NR 162.38   Applicability.
NR 162.39   Project eligibility.
NR 162.40   Cost eligibility.
NR 162.41   Notice of intent to apply and application.
NR 162.42   Interest rate subsidy requirements.
NR 162.43   Procurement.
NR 162.44   Determination of interest rate subsidy.
NR 162.45   Interest rate subsidy agreement conditions.
NR 162.46   Financial management.
NR 162.47   Interest rate subsidy disbursements and project closeout.
NR 162.48   Breach of contract and noncompliance.
NR 162.49   Termination.
Subchapter V — Priority Scoring and Ranking System
NR 162.50   Project scoring system.
NR 162.51   Project priority score.
NR 162.52   Procedure for determination and reevaluation of project priority score.
NR 162.53   Project ranking system.
Ch. NR 162 Note Note: Chapter NR 162 as it existed on June 30, 1996, was repealed and a new chapter NR 162 was created, Register, June, 1996, No. 486, eff. 7-1-96. Chapter NR 162 as it existed on February 28, 2001, was repealed and a new chapter NR 162 was created, Register, February, 2001, No. 542, eff. 3-1-01. Chapter NR 162 as it existed on November 30, 2003, was repealed and a new chapter NR 162 was created, Register November 2003 No. 575, eff. 12-1-03. Chapter NR 162 as it existed on June 30, 2015, was repealed and a new chapter NR 162 was created by CR 14-043, Register June 2015 No. 714, eff. 7-1-15.
subch. I of ch. NR 162 Subchapter I — General
NR 162.001 NR 162.001Purpose. The purposes of this chapter are all of the following:
NR 162.001(1) (1) Establish rules under ss. 281.58 and 281.59, Stats., to implement and administer a financial assistance program for the engineering and construction of treatment works and best management practices.
NR 162.001(2) (2) Establish a priority system for distributing clean water fund program financial assistance as provided in s. 281.58, Stats., and the mechanisms and methodology to be used to modify the priority scoring system.
NR 162.001(3) (3) Establish rules under s. 281.58 (13), Stats., to implement and administer hardship financial assistance.
NR 162.001(4) (4) Establish rules under s. 281.58 (6) (b) 8., Stats., to implement and administer interest rate subsidies for loans issued by the board of commissioners of public lands for projects to engineer and construct treatment works and best management practices with total estimated project costs of $2,000,000 or less.
NR 162.001 Note Note: All forms necessary for funding under this chapter are available on the Environmental Improvement Fund website at and in paper form from the Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Community Financial Assistance, 101 S. Webster St., P.O. Box 7921, Madison, Wisconsin 53707–7921. The forms are also available on the Department of Natural Resources website.
NR 162.001 History History: CR 14-043: cr. Register June 2015 No. 714, eff. 7-1-15.
NR 162.002 NR 162.002Applicability. This chapter applies to all applicants for and recipients of financial assistance for the engineering and construction of treatment works and best management practices made pursuant to ss. 281.58 and 281.59, Stats. Compliance with the applicable requirements of this chapter is a prerequisite to receiving financial assistance under ss. 281.58 and 281.59, Stats.
NR 162.002 History History: CR 14-043: cr. Register June 2015 No. 714, eff. 7-1-15.
NR 162.003 NR 162.003Definitions. In this chapter:
NR 162.003(1) (1) “Amendment" means a formal, written change to an existing legal agreement or contract, executed by all parties to the original agreement or contract.
NR 162.003(2) (2) “American Community Survey" or “ACS" means the nationwide survey conducted by the U.S. bureau of the census to collect demographic, social, housing, and economic data and produce 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year estimates based on population thresholds.
NR 162.003(3) (3) “Applicant" means any municipality that applies for financial assistance under this chapter.
NR 162.003(4) (4) “Approval" means the written approval of the department.
NR 162.003(5) (5) “Best management practices" or “BMPs" has the meaning given in s. NR 151.002 (4).
NR 162.003(6) (6) “Block group" means a subdivision of a census tract made up of a cluster of blocks having the same first digit of their four-digit identifying numbers within the tract.
NR 162.003(7) (7) “Board of commissioners of public lands" or “BCPL" means the organization comprised of the secretary of state, the state treasurer, and the attorney general that operates under the authority of ch. 24, Stats.
NR 162.003 Note Note: The BCPL is also known as state trust funds.
NR 162.003(8) (8) “Breach of contract" means the failure of the municipality to comply with any of the following:
NR 162.003(8)(a) (a) The terms and conditions of the financial assistance agreement or interest rate subsidy agreement.
