The EPA has awarded the single largest grant in their history to New York State for wastewater infrastructure projects: $430 million. The funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and will finance municipal and county governments and wastewater utilities for projects to protect ponds, lakes, and streams in New York communities.
“EPA is committed to being part of the solution in this economic downturn. By keeping the waterways clean and healthy, weâ€™re bringing new jobs and new opportunities to local communities. Protecting human health and the environment is a great way to put people to work and stimulate our economy.” – EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides for $4 billion dollars to be awarded to fund wastewater infrastructure projects across the country, creating thousands of jobs and protecting the health and environment of millions of U.S. citizens.
“Water and wastewater infrastructure are economic engines for communities. Without these services communities cannot attract businesses. Drinking and wastewater systems generate jobs long after the projects are complete. The Recovery Act will help transform and modernize our aging wastewater and drinking water infrastructure. It will help communities construct new facilities and modernize existing systems to be more effective in providing wastewater treatment and safe drinking water.” – EPA
At least 20% of the Recovery Act funds must to green projects, projects involving green infrastructure and those that improve energy or water efficiency. New Yorkâ€™s program will also provide funding for communities that are facing financial hardships.
“New York State is committed to innovative approaches to building environmentally sustainable and energy efficient wastewater treatment technologies. This funding will help protect our environment and will support thousands of jobs across the State at a time when we need it most.” – NY Governor Paterson
The EPA grant money will be awarded to the NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation and implemented by the NY State Environmental Facilities Corporation.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will also fund a $2 billion program to improve drinking water systems nationwide.