Several area projects were among those receiving a total of $39.5 million in grants announced Tuesday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in a media release.
The list of 134 projects statewide is aimed at improving water quality, reducing polluted runoff and restoring water bodies and aquatic habitats in each region of the state, according to the release.
The work included two initiatives in the town of Oneonta:
• The West End drainage improvement project will receive $330,000. Oneonta Supervisor Robert Wood said it will help start a long series of projects to relieve flooding in the Butler Creek area. It will include stormwater retention and channel improvement behind the former Ames shopping center.
• The Southside drainage improvements project will receive $82,500. It will be used to deal with drainage problems in a relatively flat area of Old Southside drive, by directing water into Swart Hollow Creek, Wood said. The grant program “helps municipalities undertake projects that they would otherwise not have funding for,” Wood said.
The Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District received five grants:
• Three were for creek stabilization, including $15,501 for the Otsdawa, $36,276 for the Wharton and $17,000 for the Butternut.
• The largest grant was $145,608 for a county hydroseeding project, Soil and Water District Manager Jordan Clements said. It’s a five-year project to apply such things as grass and mulch when roadwork is done around the county, to provide erosion control. The agency will be contacting municipalities to let them know the funds are available. A $6,000 grant was also received by the agency for a riparian buffer project that will help stabilize the banks of waterways. The grants will help ensure the agency’s work can continue, he said.
Other projects receiving funding include $80,000 for village of Greene wastewater treatment plant improvements in Chenango County and $172,754 for the Horse Brook Stream Continuity Project in Delaware County by Trout Unlimited.
“Improving and protecting the state’s abundant water resources is vital to the quality of life for all New Yorkers,” Cuomo said in the release. “This funding will provide the assistance communities need to increase resiliency against storms, implement effective pollution control projects and better protect critical natural resources for years to come.”