Background

The Legislature created the Public Works Board in partnership with local governments to assist in addressing infrastructure needs. They use a dedicated funding pool to offer low-interest financing in a revolving loan program. A citizens’ board of infrastructure representatives manage the program.

Local Impact

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Nearly 2,000 projects funded.
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Over $2.9 billion in loans.

Board Meetings

The next business meeting of the Public Works Board will be on Friday, August 6, 2021. This meeting will be held via Zoom.

2021 Meeting Schedule
2021 Meeting Agendas
2021 Meeting Minutes

More Board information can be found on our About Us page.

Upcoming Events

Broadband Construction Grants Application Workshop

July 28, 2001
10:00 am to noon
Register here

2021 Training Webinars

The videos and PowerPoint presentations for these events are now available on the Technical Assistance and Training page.

Latest News

7/14/21 – The Public Works Board is excited to announce their application cycle for Broadband Construction Federally Funded Grants is open from today through October 1, 2021. Visit our broadband page for information and to apply.

7/14/21 – The PWB is currently seeking an experienced, highly skilled governmental relations person/group. View the RFP for details. The deadline for submission is August 6, 2021.

6/4/21 – The effort to ensure the quality of life for the residents of Washington is one assumed by all members of the Legislature and the Governor’s Office. At their June Board meeting, the Public Works Board recognized the following Legislative members as Infrastructure Champions:

Senator Frockt
Senator Mullet
Senator Rolfes
Senator Warnick
Senator Wellman
Representative Gregerson
Representative Ramos
Representative Ryu
Representative Steele
Representative Tharinger

6/4/21 – The Public Works Board is hiring for three Commerce Specialist 3 positions. Click here for qualifications and to apply.

5/19/21 – The PowerPoint presentation, including presenter notes, for today’s Traditional Programs Application Webinar is now available. The recording of this webinar is also available for streaming.

5/12/21 – The Public Works Board free virtual trainings for 2021 have been announced. Please visit our Technical Assistance page for more details and to register.

5/11/21 – The Public Works Board is proud to present their Spring 2021 Newsletter.

5/10/21 – Public Works Board Traditional Programs loan cycle is now open. Applications are being accepted for the Construction Pre-construction programs through July 9, 2021. The Emergency program remains open continually until all funds are exhausted. Visit the Public Works Financing page for more information and to apply.

5/4/21 – Public Works Board Traditional Programs have announced an application workshop in preparation for anticipated 2021-23 loan cycles. The workshop is scheduled for May 19 from 10:00 to 11:30, and will be virtual via Zoom. Potential applicants are encouraged to click here to register.

4/23/21 – Rounding out project highlights for #EarthWeek2021 is a project from the city of Camas. Balancing environmental, industrial, and residential needs is often challenging. When the City looked to address transportation needs for the North Shore area near Lacamas Lake, they saw an opportunity to accept this challenge. Completion of the SR500 and Lake Road interchange will address traffic mobility needs; allow for the development of 460 acres of commercial, industrial, and residential land; increase pedestrian safety; and resolve stormwater issues and prevent untreated stormwater from entering the lake.

4/22/21 – Welcome to #EarthDay2021! Continuing our project highlights for #EarthWeek2021, we take a look at a King County’s Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station (GWWTS).

The GWWTS is a 70 million gallon per day capacity sewer and stormwater solution funded by the PWB, Ecology, and the EPA. It enables two combined sewer outfalls to operate in compliance with Ecology regulations. The reduction in contaminant introduction into the Duwamish River will assist in local cleanup activities for the waterway and recovery of habitat. This project, located at a former brownfields site, goes beyond managing a known issue and looks toward sustainability through practices such as landfill demolition material diversion and reduced chemical usage in the treatment process. Additionally, this Envision Platinum Award winning project is designed to meet changing demands associated with climate change and includes permeable pavement, a green roof, and rain gardens and cisterns.

