The Point Source Implementation grant program provides grants to units of local government to assist with the cost of water infrastructure projects necessary to:
Meet wasteload reductions prescribed under a total maximum daily load (TMDL) plan required by Section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act
Reduce the discharge of total phosphorus to one milligram per liter or less
Meet any other water quality-based effluent limit established under section Minnesota Statute Section 115.03, subd 1, (e)(8), that is incorporated into a permit issued by MPCA that exceeds secondary treatment limits
Meet a total nitrogen limit of ten milligrams per liter or less for a land based treatment system
Funds for the Point Source Implementation grant (PSIG) program have been appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature from the Clean Water Fund via the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. All projects seeking PSIG funds must be listed on the MPCA Project Priority List (PPL). Drinking Water projects must also be listed on the Minnesota Department of Health's PPL.
The determination of eligible costs includes a calculation by the MPCA of the Essential Project Component (EPC) percentage based on existing versus future needs, which may result in some projects qualifying for less than 50 percent grants.
Project Priority List (PPL)
The MPCA and MDH update the PPL annually. Projects seeking funds from the PSIG must be included on the PPL.
Administered by the Public Facilities Authority, the Point Source Implementation grant program provides grants for 50 percent of eligible costs up to a maximum of $3 million.
Projects and eligible as-bid costs must be certified by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) prior to grant award. Grants are awarded based on the estimated cost in the application or the as-bid cost, whichever is less.