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ARRA/CWA Section 604(b) Funding Awards

This page provides an overview of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, Recovery Act or Stimulus) 604(b) awards made by NYSDEC.

If you are a sub-recipient of ARRA 604(b) funding, or are interested in more information about reporting or contractual requirements, the ARRA/CWA Section 604(b) Information for Sub-recipients page contains useful information and important forms and instructions.

ARRA 604(b) Award Background

On May 4, 2009, DEC published a request for applications (RFA) for 604(b) funds made available through the Recovery Act. The application deadline for organizations requesting funds was July 10, 2009. DEC received twenty-three project applications and awarded funding to eleven. The ARRA 604(b) Funding Awards table below briefly describes the eleven projects. For more information about each of the projects, visit the ARRA/CWA Section 604(b) Project Profiles page. A brief quarterly project activity update follows the Funding Awards table.

ARRA 604(b) Funding Awards

Organization Name Project Type and Summary Statement Funding Amount
Great Lakes Commission Water Quality Management Planning: Collect phosphorus data and prepare Water Quality Restoration Strategy reports for 303(d)-listed tributaries to Lake Ontario. $254,695
Hudson Valley Regional Council Green Infrastructure Planning: Develop a green Infrastructure planning program in at least 7 communities in the Hudson Valley region and identify and plan for at least 10 site-specific green Infrastructure projects in each of the participating communities. $285,000
Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board Water Quality Management Planning: Work with partners to identify, assess and prioritize highly erodible exposed sites; conduct basin-wide erosion and sediment control outreach and education and develop an action plan (e.g., ID areas for remediation, future funding needs). $130,625
Interstate Environmental Commission Stormwater Phase II Planning: Provide Long Island-wide MS4 stormwater management planning assistance through the New York Sea Grant program. $232,893
Herkimer-Oneida Counties Comprehensive Planning Program Stormwater Phase II Planning: Release Digital Towpath Stormwater Module and provide training statewide to MS4s on how to use the module. Module provides electronic means to develop and maintain SWMP plan as required by the stormwater permit. Develop a web-based regional stormwater system mapping and information management system. Develop a storm sewershed map. $95,000
Central New York Regional Planning & Development Board Green Infrastructure Planning: Conduct regional green infrastructure planning activities to carry out high priority MS4 stormwater management activities and help address the Onondaga Lake phosphorus MS4 TMDL requirements and the City of Syracuse combined sewer overflows. $237,500
Southern Tier Central Regional Planning & Development Board Water Quality Management Planning: Develop a regional action plan for the Chemung and Susquehanna river basins for ecosystem based watershed management. $285,000
Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council Green Infrastructure Planning: Assess and inventory MS4 and other priority communities in the G/FL nine county planning region to determine potential for green infrastructure implementation and retrofit projects. An analysis of local regulations will be included. $97,369
Interstate Environmental Commission Stormwater Phase II Planning: Collaborate with the Croton-Kensico Watershed Intermunicipal Coalition to develop a regional stormwater map. $28,500
Interstate Environmental Commission Total Maximum Daily Load Elements: Perform wet and dry weather sampling and modeling of the Byram River to measure water quality in the river and its watershed. $87,171
Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council Stormwater Phase II Planning: Conduct a scan of impervious surfaces of the Genesee/Finger Lakes nine county planning region. Provide information online for MS4s and others to use. $13,887

Organizations that received funding are called sub-recipients and must report quarterly on the progress of their projects. Quarterly data required by ARRA are made available to the public at thirty (30) days after the close of the quarter. Quarters close on September 30, December 31, March 31 and June 30.

Quarterly Project Activity Update

2012 Quarter 1 (January 1 -- March 31)

All 11 projects were completed by February 17, 2012. As of March 31, over $1,747,000 has been disbursed to sub-recipients, and over 3 full-time equivalent jobs were funded at DEC, sub-recipient, and vendor organizations during the quarter.

Highlights of sub-recipient work include:

  • Public presentation of an ecosystem-based watershed management plan
  • Finalizing potential Green Infrastructure design plans
  • Publishing a report on streamside erosion sites and best management practices for their remediation
  • Maintaining public websites
  • Finalizing project reports

For More Information

The U.S. government maintains detailed information; including full quarterly reports made by recipients of ARRA funds, on the official ARRA website, (see the Links Leaving DEC's Website section in the right-hand column of this page for a direct link).