NR 162.003(8)(b) (b) The terms and conditions of the municipal resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of bonds or notes to the clean water fund program.
NR 162.003(9) (9) “Capital improvement" means construction resulting in improvements to real property or depreciable property, or both, or adding to the value or useful life of these assets, including structural improvements, such as constructing new treatment works or BMPs or modifying existing buildings or facilities, or improvements that enhance usefulness or productivity, including replacing an existing pump with a more efficient new pump.
NR 162.003 Note Note: The following are examples of capital improvements: constructing permeable pavement or an infiltration pond to control runoff; constructing new clarifiers, aeration tanks, or other major components of a treatment works; upgrading existing equipment or installing new, more efficient process equipment, such as equipment for dewatering, aeration, scraping, skimming, or disinfection; constructing new process, administration, and storage buildings; adding to or constructing major renovations of existing facilities; replacing or rehabilitating aged or undersized sanitary sewer pipes; replacing a roof on a treatment plant building; constructing a new lift station or upgrading an existing lift station; installing security, a supervisory control and data acquisition system, or monitoring equipment as part of a scored project.
NR 162.003(10) (10) “Census block" means the smallest unit for which the U.S. census bureau collects and tabulates population information in the decennial census and income information in the ACS.
NR 162.003(11) (11) “Census designated place" means a statistical area delineated for each decennial census according to U.S. census bureau guidelines for the purpose of presenting census data and ACS data for a concentration of population, housing and commercial structures that is locally identifiable by name, but is not within an incorporated place.
NR 162.003(12) (12) “Census tract" means a small, relatively permanent statistical subdivision of a county used in the decennial census and the ACS, delineated for the purpose of presenting data, typically following visible features or governmental boundaries or both, including approximately 4,000 inhabitants, and designed to be a relatively homogeneous unit with respect to population characteristics, economic status, and living conditions.
NR 162.003(13) (13) “Change order" means an action that specifies and justifies a change to a construction contract that alters the time of completion, or the total price, or both.
NR 162.003(14) (14) “Clean water fund program" or “CWFP" means the program established under ss. 25.43, 281.58 and 281.59, Stats., for the purpose of providing financial assistance to municipalities for the planning, design and construction of treatment works and BMPs.
NR 162.003(15) (15) “Commercial facility" means any facility that is used for retail stores, restaurants, office buildings, laundries, and other private business and service establishments or similar enterprises.
NR 162.003(16) (16) “Compliance maintenance" means the program established and regulated under ch. NR 208, intended to prevent a permittee under ch. 283, Stats., from exceeding an effluent limitation contained in a permit issued under ch. 283, Stats.
NR 162.003(17) (17) “Construction" means an action taken to make a capital improvement, including any of the following actions:
NR 162.003(17)(a) (a) Building, erecting, extending, or assembling a treatment works or BMP or a new major asset for an existing treatment works or BMP.
NR 162.003(17)(b) (b) Preparing the construction site or sites of a scored project for work activities. Site preparation includes grading, staking, and digging, and demolition or abandonment of existing structures.
NR 162.003(17)(c) (c) Purchasing a package wastewater treatment system or capacity in an existing treatment works.
NR 162.003(17)(d) (d) Altering, modifying, improving, upgrading, rehabilitating, or adding to existing treatment works facilities or BMPs.
NR 162.003(17)(e) (e) Performing major repairs or replacing major components of existing facilities.
NR 162.003(17)(f) (f) Installing new piping or mechanical, electrical, or electronic equipment or facilities.
NR 162.003(17)(g) (g) Remediation of illicit discharges to an MS4 or runoff treatment works.
NR 162.003(18) (18) “Custom tabulation" means a special tabulation of income data from the ACS microdata files that is performed by the U.S. bureau of the census, is not part of the standard ACS data tabulations, and results in generation of a median household income for an area designated by the applicant as the boundaries of a town sanitary district, public inland lake protection and rehabilitation district, or metropolitan sewerage district, or of the area served by the treatment works if the treatment works serves only a portion of the place or minor civil division in which it is located.
NR 162.003(19) (19) “Debt" means a financial liability that is subject to repayment and incurred to fund a project, including liabilities in the form of lines of credit, bond anticipation notes, general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, general obligation promissory notes, certificates of indebtedness, and special assessment bonds.
NR 162.003(20) (20) “Department" means the department of natural resources.
