New York State officials announced $3,852,680 in federal grants for six water and wastewater infrastructure projects in the state’s northern border region.
The approved funding for water and wastewater projects was part of $5.8 million the state announced for 12 economic and community development projects. This year, 55 final applications were submitted and reviewed by New York for the Northern Boundary Regional Commission (NBRC), with funding requests totaling more than $35 million.
Successful projects were evaluated through a competitive process for their potential economic impact, regional need for the project, level of coordination with existing plans and regional activities, and consistency with NBRC program priorities.
Town of Schroon – County of Essex
The Town of Schroon received $853,440 for wastewater infrastructure to support local businesses and Main Street residences. The project will involve the replacement of an existing clay pipe sewer.
Town of Schroon Supervisor Meg Wood said, For more than a century, residents of the Town of Schroon have worked to preserve the water quality of Schroon Lake and its watershed. We have done our best to keep our 50 year old sanitation system up to date. and plan for future needs. The grant we received from the NYS and NBRC will be a major help in bringing some of our Main Street sewer infrastructure up to today’s standards. The grant will alleviate the anticipated increase in the cost burden already borne by our downtown residents and businesses. Our city thanks Governor Hochul and the NBRC.
Town of Fayette – Seneca County
The Town of Fayette will receive $1,000,000 to install more than 11 miles of sewer main across approximately 330 lots, which will connect the town district to the Village of Waterloo sanitary sewer system. The new system will service Seneca Lake properties and reduce septic tank discharges into the lake.
Township Village – St. Lawrence County
The Village of Canton received $1,000,000 to design and construct a new secondary water source to increase capacity and accommodate economic growth.
Village of Canton Mayor Michael Dalton said, “This generous grant to the Village of Canton will help upgrade water supply infrastructure by helping to build a secondary water source to support the village’s economic growth. We thank Governor Hochul and the Northern Boundary Regional Commission for ensuring the Village of Canton has the resources to update its infrastructure, which is vital to our residents and the future growth of our village.”
Village of Nelliston – Montgomery County
The village will receive $50,000 in NBRC funds for the rehabilitation of an existing sewer line in the village, which will improve environmental health and support future development and job growth.
Paul Smith College – Franklin County
This project received $675,452 to improve wastewater and drinking water services at Paul Smith College by replacing sanitary sewer lines and drinking water distribution lines.
City of Glenville – Schenectady County
The City of Glenville has received $273,788 to extend a water main, which will complete a hydraulic loop to meet growing demand for improved water capacity and pressure at Glenville Business and Technology Park .
The Department of State works with NBRC and regional planning organizations to solicit project applications. To be eligible for a grant, projects must belong to one of the following categories:
- Transport infrastructure;
- Basic public infrastructure;
- Telecommunications infrastructure;
- Education related to employment, entrepreneurship, technology and business development;
- Basic health care and other public services to help regions in economic difficulty;
- Resource conservation, tourism, recreation and preservation of open spaces for economic development; and
- Development of renewable and alternative energies.
Applications can be funded up to $1,000,000 for infrastructure projects and $350,000 for other projects. NBRC grants awarded in struggling counties require a 20% local match, while the required match in transition counties is 50%.