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Higgins: $4.5 million for WNY

by jmaloni


Thu, Dec 11th 2014 06:10 pm

Federal funding supports green infrastructure projects in Buffalo, Williamsville and Tonawanda

Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced more than $4,500,000 in federal funding to support innovative projects and programs that incorporate green infrastructure in Western New York. The federal support comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided through the New York Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program. It was announced as a part of the Regional Economic Development Council's awards.

"These grants not only contribute to bettering infrastructure in Western New York, but they also fund projects that support sustainability," Higgins said. "It is great to see funding going to programs benefiting our environment and supporting clean energy."

The Buffalo Sewer Authority was awarded $1,800,000; the Village of Williamsville has been allocated $1,093,000; TriMain Development will receive $930,000; and the Town of Tonawanda was awarded $700,000.

Both the Buffalo Sewer Authority's project (the Buffalo Green Site restoration demonstration) and the Village of Williamsville's (Long Street green infrastructure project) will use the funding to install bioretention practices. TriMain Development's green infrastructure retrofit project will include a green roof and reuse system. Lastly, the Lincoln Park green pathway project in the Town of Tonawanda will install a porous pavement path and rain gardens to capture, filter and infiltrate stormwater.

These initiatives fall under the New York's Environmental Facilities Corp. Green Innovation Grant Program, which was established in 2009 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Since it was implemented, the program has awarded more than $92 million in grants, funding 121 green infrastructure projects.

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