Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI)

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Lake Ontario REDI Commission

In response to the extended pattern of flooding along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, Governor Cuomo created the Resiliency & Economic Development Initiative (REDI) to increase the resilience of shoreline communities and bolster economic development in the region.

Five REDI regions, comprised of eight counties (Niagara and Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, Cayuga and Oswego, and Jefferson and St. Lawrence) were established to identify local priorities, at-risk infrastructure and other assets, and public safety concerns.

The REDI Commission allocated $20 million for homeowner assistance, $30 million to improve the resiliency of businesses, and $15 million toward a regional dredging effort that will benefit each of the eight counties in the REDI regions. The remaining $235 million has been allocated towards local and regional projects that advance and exemplify the REDI mission.

Rather than spending hundreds of millions of dollars on the emergency to replace what was...let's rebuild it with a different plan and a different strategy... It is a better investment, it is smarter, and it is right.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Extreme Flooding is the New Normal

Investing More to Build Back Better

Governor Cuomo announces funding for REDI projects in Monroe and Wayne counties

REDI Commission Process

Meeting of Community Leaders

Five REDI regions, comprised of eight counties (Niagara and Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, Cayuga and Oswego, and Jefferson and St. Lawrence) were established to identify local priorities, at-risk infrastructure and other assets, and public safety concerns.

Planning Process

To identify projects, in Summer 2019, REDI organized 25 stakeholder and community meetings and workshops, convened 15 planning committee meetings, and directed NYS agency and engineering experts to evaluate 500+ projects proposed by communities.

Regional Projects Announced

In October 2019, Governor Cuomo announced the regional projects selected by the REDI Commission that will help sustainably rebuild and enhance economic development in communities along the Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River shorelines.

Projects Selected by the REDI Commission

Project Profiles

REDI Regional Dredging Project

The eight-county $15 million Regional Dredging effort will sustainably maintain safe navigation channels to harbors and bays along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Niagara and Orleans

Find complete details on the 20 REDI projects for Niagara and Orleans counties.

Monroe and Wayne

Find  complete details on the 43 REDI projects for Monore and Wayne counties.

Projects Selected by the REDI Commission

Project Profiles

Cayuga and Oswego

Find complete details on the 31 REDI projects for Cayuga and Oswego counties.

REDI Grant Recipient Resources

Find resources and helpful links for recipients of Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative grants.

Lake Ontario Recovery and Resiliency Programs

Homeowner and Business Assistance

New York State is administering a 2019 Individual Homeowner Assistance Program and a Business Resiliency Program for those affected by the 2019 flooding.