Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (DRAA) Hurricane Sandy Capitalization Grants For Clean Water State Revolving Funds

Grants are made to New York and New Jersey to fund resiliency projects for facilities impacted by Hurricane Sandy through the State CWSRF Programs.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2016: The funding priority established by the Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Appropriation is to fund projects
at wastewater facilities that will improve the resiliency of those facilities against future disasters.

Only facilities that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the States of New York and New Jersey are eligible.




Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2017: The funding priority established by the Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Appropriation is to fund projects at wastewater facilities that will improve the resiliency of those facilities against future disasters.

Only facilities that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the States of New York and New Jersey are eligible.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Funding from the two awards made in FY15 to the states of New York and New Jersey continues to support projects at wastewater facilities that will improve the resiliency of those facilities against future disasters.

Examples of projects funded include outfall sewer replacement and modification of sewage treatment plant to provide resiliency and mitigate against flooding, pump stations to improve water quality, sewage treatment plant generator replacement, force main modifications, and sewage treatment plant replacement to improve water quality.

No additional awards are anticipated.

Fiscal Year 2017: Funding from the two awards made in FY15 to the states of New York and New Jersey continues to support projects at wastewater facilities that will improve the resiliency of those facilities against future disasters.

Examples of projects funded include outfall sewer replacement and modification of sewage treatment plant to provide resiliency and mitigate against flooding, pump stations to improve water quality, sewage treatment plant generator replacement, force main modifications, and sewage treatment plant replacement to improve water quality.

No additional awards are anticipated.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Steve Vida, Section Chief, State Revolving Fund Program Section, EPA Region 2, 290 Broadway - 24th Floor, New York, NY 10007.

Telephone:(212) 637-3862; Fax: (212) 637-3889; E-mail: vida.stephen@epa.gov.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Environmental Conservation, New York Department Of $ 283,148,145   2014-10-012021-09-30
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Funding from the two awards made in FY15 to the states of New York and New Jersey continues to support projects at wastewater facilities that will improve the resiliency of those facilities against future disasters. Examples of projects funded include outfall sewer replacement, modification of sewage treatment plants, restoration and flood mitigation, pump station improvements, and force main modifications. No additional awards are anticipated. Fiscal Year 2017: Funding from the two awards made in FY15 to the states of New York and New Jersey continues to support projects at wastewater facilities that will improve the resiliency of those facilities against future disasters. Examples of projects funded include outfall sewer replacement, modification of sewage treatment plants, restoration and flood mitigation, pump station improvements, and force main modifications. No additional awards are anticipated. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Capitalization grants are made available to New York and New Jersey for the purpose of funding resiliency related projects for facilities that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

The capitalization grant is awarded to the State's CWSRF, and is used to provide loans and other types of financial assistance to eligible publicly-owned treatment systems.

A State may elect to use up to 4% for administration of the program.

Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information.

Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: https://www.epa.gov/geospatial. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government.

Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The States of New York and New Jersey.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The States of New York and New Jersey, and wastewater treatment facilities funding resiliency projects that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Credentials/Documentation

To receive a capitalization grant, a State shall enter into an agreement with the EPA Regional Administrator which shall include, but is not limited to, the 10 specifications set forth in Section 602(b) of the CWA. 2 CFR 200 Subpart E applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

An applicant (State) should seek preapplication assistance from the appropriate EPA Regional Office.

The State is required to prepare and provide for public comment on a plan identifying the intended uses of the funds in the SRF (Intended Use Plan, or IUP) and how those uses support the goals of the SRF.

The IUP is to be submitted no later than the application.

An environmental impact statement is not required prior to grant award; however, a State environmental review process must be applied to all subsequent state assistance for wastewater facilities.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The standard application for EPA non-construction grant assistance (SF424-A and B) is submitted to the appropriate EPA Regional Office. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov. The State must certify in its application that it has the legal, managerial, technical, and operational capabilities to administer the SRF program competently and that it will comply with Federal anti-discrimination laws and other applicable Federal statutes. The regulations at 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, apply to the program. Establishment of the SRF is a prerequisite for a grant award.

Award Procedures

A grant application is reviewed by the appropriate Regional Office and, if approved, the grant is awarded by the Regional Administrator under a delegation of authority from the Administrator of EPA.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013, Public Law 113-2.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approval time averages 45 days.

Appeals

Disputes will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.

Renewals

For those portions of the State program that do not change from year to year, a subsequent grant application may incorporate by reference relevant portions of the previous year's application which have not changed or an operating agreement approved by the Region.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: The supplemental appropriation left the development of an allocation formula to US EPA. New York is eligible for 59.7% of the appropriation and New Jersey is eligible for 40.3% of the appropriation. The allocation percentages were determined in accordance with the population of the counties of each state that were declared disaster areas by FEMA for Hurricane Sandy. Census data from the most recent census was used. 59.7% of all the total impacted population live in New York and 40.3% live in New Jersey. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are available for EPA's obligation to the State during the fiscal year in which they are allotted and during the following year. The term of the grant shall be determined at the time of award. All funds must be liquidated within 24 months of the date of the grant award, subject to waiver by OMB. States must enter into binding commitments with loan recipients to provide financial assistance from the CWSRF in an amount equal to the sum of Federal assistance and the State match. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are required under this program.

The State shall provide annual reports to the Regional Administrator in accordance with the schedule established in the grant agreement.

The annual report shall describe how the State has met the goals and objectives for the preceding fiscal year of the overall program, including the supplemental appropriation for Hurricane Sandy, including identification of loan recipients, loan amounts, and loan terms.

Cash reports are required under this program.

Progress reports are required under this program.

Expenditure reports are required under this program.

Performance monitoring is required under this program.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year. In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-federal entities that expend $750,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall have a single or a program specific audit conducted for that year. Non-federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. States are also encouraged to conduct annual independent audits. The audit of the fund to be prepared by the State or an independent auditor must be in accordance with the standards of the Government Accountability Office (known as the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards).

Records

Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained for three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved. As part of the annual review conducted by the Agency to access a State's performance against activities identified in the intended use plan and biennial report, and to determine compliance with the terms of the capitalization grant agreement, the State or assistance recipient shall make available to EPA such records as the Regional Administrator reasonably requires to review and determine State compliance with the requirements of the CWA.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0103-0-1-304 - STAG.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - FY 16 $0; FY 17 est. $0; and FY 18 est. $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$191,136,855 to $283,148,135/fiscal year; $237,142,500/fiscal year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Uniform Administrative Requirements at 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, and the CWSRF regulations (40 CFR Part 35, Subpart K). Additional program information, including contact information for state program managers, is available online at http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/cwsrf/cwsrf_index.cfm. Additional guidance can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/sandy/

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Steve Vida, Section Chief, State Revolving Fund Program Section, EPA Region 2, 290 Broadway - 24th Floor, New York, NY 10007. Telephone:(212) 637-3862; Fax: (212) 637-3889; E-mail: vida.stephen@epa.gov.

Headquarters Office

Sheila Platt State Revolving Fund Branch, Municipal Support Division, (4204M), Office of Wastewater Management, Environmental Protection Agency, , Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: platt.sheila@epa.gov Phone: 2025640686

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Grants are awarded to States that satisfy the requirements in the application procedures section.



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