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FAQs for WQIP

DEC has received the following questions about Round 12 of the WQIP grant program.

  1. Are applicants applying for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) funding required to complete comprehensive system mapping?
  2. Will the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) provide additional points for applications submitted to the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program that are located within an Opportunity Zone?
  3. Does the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation have only $1.9 million available through the Water Quality Improvement Projects (WQIP) Program for projects located in Nassau and Suffolk counties?
  4. Is the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process new?
  5. Is the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) not accepting paper applications?
  6. Is a private school eligible for funding through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?
  7. Can a municipality apply for both the Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP) and the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) through the Consolidated Funding Application?
  8. Does the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program give priority consideration to waterbodies with a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)?
  9. Is there a new category of eligible applicants for Round 12 of the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?
  10. Is a project to address aquatic invasive species eligible for funding through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?
  11. Is an application for the development of hydroponically grown algae in a wastewater plant eligible for funding through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?
  12. If my project is selected for funding through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program, how long does to grant recipient have to complete the project?
  13. Can the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program provide funding to multiple projects addressing the same property?
  14. Can a municipality submit an application for both the DEC/EFC Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant (EPG) Program and the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?
  15. I am applying for the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program. What is the maximum amount that applicants can request for construction costs related to a wastewater treatment improvement project?
  16. I am interested in applying for the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program. Does the WQIP program require the same application process as in previous years?
  17. For the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program is there a maximum grant amount?
  18. How much funding is available through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?
  19. Can the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program pay for costs not covered by FEMA?
  20. Is dredging an eligible activity for the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?
  21. Is the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program funding available on a statewide basis or is the funding assigned to specific regions of the state?
  22. Does the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) require different information for Water Quality Improvement Projects now that the program is part of the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process?
  23. Is funding available through the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) strictly limited to municipalities only?
  24. Does the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program have a Median Household Income requirement?
  25. Will there be future rounds of Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program funding next year or in the future if the 07/31/2015 deadline is missed?
  26. Can a municipality purchase equipment through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)?
  27. Is stream daylighting an eligible activity through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?
  28. Are not-for-profits eligible for any Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) funding?
  29. Can a municipality apply for funding through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program for a pilot program assessing the effectiveness of alternative septic systems?
  30. Can an eligible applicant submit more than one application to the NYS Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?
  31. If an eligible applicant submits more than one application to the NYS Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program, can the applicant receive more than one grant award?
  32. Can applicants provide additional documentation with the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) (i.e., engineering reports, plans, etc.)?
  33. Is a municipal resolution required with the submission of a NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?
  34. If a municipality currently has an open WQIP grant, will that negatively affect their chances of getting awarded another grant in Round 12?
  35. To comply with the Department's Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE)/Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) goals, do each of the prime contractor's sub-contractors need to meet the 30% goal, or are only the prime contractors required to meet the 30% goal?
  36. Can Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program applicants provide additional documentation with the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) (i.e., engineering report, plans, etc.)?
  37. If a municipal wastewater treatment plant (WWT) is part of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), how many Priority Waterbodies List (PWL) segments need to be included an applicants NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?

1. Are applicants applying for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) funding required to complete comprehensive system mapping?
No, mapping is not required for applicants applying for the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program, it is one of three options that people can apply for. If an applicant is applying for Comprehensive System Mapping they should refer to the mapping requirements outlined in the WQIP Round 12 Program Overview (PDF) (304 KB)


2. Will the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) provide additional points for applications submitted to the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program that are located within an Opportunity Zone?
No. Applications for the WQIP program are evaluated by the Department based on their impact to the environment.


3. Does the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation have only $1.9 million available through the Water Quality Improvement Projects (WQIP) Program for projects located in Nassau and Suffolk counties?
No, the $1.9 million identified for the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program is only available for projects in the Peconic and/or South Shore Estuaries. The Department has additional funding for projects in Nassau and Suffolk counties.


4. Is the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process new?
No, the CFA started in 2011. However, 2015 is the first year that the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program has accepted applications through the CFA.


5. Is the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) not accepting paper applications?
No paper applications will be accepted. All applications for WQIP Round 12 must be submitted electronically through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (link leaving DEC website).


6. Is a private school eligible for funding through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?
No. Applicants for the WQIP program must meet the definition of a Municipality, Municipal Corporation or Soil and Water Conservation District.


7. Can a municipality apply for both the Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP) and the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) through the Consolidated Funding Application?
Yes. A municipality may apply for funding for both the WQIP and GIGP programs through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application provided they meet the eligibility requirements for both programs.


8. Does the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program give priority consideration to waterbodies with a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)?
Yes. The WQIP Program focuses on projects with a strong connection to improving water quality.


9. Is there a new category of eligible applicants for Round 12 of the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?
No, the group of eligible applicants for the WQIP program is the same as in previous rounds of funding. Eligible applicants for the WQIP program include: Municipalities, Municipal Corporations, Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Not-for-Profit Corporations.


10. Is a project to address aquatic invasive species eligible for funding through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?
No. Eligible Aquatic Habitat Restoration projects are focused on the improvement of aquatic connectivity. More detailed information on the WQIP program and the types of projects that are eligible can be found in the WQIP Round 12 Program Overview (PDF) (304 KB).


11. Is an application for the development of hydroponically grown algae in a wastewater plant eligible for funding through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?
No. The proposed practice must meet the 10 State Standards. The WQIP program does not provide funding for demonstration projects.

12. If my project is selected for funding through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program, how long does to grant recipient have to complete the project?
Projects selected for funding through the WQIP program should expect to complete construction within 2-3 years of receiving the grant award. Some projects may extend to 5 years.


