In accordance with the laws, rules, and regulations governing the CWSRF, projects defined as point source projects under Section 212 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) need to be publicly-owned. Therefore, projects such as wastewater treatment plants, sewers , and other point source projects need to be publicly-owned by a municipality defined in 6 NYCRR Part 649 as a town, village, city, county, public authority, public benefit corporation, or agency of the State of New York.
The acquisition of land for the purpose of protecting water quality may be a non-point source project under Section 319 or a national estuary protection project under Section 320 of the CWA. Municipalities and not-for-profit organizations which are qualified under Article 49 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law are eligible applicants for qualified land acquisition projects.
Non-municipal entities may apply for financing CWSRF-eligible non-point source projects under Section 319 of the CWA, except for land acquisition projects for water quality protection, which only not-for-profit organizations may apply. The eligible non-point source projects non-municipal applicants may apply for include, but are not limited to: brownfield remediation, landfill leachate collection, storage and treatment, landfill gas collection, landfill capping, stormwater management, waterbody restoration, and failing decentralized septic systems.