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DEC seeks public input on environmental restoration guidelines

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the release of draft eligibility guidelines for funding under the $4.2-billion Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022. These guidelines are aimed at projects for the removal or repair of State-owned dams, restoration of flood control projects, and improvement of flood risk reduction efforts statewide. Public comments on these drafts are welcomed until April 26, 2024.

DEC Commissioner Seggos emphasized the importance of these guidelines in strengthening community resilience and reducing flood risks across New York State. The DEC aims to use public feedback to refine these guidelines further and develop comprehensive funding programs. The initiative also sets a goal of dedicating a significant portion of the funds to benefit disadvantaged communities, aligning with the Bond Act’s requirements.

The public is encouraged to submit their comments and questions via mail or email to the DEC. This public consultation phase represents a critical step in finalizing the guidelines that will dictate the allocation of Bond Act funds. The DEC highlights this process as a milestone in implementing the Bond Act, which was overwhelmingly approved by New Yorkers to support environmental protection and green job creation.