Protect the Adirondacks is building a list of potential green infrastructure projects in communities around the Adirondack Park. Green infrastructure is the nexus between economic development and environmental protection
Green infrastructure is the interconnection between economic development and environmental protection. Across the Adirondack Park there is a great need to invest in green infrastructure projects to expand and upgrade sewage treatment plants and municipal water supplies, expand stormwater treatment and mitigation systems, fully build a Park-wide aquatic invasive species control system, enhance and expand parks, expand public tourism and public outdoor recreation facilities, among many other worthy projects.
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The Adirondack Park is poised to receive an unprecedented level of state funding for community and economic development. Proposals for the Governor’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative are due July 1, 2015. Seven regions are eligible to compete for one of three $500 million upstate revitalization funds, three of which include Adirondack towns (North Country, Mohawk Valley, and Capitol Regions). Protect the Adirondacks urges Adirondack Park leaders to seek support for projects that enhance environmental infrastructure and the responsible use of our greatest asset, the natural resources of the Adirondack Park.
“Green infrastructure projects are the nexus between economic development and environmental protection. Nothing shows better how economic development and environmental protection in the Adirondacks can go hand-in-hand than well planned green infrastructure projects. We’re working to catalogue the many different green infrastructure projects throughout Adirondack communities,” said Peter Bauer, executive director of Protect the Adirondacks.
To date, PROTECT has identified over 50 green infrastructure projects and the list keeps growing. See list of various municipal projects and Forest Preserve projects attached. Some leading projects include studies for pervious pavement on municipal roads in the Town of Queensbury for stormwater protection, the Cadyville Sewer District in the Town of Plattsburgh, community building and solar installation in the Town of Franklin, sewage treatment plant improvements in the Town of Willsboro, sewage system in Bloomingdale, biosolids management project in the Village of Saranac Lake, expansion of sewage treatments systems in Speculator, Inlet and Lake George, stream bank restoration in Willsboro, aquatic invasive species control system across the Adirondack Park, riverside trails along the Saranac River in the Town of Plattsburgh, upgrades to the Village of Northville sewage treatment plant, among many others.
“The Adirondack Park is poised to received an unprecedented amount of state assistance through Governor Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative. It’s vital to the future of this region that we dedicate a substantial portion of this funding to green infrastructure projects that help with community development as well as environmental protection,” said Peter Bauer.
Protect the Adirondacks has reached out to local officials around the Adirondacks, state agencies, and PROTECT’s membership to identify green infrastructure projects. PROTECT will continue to build this list in the weeks ahead and promote the need for investments in green infrastructure across the Adirondacks.