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Funding incoming for water quality improvement projects

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Funding incoming for water quality improvement projects
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In this week's Going Green, Terry Ettinger walks us through new water quality improvement projects like green roofs as well as the application process for these environmentally friendly projects.

Funding for water quality improvement projects like green roofs will be available soon.

“The Governor’s third round of Consolidation Funding Applications, better known as CFA, is about to begin. It will kick off through the Regional Economic Development Council. Agencies like mine will have grant dollars available for interested parties, for their applications,” said Matt Driscoll, president and CEO, NYS Environmental Facilities Corp.

And what type of projects can be funded through this application process?

“Well really, a multitude of things whether it’s housing opportunities, urban planning opportunities or in agencies like mine, the Environmental Facilities Corporation, storm water management projects as demonstrated here on the green roof at the Gateway Building. We provide grant dollars for folks and their projects,” Grant said.

The goal is to improve water quality by slowing storm water runoff, so it’s absorbed by plant life or percolates through the soil so contaminants are filtered out before the water reaches rivers and lakes.

In this case, porous paving was used in a roadway alongside Lake George to help keep storm water from going directly into the lake.

Driscoll says the grant application process has been simplified.

“You just reach out to the local Regional Economic Development Council and a consolidated application takes place through that council. Everything is funneled [through the council] so there are no silos in the state. The Governor has been very clear about making sure that applications have a quick path. so they can be scored [quickly] because it is a competitive process,” Driscoll said.

For more information visit regionalcouncils.ny.gov

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