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1 How to Use the Clean Water State Revolving Fund SRF Overview Planning Intended Use Plan Application Environmental Review Bidding and Construction Construction Financing Loan Disbursements Go into Slide Show mode to view the slides and enable the links to other information

2 SRF Overview The State Revolving Fund is one of Iowa’s primary sources of financing for water quality and water supply projects. Loans are available for planning and design and construction.State Revolving Fund planning and design construction The SRF is jointly administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Finance Authority. The Clean Water SRF finances publicly owned wastewater and sewer projects, as well as nonpoint source control practices. The Drinking Water SRF finances water system improvements and source water protection for eligible public water supplies.Clean Water SRF Drinking Water SRF All uses of SRF dollars are outlined in Intended Use Plans (IUPs), including specific projects identified for funding. Applications are taken year-round, with quarterly updates to the IUPs. Iowa’s SRF is currently able to fund all eligible projects. For more information, contact Patti Cale-Finnegan, 515-725-0498;

3 Planning All wastewater and sewer projects must follow the Department of Natural Resources’ wastewater construction permitting process. To start the process, submit a work record request to have a project manager assigned.wastewater construction permitting process. work record request The DNR project manager will schedule a project initiation meeting with all the parties involved in the project, including the applicant/owner, consulting engineer, DNR field office staff, grant administrator, and others. Planning and Design (P&D) loans are available to use for upfront engineering and other costs. Interest rate is 0% for up to three years. P&D loans can be rolled into SRF construction loans or paid off through other permanent financing.Planning and Design (P&D) loans Working with the DNR project manager, the applicant/owner and consulting engineer prepare a facility plan. A complete and approvable facility plan must be submitted before an SRF Intended Use Plan application will be considered.SRF Intended Use Plan application

4 Intended Use Plan Application The IUP application is used to apply for inclusion on the project priority list of the Clean Water SRF Intended Use Plan (IUP). IUPs are developed on an annual basis with quarterly updates.IUP application Clean Water SRF Intended Use Plan (IUP). SRF staff evaluate the applications for completeness using the checklist shown. If the application is complete the materials are forwarded to the DNR project manager. Incomplete applications are held until the missing information is provided. The project manager checks to see if the applicant has met the required milestones in the construction permitting process. If so, the application is deemed fundable. If not, the application may be placed on the IUP list as a contingency project. Each quarter the IUP is published for public comment and presented to the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission for approval.Iowa Environmental Protection Commission Projects must be on an approved IUP and meet other SRF requirements to be eligible for a loan.

5 Environmental Review Assessment of the potential impact on natural and cultural resources is required for all SRF wastewater and sewer projects. An SRF environmental review (ER) specialist will work closely with you to perform the assessment.SRF environmental review (ER) specialis When the facility plan is submitted, please attach the information requested in the Environmental Review Checklist (Exhibit 5). Keep the ER specialist apprised of any changes in the project to avoid delays.Environmental Review Checklist (Exhibit 5). The ER specialist will determine whether a Categorical Exclusion (CX) can be used or if a full review is needed to reach a Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI). If the FNSI path is required, the ER specialist will gather the needed clearances, advise the applicant on flood plain or other permits needed, prepare an Environmental Information Document (EID), and coordinate with the applicant to schedule a public hearing. No construction shall begin before the CX or FNSI are completed, including any public notice or review periods.

6 Bidding and Construction SRF front-end specifications must be included in the plans and specifications submitted as part of the construction permit application. SRF recommends simply inserting the Exhibit 12A: SRF Required Front-End Specifications (available in PDF or Word format) for ease of review by the DNR project manager.Exhibit 12A: SRF Required Front-End Specifications ( Currently SRF wastewater and sewer project requirements include Davis-Bacon prevailing wages. Contact Lori Beary. Davis-Bacon prevailing wages.Lori Beary Exhibit 12A includes several forms that must be filled out by the bidders and returned with the bids. Applicants should pay close attention to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise requirements and forms. When the applicant identifies the lowest responsive bidder, a packet of bid documents must be submitted to SRF staff for review of eligible costs and concurrence with the bid award. The packet materials are identified in Exhibit 13.Exhibit 13 Award concurrence will not be issued until the construction permit is issued and the environmental review is completed.

7 Construction Financing At any time after the facility plan is approved, the applicant may begin the process for an SRF construction loan. The loan application must be submitted to the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA). This application is separate from the Intended Use Plan application and requests information on user rates, outstanding debt, and system financial application IFA either approves the loan application or contacts the applicant to work toward approval. The applicant works with bond counsel to schedule and hold a public hearing and pass a bond resolution. IFA will provide a debt service schedule. Typically the loan is not executed until after bidding is completed and final project costs are known. Current interest rate is 3%, with a 0.5% origination fee and.25% annual servicing fee on outstanding principal. Pending approval, the interest rate for 20 year loans will be reduced to 1.75% on September 28, 2012.

8 Loan Disbursements Disbursements will continue to be made weekly; generally the funds will be disbursed on Friday. The deadline for submitting disbursement requests will be Monday to receive the funds on Friday of the same week. The borrower will send the disbursement request to IFA. Disbursement requests can be scanned and emailed, faxed to 515-725- 4901, or mailed. IFA reviews disbursement requests. Disbursements are checked against eligible expenses. If there is a discrepancy or questions arise, IFA will contact the DNR project manager and the borrower. Twice each year, SRF staff will ask the borrower about DBE subcontractors. Change orders must be submitted to the DNR project manager who will verify acceptable expenses and notify IFA of the change.

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