This week, the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA) announced $122 million in loans and grants that had been awarded during the first half of 2020 in 24 communities across the state. These water infrastructure projects received a combination of loans and grants that are funded, in part, by the bonding bill. Several CGMC members were among the recipients including:

  • Mountain Lake – $10,600,939, including a Point Source Implementation Grant (PSIG) and Clean Water Revolving Fund (CWRF) loan for a wastewater facility.
  • Winnebago – $5,526,925 CWRF loan for stormwater drainage improvements.
  • Austin – $910,238 PSIG grant for a sewer extension that will help meet a waste load reduction requirement for the Lower Mississippi River Basin.
  • Barnesville – $1,961,315 CWRF loan for improvements to city’s wastewater stabilization pond.
  • Moorhead – $18,048,080 CWRF loan for improvements to its wastewater and sewer systems
  • Pelican Rapids – $531,676 CWRF loan for rehabilitation of its sewer collection system.

You can see the full list grant and loan recipients here.

These grants and loans help make critical water infrastructure projects more affordable for our cities, but there are many more projects out there that require financial assistance from the state. Delaying the bonding bill only delays projects, which in turn leads to increased costs and added environmental problems. The CGMC continues to urge the Legislature to pass a bonding bill this year that includes funding for these important PFA programs.