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Local governments asked to participate in National Clean Watersheds Needs Survey


Wed, Mar 2nd 2022 04:05 pm

Participation said to be critical to ensure New York state continues to receive high level of funding for water quality infrastructure projects

The Environmental Facilities Corp. has launched the 2022 Clean Watersheds Needs Survey for New York state. As required by law, New York participates in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) national survey to assess the capital investment needed for water quality infrastructure.

A press release noted, “Participation by all communities is critical to ensure New York state continues to receive a high level of federal funding to support water quality infrastructure projects across the state through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.”

Local governments across the state are asked to submit documentation about their anticipated water quality infrastructure project needs. This documentation may include information that municipalities already have available to show estimated costs for needed infrastructure repairs and upgrades. Resources and instructions for submitting needs are available on EFC’s website at https://efc.ny.gov/needs.

EFC President and CEO Maureen A. Coleman said, “We urge our municipal partners to help demonstrate New York’s clean water infrastructure needs by participating in this survey. Fully documenting the state’s needs will further Gov. Hochul’s ongoing commitment to invest in New York’s water resources. This initiative will ensure that New York receives the federal assistance necessary to fund critical projects, which protect the health and quality of life for New York’s residents.”

DEC Commissioner and EFC Board Chair Basil Seggos said, “New York state is laser-focused on protecting water quality for communities across the state. Working with our partners at the Environmental Facilities Corp. and municipalities, the National Clean Watershed Needs Survey will bolster ongoing efforts to sustain the health of our communities, environment, and the economy. DEC is grateful for the support of our federal, state and local partners, particularly the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as we continue our progress to safeguarding our water resources for generations to come.”

Participants are asked to submit their materials as soon as possible so EFC can get their needs counted. Cost documentation received after Sept. 2 may not be counted. Forms may be completed and submitted electronically. Paper forms are available upon request. For more information, go to https://efc.ny.gov/needs or email [email protected].

The Environmental Facilities Corp. helps local governments and eligible organizations undertake their water infrastructure projects. EFC provides state and federal grants as well as interest-free and low-cost financing to help ensure projects are affordable while safeguarding essential water resources. EFC administers New York’s Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Funds and federal and state grants, and uses multiple financing strategies to maximize the funding that can be made available to its partners.

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