All projects submitted on an LOI form are reviewed for eligibility. Eligible projects are then prioritized to create a Project Priority List (PPL). The PPL is used by Business Oregon (BizOR) to invite project applications and is included in the Intended Use Plan (IUP) that the state must submit to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval.
Project priority lists are posted online for public comments quarterly for SIPP and Infrastructure Projects, and annually for DWSP.
Sustainable Infrastructure Planning Project (SIPP) Priority List
The sustainable infrastructure planning project priority list reflects the final relative ranking of projects and activities reviewed for funding:
Public comments will be accepted for the proposed infrastructure planning PPL between: Thursday January 30 to Monday February 10, 2020
Drinking Water Source Protection (DWSP) Project Priority List
The source protection project priority list reflects the final relative ranking of projects and activities reviewed for funding:
Public comments will be accepted for the proposed source protection PPL between: Monday, June 10 to Thursday, June 20, 2019.
Infrastructure Project Priority List
The infrastructure project priority list reflects the final relative ranking of projects and activities reviewed for funding:
Public comments will be accepted for the proposed infrastructure PPL between: Thursday January 30 to Monday February 10, 2020. For the infrastructure project priority list, eligible projects are ranked based on the following six rating criteria areas:
- Risks to human health and health protection;
- Compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act;
- Consolidation or partnership of two or more systems;
- Drinking Water Source Protection;
- Community affordability; and
- Cost effectiveness.
Projects addressing risk to health, compliance, or consolidation place higher on the PPL. The criteria used to establish funding priorities were adopted by Oregon under the Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) process and were approved by EPA.
Eligible projects are combined with projects from previous years to create a Comprehensive PPL. Combining the projects allows Oregon to better manage the loan fund and to assure that ready-to-proceed projects can get financing quickly. The Fundable PPL now includes a more robust project description to meet the needs of DWS, BizOR, and EPA. This allows EPA to conduct a preliminary review and approve the PPL, so that BizOR can invite the highest ranked ready-to-proceed water systems to begin their funding processes earlier than usual.
Once on the PPL, projects that have been determined as to being ready-to-proceed with funding, regardless of ranking, may begin the lending process with BizOR and their Regional Development Officers. The by-pass process allows ready-to-proceed projects that are lower on the PPL to be funded before projects higher on the PPL that are not ready to proceed. Projects, if not funded, can remain on the PPL for up to two years from the approval of the IUP.
2019 Project Priority List Results
- For fiscal year 2019, fourteen (14) Letters of Interest (LOI) were submitted by water systems.
- All 14 of the proposed projects were eligible.
- Approximately $25 million in DWSRF financial assistance was requested to fund needed infrastructure improvements.
- All 14 eligible projects, or 100%, are for small water systems serving less than 10,000 people.
To obtain copies of PPLs, contact Adam DeSemple, SRF Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org