Wisconsin water infrastructure projects awarded $414 million

December 27, 2023

The state of Wisconsin has directed a record-breaking $414 million in financial assistance to improve wastewater and stormwater infrastructure in small and disadvantaged communities. Awarded by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the money comes from the Clean Water Fund Program (CWFP), an initiative that helps wastewater and water-quality-related stormwater infrastructure projects reach and maintain regulatory compliance.

DNR is allocating $358.3 million in CWFP low-interest loans to support water projects across 84 municipalities. DNR will also allocate $56.1 million in principal forgiveness.

The city of Reedsburg was awarded a combined $90.9 million to support two projects. For the first project, the city will use $80.9 million loan to build a wastewater treatment plant. The city will use an additional $10 million to build a gravity interceptor, force main and outfall drain for the second project.

Other big-ticket items include a $39 million loan to help the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District replace the primary and secondary clarifier mechanisms at one of its wastewater treatment plants. The city of Manitowoc received $21 million to install filters and a final clarifier as part of a wastewater treatment plant upgrade project.

DNR awarded the Milwaukee Sewage District $46.3 million for three separate projects. The first project includes installing flood resiliency improvements. The second project involves relocating a combined sewer overflow for the city’s dredged materials management facility. The third project will replace biosolids fertilizer transport and silo storage equipment.

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Photo by Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District

Paul Stinson

Paul Stinson has more than 15 years of journalism experience, including a decade covering the legislative and regulatory affairs of Texas, South Africa, and Germany for an affiliate of Bloomberg, L.P. His experience includes covering voting rights and the sectors of environment, energy, labor, healthcare, and taxes. Stinson joined the team in October as a reporter for SPI’s news publications, which include Government Contracting Pipeline, Texas Government Insider, and the newly-launched Government Market News. He is also a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, and an Arthur F. Burns Fellow. He holds a master’s in journalism from Indiana University.   

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