Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon, and Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Patrick Murphy today showcased 33 shoreline resiliency projects in Monroe County that are receiving an estimated $43 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 Monroe County REDI Region Planning Committee, which includes local elected officials and other stakeholders.
“Shoreline communities have faced tremendous challenges in recent years. That's why we have taken aggressive action to help local governments, businesses, and homeowners with state support to improve resiliency, address the impact of flooding, and fight the threat of climate change,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “This targeted funding for 33 priority projects in the Monroe County area will address critical infrastructure needs to ensure sustainability long-term. These important efforts will help to combat devastation from extreme weather events, strengthen our economy, and enhance quality of life for residents.”
DOL Commissioner Reardon said, “The funded projects were carefully selected based on sustainability and long-term impact on their communities. We’re rebuilding the infrastructure of this region with an eye to the future. I continue to be proud of the work of this commission.”
New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Patrick A. Murphy said, "State and local partners launched an unprecedented effort to help New Yorkers withstand Lake Ontario’s rising waters in 2019. However, if we are going to truly protect the long term health of lakeshore communities, we must take a holistic view of the lake and find ways to strengthen shoreline resiliency. Thanks to the leadership of Governor Cuomo and the hard work of the REDI Commission members, we not only have plans in place to begin this work, but they are moving forward so residents can begin reaping the benefits as soon as possible."
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.
Monroe County projects are:
Elevation of portions of road systems will ensure continuous access of that infrastructure for residents, tourists and emergency responders. Components of the project include:
- $7.9 million for the Lakeshore Septic Systems project in the Town of Hamlin to project to protect hundreds of homes from floodwaters overwhelming septic systems.
- $500,000 for the Bay Outlet Swing Bridge project in the Town of Irondequoit.
- $2.25 million to address persistent flooding and erosion on the West Side of Genesee River Businesses Project in Rochester.
- $250,000 for the Sandbar wastewater pump station project for Monroe County.
- $5.86 million for septic systems in the Town of Parma.
- $1.2 million to construct a new, flood resistant Bay Village Pump Station in the Town of Irondequoit.
- $2 million for the Lake Shore Drive Storm Sewers project in the Town of Greece, which will replace existing stormwater system with resilient infrastructure.
- $1.5 million for the Lake Road West End project in the Town of Webster to raise the roadway.
- $1.87 million to install new sewer and conveyance system on Bay Shore Boulevard in the Town of Irondequoit.
- $1.77 million to address flooding at the St. Paul Terminus in the Town of Irondequoit and City of Rochester.
- $2.67 million to address recurring flooding and stabilize the shoreline at Irondequoit Bay State Marine Park.
- $500,000 to replace the wastewater pumping system and cap abandoned drinking water well heads in the Town of Webster.
- $125,000 to protect the Town of Penfield’s pump station.
- $500,000 to improve Culver Road storm sewers in the Town of Irondequoit.
- $143,000 to extend the existing berm along Round Pond in the Town of Greece.
- $748,000 to make the Town of Webster’s Sandbar Park more resilient to floodwaters.
- $326,000 to protect fishing access at St. Paul in Irondequoit.
- $77,000 to build a floating dock and boat launch to ensure the West Webster Fire Department maintains its dock at the marina.
- $250,000 to eliminate flood risk by replacing storm sewers along Braddock Road in the Town of Greece.
- $400,000 to protect shoreline roads from high water in the Town of Parma.
- $150,000 to increase the capacity of the German Village Wastewater Pump Station in Irondequoit.
- $488,000 to protect homes and access to Wautoma Beach Road in the Town of Hamlin.
- $150,000 to replace pumps with a higher capacity system at the Sea Breeze Wastewater Pump Station in Irondequoit.
- $1.77 million to make publicly owned regional docks and boat launches in Rochester, Greece and Irondequoit more resilient to floodwaters.
- The $9.2 million comprehensive Edgemere Drive project, which combines seven separate projects submitted to the Monroe County REDI Planning Committee that together address critical transportation, stormwater and sanitary sewer infrastructure improvements with resilient, nature-based shoreline stabilization. Improving stormwater management by constructing or repairing drains, lateral pipes, and pump stations, the project will reduce the danger of sanitary sewer overflow to protect the resiliency of Lake Ontario's watershed while also protecting the health and safety of residents.
o The Old Edgemere Drive Sewer Project ($2,927,000)
o The Crescent Beach Road Sewers Project ($1,160,000)
o The Edgemere Drive/Island Cottage to Crescent Beach Project ($850,000)
o The Edgemere Drive/Cranberry Road Project ($150,000)
o The Edgemere Drive Storm Sewer Project ($1,500,000)
o The Long Pond Outlet/Channel Park ($1,929,000)
o The Edgemere Drive Project ($650,000)
Additional details and Monroe County REDI project profiles are availablehere.
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. 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.
Note photos attached, Courtesy of NYSDEC:
Left to right: Empire State Development Finger Lakes Regional Director Vincent Esposito, Town of Irondequoit Supervisor David Seeley, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, DOL Commissioner Roberta Reardon and DHSES Commissioner Patrick Murphy speaking with Monroe County REDI Planning Committee.
Left to right: Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, DEC Region 8 Emergency Response Coordinator Tim Walsh, and Bob Kiley, Commissioner of Public Works, Town of Irondequoit.