$66 Million Awarded for State Water Projects

J.M. Lesinski

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A shot of the 33 with the Niagara River and Peace Bridge in the distance in Buffalo, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

As water clarity continues to be a major problem for cities across the United States, lawmakers in the capital are working to make sure New York state’s water supplies are constantly improving. New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently okayed the disbursement of $66 million in funding to support local vital water quality infrastructure projects across the state of New York. Roughly sixteen projects located in the Capital District, Finger Lakes, Long Island, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, and North Country regions are expected to benefit from the funding.

“Clean water is one of the most important things for a community, and by providing resources to invest in critical water projects, we can bolster public health and quality of life throughout our state,” Hochul said of the funding. “This funding will help local governments make critical upgrades to protect water quality for New Yorkers for generations to come. Through these projects, we can lay the foundation for growth and economic development by providing critical necessities for water.”

Clean Water projects include improvements to the wastewater treatment plant and collection system in the Village of Rushville in Ontario County, improvements to wastewater collection and treatment system upgrades in the Village of Tivoli in Dutchess County, expanding the wastewater treatment plant and improve water quality in the Wawayanda Creek in the Village of Warwick in Orange County, financing to plan, design, and construct wastewater treatment plant improvements in the Village of Webster in Monroe County, pump station upgrades, odor control system replacements, and improvements to heating and ventilation systems in Rockland County, a $533,000 WIIA grant for construction of the Carman Road Sewer Extension No. 2 in the Town of Rotterdam in Schenectady County, a $442,564 WIIA grant to improve the Retsof Sewer District sewer collection system in the Town of York in Livingston County, and a $400,000 WIIA grant for the planning, design, and construction of a sanitary sewer service for the central portion of the village of Voorheesville in Albany County.

“Governor Hochul understands the challenges faced by New York’s cities, towns, and villages when it comes to identifying resources to support critical clean water infrastructure projects,” Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner and EFC Board Chair Basil Seggos commented of the funding. “To sustain the health of our communities, environment, and economy, New Yorkers must have access to clean water. Today’s announcement demonstrates the State’s continued commitment to safeguarding drinking water sources across the state for generations to come.”

Drinking Water projects include a new water storage tank in the Village of Mayfield in Fulton County, a new drinking water well project in the City of Plattsburgh in Clinton County, water treatment plant improvements in the City of Watervliet in Albany County, well improvements and the installation of a new water main and tank in the Town of Diana in Lewis County, a $3,171,600 WIIA grant for Greenlawn Water District in Suffolk County, a $4,980,000 WIIA grant for the Village of Mineola in Nassau County, two water supply interconnections in the Town of Wappinger in Dutchess County, and a $1,650,000 WIIA grant and $1,100,000 in short-term, market rate financing for the Village of Canajoharie in Montgomery County.

“Communities across New York State have been making great strides to replace outdated drinking water delivery systems and modernize sewage treatment plants to sustain the health of both residents and the environment for the long term,” remarked Acting New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett of the funding. “Access to clean drinking water and helping municipalities to attain it is a clear priority of this administration as we continue to make funding available for these vital projects.”

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I have worked as a professional journalist for over five years now, covering the arts, music, food, politics, and culture up and down both coasts of the United States. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia with minors in Psychology and Creative Writing, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno.

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