New York Rural Water : News

August 17, 2015

Congrats to the Town of Wallkill on their $2.93 M Water Upgrade

Category: Achievements,Funding,General,Water — New York Rural Water @ 3:02 PM

The Town of Wallkill will receive from the New York State Environmental Finance Corp. $2.93 M package of a $716,000 grant and a $2.2 M no-interest loan to upgrade its water system, including extensive improvements for monitoring pump stations and water levels and preparing for severe weather events.

Public Works Superintendent Lou Ingrassia states Wallkill as having one of the most complex water systems in Orange County, New York with three pumping stations and eleven water tanks.

August 14, 2015

First Round of NYS Water Grants Program

Category: Events,Funding,General,Wastewater,Water — New York Rural Water @ 8:33 AM

This is a reminder that complete applications for the first round of the NYS Water Grants Program must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, September 4, 2015. Applications and additional guidance are available online at www.efc.ny.gov/NYSWaterGrants.

$50 million in grants are available this year through the NYS Water Grants Program to fund municipal wastewater and drinking water improvement projects. The $50 million in funding is part of $200 million in grants authorized through the New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act over the next three state fiscal years. For State Fiscal Year 2015-2016, $30 million in grant funding will be available for wastewater projects and $20 million will be available for drinking water projects.

The Environmental Facilities Corporation hosted a webinar last month explaining project eligibility, application requirements and the grant criteria for the first round of the NYS Water Grants Program. To view the webinar, please click here. A list of “FAQ’s” have also been compiled to assist in the application process and are available for download on the NYS Water Grants website.

EFC and the Department of Health remain available to answer questions regarding your potential grant application. Email us today atNYSWaterGrants@efc.ny.gov.

NYS Natural Disaster Mitigation Interest Survey

Category: Events,General,Wastewater — New York Rural Water @ 8:30 AM

Take the Survey

Syracuse EFC is partnering with New York State Homes and Community Renewal (NYSHCR) to provide a natural disaster mitigation workshop to help municipalities prevent and reduce the effects of severe weather events, particularly flooding. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and help Syracuse EFC and NYSHCR gauge interest in a natural disaster mitigation workshop, and help us better cater topics to issues most relevant to New York State municipalities. We plan to provide this workshop in late fall 2015 in several regions of NYS.

July 31, 2015

Greg Timmons to Retire

Category: Achievements,Events,General — New York Rural Water @ 8:47 AM

After 40 years, Greg Timmons is retiring from the Town of Peru on Friday, July 31, 2015.  Greg has always been a big supporter of the New York Rural Water Association and has attended our annual Technical Conference for many years.  The Town of Peru recently won Wastewater System of the Year for 2015 and Greg, his staff, and Board were present to accept the award.  Greg’s presence at our conference will be missed, but all of us at the New York Rural Water Association wish him the best in his future endeavors.  His friends and co-workers are organizing a Retirement Party in his honor to be held at Murphy’s in Peru on October 10th, 2015 @ 5 p.m.  They will have lots of food and a band.  All are welcome to attend!!  Please contact Liz Tedford (Tedford Consulting) liztedford@rocketmail.com for details.

July 30, 2015

Sewage Pollution Right to Know Comment Period Extended

Category: Events,General,Wastewater — New York Rural Water @ 7:40 AM

Notice of the Public Comment Period for the Regulations Associated with the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act Extension to August 3, 2015

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) rulemaking to implement the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act (ECL §17-0826-a) has been published in the June 17, 2015 Edition of the State Register (I.D. No. ENV-24-15-00013-P) Due to the fact that the last day of the 45 day public comment period falls on the weekend (Saturday, August 1, 2015), the public comment period for this rulemaking extends until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3, 2015. Written public comments on these regulations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on August 3, 2025. In order to make public comment with respect to the proposed rule making, comments must be submitted to the contact listed below.

Contact: Robert Simson, NYS DEC – Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3500, Phone: (518) 402-8240, E-mail: robert.simson@dec.ny.gov.

July 17, 2015

Happy Retirement Connie Schreppel and Wayne Cardy

Category: Achievements,Events,General,Wastewater,Water — New York Rural Water @ 10:29 AM

After 39.98 years of dedicated service to the Mohawk Valley Water Authority, Connie Schreppel has decided to retire.  Connie has overseen numerous improvements and upgrades in her career and will be leaving a legacy that will be hard to match.  Connie has been a friend to Rural Water, assisting numerous staff members with input and direction while sitting on various operational committees.  Connie also was a founding member and Co-Chair of the NYWARN (New York Water & Wastewater Agency Response Network).  Her input and guidance have helped promote the startup and growth of this invaluable mutual aid network.  We here at the NYRWA wish Connie all the best as she enters this next phase in her life….thank you for everything Connie!

