ST. PAUL, MN, Jan. 3, 2011 -- The Community and Economic Development Team at engineering firm Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH®) is alerting communities to a funding assistance program for wastewater system improvements projects. Administered jointly by the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), the Clean Water Revolving Fund provides below-market-rate loans to finance wastewater treatment projects that help communities comply with Clean Water Act discharge standards.
"These types of municipal projects are often the most expensive a community will undertake," SEH Sr. Community Development Specialist Heidi Peper said. "This makes applying for funding assistance critical to their successful implementation."
To be eligible for the PFA low-interest loan program for a wastewater project, applicants must have a wastewater treatment facility plan submitted to the MPCA by March 4, 2011. Additionally, projects must be on the MPCA Project Priority List (request due to MPCA by March 4, 2011) and the Intended Use Plan (request due to PFA by early June 2011). These plans can take several months to complete, so interested parties should contact SEH immediately for assistance.
About SEH Community and Economic Development
When it comes to community and economic development, SEH has the expertise to access a variety of federal, state and local funding sources, including grants, low-interest loans and tax incentives, to help finance your projects. From wastewater or water systems to brownfield or contamination clean-up projects, our community and economic development team has obtained nearly $120 million in financing in the past 18 months to help our clients meet their community development goals.
SEH is a Minnesota-based, multi-disciplined firm of engineers, architects, surveyors, planners, and scientists with a focus on civil engineering, transportation, environmental and energy. SEH has 12 offices located throughout Minnesota with 30 offices in the upper Midwest -- the majority of SEH's offices consist of local staff which allows us to be close to clients, yet able to bring regional expertise to their projects. For more information about SEH, visit: http://www.sehinc.com