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Water Quality Improvement Project Program

Water Quality Improvement Project Program

The Water Quality Improvement Project Program Round 13 awards have been announced!
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Governor Cuomo Announces Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Grants

On December 8, 2016, Governor Cuomo announced awards for Round 6 of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative that supports economic development, strategic plan implementation and job creation across New York State. As part of Round 6 of the REDC initiative, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) awarded $27,965,157 for 46 projects from the WQIP program.

The WQIP Round 13 Award List (PDF, 59.9 kB) provides key information about each funded project. A complete list of grants awarded through the REDC initiative can be found on the REDC website (leaving DEC website).

Successful Applicant Requirements

Successful applicants will be required to sign a State of New York Master Contract for Grants (MCG) within the NYS Grants Gateway System (leaving DEC website) and will be required to comply with statewide, agency and program terms and conditions, and payment and reporting requirements as identified in the MGC. The Water Quality Improvement Project Program MCG is available for review.

For more information, including user guides and tutorial videos on how to register and prequalify, visit NYS Grants Reform (leaving DEC website).

Overview of the WQIP Program

DEC supports water quality improvements through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Statewide Grant Program. The WQIP program is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that uses New York State Environmental Protection Funds for projects that reduce polluted runoff, improve water quality and restore habitat in New York's waterbodies.

Through the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative, DEC has made up to $25.9 million available to support water quality improvements in Round 13 of the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Grant Program. Grants awarded through the WQIP program can fund up to 85% of the total project cost for Wastewater Treatment Improvement projects or up to 75% of the total project cost for Non-Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control, Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4).

Eligible Applicants

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Stream restoration
  • Municipalities
  • Municipal Corporations
  • Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  • Not for Profit Corporations

Eligible Project Types

  • Nonagricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control (NPS)
  • Municipal Wastewater Treatment (WWT)
  • Aquatic Habitat Restoration (AHR)
  • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)
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Wastewater treatment plant

Questions?

All questions should be submitted via e-mail to User.Water@dec.ny.gov.


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