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Environmental Loans (EL) Compendium of 2015 revisions to chs. NR 162 & NR 166 Requirements for a UCS

(s. NR 162.08(3)(d), Wis. Adm. Code)

This page provides information about the changes DNR made to the Requirements for a User Charge System (UCS) section of the Clean Water Fund Program (CWFP) code.

New code language provides municipalities some guidance and a bit of flexibility in the maintenance and use of their required Equipment Replacement Fund (ERF) for CWFP projects. The municipality:

  • Must establish an ERF as a separate fund.
  • Make annual deposits to the fund or maintain a balance that is acceptable (based on wastewater utility assets) to DNR.
  • May use the fund for costs of replacing equipment related to the treatment works or BMP (Best Management Practice), or for conducting maintenance of a runoff treatment works or BMP.
  • May also use the fund for unexpected unbudgeted costs incurred for continuing effective operations of the treatment works.
  • Must periodically make appropriate adjustments to the ERF deposit schedule or balance, including adjustments needed to bring the fund balance back up following expenditures from the fund.

Note that DNR monitors equipment replacement funds through the Compliance Maintenance Annual Report (CMAR). Keeping good records throughout the year regarding expenditures from and deposits to the fund would make it easier for municipalities to complete the financial portion of the CMAR.

Contact information
Direct questions about statutes, codes, and policies to:
Jeanne Cargill
Policy coordinator, EL section
Bureau of CFA
For information about a specific loan, contact your project manager:
EL Staff directory - areas of expertise are listed
For EL program information, contact:
Bureau of CFA
Phone: 608-266-7555
Fax: 608-267-0496

Mailing address:
Environmental Loans - CF/2
Dept of Natural Resources
101 S Webster St
PO Box 7921
Madison WI  53707-7921

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Last revised: Thursday January 14 2016