4/21/21 – Today our #EarthWeek2021 project highlight focuses on water reuse facilities. Whether it is changing the current, flow rate, and volume of water in a river, drawing down aquifers, or altering the water volume and shoreline of a lake, water systems have an inherent impact on the local environment. By treating and reusing water for industrial purposes, the demand on the local water system is reduced. This means less water pulled from aquifers, streams, rivers, and lakes with the result being a smaller impact on local ecosystems. The reduced demand also means that a location can sustain itself without tapping into adjoining water systems or increasing the size and number of local wells. This adds the benefits of reduced energy usage to provide water, decreased opportunities for system failure and water loss, and mitigates the impact of burying and maintaining additional water mains.

Washington Public Works Board is a proud funding partner of the city of Quincy on the development of their Wastewater Reuse and Brine Flow Reduction projects. Completion of these projects allows the City to balance business needs, residential demands, and local capacity for domestic water.

4/20/21 – Continuing our highlights for #EarthWeek2021, we look today at an emergency loan issued to Valley View Sewer District in 2019. This project replaces a force main under the Duwamish River that was installed in 1986 via dredging. Divers discovered the original main had lost its riverbed covering and was exposed to impacts and scouring. The result was two significant breaches and horizontal fracturing of the main. Through a loan provided by the Public Works Board’s Emergency Construction program, the district is installing a new Boeing Pump Station – Duwamish River Crossing force main via directional drilling that ensures protection for the main, and protects the waterway, animals, and residents from untreated sewer discharge.

4/19/21 – It’s #EarthWeek2021! Providing funding to projects that protect and restore the environment is a priority for the Public Works Board. This week, we will be highlighting recently funded projects that are moving Washington towards a greener future.

Today we look at the city of Bremerton’s efforts to address stormwater. The City received Public Works Board funding for two culvert related projects in 2018–Ostrich Creek and Pine Basin. These projects not only replace culverts that present a barrier to fish passage, they are also an integral part of the area’s basin restoration plan. The goal of this plan is to improve regional water quality, reduce runoff, and restore local creeks. The contaminants from untreated stormwater runoff in this area resulted in the continuous closure of shellfish beds since 1962. By completing the area’s basin restoration plan, the City intends to restore fish carrying capacity in local streams, effectively manage stormwater runoff, and reduce the introduction of contaminants into the bay and enable the reopening of shellfish beds.

2/17/21 – The Public Works Board will convene a special meeting on 2/18/21. The agenda packet can be found on our About Us page. 

2/8/21 – The Public Works Board is proud to present their Winter 2021 Newsletter.

1/11/21 – Can roads be environmentally-friendly and human-centered? Can they reduce our carbon footprint? Last February, Public Works Board Member Dr. Jeralee Anderson presented a TEDxTalk in Everett about utilizing roads as a component in effectively balancing ecosystems and economies. This talk is now available for streaming.

1/5/21 – Governor Jay Inslee has appointed two new members to the Public Works Board.

Kathryn Gardow, PE has been appointed as the new Public Works Board Chair and assumes Position #13 representing the general public. She is principal of Gardow Consulting, LLC and has close to 40 years of experience in land use and civil engineering as a consultant, a project manager in a land use law firm, in construction, and as a City Engineer. She served as a Public Works Board Member from 2005 to 2014 representing the general public, with five of those years as Vice Chair.

The Honorable Ed Stern has been appointed to Position #1 as an elected official representing cities. Councilmember Stern has been a member of the Poulsbo City Council for 23 years and recently retired from a 35 year career in the financial services industry where he specialized in fixed-income investments. From 2008-2009, Councilmember Stern served on the High Speed Internet Strategies Working Group, a position appointed by the Legislature.

