Who is a member?
Our members are the local governments of Massachusetts and their elected and appointed leadership.
Panelists were representatives from the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust, and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
Heath Fahle, assistant secretary for federal funds at the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, opened with an overview of the BIL and the estimated funding that will be provided to the Commonwealth and its cities and towns through formula and discretionary grants.
The bulk of the presentation explored the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds.
The SRFs, administered by the MassDEP and the Clean Water Trust, provide loans to build or replace public water infrastructure. The program has been authorized to receive more than $1 billion from the BIL over five years. The additional funding will help disadvantaged communities with loans to address clean and drinking water infrastructure, as well as communities that are addressing emerging contaminants such as PFAS.
Nate Keenan, deputy director of the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust, and Maria Pinaud, MassDEP’s director of State Revolving Funds, outlined the SRF program and process, discussed program requirements, and explained the implications of the BIL funding. They also provided information on additional programming provided by the Clean Water Trust, along with links to resources about the BIL and the SRF program.