New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that the City of Rye will receive $3,964,500 in funding for sanitary sewer overflow improvements as part of Governor Cuomo’s New York’s Water Quality Improvement Program (WQIP) to protect and improve water quality across the state. The grant program is managed by DEC and includes three multi-million dollar projects in Westchester.
Commissioner Seggos noted, “Access to clean water is critical to the health, safety, and economic well being of our communities… New York is investing millions of dollars to protect and restore invaluable water resources statewide. …”
The Rye project will reduce the amount of untreated waste water entering Long Island Sound during storm events. It will include improving its sewer system by replacing 500 linear feet of sewer along Midland Avenue; lining 350 feet of sewer along Highland Road; replacing a sewer main and force main from the Brevoort Lane Pump Station; constructing a new pump station; and repairing other sewer lines and manholes in identified areas.
The Village of Port Chester is another local grant recipient, receiving $506,000 to repair or replace 60,000 linear feet of damaged or defective sewer pipes at various locations. These repairs will correct inflow and infiltration in the village wastewater system and will reduce the amount of nitrogen entering Byram River and the Long Island Sound.
The Town of Bedford will receive $1,000,000 to construct a sewage collection system with six miles of sewer main and three sewage pump stations. The project is designed to reduce the amount of nutrients entering the Upper New Croton Reservoir, which is a drinking water supply for New York City.
These competitive, statewide grant programs are open to local governments and, in some instances, not-for-profit corporations. Eligible applicants apply for this funding through the Governor’s annual Consolidated Funding Application.
A full list of grant awards is available on DEC’s website.
Joyce H. Newman is an Emmy Award-winning environmental journalist, educator, and gardener. She holds a Certificate in Horticulture from The New York Botanical Garden, and is a tour guide there.