1/4/21 – Lincoln County Commissioner Scott Hutsell has stepped down from his position as the Public Works Board Chair. Commissioner Hutsell initially joined the Board as an Elected County Representative in 2012 and was appointed by Governor Inslee as the Board Chair in 2017. The Public Works Board and its staff thank Commissioner Hutsell for his leadership and dedication, and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

1/4/21 – The PWB Broadband Program is hosting two public meetings to present the After Action Review findings from their construction application cycle. Both meetings will be held via Zoom and are open to the public. To join, please click one of the dates below to register.

Wednesday 1/27/2021 from 2:00 – 3:00
Thursday 1/28/2021 from 10:00 – 11:00

11/12/20 – The Department of Health has compiled a list of guidance and resources for water systems and customers about Customer Assistance Programs including requirements under the Governor’s proclamations related to COVID-19.

10/23/20 – The PWB awards broadband construction funding! The ranked list of applications and awards is available here.

9/17/20 – The list of broadband construction application project locations and projected connection speeds is now available on the broadband financing webpage.

9/9/20 – SPECIAL NOTICE: Due to the current wildfire situation in Washington State and its effects on local communities, the Public Works Board has elected to extend the deadline for applications for the Broadband Construction Grant and Loan program. Applications can be submitted any time until 11:59 pm of September 16, 2020. 

8/19/20 – The PWB will be holding a special meeting on August 20, 2020. Meeting information and the agenda packet can be found on our About Us page.

7/28/20 – If you missed the chance to participate in the PWB hosted training webinars for Regionalization, Value Planning, or Asset Management, they are now available for streaming.

Value Planning (Video)
Regionalization (Video)
Asset Management (Video)

7/13/20 – The PWB Broadband Construction loan and grant application cycle is open now through September 9. Visit our Broadband Financing page for more information and to apply.

6/24/20 – If you missed the chance to participate in this month’s broadband webinars, they are now available for streaming.

Statewide Broadband Partners Meeting (video)
Broadband Construction Application Workshop (video)

6/22/20 – To accommodate the Governor’s directed furloughs, Public Works Board offices are closed on:

Monday, June 29
Friday, July 10
Friday, July 17
Friday, July 24
Friday, August 21
Tuesday, September 8
Friday, October 16

6/5/20 – The Washington State Department of Commerce’s Building Green Cities Guidebook: Incentivizing Low Impact Development (LID) Beyond Permit Requirements presents ways that local governments can incentivize developers to voluntarily incorporate LID on projects in urban growth centers. Using input from interviews, a project advisory committee, and social marketing research, we assessed perceived barriers and motivators for developers to provide guidance and policies to help local governments incentivize developers. The Guidebook includes tools and outreach materials that local governments can utilize to encourage developers to go beyond existing stormwater requirements; including factsheets for best management practices and a variety of incentive programs. To view or download the Guidebook, please visit: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/serving-communities/growth-management/guidebooks-and-resources/

6/3/20 – The June 5 Public Works Board meeting will be live streamed on TVW.

6/1/20 – The Public Works Board will be hosting two broadband focused webinars in June.

The first webinar is a stakeholder roundtable on June 17 from 1:30 to 3:00. This webinar focuses on policy development and implementation. It is designed to be an open discussion about completed work, where the program is headed, and current stakeholder efforts and projects.

The second webinar is on June 18 from 1:30 to 3:00 and is a broadband construction grant and loan workshop for those interested in applying for Public Works Board broadband funding. The Board anticipates opening this funding cycle on July 13, 2020. Workshop participants will receive clear guidance on completing a successful application, including the statutory pre-requisite activities that must be completed prior to applying.

5/15/20 – The PWB is proud to present their Spring 2020 Newsletter. Included within is an update for the PWB broadband construction program, and a reminder that the program’s governing RCW requires applicants to contact local Internet service providers (ISPs) near the proposed project area. This contact must request the ISP’s plan to upgrade broadband service in the project area to speeds that meet or exceed the state’s definition of broadband service within the time frame of the proposed project. This contact must be made a minimum of six-weeks prior to the submission of an application for funding from the PWB, and documentation of this interaction must be submitted with the application.

