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Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF): Contaminated Sites

Communities can use the CWSRF to address the water quality aspects of site assessment and cleanup of brownfields, Superfund sites, and sites of current or former aboveground or underground storage tanks. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Excavation and disposal of underground storage tanks;
  • Constructed wetlands;
  • Excavation, removal, and disposal of contaminated soil or sediments;
  • Well abandonment;
  • Site assessments;
  • Cleanup of contaminated groundwater or surface water;
  • Environmental insurance premiums; and
  • Collection/remediation of stormwater generated at the site.

Funding Brownfield Remediation with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund
This fact sheet demonstrates how the CWSRF provides assistance to eligible recipients for the water quality aspects of brownfield site assessment and cleanup. It highlights a successful project in Indiana.

Success Stories

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund: A Powerful Financial Tool to Support Brownfield and Superfund Assessment and Cleanup -
Several states use the CWSRF to finance the water quality aspects of brownfield and Superfund remediation projects. This document features case studies that provide examples of how communities have leveraged brownfields grant and loan funding and CWSRF financing to clean up contaminated sites. 

Community Sustainability and Revitalization: Ecocenter at Heron’s Head Park in San Francisco -
The California State Water Resource Control Board’s CWSRF is helping improve Heron's Head Park through an award of ARRA funding, furthering the Literacy for Environmental Justice’s educational mission while reducing the environmental footprint of an important community space.