The recently passed state budget includes $2.5 billion to fund water projects. On Thursday, in her first press conference since taking office in January, state Sen. Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua, touted the benefits of these dollars to the Finger Lakes.
“I realized early on during the budget process that we need to include funding to protect drinking water at its source,” Helming said before state and local officials and others concerned with watershed protection in the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Seneca Room on Main Street in Geneva. Behind Helming and other speakers, a panoramic view of Seneca Lake through a glass wall presented a reminder of what the region offers.
The Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 will provide funds for clean water projects that include repair and replacement of intermunicipal water infrastructure and a septic system rebate program.