Governor Hochul Declares Begin of Building on Resiliency Undertaking to Include Future Flood Harm in Jefferson County

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced the start of construction for a project worth 2.4 million today. Funding was provided through the State’s Resilience and Economic Development Initiative (REDI). The flooding of the St. Lawrence River in 2019 negatively impacted the Village of Clayton’s sewage collection system and treatment facility, as well as the Riverside Drive and East Union Street pumping stations from the disinfection process.

The mitigation measures in this project include the conversion of the existing chlorine contact into an intermediate wastewater lifting system and the expansion of the filtration / disinfection building with larger filters and UV disinfection systems to treat the entire system flow. The wet well of the Riverside Drive pumping station will be expanded and dry submersible pumps with increased capacity in the dry well will be installed.

“The continued progress of the REDI program is evidence of what happens when state and local governments work together.” said Governor Hochul. “Through these partnerships, we work hand in hand to ensure that local infrastructure is rethought and redesigned so that New Yorkers who live along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River are prepared and better protected for future flood events Clayton Project will do just that by strengthening public health and creating sustainable infrastructure to ensure continued access to clean water. ”

Basil Seggos, Commissioner for the Department of Environmental Conservation, said: “Floods have repeatedly damaged critical wastewater infrastructure along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Today’s announcement marks the start of construction on a project that will both repair damage that devastated the Village of Clayton’s sewage collection system in 2019 and improve its resilience to withstand future flood events. By investing sustainably, the REDI program is doing better and stronger deconstruction in New York’s communities. ”

Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) President and CEO Joseph Rabito said: “Working to clean up flood overflows in the St. Lawrence River will help protect the health of the waterway and the surrounding communities. By providing low-cost funding and grants to New York State communities in support of the REDI program, EFC can help. protecting critical infrastructures that contribute to the long-term resilience of our coastlines. “

State Senator Patty Ritchie said: “In the past few years the Clayton Village has seen tremendous growth, attracting new businesses and visitors looking to experience the beauty of the St. Lawrence River. In order for this growth to continue, we need to ensure solid, reliable infrastructure. ”I am delighted that this project is laying the foundation stone that will not only strengthen the village’s sewage system, but also protect public health and the St. Lawrence River. “

MP Mark Walczyk said: “If we want to ensure that waterfront communities are prepared for future flood events, strategic investments in regional infrastructure are the only way to prevent further damage can make a meaningful difference in protecting public health and keeping our waterways clean.”

Jefferson County’s Legislature Chairman Scott Gray said: “Through the REDI program, we have seen positive partnerships with New York state authorities in coastal communities in Jefferson County. We are better prepared through these partnerships to build, improve, and replace critical assets with stronger, more resilient infrastructure. “

Clayton Village Mayor Norma Zimmer said: “On behalf of the Clayton Village, I would like to express our appreciation to the REDI Project and NYS staff for initiating this program that enables us to make these important improvements to our wastewater treatment facility. Multiple State Ways To Improve “Our infrastructure and the transformation of our historic neighborhood continues to make Clayton a travel destination and a great place to live and work.”

In response to widespread flooding along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, REDI was formed to increase the resilience of coastal communities and promote economic development in the area. Five REDI regional planning committees, made up of representatives from eight counties (Niagara and Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, Cayuga and Oswego, and Jefferson and St. Lawrence), have been established to identify local priorities, vulnerable infrastructure and other assets, and public safety concerns . The REDI Commission has allocated $ 20 million to helping homeowners, $ 30 million to improve business resilience, and $ 15 million to a regional dredging effort benefiting each of the eight counties in the REDI regions comes. The remaining $ 235 million was allocated to local and regional projects that advance and exemplify the REDI mission.

Since the creation of the REDI program in spring 2019, 133 REDI-funded local and regional projects have been running, of which 89 projects are in the planning phase, 18 projects are in the construction phase and 26 projects have been completed.

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