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Brighton-Pittsford Post
  • Monroe County receives funding for stormwater improvements

  • Monroe County has secured over $3.5 million in funding for several projects that will address stormwater runoff and add to the city of Rochester’s green infrastructure. Governor David A. Paterson has announced $61.5 million in aid to local communities across New York to improve water quality, reduce polluti...
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  • Monroe County has secured over $3.5 million in funding for several projects that will address stormwater runoff and add to the city of Rochester’s green infrastructure.
    Governor David A. Paterson has announced $61.5 million in aid to local communities across New York to improve water quality, reduce pollution and restore vital habitat. The grants were awarded from the Water Quality Improvement Program, a competitive program within the state’s Environmental Protection Fund.
    The funds have been awarded to municipalities and Soil and Water Conservation districts to address sources of water pollution and habitat degradation in dozens of urban, suburban and rural communities.
    “These grants will help communities throughout the state fulfill a basic responsibility: protecting water quality,” Paterson said. “The local governments and conservation districts selected in this grant program all demonstrated a clear need for these funds and proposed innovative approaches for addressing often long-standing problems.”
    Among the funding Monroe County has received is $450,000 to the Department of Parks to install an installation basin in Durand Eastman Park, which will decrease the amount of E. coli entering the water, said Justin Roj, deputy director of environmental services for Monroe County.
    This is one of the most significant projects being funded, he said, adding that it will reduce the amount of E. coli that reaches the beach, thus improving swimming conditions.”
    The city of Rochester has received $2,005,500 for its Green Infrastructure Initiative, which includes about $750,000 to install a green roof on City Hall, meaning such things as plants, mosses and grass will be placed on the roof to absorb water, which would normally enter the stormwater sewers, said Roj. Other projects included in this funding are the installation of porous parking lots and sidewalks in areas throughout Rochester. Unlike regular concrete, water can go through them, rather than running off.
    Also included in the funding is $192,100 for similar green projects throughout the county, including in Webster, Irondequoit, Perinton, Brighton, the village of Pittsford, the village of Fairport and the city of Rochester, said Roj.
    The town of Brighton and village of East Rochester have received $44,958 and $377,533, respectively, for additional stormwater projects within their municipalities.
    “We’re obviously excited to receive more than $3 1/2 million,” said Roj, adding that the majority of the work will begin in the spring. “We’re looking forward to working together to accomplish the projects. I think it will really benefit the community, and we’re excited to get started.”

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