Skoufis announces state water grant funding for Orange County

19 Dec 2019 | 01:02

    State Sen. James Skoufis (D-Hudson Valley) announced that several municipalities within the 39th Senate District, totaling more than $8 million, that will receive vital state grants to assist with infrastructure projects that protect public health and improve water quality.

    Projects eligible for these grants include those combatting contaminants, such as PFOA and PFOS. The grants will cover up to 60 percent of total capital project costs.

    “I fundamentally believe that clean and safe drinking water is a vital human right that must be both protected and respected by our government,” Skoufis said in the press release announcing the grants. “The Village of South Blooming Grove and the City of Newburgh have been riddled with contaminated water, burdening residents with a warranted state of alarm. That’s why I fought for this funding to be included in the state budget, and that’s why I’ll continue to protect our resident’s access to clean drinking water.”

    Here is the breakdown of the funding within the Senate District:

    City of Newburgh

    $3,000,000 - Filter Upgrades and SCADA Improvement Project

    Village of South Blooming Grove

    $660,000 - Merriewold Wellfield Improvements

    Town of Monroe

    $897,750 - Water District 12 Well House Improvements

    Town of Crawford

    $2,311,680 - Dwaar Kill - Pine Bush Water Supply Construction Project

    Town of New Windsor

    $392,188 - Clarkview Road Surcharging Mitigation

    Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson

    $1,015,725: Taylor Road Well Field Water Supply and Electrical Improvements

    The grants are distributed through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and the Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grant Program.