13. Can the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program provide funding to multiple projects addressing the same property?
Yes, the WQIP program may fund multiple projects located on the same property. Separate Consolidated Funding Applications must be submitted for each of the proposed projects. Also, the applications should clearly state how the project coordinate and do not duplicate each other.


14. Can a municipality submit an application for both the DEC/EFC Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant (EPG) Program and the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?
Yes. Applicants should consider the timing of each project they are submitting for funding. However, if project timing does not align it is recommended that an EPG application is submitted first and followed by a WQIP application in the next year.


15. I am applying for the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program. What is the maximum amount that applicants can request for construction costs related to a wastewater treatment improvement project?
The WQIP program will provide up to $2,500,000 for the construction costs of a wastewater treatment improvement projects through the WQIP program.


16. I am interested in applying for the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program. Does the WQIP program require the same application process as in previous years?
No, the WQIP program is now a part of the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). All WQIP applications must be submitted through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (link leaving DEC website).

17. For the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program is there a maximum grant amount?
The WQIP program in general does not have a maximum grant amount. However, for the non-agricultural nonpoint source abatement and control and wastewater treatment improvement categories we have set a maximum grant amount for specific project types. More detailed information on the WQIP program can be found in the WQIP Round 12 Program Overview (PDF) (304 KB).


18. How much funding is available through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?
The WQIP program has a total of up to $35 million available for projects to improve water quality throughout New York State.


19. Can the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program pay for costs not covered by FEMA?
The WQIP program provides funding to projects that improve documented water quality impairments identified in the Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List. Any projects meeting the eligibility requirements outlined in the WQIP Round 12 Program Overview(PDF) (304 KB) can apply.


20. Is dredging an eligible activity for the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program.
Yes. Dredging is eligible through the WQIP program, however if the dredging is to "clean up" a spill or pollutants it is not eligible.


21. Is the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program funding available on a statewide basis or is the funding assigned to specific regions of the state?
The WQIP program is a statewide grant program.


22. Does the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) require different information for Water Quality Improvement Projects now that the program is part of the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process?
No. The Department requires that the same information be provided as in previous rounds of the Water Quality Improvement Projects (WQIP) Program.


23. Is funding available through the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) strictly limited to municipalities only?
No, the eligible applicants for the programs administered by the Department include: municipalities, soil and water conservation districts and not-for-profit corporations.


24. Does the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program have a Median Household Income requirement?
No. The WQIP program does not have an income requirement.


25. Will there be future rounds of Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program funding next year or in the future if the 07/31/2015 deadline is missed?
Yes. The Department anticipates that there will be future rounds of the WQIP Program.


26. Can a municipality purchase equipment through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)?
Yes. Please refer to the WQIP Round 12 Program Overview (PDF) (304 KB) for more detail on the MS4 category.


27. Is stream daylighting an eligible activity through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?
Yes, stream daylighting is an eligible activity through the WQIP Program. For more detail on eligible WQIP activities please refer to the WQIP Round 12 Program Overview (PDF) (304 KB).


28. Are not-for-profits eligible for any Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) funding?
Yes, not-for-profits are eligible to apply for the Aquatic Habitat Restoration category for the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program. For more details refer to the Round 12 WQIP Program Overview (PDF) (304 KB).


29. Can a municipality apply for funding through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program for a pilot program assessing the effectiveness of alternative septic systems?
No, pilot or demonstration projects are not eligible activities through the WQIP program.

30. Can an eligible applicant submit more than one application to the NYS Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?
Yes. Eligible applicants may submit more than one application for funding through the WQIP program.


31. If an eligible applicant submits more than one application to the NYS Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program, can the applicant receive more than one grant award?
Yes. Eligible applicants may submit more than one application to the WQIP program.


32. Can applicants provide additional documentation with the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) (i.e., engineering reports, plans, etc.)?
No. Applicants are discouraged from submitting any supporting documentation that is not required with their CFA application. The Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program does not require applicants to submit an engineering report or plans to have a complete project application.


33. Is a municipal resolution required with the submission of a NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?
No. A municipal resolution is not required to be submitted with applications for the WQIP program.

34. If a municipality currently has an open WQIP grant, will that negatively affect their chances of getting awarded another grant in Round 12?
Municipalities with open WQIP grants may receive a grant award in Round 12. Applicants should be reminded that a municipalities "Experience and Ability" are considered during the application review process and make sure the existing WQIP grant is up to date with the Department. The Selection Criteria are outline in the WQIP Round 12 Program Overview (PDF) (304 KB).

35. To comply with the Department's Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE)/Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) goals, do each of the prime contractor's sub-contractors need to meet the 30% goal, or are only the prime contractors required to meet the 30% goal?
Only the prime contractor is required to comply with the 30% M/WBE-EEO goal. For more information, see the M/WBE Goals & Reporting Responsibilities web page.

36. Can Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program applicants provide additional documentation with the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) (i.e., engineering report, plans, etc.)?
Applicants are discouraged from submitting any supporting documentation that is not required with their WQIP NYS Consolidated Funding Application. The WQIP Program does not require applicants to submit an engineering report or plans to have a complete project application. Additional documentation that is not required may not be considered when applications are evaluated for funding.

37. If a municipal wastewater treatment plant (WWT) is part of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), how many Priority Waterbodies List (PWL) segments need to be included in an applicants NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program?
For WWT projects that are part of a TMDL, only the segment that the WWT discharges to needs to be identified and included in the WQIP CFA application.


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