The DEP's project prioritization methodology is the means by which limited funds are distributed among eligible projects. In prior years, the Water Bank has been able to finance all projects that fulfilled applicable requirements regardless of their project ranking due to the availability of the Financing Program's State and federal funds; however, this is not guaranteed for future years, and applicants should check with the Water Bank to inquire about availability of funds.
DEP ranks all projects on the basis of the total number of ranking points each project receives and places the projects on the Priority List according to their ranking.
The ranking system gives highest priority to projects that address discharges of raw, diluted, or inadequately treated sewage to the state's waters during wet weather, including projects to abate combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and projects to address sanitary sewer systems that overflow.
Projects receive points under five categories:
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