President’s FY18 Budget Includes Funding for WIFIA, DWSRF and CWSRF
In late May, the White House released its Budget Request for fiscal year 2018 (FY18), which includes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) budget. Funding for the Water Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (WIFIA), Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) programs are included in the USEPA budget.
The WIFIA program received $20 million, with $17 million of that amount eligible for loans. The DWSRF program is slated to receive $863 million and the CWSRF program is budgeted for $1.39 billion. Overall, USEPA is requesting $83.7 million for drinking water programs to continue to partner with States, utilities, and other stakeholders to identify and address current and potential sources of drinking water contamination.
The FY18 budget also includes $193 million to support work on surface water protection and wetlands programs. USEPA will continue to provide scientific water quality criteria information, review and approve State water quality standards, and review and approve State lists of impaired waters.
USEPA says in FY18, it will continue to work with States and other partners on Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) as required by the Clean Water Act, as well as on other waterbody restoration plans for listed impaired waterbodies. The next step for the FY18 Budget is consideration by the Congressional Appropriations Committees. FY18 begins on October 1, 2017.
You can view the entire FY18 budget by clicking here.