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Sewage Pollution Right to Know CSO Grant

Sewage Pollution Right to Know grants are announced!

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On December 9, 2016, Governor Cuomo announced a total of $386,838 in grants which will assist ten communities with detection, monitoring and reporting of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) to improve reporting under the Sewage Pollution Right to Know (SPRTK) law. The SPRTK Award List (PDF, 70.3 KB) provides key information about each funded project.

Program Overview

DEC has made up to $500,000 available for communities to purchase and install detection, monitoring and reporting devices on Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) to fulfill reporting requirements of the Sewage Pollution Right to Know (SPRTK) Law. Communities with CSO outfalls must notify the public of combined sewer overflows during wet weather events. This grant program provides funds for municipalities to purchase and install different types or levels of CSO detection and notification. Grants awarded through the SPRTK program can fund up to 90% of the total project cost.

Eligible Applicants

  • Municipalities with CSOs.
  • The municipal wastewater system must serve less than 200,000 people.
  • In addition, the municipality must be registered with NY-ALERT or have submitted to DEC an application to use NY-ALERT, no later than the application deadline.
  • The municipality must agree to use NY-ALERT to report CSO discharges for their entire system in a manner approved by DEC.

Eligible Project Types

  • CSO activation detection devices;
  • Flow monitoring devices;
  • Flow monitoring with remote communication system;
  • Public notification system.

Grant Highlights:

  • Highest priority is given to communities with no coverage who will use the funding to reach either 100% or partial coverage of outfalls.
  • Individual grants are capped at $50,000.


All questions should be submitted via e-mail to Division of Water. Include NYS Sewage Pollution Right to Know Grant Program in the subject line of the email.

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