Operation Prairie Dog Funding Update

As we have seen rapid changes in North Dakota’s economy and oil production resulting from COVID-19, the new “Operation Prairie Dog” infrastructure funding has been similarly impacted. Previous funding estimates are significantly impacted by recent changes in oil prices. Unfortunately, this means disbursements will likely be delayed.  As AE2S Nexus updates models and gathers additional … Read more Operation Prairie Dog Funding Update

USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Agriculture posted a one-stop-shop of Federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations, and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide is an online resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic. USDA has taken many … Read more USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

First WIFIA Annual Report Highlights $3.5 Billion in Infrastructure Funding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) has released its first-ever annual report for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. Through 2019, the WIFIA program financed more than $3.5 billion in loans, which USEPA says has saved borrowers $1.2 billion dollars and has helped improve water quality for more than 20 million Americans. The … Read more First WIFIA Annual Report Highlights $3.5 Billion in Infrastructure Funding

New Website Identifies Federal Funding Programs for Lead Service Line Replacement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) launched a new website that summarizes available federal programs to help finance or fund lead service line (LSL) replacement. The website includes information about Federal funding from the following resources: Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN) Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) … Read more New Website Identifies Federal Funding Programs for Lead Service Line Replacement

Reserves: Identification and Justification of Your System’s Capital Reserve Funding Goals

Utility managers and decision makers know that saving for the future is important.  The question is not whether to do it, but to what level.  What is the magic number? In the absence of a crystal ball, we are left to estimate future capital investment needs based on a series of assumptions.  This becomes a … Read more Reserves: Identification and Justification of Your System’s Capital Reserve Funding Goals

Water Infrastructure Funding Transfer Act

In October, President Donald Trump signed the Water Infrastructure Funding Transfer Act into law. The new law promises to add flexibility to the State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs to help finance projects that reduce lead in drinking water. The Water Infrastructure Funding Transfer Act allows transfers from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) to … Read more Water Infrastructure Funding Transfer Act