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For Release: Friday, November 15, 2019

Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties Planning Committee Showcases 38 Shoreline Resiliency Projects Awards New York State "REDI" Funding

38 Priority Projects Identified by Local Communities Awarded $60 Million to Strengthen Shoreline Protections and Increase Resiliency Across Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties

New York Power Authority (NYPA) Senior Vice President Kimberly Harriman today showcased 38 shoreline resiliency projects in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties that are receiving an estimated $60 million in state funding through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI). The projects were reviewed at a meeting of the Jefferson and St. Lawrence REDI Region Planning Committee, which includes local elected officials and other stakeholders.

"Building back better and smarter will help ensure that our shorelines are more resilient," said Kimberly Harriman, Senior Vice President, Public and Regulatory Affairs at NYPA, who represented NYPA's President and CEO Gil Quiniones, who serves as co-chair of the Jefferson/St. Lawrence REDI Regional Subcommittee, today in Alexandria Bay. "We, at NYPA, are pleased to be part of Governor Cuomo's collaborative state and municipality resiliency and economic development efforts along the St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario shorelines. These comprehensive projects will better prepare us for future high water situations and give community members and visitors alike more opportunities to enjoy our scenic North Country waterways and frequent local and regional businesses along the St. Lawrence and surrounding Lake Ontario."

representatives of Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties gather to celebrate distribution of Resiliency and Economic Development funds for 38 local projects

From left:
Brent Sweet, town of Alexandria; Norma Zimmer, village of Clayton;
Sara Richards, DASNY; Kylie Peck, Greater-Watertown
Area North Country Chamber of Commerce; Ruth Doyle,
St. Lawrence County Administrator; Kimberly Harriman, NYPA;
Steve Hunt, ESD, Steve Jarvis, village of Alexandria Bay;
Kyle Buelow, OBG. Back row: Bob Hageman, Jefferson County
administrator; Michael Bourcy, Jefferson County Planner; Scott Gray,
Jefferson County Board of Legislators; Joe Lightfoot,
St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators; Randall Young, NYS DEC;
Reg Schweitzer, Neighbors of Watertown;
Chris Calkins, OBG; Patrick Davis, NYPA.

As part of the state's ongoing response to record flooding that hit the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline communities this past summer, Governor Cuomo created the REDI Commission, a multi-agency team tasked with studying sustainable solutions to strengthen infrastructure and mitigate impacts from future flooding along the shorelines of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, while bolstering the region's local economies. Projects include:

St. Lawrence

  • The City of Ogdensburg will receive $2 million to address flood damage to the Maple City Trail and seawall.
  • $2.1 million will remove the Northumberland Street Bridge and relocate infrastructure in the Town of Morristown.
  • $11 million will replace Waddington's wastewater collection and treatment facilities, which serve about 900 residents and businesses.
  • Approximately $1.3 million will address erosion and protect the Fort De La Presentation Trail in Ogdensburg.

Jefferson

  • The $3.75 million Riverwalk project in the Village of Clayton will stabilize shoreline and raise the height of the Riverwalk.
  • $260,000 to Alexandria Bay to protect water treatment facilities.
  • $705,000 Market Street Sewer project will replace and strengthen sewage systems in Cape Vincent.
  • Nearly $2.4 million will upgrade Clayton's wastewater collection and treatment plant to make it more resilient to flooding.
  • The $160,000 Sackets Harbor seawall project will address erosion near the water treatment plant.
  • More than $5 million will raise and protect County Road 57 in the Town of Lyme.
  • The $1.14 million Tibbets Point project in the Town of Vincent will protect and fortify County Road 6.
  • $1.5 million will address shoreline erosion along County Road 125 at Point Salubrious in Lyme.
  • $2.5 million will stabilize shoreline and raise Brown Shore Road in Sackets Harbor.
  • In Cape Vincent, $65,000 will restore the seawall, replace sidewalks, and repair the road at the Point Street Seawall.
  • $103,000 will address flood damage at the Real Street Seawall in Cape Vincent.
  • $1 million will repair damage and prevent future flood damage at East End Park, also in Cape Vincent.

In both St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties, nearly $25 million will replace docks with floating docks, relocate infrastructure, install shoreline stabilization and more at publicly owned regional docks and boat launches in Alexandria, Clayton, Hammond, Lyme, Orleans, Alexandria Bay, Cape Vincent, Dexter, Sackets Harbor, Waddington and Ogdensburg.

Additional details and Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties REDI project profiles are available.

Through REDI, the State has committed up to $300 million to rebuild the shoreline, as well as improve resiliency in flood-prone regions along Lake Ontario. The REDI Commission allocated $20 million for homeowner assistance, $30 million to improve the resiliency of businesses, and $15 million toward a regional dredging effort that will benefit each of the eight counties. NYPA is assisting the regional dredging initiative. The remaining balance, $235 million, has been allocated toward local and regional projects that advance and exemplify the REDI mission.

The REDI Commission will hold an implementation conference in Albany on November 20. The conference will provide REDI funding recipients with information about project implementation, including permitting and environmental reviews, as well as an opportunity to meet with relevant state agencies to ensure REDI projects are implemented as soon as possible.

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