Funding

Funding

Introduction to USDA Rural Development and Current Procedures for Funding Water and Environment Projects – Tony Matlock, Community Programs Director & David Suire, PE

Rural communities face significant challenges for replacing and upgrading aging and obsolete drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Small and rural communities typically have higher per-user costs due to low populations, and often face unique capacity challenges during and post construction (managerial, financial, operational and technical) which significantly and disproportionately inhibit their access to infrastructure funding. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Rural Development (RD) Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) provide affordable financing for water and waste projects to improve the quality of life in rural communities. These communities are characterized by small populations with limited financial and technical capacity. They depend on the infrastructure projects funded by USDA to provide basic health and sanitation needs, and due to limited resources, the need for sustainability and resilience to protect their investment is needed. USDA supports sustainability in its projects by carefully evaluating them against prudent financial, environmental and engineering policies. USDA’s application review and selection process emphasizes sustainability in fiscal, engineering, and environmental aspects. Engineering reviews check that the system is modestly sized and appropriate for its intended use. The engineering submittal also requires a realistic estimate of operating costs as part of a life cycle cost analysis. Register here

LES Member price: $25
Non-member price: $35