In 2006, the agreement between Marathon County and American Transmission Company (ATC) concerning construction for the Arrowhead-Weston Transmission Line provided funds to Marathon County which became known as the EIF funds.  The EIF program provided grant funding assistance for non-reoccurring projects in Marathon County for the purpose of environmental remediation and/or natural resources protection.  These grants were available to Marathon County and local municipalities. 

Recently, the Marathon County Board approved the creation of a new revolving loan fund that will utilize all current and future EIF funds for the purpose of providing financial assistance to property owners with failing Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (POWTS).  The basis for this decision is to fully utilize these funds to address local environmental needs as well as financial needs of our citizens due to the possible end of the State’s Wisconsin Fund grant program for failing POWTS.

Although this brings an end to the previous EIF program, a new POWTS revolving loan program will provide needed financial assistance to many Marathon County residents as well as protect the citizens and water resources.  Specifics of the new revolving loan program have not been finalized as of yet. 

Further information will be provided to elected officials and individual property owners as the specifics of this program are developed and finalized.  Questions may be directed to the Marathon County Conservation, Planning and Zoning Department at 715-261-6000.

Please refer to Annual Reports below to view the types of projects that the EIF fund has supported in the past.


POWTS Press Release (pdf)


For additional information contact County CPZ Dept. (715) 261-6000.