The District administers a Coordinated Capital Improvement Program (CCIP) to provide financial assistance to local land use and public works authorities for water quality improvement projects.
As a result of developing and implementing its water resource management plan, working with local government units within the watershed on local water plans and capital projects, and carrying out its permitting program, the District is aware of the challenges posed to sound, comprehensive surface water management by existing urban development. Existing development and impervious surface within the watershed constructed at an earlier time may not have applied due attention to minimizing and managing stormwater impacts under pre-existing regulatory conditions. Stormwater management in these areas may be improved through retrofitting, redevelopment, roadway and sewer projects; however, space and options often are constrained and measures may be expensive.
To facilitate actions to improve stormwater management in existing developed areas, the District administers a Coordinated Capital Improvement Program (CCIP) to provide financial assistance to local land use and public works authorities for water quality improvement projects. The CCIP seeks to:
- Facilitate local government units within the District to explore water quality improvement opportunities and incorporate those opportunities into routine infrastructure operation and maintenance projects;
- Promote closer collaboration between local units and the District on water quality improvement efforts as an element of capital improvement plans;
- Foster stormwater management innovation and create demonstration/education examples; and
- Defray local costs in the broader, watershed-wide interest of improving water quality.
Applications are now being accepted for 2017 project funding. Awarded projects must be complete before Dec. 31, 2018. Grants may be awarded for up to 35% of the total project cost. CCIP grants are funded by stormwater utility fees, and therefore are allocated to projects in the SWWD Management Unit where the fees are collected. Up to $500,000 in CCIP funds will be allocated to projects in the South Washington Management Unit.
All municipalities and county agencies proposing projects within the South Washington Management Unit of the SWWD are eligible to apply. Capital improvements and maintenance projects are eligible. New and redevelopment projects must provide treatment beyond what is required by SWWD standards to be eligible.
Applications will be evaluated by SWWD staff to determine overall water quality benefit and will rank projects based on their cost/benefit. Funding allocations will be determined by the SWWD Board of Managers at their April Board meeting. The Board reserves the right to deny all applications.
All grants will be awarded contingent on approval following SWWD development review. Project designs must meet all SWWD standards and follow guidance provided in the SWWD standards manual. Development review applications for CCIP funded projects must include a maintenance plan for SWWD review. Grantees will be required to enter into an agreement with SWWD. Payment will be made following completion of the project and submission of final report to consist of as built plans and itemized invoice detailing total project costs.