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Helping communities and businesses access compliance, technical and financial assistance for their environmental needs.

Whenever a community applies to obtain a design or construction loan from DEFA, specific information must be provided so the technical group in the Office of Financial Assistance (OFA) can review the project. In the nomination instructions for the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) or Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA), communities are asked to include project planning information, often specified as facility plan or general plan. Reviewers in the Environmental Planning Unit (EPU) and the Environmental Engineering Unit (EEU) use the information to evaluate the project and help ensure satisfaction of state and federal requirements. DEFA has developed guidance documents that contain the basic elements of project planning, some or all of which are typically necessary for review by EPU and EEU staff. Communities are encouraged to refer to the documents when compiling project information. Examples of necessary components include a description of the existing problem(s), alternatives analysis, environmental impacts, costs to the users, and public participation. For more information, please call (614) 644-2798.