Saturday, December 23, 2023

First bond act funds awarded

Paradox Lake as seen from Severance Mountain.

About a year after voters authorized the state to borrow $4.2 billion for environmental projects, we received word that the first tranche of it—$200 million, or just under 5% of the total—has been awarded. None of it is going to the Adirondacks.

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the water infrastructure funding from the Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act along with other state water infrastructure grant programs. In those, some Adirondack communities did see promises for water and wastewater funds.

The state’s advances in online data visualization make it much easier to see where across New York funds are going. Check out our story here.

More funding news:

Following the Hochul administration’s announcement of water infrastructure funds, the Environmental Facilities Corp., which administers those grants, said it is hosting a webinar Q&A. It is targeted to “small, rural and disadvantaged communities to join us and connect with program experts who can help address your community’s water infrastructure needs.” The webinar will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Registration is required by clicking here. These meetings are held monthly.

 

Adirondack Park Agency:

View all APA public comment and hearing opportunities at: https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/index.cfm. Here are the latest:

 

Environmental Notice Bulletin:

The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s full weekly environmental notice bulletin has no new projects out for public comment.

 

Photo at top: Paradox Lake as seen from Severance Mountain. Photo by Zachary Matson.

This first appeared in Gwen’s weekly “Adirondack Report” newsletter. Click here to sign up.

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Gwen is the environmental policy reporter for Adirondack Explorer.




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