After 40+ years Wayne Cardy from the Village of Westfield will soon be retiring.  Wayne has served as Chief Water Operator and has overseen vast improvements to the plant over the course of his career.  Wayne has been a fixture at our conferences over the years, always willing to help, share a story, or just give his glowing smile on his way to class.  As our association has grown we have reached out to Wayne several times to “pilot a program”, or to give input in one area or another.  Wayne has been a true friend to the NYRWA, and we wish him a happy and healthy retirement!

Both Connie and Wayne deserve our gratitude, and we thank you both for a job exceptionally well done!!!

July 13, 2015

New York State Water and Wastewater Grants

Category: Funding,General,Wastewater,Water — New York Rural Water @ 10:00 AM

 

The NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and the NYS Department of Health (DOH) are pleased to announce a webinar on Thursday, July 16th at 10 AM to discuss $50 million in available grant funding to local governments this year for critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects through Governor Cuomo’s NYS Water Grants Program.

The webinar will describe project eligibility, the application process and criteria for selection for the NYS Water Grant program, and provide an opportunity to ask questions about your potential projects. To register, click here.

The $50 million in funding is part of $200 million in grants authorized through the New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act over the next three state fiscal years to fund municipal wastewater and drinking water projects for the repair or replacement of infrastructure, as well as compliance with environmental and public health laws and regulations related to water quality.

For State Fiscal Year 2015-2016, $30 million in grant funding will be available for clean water (wastewater) projects and $20 million for drinking water projects.

Complete applications must be submitted to  NYSWaterGrants@efc.ny.gov  no later than the close of business on  Friday, September 4, 2015 .

For more information about the NYS Water Grants program, visit  www.efc.ny.gov/NYSWaterGrants .

July 10, 2015

Educational for Children

Category: General,Wastewater,Water — New York Rural Water @ 1:28 PM

Go to this Website to give your kids a chance to not only see the Water Cycle, but to stop at each place along the way to get a full explanation of how each step works.   http://water.usgs.gov/edu/watercycle-kids-adv.html. Its a great educational tool that they can have fun using.

July 6, 2015

Water Infrastructure Grants are Available

Category: Funding,General,Wastewater,Water — New York Rural Water @ 8:08 AM

 

The NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and the NYS Department of Health (DOH) announced that $50 million in water infrastructure grants are now available to local governments for critical water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades. The $50 million in funding is part of $200 million in grants expected through the New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA) over the next three state fiscal years to fund municipal wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects that improve water quality and protect public health.

For State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2015-2016, $30 million in grant funding will be available for clean water (wastewater) projects and $20 million for drinking water projects. Funds will be administered by EFC and DOH.

Complete applications must be submitted to NYSWaterGrants@efc.ny.gov no later than the close of business on Friday, September 4, 2015.

For more information and to apply, visit www.efc.ny.gov/NYSWaterGrants.

June 30, 2015

New York State Officially Prohibits High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing

Category: Achievements,Events,General,Hydrofracking,Legislative,Wastewater,Water — New York Rural Water @ 8:24 AM

DEC Issues Findings Statement Concluding Extensive Seven-Year Review

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today officially prohibited high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in New York State by issuing its formal Findings Statement, completing the state’s seven-year review of this activity.

“After years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts, prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “High-volume hydraulic fracturing poses significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated. This decision is consistent with DEC’s mission to conserve, improve and protect our state’s natural resources, and to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state.”

The Findings Statement concludes that there are no feasible or prudent alternatives that adequately avoid or minimize adverse environmental impacts and address risks to public health from this activity.

DEC based the Findings Statement on the vast research included in the Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FSGEIS) released last month. The FSGEIS included consideration of extensive public comment and the state Department of Health’s Public Health Review, which concluded there is considerable uncertainty as to potential health impacts from HVHF and that HVHF should not move forward in New York State.

The Findings Statement is the culmination of the environmental review process to fully evaluate the environmental impacts of this activity. The Findings Statement details the widespread potential impacts from the HVHF process, including impacts to water and air resources, ecosystems and wildlife, community character and public health.

For a copy of the Findings Statement, visit DEC’s website.

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