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Environmental Loans (EL) Financial Assistance Summary

Wisconsin provided over five billion dollars in financial assistance to municipalities between State Fiscal Years (SFYs) 1991 and 2018 through two environmental financing programs:

  • Clean Water Fund Program (CWFP), for wastewater & storm water, since 1991, including the Small Loans Program (SLP) and the State Hardship Financial Assistance Program (discontinued after SFY 2018 funding cycle).

  • Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP), for drinking water, since 1998, including the Private Lead Service Line (LSL) Replacement Funding Program (SFYs 2017-2018).

Total financial assistance provided between SFYs 1991 & 2018

Total financial assistance provided between 05/01/1991 and 06/30/2018.
Program # of Projects Loan Principal Forgiveness Hardship Grant Small Loan Total Assistance Provided
CWFP 1,084 $4,332,307,246 $147,124,479 $128,595,565 $29,701,534 $4,637,728,824
SDWLP 348 $606,507,531 $74,675,015 n/a n/a $681,182,546
SDWLP - LSL 64 n/a $26,857,885 n/a n/a $26,857,885
TOTALS 1,496 $4,938,814,777 $248,657,379 $128,595,565 $29,701,534 $5,345,769,255

Interactive map of loan recipients

View the interactive map of Wisconsin municipalities receiving funding between SFYs 2014 and 2017.

About Environmental Loans (EL)

Wisconsin implements a state revolving loan fund that combines federal capitalization grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) with state funding to provide financial assistance to municipalities in the form of subsidized (below market rate) loans for drinking water, wastewater, and storm water infrastructure projects. Some municipalities may also be eligible for funding in the form of principal forgiveness (PF). The program is managed and administered jointly by the DNR Environmental Loans Section and the Department of Administration (DOA) Capital Finance Office.

Under the CWFP and SDWLP, municipalities may receive financial assistance in the form of reduced-interest rate loans; additional subsidy to reduce the size of a loan; or a combination of assistance to keep project costs low. The Environmental Loans programs can finance construction as it takes place; refinance interim debt used to design and construct a project; and reimburse municipal funds used for project costs. The CWFP is the successor to the EPA Construction Grant Program.

Intended Use Plans (IUPs)

The Intended Use Plan (IUP) identifies, by state fiscal year, the use of federal capitalization grant monies, how the DNR program supports the goals of the federal Act, and describes how the DNR program will operate during the corresponding state fiscal year. Each draft IUP is available for public comment prior to finalization. The final IUP is included in our federal capitalization grant application to U.S. EPA.

Informational Papers

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau Informational Paper on the Environmental Improvement Fund (EIF) describes background about the separate financing programs (CWFP & SDWLP) for local governments; financial assistance criteria; components of the loan programs; special provisions; and program administration.

Last revised: Monday August 13 2018