Using Federal Infrastructure Funding for Resilient Water in Central Texas
The federal infrastructure legislation currently underway in Congress, and the COVID-19 Relief Fund both represent significant opportunities to invest in water and sewer infrastructure in the Hill Country. Both sources of federal funding will help fill critical gaps in local funding for improved wastewater treatment plants and investments in green infrastructure. The Hill Country Alliance is offering consultations with Bill Moriarty– an expert on getting federal funding for water and sewer infrastructure projects– on July 8th so that Hill Country communities can take advantage of this rare influx of federal funding. Please consider getting a team together from your community to learn more.
Not ready to sign up yet? Learn more about federal funding below.
Federal Infrastructure Funding
With the federal infrastructure plan currently making its way through Congress, we foresee additional funding becoming available to Hill Country counties for investments in infrastructure. If passed, this legislation could make available significant funding (in the form of both grants as well as low-interest loans) for cities to invest in drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater projects. These funds could also be used to purchase land to improve and protect water quality, in addition to other natural infrastructure projects.
Based on precedent, the Texas Water Development Board will be the agency to manage water infrastructure funding. It is our understanding that those who submit their applications early will be considered first, so it’s important to start preparing applications for loans and grants now.
To help Hill Country counties take advantage of these funds, we’ve organized sponsored consultations with Bill Moriarty, an expert on securing federal funding for water and sewer projects. Consultations with Bill are 1-hour and in Q&A format. We encourage our partner cities and counties to use this time to brainstorm funding opportunities and put an early plan of action in place.
We encourage communities to organize a team of city council members, city administrators and key partners to sign up for a 45-minute session.
*This opportunity is available to county commissioners, county judges, and their staffs in the following counties: Bandera, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet, Comal, Edwards, Gillespie, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, Medina, Real, Travis, Uvalde
COVID-19 Relief Funds
While less directly tied to federal infrastructure legislation, the COVID-19 Relief Funds is another key source of funding. This one time investment in counties marks a great opportunity to invest in open space infrastructure for the purposes of flood mitigation, source water protection, and recreation.
More Resources on Federal Funding
For more information on federal funding for infrastructure, watch WaterNow Alliance’s Webinar, “Leveraging State Revolving Funds for Innovative Water Infrastructure Investments” (below) and check out their Tap into Resilience Toolkit.
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