Water Sustainability Fund
The Water Sustainability Fund (WSF) is a source of financial support to help local project sponsors achieve the goals set out in Neb. Rev. Stat. § 2-1506. The Nebraska Natural Resources Commission (NRC) oversees WSF operations including application review, scoring & ranking, and awarding funding to successful applicants. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) administers the WSF fund by initially reviewing the newly filed applications and forwarding those that meet minimum statutory requirements to the NRC. Once the NRC awards funding to a project, DNR enters into a contract with the project sponsor, receives and reviews reimbursement requests, disperses funds and monitors project progress. Of the annual funding appropriated by the Nebraska Legislature, ten percent is designated by statute for projects separating storm and sewer water. The NRC also reserves ten percent for projects requesting $250,000 or less.
WSF applications are filed electronically between July 16th and 31st each year. The applications are typically reviewed in the fall with final determination made on each application by the end of the year.