PLATTSBURGH — The state is investing $24.6 million in North Country water projects, with big chunks of that going to the city and town of Plattsburgh.
The city is getting $4.3 million to support wastewater recycling to address cyanotoxins associated with harmful algal blooms; the town will put its $3 million toward its water capital plan.
As well, in Essex County, the Town of Crown Point was awarded $1.2 million to battle algal blooms.
And an estimated $1,327,560 is going to the Town of North Elba for Ray Brook water distribution improvements. The total cost of the project is estimated at $2,212,600.
Saranac Lake won $1,206,226 to put toward a $4.8 million wastewater treatment plant disinfection project.
The City of Plattsburgh project will bring wastewater treatment plant improvements, "to more efficiently process sludge and enhance the facility for better odor control and a more pleasing visual appearance," a press release said.
Mayor Colin Read said this new investment in the city by Gov. Andrew Cuomo is another indication of the state's support for the city's downtown revitalization.
"The public prizes our waterfront and our water quality, and developers are willing to partner with us if we can enhance our wastewater treatment plan," he said in a statement.
"This investment is precisely where we need to go to convert a waterfront, once the domain of parking lots and warehouses, into places where people will live and visit."
ACTIVE GRANT SEARCH
"The Town of Plattsburgh, a couple of years ago, launched a very aggressive capital plan," Town Supervisor Michael Cashman said, and the new state funding will help support that.
"We looked at approximately $24 million in costs, and we were prepared to use reserves, BANs and bonds.
"We moved our plan forward knowing that we would actively go after grants that would reduce the overall cost moving forward."
Cashman described investments in any infrastructure, but especially water, as supporting the lifeblood of a community.
"This is an investment that will continue to elevate Plattsburgh and the region," he said.
The Town of Plattsburgh also provides water to parts of Schuyler Falls and Beekmantown.
In all, the funding announced Friday will go to 13 water projects in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson and Hamilton counties.
The grants, funded by the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and Intermunicipal Grant programs, will save taxpayers $63.4 million and support over 1,400 new jobs, a press release from the Governor's Office said.
Overall, the estimated cost for all 13 projects totals more than $88 million; the $24.6 million in state-funded grants is close to 30 percent of that.
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