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$272 Million for Water Quality Improvement Projects Across New York State

Tighe & Bond worked closely with Rensselaer County Sewer District to help them obtain $8.7 million in Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) funding. The money will be used to improve the wastewater treatment plant’s aeration system and improve Hudson River water quality.

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that more than $272 million is being awarded to 179 projects to protect and improve water quality across New York State. These awards are in addition to the $196 million awarded through Round XI of the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative announced last week. The $272 million awarded through the State’s Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) program will help significantly improve water quality, combat contributors to harmful algal blooms, and update aging water infrastructure in communities across the State. The announcement is the largest-ever awarded through the Water Quality Improvement Project program.

WQIP grants fund projects including municipal wastewater treatment, non-agricultural nonpoint source abatement, land acquisition for source water protection, salt storage construction, aquatic habitat restoration, and marine habitat restoration. A full list of awarded WQIP projects is available on DEC’s WQIP webpage.

Read the full special edition of the MakingWaves bulletin announcing the 2021 Water Quality Improvement Project Awards.