facility design for four linear bioretention facilities. The bioretention facilities will provide treatment at a 52.4-acre catchment area for metals, organics, suspended solids, and bacteria.