GPR Contacts

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DWIGHT BROWN
SRF Program Services Coordinator

518-402-6924


CWSRFinfo@efc.ny.gov

 

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Shady Creek

  Green Project Reserves

In 2009, Congress introduced a number of new requirements for projects that receive funds through the CWSRF.  One of these requirements was that a certain percentage of CWSRF funds should be utilized in projects that meet the requirements of Green Project Reserve (GPR).  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describes Congress’ intent in enacting GPR requirements by declaring that a portion of CWSRF funding be directed toward projects that utilize green or soft-path practices to complement and augment hard or gray infrastructure; adopt practices that reduce the environmental footprint of water and wastewater treatment, collection and distribution; help communities adapt to climate change; enhance water and energy conservation; adopt more sustainable solutions to wet weather flows; and promote innovative approaches to water management problems.  Over time, GPR projects could enable communities to take savings derived from reducing water losses and energy consumption, and use them for public health and environmental enhancement.  Congress has continued the GPR requirement in the appropriations in each subsequent year. 


Entire projects or portions of projects can be eligible as GPR.

There are four categories of GPR :

  • Green Infrastructure – Green stormwater infrastructure includes a wide array of practices at multiple scales that manage wet weather, and that maintain and restore natural hydrology by infiltrating, evapotranspiring, and harvesting and using stormwater.  On a regional scale, green infrastructure is the preservation and restoration of natural landscape features, such as forests and wetlands, coupled with policies such as infill and redevelopment that reduce overall imperviousness in a watershed.  On the local scale, green infrastructure consists of site- and neighborhood-specific practices, such as bioretention, trees, green roofs, permeable pavements, and cisterns.

  • Energy Efficiency – The use of improved technologies and practices to reduce the energy consumption of water quality projects, use energy in a more efficient way, and/or produce/utilize renewable energy.

  • Water Conservation - The use of improved technologies and practices to deliver equal or better services with less water.  Water efficiency encompasses conservation and reuse efforts, as well as water loss reduction and prevention, to protect water resources for the future.

  • Environmentally Innovative Activities – Projects, or portions thereof, that demonstrate new and/or innovative approaches to delivering services or managing water resources in a more sustainable way. 

EPA has developed guidance that describes the specific requirements for a project or a portion of a project to be eligible for GPR.  EPA last modified the guidance documents in 2012.   If a project element is specifically identified in the EPA guidance as being GPR, this element would be considered to be “categorically” eligible as GPR.  If a project element is not specifically identified in the GPR guidance, but meets certain GPR criteria presented in the guidance, it may be eligible as GPR.  For such project elements, a business case needs to be developed to justify that the element meets the GPR criteria.  For 2010 and each subsequent year, EPA requires that all GPR business cases be posted on a website.  The business cases for the GPR approved for the New York State CWSRF for 2010 and subsequent years are posted through the links on this webpage.  EFC may post updates to the project descriptions and GPR amounts, as necessary.

EFC has chosen to meet the GPR requirements through three avenues: the Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP), the Integrated Solutions Construction (ISC) grant program, and through identifying features of traditional CWSRF projects that meet the definition of GPR.  A complete description of GIGP is presented here, and a complete description of the ISC program is here.  All GIGP and ISC projects meet the requirements of GPR.  EPA GPR guidance can be found HERE.

Green Project Reserve - 2015

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For 2015, the federal CWSRF appropriation for New York State was $154,673,596.  The GPR requirement for the New York State CWSRF for 2015 was $15,467,360.

Green Innovation Grant Program Round 7
$12,600,000   
Project Descriptions
GPR within CWSRF Base Program Projects $  2,539,684 Project Descriptions
Total GPR Achieved for 2015 $15,139,684

Green Project Reserve - 2014

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For 2014, the federal CWSRF appropriation for New York State was $154,748,000.  The GPR requirement for the New York State CWSRF for 2014 was $15,474,800.

Green Innovation Grant Program Round 6 $12,600,000   
Project Descriptions
GPR within CWSRF Base Program Projects $  7,299,101 Project Descriptions
Total GPR Achieved for 2014 $19,899,101

Green Project Reserve - 2013

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For 2013, the federal CWSRF appropriation for New York State was $147,369,000.  The GPR requirement was $14,736,900.

Green Innovation Grant Program Round 5 $10,400,000  
Project Descriptions
GPR within CWSRF Base Program Projects $ 6,536,968 Project Descriptions
Total GPR Achieved for 2013 $16,936,968

Green Project Reserve - 2012

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For 2012, the federal CWSRF appropriation for New York State was $156,001,000.  The GPR requirement for the New York State CWSRF for 2012 was $15,600,100. 

Green Innovation Grant Program Round 4 $13,004,000 Project Descriptions
GPR within CWSRF Base Program Projects $ 9,846,000 Project Descriptions
Total GPR Achieved for 2012 $22,850,000

Green Project Reserve - 2011

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For 2011, the federal CWSRF appropriation for New York State was $162,993,000.  The GPR requirement for the New York State CWSRF for 2011 was $32,598,600.

Green Innovation Grant Program Round 3 $20,000,000  
Project Descriptions
GPR within CWSRF Base Program Projects $19,683,088 Project Descriptions
Total GPR Achieved for 2011
$39,683,088

Green Project Reserve - 2010

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For 2010, the federal CWSRF appropriation for New York State was $224,898,000.  The GPR requirement for the New York State CWSRF for 2010 was $44,979,600. 

Green Innovation Grant Program Round 2
$15,000,000  
Project Descriptions
GPR within CWSRF Base Program Projects

$48,058,998

Project Descriptions
Total GPR Achieved for 2010
$63,058,998