NR 162.003(21) (21) “Design flow" means the average annual flow or average daily flow specified in an approved facilities plan or approved plans and specifications, the flow specified in a WPDES permit, or the flow required to meet performance standards.
NR 162.003(22) (22) “Disadvantaged business enterprise" or “DBE" means a business entity certified as disadvantaged under the U.S. department of transportation unified certification program or other program approved by the U.S. environmental protection agency to certify disadvantaged businesses.
NR 162.003(23) (23) “Discharge" has the meaning given in s. 283.01 (4), Stats.
NR 162.003 Note Note: Under s. 283.01 (4), Stats., “discharge", when used without qualification, includes a discharge of any pollutant.
NR 162.003(24) (24) “DOA" means the department of administration.
NR 162.003(25) (25) “Effluent limitation" has the meaning given in s. 283.01 (6), Stats.
NR 162.003 Note Note: Under s. 283.01 (6), Stats., “effluent limitation" means any restriction established by the department, including schedules of compliance, on quantities, rates, and concentrations of chemical, physical, biological, and other constituents that are discharged from point sources into waters of this state. Flow rates and flow volumes are considered to be physical constituents restricted by WPDES permits.
NR 162.003(26) (26) “Engineering" includes the following:
NR 162.003(26)(a) (a) Performing preliminary planning to determine the need for or the feasibility of building or modifying a treatment works or BMP, including preparing a facilities plan.
NR 162.003(26)(b) (b) Performing engineering, architectural, geotechnical, hydrogeological, fiscal, or economic investigations or studies.
NR 162.003(26)(c) (c) Identifying illicit discharges to an MS4, a BMP, or a wastewater treatment works if the identification work is directly related to the scored project.
NR 162.003(26)(d) (d) Preparing surveys, designs, plans, bidding documentation, working drawings, or specifications.
NR 162.003(26)(e) (e) Observing, inspecting, or supervising any of the activities under pars. (a) to (d) or under sub.(17).
NR 162.003(27) (27) “Equipment replacement fund" means a separate fund established by the municipality for the purpose of making expenditures for major repair or replacement of equipment necessary for continuing operation of wastewater or runoff treatment works, or for maintenance of a BMP.
NR 162.003(28) (28) “Financial assistance" includes one or more of the following actions taken by the department and DOA under ss. 281.58 and 281.59, Stats.:
NR 162.003(28)(a) (a) Providing a loan, principal forgiveness, interest rate subsidies, a grant, a guarantee, or credit enhancement to a municipality.
NR 162.003(28)(b) (b) Refinancing a municipality's interim debt obtained for the scored project.
NR 162.003(28)(c) (c) Purchasing insurance for a municipality.
NR 162.003(29) (29) “Financial assistance agreement" means a written agreement between a municipality, the department, and DOA that contains the terms and conditions of the financial assistance provided to the municipality under subch. II or III.
NR 162.003(30) (30) “Financial assistance agreement amendment" means a formal, written change to an existing financial assistance agreement, executed by all parties to the original agreement.
NR 162.003(31) (31) “Force account work" means engineering, construction, or other project-specific activities performed by municipal paid employees, or using equipment owned by the municipality, or both.
NR 162.003(32) (32) “Governmental facility" means any public facility, including a facility used for legislative, judicial, administrative, and regulatory activities of federal, state, and local governments.
NR 162.003(33) (33) “Groundwater" has the meaning given in s. 160.01 (4), Stats.
NR 162.003(34) (34) “Hardship financial assistance" means financial assistance authorized under s. 281.58 (13), Stats.
NR 162.003(35) (35) “Hardship financial assistance funding list" means a list established by the department each fiscal year that ranks, in environmental priority order, based on the priority list established under s. 281.58 (8e), Stats., scored projects eligible for hardship financial assistance under s. 281.58 (13) (b), Stats.
NR 162.003(36) (36) “Hardship fundable range'' means those projects on the hardship financial assistance funding list that are projected to utilize all available hardship present value subsidy for each fiscal year.
NR 162.003(37) (37) “Hardship present value subsidy" or “hardship PV" means the present value subsidy provided to municipalities to reduce loan interest rates below those interest rates established in s. 281.58 (12) (a), Stats., including 0% interest loans, and to provide grants.
NR 162.003(38) (38) “Hardship subsidy'' means the amount of subsidy provided by the CWFP under s. 281.58 (13), Stats., to reduce the interest rate of a CWFP loan to a rate below any interest rate specified in s. 281.58 (12) (a), Stats., and to provide grants.
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