Millions of dollars to upgrade wastewater and water systems are headed to this region through funding for the governor’s Regional Economic Development Council.
The town of Bolton is getting $1 million for a project to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant. Town Supervisor Ron Conover said this funding will allow the town to scale up a pilot program to use wood chips to help filter out excessive nitrates in the effluent.
“It’s a pretty cutting-edge filtration process,” he said. “That’s critical, because the nitrates that get into the soil can eventually leach into the lake; so to the extent we can reduce the nitrates in the effluent, the less likelihood of that happening.”
Bolton also received $600,000 for the final phase of improvements at Rogers Memorial Park. This includes stormwater improvements to increase overflow capacity and aesthetic improvements, such as a bandstand, terraced retaining walls and a lighted sidewalk path.
The town of Lake George is set to receive $657,000 to consolidate two of its wastewater pump stations and make upgrades to one of them, including new pipes and force mains.
Town Supervisor Dennis Dickinson said the news of the funding is a “godsend.”
“The pumps are old and they’ve been abused, and we really needed to do something. We’ve been living on borrowed time,” he said.
The town will go from having six pumps to three and from two generators to one, he said.
“It’s a lot more efficient, and it’s a real upgrade to the pump station,” he said.
The village of Lake George is getting $100,000 to study how excess stormwater is getting into the sanitary sewer system.
Glens Falls got $100,000 to pay for an engineering report to determine why excessive stormwater runoff is getting into the Henry Street pump station during large storms and contributing to combined sewer overflows.
Hague is receiving $231,000 in funding for a project to install new control systems and make other upgrades to its Dodd Hill and Cape Cod pumping stations.
Warrensburg got $30,000 for a pre-engineering report to evaluate the feasibility of creating a sewer district extension to serve areas near Library Avenue that do not currently have sewer.
Washington County also got funding for infrastructure upgrades. The five municipal separate storm sewer system communities in Washington County, including the county, Kingsbury, Hudson Falls, the town of Fort Edward and the village of Fort Edward, were awarded $272,500 to convert the storm sewer paper maps to digital maps.
“This grant allows us to get the separate storm sewer system maps up to DEC standards,” said Washington County Public Works Superintendent Deb Donohue.
The grant allows for the purchase of a catch vacuum trailer, according to Donohue.
“It cleans out catch basins in an effort to keep our soil clean,” she said. “It will be shared by the five municipalities.”
The village of Hudson Falls got nearly $1.5 million, including $750,000 to replace deteriorated water infrastructure along sections of Clark, School and Union streets and $725,000 to install stormwater infrastructure, rain gardens and porous pavement in Paris Park.
Granville received $25,000 for an engineering report to study disinfection alternatives at the wastewater treatment plant.
Warren County will receive $290,000 for an aquatic species prevention and control program for the Schroon Lake Basin. It will partner with Horicon, Chester and Schroon.
Warren County Soil and Water will receive $65,000 toward a project to stabilize roadside ditches.