FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2022
City of Kingston Water Department Awarded
$3M for Cooper Lake Project
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the Board of Water Commissioners are pleased to announce that the Water Department’s Cooper Lake Dam Project is the recipient of a $3 million Water Infrastructure and Improvement Act (WIIA) Grant.
The Cooper Lake project is a $20 million project that is currently under construction to bring the dam at the reservoir into compliance with updated DEC regulations. A new intake tower and piping is being installed. Construction began in July 2021 and is expected to be complete in June 2023.
“The Cooper Lake Dam project is the costliest capital project that the Kingston Water Department has ever undertaken,” said Mayor Noble. “The project was mandated by changes in New York State DEC regulations, and, without grants like these from the State, the project could cause our water rates to increase by 20% over the next few years. We thank the Governor for her support and we will continue to seek additional funding resources.”
“This grant, the maximum amount that can be awarded under the WIIA program, will help minimize the impact of this project on our rate payers and was welcome news,” said Water Board President Dennis Croswell.
“We applied for this grant in October 2021 and are grateful to our partners at Schnabel Engineering and CDM Smith, as well as City Comptroller John Tuey and the staff at the Water Department for their assistance in submitting this application,” said Water Department Superintendent Matt Dysard.
Governor Kathy Hochul announced $638 million in grants to 199 public water and wastewater utilities across New York State, the most ever awarded in the history of the WIAA program. She said, “Modernizing our state’s infrastructure is critical to ensuring every New Yorker has access to clean drinking water.”
The Governor’s announcement can be found here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul-announces-638-million-grants-water-infrastructure-improvements-across-new-york