Storm Mitigation Loan Program (SMLP)

A copy of Storm Mitigation Loan Program (SMLP) is available in Portable Document Format (PDF, 487 KB, 1pg

To assist New York communities rebuild smarter and stronger following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, Governor Andrew Cuomo has marshaled the resources of state and federal governments to protect vital services from future storms. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) will be used to facilitate financings from the SMLP for eligible drinking water system infrastructure improvements. The SMLP program funds will be administered by the Department of Health and the Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) to finance projects that reduce future storm damage risk and vulnerability or to enhance resiliency to rapid hydrologic change or natural disaster at drinking water treatment plants and facilities.

Financing in the form of a grant and zero interest loan combination will be available to reduce flood damage risk and vulnerability or to enhance resiliency to rapid hydrologic change or a natural disaster at treatment works, or any eligible facilities under section 1452 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, and for other eligible tasks at such treatment works or facilities necessary to further such purposes.

An eligible entity for these funds is any DWSRF eligible entity within a county of the declared disaster that was damaged or had a loss or disruption of a mission-essential function, including loss of function where there was potential impact to public health, or non-profit organizations whose projects will make such treatment works and community water systems more resilient to future storms or other natural disasters.

The 14 New York counties declared disaster areas following Superstorm Sandy are: Bronx, Greene, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester.

Projects that are otherwise eligible for DWSRF funding and serves one of the following purposes is eligible for financing under the SMLP:

  • Facilitates preparation for, adaptation to, or recovery from climate change or any other type of natural disaster for a drinking water treatment work or related facility;
  • Reduces the likelihood of physical damage to a treatment works or drinking water system;
  • Reduces a treatment works' or water system's susceptibility to physical damage or ancillary impacts caused by floods; or
  • Facilitates preparation for, adaptation to, or recovery from a sudden, unplanned change in the amount of and movement of water in proximity to a treatment works or water system.

More information on the SMLP program can be found at EFC's website through the following link: http://www.efc.ny.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=508. While the Department of Health and EFC will be contacting water systems with further information on the SMLP, water system officials are urged to check the EFC website frequently for program updates.