Wayland, Dresden receives water quality grants

(WETM) – Two local towns are receiving technical planning grants to help improve their water quality.

Technical Planning Grants help communities afford and start the critical planning process so they can be better prepared to seek funding to help them complete their water infrastructure projects.

In Steuben County, the Town of Wayland is receiving $30,000 to assess the feasibility of constructing a new central wastewater collection system to serve the Loon Lake area and evaluate collection and treatment alternatives.

The City of Dresden, Yates County, is also receiving $30,000 to assess the current status of the sewage collection system in Sewer District No. 1, evaluate alternatives, and recommend improvements.

The two grants are part of a $23 million grant announcement by Governor Kathy Hochul to help improve water quality in New York State while mitigating the effects of climate change.

Through the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation’s Green Innovation Grants program, $20.8 million is being awarded to 17 projects that incorporate green stormwater infrastructure, as well as the implementation of energy and water efficiency. An additional $2.5 million in technical planning grants will help jump-start planning for 56 water infrastructure projects. The funding is part of the $750 million announced for Round XI of the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative. Of the 17 projects in the Green Innovation Grants program, 13 projects worth $17.9 million will impact environmental justice communities.

“To improve water quality for New York communities, we must take steps to ensure the resilience of our infrastructure,” Governor Hochul said. “These grants remove financial barriers that prevent local governments from investing in critical water infrastructure projects. New York will continue to prioritize funding for low-income communities and expanding access to clean water, supporting our state’s economic growth and improving public health.

Technical Planning Grants have helped municipalities across the state write 350 technical reports since the program’s inception in 2012.

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