State Revolving Fund Advocacy Toolkit
Why State Revolving Funds?
The Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (CWSRF and DWSRF) represent the largest source of federal funding for water infrastructure. The SRFs are intended to support communities across the country by increasing their financial capacity to take on large water infrastructure projects, addressing everything from outdated and leaking pipes to increasing the storage capacity of their water treatment plant to ensure continuous delivery of safe and clean water to their residents. In practice, however, the communities most in need of these investments often face barriers to accessing these dollars. We want to change that.
Who is this Toolkit For?
The toolkit strives to be accessible to newcomers to this issue, providing background information on how SRFs work and actionable ideas for how to participate in SRF processes and advocacy. Whether you are working with your local utility, interacting with state agency employees, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional offices, your legislators, or some combination of these primary actors, this toolkit is meant to prepare you to understand:
- How SRF dollars are administered from the federal level down to the state and municipal levels,
- The basic functions of the SRF program and what kinds of projects are eligible under both the Clean Water and Drinking Water SRFs, including changes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,
- The key process points, such as the development and release of the state Intended Use Plan, and ways to engage in targeted advocacy around these points,
- Opportunities to improve the SRF program to better serve disadvantaged communities, especially small, low-wealth and communities of color, who have historically lacked access to SRF funding, and
- Where to find additional support via technical assistance and other resources.
Put the Toolkit to Use!
- Download the full toolkit.
- Click on a topic below if you’d like to jump directly to a specific section of the toolkit.
- The Tools & Strategies section includes email, letter, and op-ed templates, graphics, points of contact for state and federal agency staff, and questions for reflection as you embark on SRF advocacy.
View Individual Sections of the Toolkit:
Ellen Kohler, The Water Center at the University of Pennsylvania
Nayyirah Shariff, Flint Rising
Stuart Coleman, WAI: Wastewater Alternatives & Innovations
Betsy Nicholas, Waterkeepers Chesapeake