DNR announces $414.4 million to improve municipal wastewater and stormwater infrastructure

Jan 11, 2024

Gov. Tony Evers, together with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), announced $414.4 million has been allocated for financial assistance through the Clean Water Fund Program to 84 municipalities to improve their wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. The funding will help municipalities across the state construct needed water infrastructure, including projects that reduce phosphorus discharges and address aging equipment, with a focus on small and disadvantaged communities.

“Helping communities replace and modernize aging systems to ensure they meet federal and state regulations is a critical part of our work to ensure every Wisconsinite has healthy, safe, and clean drinking water from their tap,” said Gov. Evers. “These dollars will help communities ensure they have the infrastructure their residents can trust to address wastewater and stormwater and be even better prepared to handle any future challenges that may arise.” 

The $414.4 million in total financial assistance allocated is a record amount for the program. The DNR is allocating $358.3 million in subsidized, reduced-interest-rate loan funding and $56.1 million in principal forgiveness.

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