NY awarded largest EPA grant in history

May 2009 Vol. 64 No. 5

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded more than $430 million to New York state for wastewater infrastructure projects, which the EPA says is the single largest grant in its history.

This grant is a portion of the total $4 billion being awarded to fund wastewater infrastructure projects across the country under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. New York will use the Recovery Act grant to provide money to municipal and county governments and wastewater utilities for projects to protect lakes, ponds and streams in communities across the state.
New York will also provide at least 20 percent, or at least $86 million, of its Recovery Act funds to “green” projects, those that involve green infrastructure, improve energy or water efficiency, or that have other environmentally innovative aspects.
In the first round of awards, 10 projects in Cayuga, Erie, Onondaga, Orange, Orleans, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester counties will receive a total of $170 million for water treatment plant and sewer upgrades.

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