New York Governor Announces Stimulus Funds for Clean Water
Funding awarded through ARRA and the state’s Green Innovation Grant Program
New York Governor David A. Paterson recently announced $900,000 for innovative water quality projects in the state's Capital Region, as well as $3.5 million for water projects in the North Country, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The funds were awarded to five projects through a new initiative known as the Green Innovation Grant Program, which promotes sustainable, environmentally sensitive water infrastructure and technologies.
The grants will support cost-cutting solutions for progressive water conservation, energy efficiency technologies for drinking water systems and clean water infrastructure. The projects include green roofs, permeable pavement, rain harvesting and progressive wastewater treatment processes. In addition, the program expands green job opportunities across the state and builds upon a legacy of green municipal works and entrepreneurship.
“These Green Innovations Projects will allow New Yorkers to confront a range of clean water issues in creative ways, and provide real solutions during these economically challenging times,” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said. “Green infrastructure projects are helping us rebuild the foundations for prosperity that kept our economy strong in the past and are making us more sustainable for the future.”
Last March, the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) solicited projects to identify green infrastructure opportunities in need of funds. Officials from EFC, the Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and State Department of Health reviewed nearly 300 applications seeking nearly $468 million. The selected projects were then submitted to the EPA for final approval. Each grant recipient must comply with the ARRA, Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Water Act and the New York State Revolving Fund requirements.