SF 1354 makes changes in the Clean Water Partnership (CWP) program. The CWP program provides grants and loans to local units of government to control water pollution and implement federal laws controlling nonpoint source pollution.
Section 1 [Technical] removes a cross-reference to a provision repealed in this act.
Section 2 [Purpose] removes specific purposes for the CWP program. The remaining purposes for the program will be control of water pollution and the implementation of federal laws controlling nonpoint source pollution.
Section 3 [Project definition] amends the definition of “project” to broaden the term for the purposes of the CWP program to include the identification of water pollution and its causes and to protect and improve water quality.
Section 4 [Technical] removes references to sections repealed in this act.
Section 5 [CWP grants] broadens the purpose of the CWP grants to include all “projects” as defined in this act.
Section 6 [CWP loans] increases the cap on use of the state revolving fund for CWP loans to $50 million.
Section 7 [CWP eligibility] broadens the eligibility for the CWP program to include approved projects identified in total maximum daily load (TMDL) plans and watershed protection and restoration strategy implementation plans.
Section 8 [PCA review of proposals] broadens the local involvement requirements for a proposal to include any local stakeholders and removes the requirement that the proposal is consistent with statewide water quality management plans.
Section 9 [Technical] removes cross-references to provisions repealed in this act and updates a reference to “project” as defined in this act.
Section 10 [CWP Rules] removes specific project language and references “project” as defined in this act and cleans up the language to match with changes in this act.
Section 11 [Management plan and program evaluation] eliminates a reference to the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) coordination on nonpoint source pollution, and a requirement for an evaluation of the CWP program and recommendations to the Legislature for improvements to the CWP program.
Section 12 [Revisor’s instruction] directs the Revisor of the Statutes to change references to the CWP program to reflect the repeal of a section under this act.
Section 13 [Repealer] repeals provisions relating to the CWP program in Minnesota Statutes, sections:
103F.711, subdivision 7 – the definition of “official controls;”
103F.721 – statewide resource assessment;
103F.731, subdivision 1 – general eligibility requirements; and
103F.761 – public agency coordination.