Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I get my project on the CWSRF IUP?
A Project Listing Form must be submitted. Based on the project information provided, the project will be scored, ranked, and listed on the appropriate Intended Use Plan or IUP. Drinking water supply and distribution projects will participate in the Drinking Water SRF. Projects that protect, maintain, or improve water quality will participate in the Clean Water SRF. Please refer to the appropriate web pages for more information.
Getting Listed on the Clean Water SRF IUP
Land use directly affects the water quality of a watershed. Increased runoff, erosion of soil and increased turbidity in waterways, runoff of pesticides, nutrients, and other pollutants, and related water quality impacts result from the development of natural areas into residential and commercial development. Through the acquisition of natural areas, such as streams and stream buffer areas, upland forests, and aquifer recharge areas, the future uses of the property can be restricted to prevent land uses which could cause nonpoint source pollution of waterways. The purchase of conservation easements can also protect and maintain water quality in natural areas and on agricultural and timber harvesting lands. Many communities have developed land preservation plans to identify the properties which would protect water quality and other values important to the community. Often, parcels are prioritized in order to provide for the purchase of the properties that would have the greatest affect on water quality first. Targeted properties may include large tracts or small parcels of land. By themselves, smaller parcels may provide needed access to waterways or may be used to create buffer zones. Small parcels may also be targeted so that over time the purchases may comprise a “greenbelt” of water quality protection.
Water quality is protected by restricting the future uses of the property to only those uses that will not adversely impact water quality. Land use restrictions are placed on the property through perpetual restrictions or through conservation easements under Article 49 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law. Allowable uses include various types of passive recreation such as hiking and birdwatching. For property already in use for agriculture or timber harvesting, conservation easements may be used to prohibit future development and require the use of best management practices to protect water quality from the effects of agriculture and timber harvesting.
Both the Drinking Water and Clean Water programs are State Revolving Funds (SRFs) that provide low-costs or no-cost financing for communities building water quality projects. The Drinking Water SRF provides financing for infrastructure directly related to drinking water supply. The mission of the Clean Water SRF is to protect, maintain and improve water quality for all waters of New York State. The most common type of Clean Water SRF project is the construction or upgrade of a wastewater treatment plant to prevent pollution in our waterways.