The Massachusetts State Revolving Fund (SRF) for water pollution abatement projects was established to provide a low-cost financing mechanism to assist local governments in complying with federal and state water quality requirements. The SRF Program is jointly administered by the Division of Municipal Services of the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust (CWT). Each year MassDEP solicits projects from Massachusetts municipalities and wastewater districts to be considered for subsidized loans. The current subsidy is provided via a 2% interest loan. In recent years the program has operated with $400 to $450 million per year, representing the financing of 50 to 70 projects annually. The SRF Program continues to emphasize watershed management priorities, stormwater management, and green infrastructure. A major goal is to provide incentives to communities to undertake projects with meaningful water quality and public health benefits and which address the needs of the communities and the watersheds.
Financial assistance is available for planning and construction of projects, including CSO mitigation, new wastewater treatment facilities and upgrades of existing facilities, infiltration/inflow correction, wastewater collection systems, and nonpoint source pollution abatement projects, such as landfill capping, community programs for upgrading septic systems (Title 5), brownfield remediation, pollution prevention, and stormwater remediation. In addition, non-structural projects are eligible for SRF funding; e.g., green infrastructure planning projects for nonpoint source problems which are consistent with the MassDEP’s Nonpoint Source Management Plan and that identify pollution sources and suggest potential remediation strategies.
- Will have demonstrable water quality benefits;
- Will eliminate or mitigate a risk to public health;
- Is needed to achieve or maintain compliance with applicable discharge permits or other water pollution control requirements; and
- Will implement or be consistent with watershed management plans (or addresses a watershed priority) and is consistent with local and regional growth plans.
For More Information
To obtain additional information concerning the SRF Program, please contact one of the following regional program managers:
Municipal Services staff in MassDEP's Boston office:
Steve McCurdy, Director
Jane Peirce, Deputy Director