5/14/20 – The Department of Health (representing a multi-agency partnership with Commerce, Ecology, the Public Works Board, and the Utilities and Transportation Commission) has released a financial impact survey for public water and wastewater systems. The survey seeks to understand how purveyors of these public utilities and their revenues have been impacted during the pandemic. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by May 26. If you have any questions, please email DWSRF@doh.wa.gov.

5/1/20 – Today’s Public Works Board meeting will be livestreamed on TVW.

4-7-20 – The Public Works Board has extended the deadline to apply for Broadband Feasibility and Outreach Grants to June 1, 2020. “We want applicants focused on keeping themselves and their communities safe, without the worry of missing deadlines,” said Broadband Program Director Westall.

3-25-20 – The Department of Health has developed resources for community water operations staffing, monitoring, and service shut-off limitation. They can be found on the department’s Drinking Water main page under the heading “COVID-19 Guidance for Drinking Water System Owners and Operators”. The Department of Health also offers a comprehensive list of emergency resources for water systems.

3/13/20 – As the COVID-19 virus continues to impact across Washington, the Public Works Board and team will continue to be of service to local communities. We want to share some steps we are taking to keep you informed and safe during this outbreak.

Contract administration and management – Staff is available during normal business hours to answer your questions and process reimbursements.

Broadband rulemaking – To minimize the risk of exposure to the community and staff, the public hearing for broadband rulemaking will proceed online only. The submission of written comments is highly recommended. These comments can be emailed to Connie.Rivera@commerce.wa.gov or faxed to 360-586-8440 until March 27, 2020.  Skype participation is available on March 31, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The call in number is 360-407-3813 and the conference ID is 1345139.

Board meetings – Beginning with our April 3, 2020 meeting, the PWB will hold its monthly Board meetings via Skype. Agendas will be posted to our website and distributed electronically.

SYNC – The April 2, 2020 meeting will take place remotely via Skype.

Tech Teams – Tech Team requests are accepted on an ongoing basis. Scheduled Tech Team meetings will be rescheduled or take place remotely, via Skype or other means.

Regional trainings – All four regional training events scheduled from March through June 2020 are cancelled. We look forward to interacting with communities and discussing projects and programs at the next Infrastructure Assistance Coordination Council meeting.

We welcome your questions and comments about the PWB and look forward to meeting in person once circumstances allow. Please follow the state Department of Health website for comprehensive information on the COVID-19 virus.

Thank you,

The PWB

3/11/20 – With continued concern for the proliferation of COVID-19 from federal, state, and local health organizations, the Public Works Board regrets to announce the cancellation of our Regional Training events for this year. This is not a step we take lightly, but it is consistent with the actions of other organizations. We apologize for this inconvenience, and thank everyone for their understanding.

Latest News Archive

Basich Boulevard Landslide Damage
Damage caused to Basich Boulevard, a tsunami evacuation route in Aberdeen, by a slow-moving landslide. A PWB Emergency Loan is funding the repair.
Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Facility under construction
PWB funded construction of the Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station in Seattle.
Senator Honeyford visits the site of Terrace Heights Sewer District's completed PWB Emergency Loan project. From left to right: Gray & Osborne Engineer Nancy Wetch, Commissioner Frank Sliger, Commissioner Robert Linker, Senator Honeyford, and Commissioner Harold Sliger.
Senator Honeyford visits the site of Terrace Heights Sewer District's completed PWB Emergency Loan project. From left to right: Gray & Osborne Engineer Nancy Wetch, Commissioner Frank Sliger, Commissioner Robert Linker, Senator Honeyford, and Commissioner Harold Sliger.
Gov. Inslee signing Senate Bill 5511, May 13, 2019
Governor Inslee signs 2SSB 5511 into law, establishing a new broadband program within PWB.