ALBANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced, Friday, that $45 million in grants are now available for Water Quality Improvement Projects (WQIPs).
The announcement enables municipalities, soil and water conservation districts, and non-profit organizations to apply for funding to aid in projects that focus on municipal wastewater treatment, polluted runoff abatement and control from non-farm sources, and aquatic habitat restoration.
"Investing in clean water projects protects New York's natural resources and environment while supporting the economy and health of our communities," Governer Cuomo said.
The grants will include funding allocated primarily by the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and NY Works II.
They will focus their resources on providing approximately $18.4 million for projects to control polluted runoff from non-farm sources.
$4 million will be put towards strengthening natural infrastructure to minimize damage from storms throughout the state.
$10 million will fund municipal wastewater treatment facilities' ability to install equipment to disinfect waters used for fishing, swimming and boating, as well as bathing beaches.
And approximately $8.8 million is available for aquatic habitat restoration.
For more information about the grants, including how to apply, visit www.governor.ny.gov.