Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI)

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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, then-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.

Through REDI, the State has committed up to $300 million, to benefit communities and improve resiliency in flood prone regions along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

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, regional projects were selected by the REDI Commission to help sustainably rebuild and enhance economic development in communities along the Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River shorelines.

REDI Grant Recipient Resources

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

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.

Projects Selected by the REDI Commission

Project Profiles

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.