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Changes proposed for stormwater infrastructure grants

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is proposing changes to its priority rating system for stormwater infrastructure grants and offering draft intended use plans for state revolving funds. Public comment on these items will be accepted through 5 p.m. June 30.

The intended use plans address administration of water and wastewater infrastructure funding through the State Revolving Funds, including emerging contaminant funding made available through the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The department follows intended use plans to apply for and administer the State Revolving Funds. The department and the State Water Infrastructure Authority use priority rating systems to score applications for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater projects in North Carolina. The program offers low-interest loans with principal forgiveness for water infrastructure, including water and wastewater treatment facilities, wastewater collection systems, water distribution systems, reclaimed water facilities, energy efficiency upgrades, stormwater control measures and stream restoration projects.  

Changes include providing high priority to PFAS “forever chemical” compounds included in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed National Primary Drinking Water Regulation. The same prioritization has been added to the Priority Rating System for the Community Development Block Grant – Infrastructure Program. Six plans or rating systems are available for comment. Learn more at

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