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Digging into the SWIFT Application Process

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Presentation by Tom Entsminger, State Programs Coordinator of the Texas Water Development Board, at the 2016 SWIFT Funding Workshop in Grapevine, Texas.

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Digging into the SWIFT Application Process

  1. 1. Texas Water Development Board Conservation and the SWIFT Application Process Tom Entsminger TWDB State Programs Coordinator 1
  2. 2. Topics • SWIFT Overview • Project Eligibility • Application Process • Other TWDB Resources 2
  3. 3. 3 Finances implementation of Recommended Water Management Strategies Financing options • Low-interest Loans • Deferred Loans • Board Participation Multi-year Commitments All Phases Eligible • Planning • Acquisition • Design • Construction
  4. 4. Is My Project Eligible for SWIFT? Is it a Recommended Water Management Strategy in the state water plan? Is there an associated capital cost? 4
  5. 5. Not Sure? 5 • If you aren’t sure whether your project fits within Plan language, call us! TWDB’s Planning staff can help.
  6. 6. The Path to Recommending Strategies identify “potentially feasible” strategies evaluate potentially feasible strategies compare evaluated strategies recommend strategies that are “cost- effective & environmentally sensitive” 31 TAC 357.35(b) 6
  7. 7. Evaluation of Strategies Based on: • water quantity and reliability • financial costs • impacts to environment and agriculture • impacts to water quality • other factors such as regulatory requirements, time required to implement, etc. 7
  8. 8. 8 Amendments • Regional and State plans can both be amended to add strategies and/or capital costs • The process takes time and is not free • First step: contact your regional planning group
  9. 9. Regional Group considers request TWDB validation of “minor” classification (up to 45 days) 14-day notice period Regional Group makes decision 14-day follow-up comment period Regional Amendment Processes Regional Group considers request 30-day hearing notice Hearing 30-day comment period Regional Group makes decision 9 Major Amendments: 62+ Days Minor Amendments: 30 - 45+ Days
  10. 10. State Water Plan Amendments Regional Amendment sent to TWDB TWDB reviews amendment 30-day hearing notice Hearing TWDB makes decision on adoption 10 The State Water Plan is amended only after regional amendments are finalized.
  11. 11. SWIFT Funding Cycle Submit Abridged Application TWDB Staff perform Prioritization & capacity modeling Invitation to submit full applications Application review and funding commitments Applicants close on loans 11
  12. 12. Abridged Application 12 Online option also available
  13. 13. Abridged Application • Asks only for the info needed to complete prioritization (31 TAC §363.1304) • Uses information already developed during the plan process: no new work required • No commitment associated with Abridged Application submittal • Technical assistance available throughout the process 13
  14. 14. Full Application • Contact Information • Legal • Financial • Project Details Technical Assistance Available 14 Online option also available
  15. 15. How to Get Started 15 CONTACT US! Team 1 Panhandle/West A/O/E/F Lee Huntoon (512) 463-6021 Team 2 Brazos G/B Caaren Skrobarczyk (512) 475-1128 Team 3 Northeast C/D Luis Farias (512) 463-0250 Team 4 East H/I Nancy Richards (512) 463-0250 Team 5 Central J/K/L/P Clay Schultz (512) 463-6277 Team 6 South M/N Mireya Loewe (512) 475-0590
  16. 16. Conservation at TWDB • Offers low interest rates based on TWDB’s cost of funds Texas Water Development Fund (DFund) • Offers subsidization of 125 basis points below borrower’s cost of funds and partial principal forgiveness Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) • Fund projects and research with ag conservation benefit Agricultural Water Conservation Grants/Loans 16
  17. 17. Conservation at TWDB 17 Regardless of the funding source, applicants requesting $500,000 or more must have active Water Conservation Plans on file TWDB’s Conservation staff provide technical assistance to help systems develop their plans
  18. 18. Other TWDB Resources Project Financing • Water • Wastewater • Flood Control • Conservation • Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Science • Groundwater availability • Environmental flows • Lake surveys • Conservation Planning • State Water Plan • Water Use SurveysData • Mapping & GIS • Demographics 18
  19. 19. Interactive State Water Plan 19 TexasStateWaterPlan.org
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  21. 21. Thanks! Tom Entsminger TWDB State Programs Coordinator (512) 936-0802 Tom.Entsminger@twdb.texas.gov 21

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