Community water tank funded by USDA Rural Development

Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) provides loans, grants and loan guarantees for drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste and storm drainage facilities. WEP also makes grants to nonprofit organizations to provide technical assistance and training to assist rural communities with their water, wastewater, and solid waste problems. Visit the following site for a complete overview: Utility Programs

California Highlights

2013 Investments
Water/Wastewater Loans $29.2 million
Water/Wastewater Grants $9.2 million


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Water & Environmental Programs

Please note: Corporations that have been convicted of a felony (or had an officer or agency acting on behalf of the corporation convicted of a felony) within the past 24 months are not eligible. Any Corporation that has any unpaid federal tax liability that has been assessed, for which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted or have lapsed, and that is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax liability, is not eligible for financial assistance provided with funds appropriated by the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012, P.L. No. 112-55.

Pre-Application Guide


A variety of forms for the Water & Environmental programs are listed below for your convenience

Form SF 424 - Application for Federal Assistance

Form SF 424A - Budget Information, Non-Construction Programs

Form SF 424B - Assurances Non-Construction Programs

Form SF-424C - Budget Information

Form SF-424D - Assurances - Construction Programs

Form AD-1047, Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters - Primary Covered Transactions

Form AD-1049, Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements (Grants) Automatic 1 - For Grantees Other Than Individuals

Form AD-3030, Representation Regarding Felony Convictions and Tax Delinquent Status for Corporate Applicants

Form AD-3031, Assurance Regarding Felony Convictions or Tax Delinquent Status for Corporate Applicants


Environmental Requirements

CA Supplement 1794A-602


Engineering Items

RUS Bulletin 1780-2, Preliminary Engineering Report

Agreement for Engineering Services

Construction Contract Guide

Construction Project Sign Template


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Water & Environmental Program Contacts

Anita Lopez, Program Director
430 G Street, Agency 4169, Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (530) 792-5822 | Fax: (530) 792-5839

Dave Hartwell, Specialist
430 G Street, Agency 4169, Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (530) 792-5817 | Fax: (530) 792-5839

Robert Neilson, Civil Engineer
3530 W. Orchard Court, Visalia, CA 93277-7360
Phone: (559) 734-8732x113 | Fax: (559) 732-3481

Mike Starinsky, Civil Engineer
430 G Street, Agency 4169, Davis, CA 95616-4169
Phone: (530) 792-5814 | Fax: (530) 792-5839

Pete Yribarren, Specialist
920 East Stowell Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: (805) 928-9269 x107 | Fax: (805) 928-9644

Lantenna Hungate, Technician
430 G Street, Agency 4169, Davis, CA 95616-4169
Phone: (530) 792-5815 | Fax: (530) 792-5839


Telecommunication Programs Contact

Rocky W. Chenelle, General Field Representative
Telecommunications Programs
2601 Oakdale Rd, Suite H2 #133, Modesto, CA 95355
Cell: (530) 379-5032


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Additional Resources

California Department of Water Resources