Monday, July 17, 2023

State postpones North Country listening session for Environmental Bond Act

bond act boat launch

Following extensive flood damage to North Country communities earlier this week, the Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act listening session scheduled for July 14 in Saranac Lake at North Country Community College has been postponed. As many community leaders across the region continue to focus on restoring critical roads, infrastructure, homes, and businesses, New York State will work to reschedule the session later this summer.

New Yorkers interested in learning more about the Bond Act can find general information about the $4.2 billion landmark initiative at www.ny.gov/BondAct. In addition, resources being provided at the listening sessions, such as general information about state and federal funding programs and state funding opportunities available now to assist with infrastructure improvements complimenting the objectives of the Bond Act are posted on the website. This includes grant applications being accepted through July 28, 2023, for $425 million through the Environmental Facilities Corporation — $200 million of which is being made available with the first investments under the Bond Act. An additional $78 million is available through the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Water Quality Improvement Program as part of the millions of dollars currently available through the Consolidated Funding Application also until July 28, 2023.

The State also created a new web-based survey as part of the ongoing efforts to involve stakeholders and all New Yorkers during the Bond Act rollout. The survey is not a formal funding application but instead helps users share potential project ideas and other feedback on the state’s funding mechanisms to help collect feedback about the types of projects communities may be seeking to support with Bond Act resources.

The next Bond Act listening session is in the Capital Region on Thursday, July 20, at the University at Albany, followed by a virtual listening session on July 26. To register for these and other sessions planned in coming weeks, go to www.ny.gov/BondAct.

Photo: The boat launch at Moffitt Beach Campground on July 21, 2022 in Lake Pleasant. The campground received funding for this boat launch in the Clean Air/Clean Water 1996 Environmental Bond Act. Photo by Gwendolyn Craig

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.




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