Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced over $30 million in grants to support 21 essential drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects throughout the North Country. These grants are part of a $255 million statewide investment, funded through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, as well as the new Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program.
"This unprecedented investment continues New York's commitment to helping municipalities develop necessary infrastructure to protect our water resources," Governor Cuomo said. "These investments are crucial to supporting the health and safety of our communities, and help lay the foundation for future growth and prosperity in every corner of this great state."
Under the landmark $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, announced by Governor Cuomo in April, these grants are part of $255 million in funding available for municipalities statewide to support critical water quality infrastructure projects. The Act also made $30 million available for the new Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program, which provides grant funds for two or more municipalities sharing water quality infrastructure.
In the North Country, over $30 million in grant funds will leverage $123 million in total project costs and provide nearly $87 million in taxpayer savings. This investment will also create 1,990 jobs across the region. Since 2015, inclusive of this latest round of funding, communities in the North Country have received a total of $61 million in WIIA grant funds supporting $243 million in total project costs.
North Country municipalities receiving grants are:
Estimated Project Cost
Estimated Grant Award
Adams, Village of
Alexandria, Town of
Ausable, Town of
Brownville, Town of
Carthage, Village of
Champion, Town of
Chaumont, Village of
Dexter, Village of
Fine, Town of
Gouverneur, Village of
Hammond, Village of
Hounsfield, Town of
Jay, Town of
Lake Placid, Village of
Massena, Village of
Ogdensburg, City of
Peru, Town of
Ticonderoga, Town of
Ticonderoga, Town of
Tupper Lake, Village of
Watertown, City of
Specific project information as well as an interactive map showing these projects may be found here.
The projects announced today will strengthen the North Country's drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in a number of ways including: upgrades and replacements for drinking water systems, filtration plants and water mains, as well as the construction or enhancement of wastewater treatment plants, pump stations, and sewer systems.
In addition to grants, EFC provides interest-free and low-interest loans to communities further enhancing the taxpayer savings related to the development of these projects. The grants announced today are expected to be supplemented with over $88 million in these low-cost loans.
New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation President and CEO Sabrina Ty said, "Governor Cuomo has been unwavering in his commitment to support municipalities as they tackle their water infrastructure needs in an affordable manner. EFC works with communities to provide a combination of grant funds and low-cost loans to finance their drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects. This allows municipalities to undertake these projects at significant taxpayer savings."
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "Governor Cuomo's historic investments in water infrastructure are providing municipalities across the state with the resources they need to upgrade their systems and safeguard community water supplies. The Governor's transformative plans will put more New Yorkers to work strengthening our infrastructure's ability to meet emerging water challenges."
New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker said, "Access to clean drinking water is a national public health issue that demands swift and decisive action. As cities and towns across the country face water infrastructure challenges, Governor Cuomo is putting the health of New York's citizens first with unprecedented investments in water treatment and delivery."
Senator Betty Little said, "I am very pleased to join Governor Cuomo in announcing this very important funding that will help North Country communities. I can think of nothing more important than investment in infrastructure to assure clean drinking water. This funding will be put to great use, helping our rural communities that simply lack the resources to make these upgrades on their own."
Senator Patty Ritchie said, "Investments in water infrastructure projects not only build healthier communities but invite growth that helps strengthen economies. I'm thrilled to see these investments being made across our state, which will help our state become even stronger. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for helping support the strength, health and growth of our communities."
Senator Joseph A. Griffo said, "This year the Legislature along with the Governor understood the need for water infrastructure improvement projects across the state and were able to work collaboratively to ensure that these essential projects receive funding. With this funding, the Governor is stepping up for the communities of the North Country and investing in our economy and our health. These grants will help municipalities upgrade water infrastructure efficiently and expediently, while providing millions in taxpayer savings and creating hundreds of new jobs."
Assemblywoman Addie Jenne said, "Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for these unprecedented investments in the health and safety of our communities. With this funding, we will upgrade outdated water infrastructure, create nearly 2,000 jobs, and ensure a stronger, healthier New York for all."
Assemblyman Billy Jones said, "These record investments will provide taxpayer savings, create jobs and help municipalities upgrade vital water infrastructure. My colleagues and I worked tirelessly to include this vital funding in this year's state budget. I commend the efforts of both houses and the Governor to ensure safe and clean water for all New Yorkers and am thankful that these grants will have such a positive impact on thousands of lives throughout the North Country."
New York State leads the nation with the largest annual investment in water-quality infrastructure of any state. Since 2011, EFC has provided more than $11.5 billion in subsidized loans, grants and loan re-financings to local governments.