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State Environmental Facilities Corp. approves millions of dollars in grants and loans for area sewer projects

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The state Environmental Facilities Corp. approved about $23.6 million in grants and no-interest loans to support multiple regional sewer projects.

The projects, in the towns of Clayton and LeRay and the villages of Alexandria Bay, Castorland, Clayton and Gouverneur, were approved at the corporation’s board of directors meeting Wednesday.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo “has made job-creation a priority and these infrastructure projects in the north country will not only improve water quality and protect the health of residents and the environment, they will also improve opportunities for communities to grow economically,” said Matthew J. Driscoll, the corporation’s president and CEO. “Thanks to our Triple-A credit rating and with more than $13 billion in assets, EFC helps communities afford projects at interest rates that are not available to smaller communities.”

Among the supported projects:

n The town of LeRay will receive $2 million in grants and a $2 million loan to construct a new collection sewer system for its Sewer District 4 in the hamlet of Calcium and the Five Corners Road area. The $4 million project will alleviate sewage waste disposal problems and potential groundwater contamination. The corporation’s release said the project includes approximately 4,500 linear feet of new force main, 10,000 linear feet of gravity collector sewer mains and 15,300 feet of gravity sewer mains. The new system will connect to sewer lines that run from Fort Drum to the city of Watertown’s wastewater treatment facility.

n The town of Clayton will build a new $5.35 million sewage collection system with a $2 million grant and $2.84 million loan, along with $503,500 in Rural Development grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and $3,500 from the town. Approximately 19,750 linear feet of gravity sewer mains, 13,000 linear feet of pressure sewer mains, new lift stations and nearly 70 manholes will be installed for the system, which will replace individual septic systems at residences and businesses along Route 12 from the village of Clayton to Fishers Landing.

n The village of Clayton will repair approximately 14,000 linear feet of sewer lines, replace or repair more than 20 manholes and replace the East Union Street pumping station through a $3,642,000 EFC loan and a $470,000 USDA Rural Development grant. The village’s project will help reduce sewage overflows into the St. Lawrence River that have been occurring during wet weather.

n The village of Alexandria Bay will use a $1,440,000 Clean Water State Revolving Fund grant and $480,000 in no-interest financing to replace approximately 2130 linear feet of gravity sewer mains and 950 linear feet of lateral sewers on Catherine Avenue and Cornwall Street, and repair portions of the sanitary collection system throughout the village by slip-lining the existing collector sewers. The project is expected to reduce overflows caused by the infiltration of storm water into the sanitary collection system.

n The village of Gouverneur will use financing of $6.1 million to construct separate sanitary and storm sewers to ensure better wastewater treatment and reduce the flow of storm water into the Oswegatchie River. The village will also receive a $1,995,000 EFC grant to construct bioretention systems, rain gardens, wetlands, porous concrete sidewalks and a porous asphalt residential street that will reduce storm water runoff.

n The village of Castorland will use a combination of a $1.23 million grant, a $475,250 loan, a $750,000 Rural Development Grant and $49,000 of its own money to create a new aerated lagoon system at its existing wastewater treatment facility site.

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