Clean-water grants to fund salt sheds, green infrastructure


Clean-water grants to fund salt sheds, green infrastructure

PLATTSBURGH — The Town of Keene Highway Department’s wells are contaminated with sodium and chlorides.Thanks to a $695,856 grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, though, the town is building a new salt-storage facility to replace the currently uncovered salt pile that caused the pollution.New York state has awarded more than $9.2 million in new grants to Adirondack local governments such as Keene, as well as various organizations.The funds are for projects that will improve water quality by curbing pollution and limiting road salt contamination in the Adirondack Park’s lakes and rivers.That includes Lake Champlain.“We’re tremendously grateful,” said Keene Supervisor Joe Wilson. “It’s a project we never would have been able to do without this support.”An additional $1.03 million was recently awarded for projects that will advance cultural and scientific development in the Adirondack Park’s communities.Those include a new arts center at the Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake and a new astro-sciences center at the Adirondack Public Observatory in Tupper Lake.Franklin County was awarded $200,000 for the latter project, with funds coming from the Empire State Development Corp. to design a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified astro-sciences building as phase three of the space observatory’s campus in Tupper Lake.The awards were made through Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils.“These additional grants from the governor and the state of New York will help protect the Adirondack Park’s purest waters and public health,” said Adirondack Council Executive Director William Janeway in a press release. “The park’s 130,000 year-round residents can’t afford to provide state-of-the-art facilities to host more than 12 million annual visitors all by themselves.”The REDC grants come from a number of initiatives, including the Water Quality Improvement Project, a competitive, statewide grant program open to local governments and not-for-profit corporations for projects that address water-quality problems or protect a drinking water source.Eligible projects include municipal wastewater treatment; non-point source pollution abatement and control from non-farm sources; land acquisition projects for source water protection, salt storage; aquatic habitat restoration and municipal storm sewer systems.Other funds come from the DEC and the state Environmental Facilities Corp. Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant Program and the Green Innovation Grant Program.The latter grants are administered by the Environmental Facilities Corp. through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and are funded with a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Grants issued to Adirondack communities and organizations included programs operated by the DEC, the Department of State and the Office of Housing and Community Renewal.
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Clean-water grants to fund salt sheds, green infrastructure

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