New York has experimented with responses to the daunting challenge of getting brownfields cleaned up and redeveloped in low-income communities. These communities are often dually burdened by multiple brownfields and economic disinvestment. New York's Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) program, established in 2003, provides funding for community-based, area-wide planning, designed to boost eligibility for government resources and private investment. The program works to attract and leverage funding for revitalization in some of the State's most blighted neighborhoods.
For the second year in a row, the New York State budget passed with a $2 million appropriation for ongoing Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) projects. The funding was included in the state's $300 million Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), where it will be administered by the Department of State (DOS). Projects will be able to apply for funding to help achieve Designated BOA status.
Here are items in this historic FY 2018 budget that address environmental issues:
- Clean Water Infrastructure Act: To ensure that current and future New Yorkers have access to clean water, the Budget initiates the $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act. These funds will help local governments address water emergencies, pay for local infrastructure construction projects, underwrite land acquisition for source water protection, and investigate and mitigate emerging contaminants in drinking water.
- Environmental Protection Fund: The Budget continues EPF funding at $300 million, the highest level in the history of the state. Appropriations include $41 million for solid waste programs, $86 million for parks and recreation, $154 million for open space programs, and $19 million for the climate change mitigation and adaptation programs.
- NY Parks 2020 Initiative: Advancing the NY Parks 2020 initiative, which is investing $900 million to upgrade and repair our State Parks, the Budget allocates $120 million in New York Works capital funding – an increase of $30 million from FY 2017. This funding will aid the ongoing transformation of the state’s flagship parks and support critical infrastructure projects.
- Adventure NY Program: DEC will launch the Adventure NY program, which will improve access to State lands, rehabilitate campgrounds, and upgrade DEC recreational facilities. This funding will also enable DEC to continue to address critical infrastructure needs, including dam safety and flood control projects.
- Local Waterfront Revitalization Program: On our waterfronts, the DOS Local Waterfront Revitalization Program helps communities re-imagine and revitalize their hidden assets to attract new development opportunities and invigorate new economic growth engines like tourism.
Click here for general information about New York State’s FY 2018 budget.
Photo slighly altered, courtesy of Saybrook Township - New York Central Railroad Company via Flickr.