Public Engagement for SRF PA with SHPO
The United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 7, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Revolving Fund, in consultation with the Iowa State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) are developing a new statewide programmatic agreement (PA) for the CWSRF Program and DWSRF Program. This PA will guide compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106) under 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 800. This page is intended to provide resources related to this process and to initiate public engagement.
The purpose of this Programmatic Agreement is twofold. First, it clarifies the boundaries of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) authority to implement the Section 106 process for both SRF funding from the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act through the Standard Project Review language. Second, the Programmatic Agreement excludes certain activities from a full review in the Section 106 process, when the facts show those projects will not have a risk of negatively affecting historical resources. Both these features of this Programmatic Agreement will streamline the State Revolving Fund (SRF) funding process to allow wastewater and drinking water treatment projects to move quickly towards completion.
Primary PA Objectives
• Improve the efficiency of reviews for CWSRF and DWSRF projects requiring compliance with Section 106.
• Ensure consistency between the CWSRF and the DWSRF Program Section 106 review processes.
• Allow Iowa SRF professionally qualified staff to identify projects that can be excluded from SHPO Review and reported annually to SHPO.
• Identify EPA, DNR, SHPO, ACHP Responsibilities
• Consult consistently with Native American tribes.
• Public comments and questions regarding this Programmatic Agreement can be emailed to IA-Exclusion-PA@epa.gov