Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that the Environmental Facilities Corporation has approved more than $62 million in funding for critical upgrades to wastewater and drinking water systems. The short-term financing packages, including previously announced grants, approved by the Council will provide the necessary capital for two municipalities and a public authority to undertake their water infrastructure construction projects, the total cost of which is estimated at more than $84 million to protect public health and the environment.
“This funding is critical to supporting New York’s water quality goals by providing local communities with the resources needed to upgrade and maintain critical wastewater and drinking water systems,” Governor Hochul said. “My administration is committed to working with our local government partners to ensure that communities of all sizes can invest in water infrastructure, spur job creation and economic growth while protecting public health and improving the quality of life in these communities.”
Board approvals include funding through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and grants previously awarded under the Water Infrastructure Improvement (WIIA) grant program. Visit EFC’s website to learn more about water infrastructure financing opportunities.
The Board approved grants and funding for two wastewater treatment projects:
- Buffalo Sewer Authority in Erie County – $45.9 million to upgrade the secondary treatment system at the Bird Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. The grant and financing program includes $9,054,768 WIIA grant, $9,054,768 federal grant or loan forgiveness, $19,901,107 interest-free short-term financing, and $7,837,947 short-term financing. term at the market rate.
- Washington County – WIIA grant of $1,630,400 and $12,836,201 in interest-free short-term financing to upgrade the Sewer District No. 2 wastewater treatment plant.
A WIIA grant of $1,710,000 was also approved for the City of Yonkers in Westchester County. The grant will support an approximately $2.7 million potable water project to install 2,000 linear feet of water main and associated fixtures along Warburton Avenue, Lamartine Avenue and Ashburton Avenue to interconnect high and low pressure areas of the city.
Environmental Facilities Corporation President and CEO Maureen A. Coleman said: “Today’s announcement is a shining example of how state and local governments working together can make a real difference in the lives of New Yorkers. Thanks to the hard work of Governor Hochul and our legislative and municipal partners, communities can undertake projects that replace aging water. infrastructure and protect our waters.
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner and EFC Chair Basil Seggos said: “These funds are critical to ensuring necessary upgrades are made to the state’s drinking water infrastructure. Under Governor Hochul’s leadership and commitment to protecting New York’s water quality and record investments to help us achieve our goals, DEC is proud to work with EFC to advance these important projects to support the health of our communities, the environment and the economy.”
Secretary of State Robert J. Rodriguez said: “Providing clean, safe drinking water is one of the most critical infrastructure improvements New York can make to municipalities across the state. I commend Governor Hochul for continuing his commitment to modernize and rebuild systems of wastewater and clean water that are essential to public health, the economy and to communities in every corner of the state.”
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said: “Clean water and health equity go hand in hand, and New York State is working quickly with local governments to secure significant funding for improved drinking water in communities that need it. I urge localities, especially those in environmental justice communities, to seek public funding to help offset the costs of these critical public health infrastructure projects.
New York’s Commitment to Water Quality
New York continues to increase investment in drinking water infrastructure projects. Governor Hochul in April announced $638 million in EFC funding for communities across the state to fund clean water infrastructure projects.
Led by Governor Hochul, the budget passed provided $500 million in additional funding for drinking water infrastructure, bringing the state’s total investment in drinking water to $4.5 billion since 2017. It also authorizes an additional $1.2 billion, for a total of $4.2 billion, for the Environmental Bond Act for Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs. This landmark initiative, which will be taken up by voters later this year, will provide the support New York needs to deliver clean water, invest in critical water infrastructure, restore environmental habitats, reduce the risk of flooding and preserve our outdoor spaces and local farms. . It will also invest in climate change mitigation and adaptation projects that will reduce air pollution, reduce carbon emissions and improve the ability of New York communities to withstand increased weather. severe weather and climate-induced flooding. The Bond Act will also support substantial investment in the Clean Green Schools initiative that will reach all public schools located in a disadvantaged community.
In addition to the Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act, the budget includes a record $400 million Environmental Protection Fund to support mitigation and cleanup efforts. adaptation to climate change, improve agricultural resources to promote sustainable agriculture, protect our water sources, advance conservation efforts and provide recreational opportunities for New Yorkers.
Local governments are encouraged to participate in the clean watershed needs survey
EFC urges municipalities to participate in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Watershed Needs Survey, which EFC launched in New York on March 1. New York State to fund future drinking water infrastructure projects. Municipalities are encouraged to document their community’s wastewater treatment infrastructure needs for submission to the EPA. Go to https://efc.ny.gov/needs to submit documents and for resources to help with submissions.