Funding Source Details

State and Federal Contributions

U.S. Department of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant - $5,600,000
In 2010, the City of Dubuque was awarded a $5,600,000 as part of the Federal government’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The grant was established to enhance mobility and improve the safety and condition of the streets in the Historic Millwork District.

I-Jobs II Grant - $3,965,500
In 2010, the Iowa Legislature appropriated $30 million from Fiscal Year 2011 revenue bonds to the I-Jobs Board for Disaster Prevention Grant program. The Lower Bee Branch Creek Restoration was awarded $3,965,500.

River Enhancement Community Attraction and Tourism (RECAT) Grant - $2,250,000
The Vision Iowa Board granted the Bee Branch Creek Restoration $2,250,000 to help fund amenities along the open waterway. Amenities include overlooks, bridges, hike/bike trails, amphitheater, trees and landscaping.

U.S. Department of Transportation National Scenic Byways Grant - $1,000,000
This grant will be used to help fund the bike/hike trail that will be part of the Dubuque County Heritage Trail that connects Dyersville to Dubuque.

State Recreational Trail Grant - $100,000
The Upper Bee Branch Creek Restoration was awarded $100,000 to help fund trail lighting, paving, design and parking areas.

U.S. Economic Development Administration Disaster Relief Opportunity Grant - $1,227,138
The Upper Bee Branch Creek Restoration was awarded $1,227,138 to help fund the open waterway, sanitary sewer and water main construction, roadway construction, and basic landscaping.

Dubuque Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (DMATS) - $940,000
This grant will be used for the overlook at 16th Street as part of the Lower Bee Branch Creek Restoration and the 22nd Street parking lot as part of the Upper Bee Branch Creek Restoration.

U.S. EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) Green Project - $5,908,200
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) is one of Iowa’s primary sources of financing for water quality and water supply projects. It provides low interest loans for planning, design and construction. The City of Dubuque was given a 2% interest rate on a $28.8 million loan for construction on the Upper Bee Branch Creek Restoration. Through the SRF's Green Project Program, $5.9 million of the $28.8 million loan is forgivable and does not need to be paid back to the State of Iowa.

HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) - $31,500,000
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the City of Dubuque $31.5 million in disaster resiliency funds for the Bee Branch Healthy Homes Resiliency Program and stormwater infrastructure improvements including the West Locust Street and Kaufmann Avenue storm sewer projects and $9 million for the Bee Branch Creek Railroad Culverts.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfield Cleanup Grants - $400,000
The The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the City of Dubuque two $200,000 grants through the agency’s Brownfields Program. The funds will be used to assist in the cleanup of the former Blum Co. property, a scrap yard and recycling facility located at 501 and 411 E. 15th St. The City plans to construct a bike trail, bike pavilion, playground equipment, and public bathroom on the properties to serve the adjoining Bee Branch Creek Greenway.

U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) - $2,500,000
In an effort to help protect local businesses from flooding, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded the City of Dubuque $2.5 million for the Bee Branch flood gate and pump station replacement project. Two existing pumps, which are more than 50 years old, will be replaced and two additional pumps and a generator will be installed. The additional pumps will provide the capacity to handle heavy rainstorms, such as the 2010, 2011 and July 2017 storm events, and serve as a backup in the event of a pump failure.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Land and Water Conservation Fund - $175,000
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources awarded the City of Dubuque $175,000 through its Land and Water Conservation Fund program for the Bee Branch Creek Trail Connector project. The project will safely connect the Upper and Lower Bee Branch Creek Trail segment via a grade-separated crossing under railroad tracks.

State Funding Programs

Iowa Flood Mitigation Program

Authorized under the Flood Mitigation Bill in 2012, the Flood Mitigation Program is administered by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security on a competitive basis by a citizen board that began considering applications on November 21, 2013. In December 2013, the project was awarded $98.5 million in the form of state sales tax increment financing spread over 20 years.

How Sales Tax Increment Financing Works
Each year the total amount of state sales tax charged on goods and services purchased in Dubuque is projected to increase. This increase is called the “sales tax increment”. From 2013 to 2033, up to 70 percent of this sales tax increment will be distributed to the City of Dubuque to help fund the Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project, instead of going to the State of Iowa. This means a percentage of retail sales tax is being invested back in our community to make local infrastructure improvements and enhance quality of life within the watershed.

U.S. EPA Clean Water SRF Sponsored Projects Program

The Clean Water SRF's Sponsored Projects Program allowed the City to reallocate $9.4 million that was to be paid in interest on the loan associated with the Water and Resource Recovery Center upgrade project to instead be used to construct more than 70 green alleys in the Bee Branch Watershed.

Private Donations

America’s Rivers III is a public support campaign for the Bee Branch Creek Restoration. The general public and the private sector have contributed $165,000 to support amenities including hike/bike trails, bridges, gazebos, overlooks, an amphitheater, benches, lighting, and 1,000 new trees.

Stormwater Utility

Effective July 1, 2014, the stormwater utility fee for Fiscal Year 2020 is $8.29 per single-family unit. Properties that are exempt from property taxes, such as non-profits, only pay 50% of the stormwater fee, as do low-income individuals.

Due to the costs associated with maintaining the current stormwater management system and implementing the Bee Branch Watershed Project over the next 20 years, the City is projecting annual increases to the stormwater utility rate to reach $9.00 per month on July 1, 2021. Prior to the Iowa Flood Mitigation Program, the rate was projected to rise to $9.00 per month on July 1, 2016, and the improvements would have taken 50 years or more. With the state grant, they will be completed in 25 years with most completed over the next seven years. The protection will be provided sooner at a lower cost to Dubuque residents and businesses.

Stormwater Utility Fee Schedule

  • Fiscal Year 2016: $6.38 per month
  • Fiscal Year 2017: $6.81 per month
  • Fiscal Year 2018 $7.27 per month
  • Fiscal Year 2019: $7.76 per month
  • Fiscal Year 2020: $8.29 per month
  • Fiscal Year 2021: $9 per month