A Growing Need for New York’s Water Infrastructure Funding

For Immediate Release: February 14, 2020

A Growing Need for New York’s Water Infrastructure Funding

 While more than $773 million went to nearly 500 projects between 2015 and 2018; 

Over 150 projects in 2018 were put on hold simply due to insufficient funds

Albany – Today, Environmental Advocates of New York released a new report that examines spending under the state’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA). Untapped Potential: New York's Growing Water Infrastructure Need shows that a large disparity exists between water infrastructure needs and available funding in New York State. Every year, just half of shovel-ready projects with complete applications are being awarded grants and the other half go unfunded.

We all deserve clean water. Unfortunately, New Yorkers access to clean water is at risk from crumbling drinking and wastewater infrastructure, said Maureen Cunningham, senior director for clean water for Environmental Advocates of New York. “New York needs to recognize the severity of the problem and invest at least $1 billion in new water infrastructure funding in this year’s state budget.”

The report found that more than $773 million was distributed to nearly 500 projects in 57 out of 62 counties between 2015 and 2018. But despite this, roughly half of shovel-ready projects went un-awarded in 2018, due to a lack of available funding.

“New York has some of the oldest water infrastructure in the country, which will cost at least $80 billion to fix,” Cunningham said. “Add to that the approaching threats of emerging contaminants and lead service lines that will only add to costs, and it is clear that New York State has barely scratched the surface of what is needed to fix our pipes.”

The report also noted that New York’s water infrastructure grants created 20,000 jobs in 2019 alone, and each public dollar spent on water infrastructure yields $2.62 in economic output in other industries.

Even more detailed information about which local governments have received funding in each county can be found in EANY’s county factsheets.

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Below is a list of the 57 counties that were awarded WIIA grants between 2015 and 2018, as well as grant dollars that were requested by shovel-ready but un-awarded applications in 2018.

Capital Region

County

Grant Dollars Awarded, 2015-2018

Grant Dollars Requested by Shovel-Ready but Un-awarded Applications, 2018

Albany

$32,786,555

$1,250,160

Greene

$17,923,749

$2,000,000

Columbia

$3,409,180

$3,918,800

Schenectady

$12,633,295

$2,082,000

Rensselaer

$26,839,039

$3,000,000

Saratoga

$23,073,410

$1,122,200

Warren

$7,146,383

$8,118,084

Washington

$7,675,923

$2,766,698

 

Hudson Valley

County

Grant Dollars Awarded, 2015-2018

Grant Dollars Requested by Shovel-Ready but Un-awarded Applications, 2018

Dutchess

$38,595,730

$7,830,761

Sullivan

$9,601,975

$0

Ulster

$7,453,900

$4,636,780

Orange

$28,535,258

$26,775,044

Putnam

$215,000

$229,260

Rockland

$5,671,865

$5,875,000

Westchester

$28,625,929

$21,349,618

 

Central NY

County

Grant Dollars Awarded, 2015-2018

Grant Dollars Requested by Shovel-Ready but Un-awarded Applications, 2018

Oswego

$24,048,868

$4,904,158

Onondaga

$9,873,365

$9,265,000

Cayuga

$8,092,057

$580,780

Madison

$10,464,589

$0

Cortland

$3,752,028

$2,582,000

 

Finger Lakes

County

Grant Dollars Awarded, 2015-2018

Grant Dollars Requested by Shovel-Ready but Un-awarded Applications, 2018

Orleans

$2,867,545

$540,188

Genesee

$7,849,300

$0

Monroe

$3,000,000

$11,251,800

Livingston

$6,498,734

$0

Wyoming

$6,066,624

$2,992,950

Wayne

$16,044,200

$1,572,000

Ontario

$15,656,815

$9,177,000

Yates

$2,513,564

$0

Seneca

$8,924,935

$0

 

Southern Tier

County

Grant Dollars Awarded, 2015-2018

Grant Dollars Requested by Shovel-Ready but Un-awarded Applications, 2018

Broome

$29,781,250

$72,000

Chemung

$1,415,000

$0

Chenango

$5,506,013

$728,000

Delaware

$10,502,244

$1,200,000

Otsego

$6,349,348

$0

Schuyler

$5,925,975

$0

Steuben

$15,088,087

$5,722,500

Tioga

$6,982,952

$2,073,535

Tompkins

$7,369,700

$4,487,520

 

Western NY

County

Grant Dollars Awarded, 2015-2018

Grant Dollars Requested by Shovel-Ready but Un-awarded Applications, 2018

Allegany

$5,970,350

$0

Cattaraugus

$12,086,174

$2,345,103

Chautauqua

$20,294,571

4,125,000

Erie

$30,632,366

$11,535,534

Niagara

$8,863,878

$6,448,460

 

North Country

County

Grant Dollars Awarded, 2015-2018

Grant Dollars Requested by Shovel-Ready but Un-awarded Applications, 2018

Clinton

$11,287,917

$6,000,000

Essex

$16,950,187

$0

Franklin

$8,690,371

$0

Hamilton

$450,000

$0

Jefferson

$25,763,753

$5,488,050

Lewis

$14,010,954

$283,200

St. Lawrence

$14,243,825

$3,911,700

 

Mohawk Valley

County

Grant Dollars Awarded, 2015-2018

Grant Dollars Requested by Shovel-Ready but Un-awarded Applications, 2018

Fulton

$5,209,200

$407,700

Herkimer

$6,434,499

$1,050,000

Montgomery

$10,808,000

$0

Oneida

$37,164,662

$0

Otsego

$6,349,348

$0

Schoharie

$13,210,550

$1,800,000

 

Long Island

County

Grant Dollars Awarded, 2015-2018

Grant Dollars Requested by Shovel-Ready but Un-awarded Applications, 2018

Nassau

$41,882,251

$35,068,189

Suffolk

$24,669,884

$5,512,705