Focus On Environmental Quality Council
June 22, 2023
Hastings City Building
220 North Hastings Avenue
Hastings, Nebraska
10:00 AM (Central)


DATE: June 22, 2023
Hastings City Building
220 North Hastings Avenue Hastings, Nebraska
10:00 AM (Central)
01 Roll Call

02 Announcements

03 Minutes of November 10, 2022 Meeting

04 Reports of EQC Members

05 Report of DEE Director

06 Old Business

07 New Business

08 Next Meeting

09 Public Hearing on the 2024 Intended Use Plan

10 Adjournment


Notice is hereby given pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 84-1411, that the Nebraska Environmental Quality Council (EQC) will hold a meeting and public hearing on June 22, 2023, beginning at 10:00 A.M. Central Time (CT) at the Hastings City Building located at 220 North Hastings Avenue, Hastings, Nebraska. Business items on the agenda will precede a hearing which is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. CT or as soon thereafter as can reasonably be heard. The purpose of the hearing is to take testimony and evidence about the proposed Fiscal Year 2024 State Revolving Fund Clean Water and Drinking Water Intended Use Plan (2024 IUP). The meeting agenda and a draft copy of the 2024 IUP are available at the NDEE’s Lincoln office, 245 Fallbrook Blvd., Lincoln, NE and on the NDEE website at

All interested persons may attend and testify orally or by written submission at the public hearing. Interested persons may also submit written comments by mail addressed to: EQC, P.O. Box 98922, Lincoln, NE 68509-8922 or by email to prior to the hearing. Comments which are received by 5:00 P.M. CT, June 21, 2023, will be entered into the hearing record.

Please notify the NDEE at least one week in advance of the EQC meeting if auxiliary aids or reasonable accommodations or alternate formats of materials are needed. The contact phone number is 402-471-2186; TDD users call 800-833-7352 and ask the relay operator to call 402-471-2186.

A public hearing will be held on the 2024 IUP for determining loan and assistance recipients under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The 2024 IUP is presented to the EQC in compliance with Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 71-5321 and 81-15,152, Title 131 – Rules and Regulations for Wastewater Treatment Facilities and Drinking Water Construction Assistance Program, and the federal Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Acts. The 2024 IUP describes how Nebraska intends to use all sources of funding for making loans, with forgiveness assistance to qualified recipients, for construction of eligible projects and assistance for other water quality needs throughout the state. The 2024 IUP includes a Project Priority Ranking System and Fiscal Year 2024 Funding Priority List for each of the funds, the system for setting borrowing rates, and defines the required Affordability Criteria (CWSRF) and Disadvantaged Community (DWSRF) methods needed for the offering of forgiveness assistance. Additionally, the 2024 IUP provides specific details on the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s General Supplemental and Emerging Contaminants Funding for each SRF, the Lead Service Line Replacement Funding for the DWSRF, and the funding annually appropriated to both SRF programs. The purpose of the hearing is to accept public testimony on EQC approval of the 2024 IUP. The EQC will vote to adopt, amend, or modify the 2024 IUP after hearing and considering all the testimony and written submissions.

(See attached file: Final EQC Agenda 6.22.23.pdf) (See attached file: Final Legal Notice EQC 6-22-23 IUP.pdf) (See attached file: SFY 2024 IUP EQC Posting.pdf)