Grants to advance the Centereach-Selden, Coram, and Farmingville projects.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and County Legislator Nick Caracappa announced a historic $20 million award from the County’s Water Infrastructure Fund to advance three separate sewer projects in the heart of Brookhaven.

These projects will stimulate economic development and water quality conservation, advancing recommendations in the following locally adopted, community-based land use plans: Middle Country Sustainable Community Plan (2008), Farmingville Plan (2010), and Coram Land Use Plan (2006).

“Investing in planning and design to get sewer projects ready makes it more likely that the County will be successful with the federal and state funding we need to build these important projects, and now, it’s better not to be premature,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellon said. “With significant funding from the federal bipartisan infrastructure law and the New York State Environmental and Green Jobs Bond law, now is the time to do the work we need to secure these major sources of funding.”

legislators Nick Caracappa says: “Today, we are making a $20 million water quality pledge to the residents of Suffolk County, but more specifically, we are making a commitment to the residents of the communities of Selden, Centereach, Farmingville and Coram. This $20 million pledge Investing in water quality protection not only protects our only source of drinking water, the Lloyd’s Aquifer that lies beneath our feet, it also brings important improvements, beautification and job creation to these communities through economic development, business opportunities and more .”

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer explain: “I am proud to have provided our county with hundreds of millions of dollars in covid relief that is now being used to build and upgrade Suffolk County’s wastewater infrastructure system. I applaud County Executive Steve Bellone Pledging $20 million in aid to America’s Rescue Program – the money I fought so hard to get to Long Island – to advance the Centereach, Selden, Coram, and Farmingville retrofit sewer projects that will help revitalize Brooksea A commercial corridor in the heart of Wentown, providing more economic development opportunities, and protecting public health and the environment by stopping the flow of toxic nitrogen into our groundwater and waterways. These investments will help Suffolk County rebuild stronger after the pandemic, I will continue to work every day to bring federal money back to Long Island.”

MP Ed Flood says: “I am extremely grateful and pleased to see County Executive Steve Veron’s well-deserved commitment to local infrastructure. Sewer connectivity projects in surrounding towns will restore them to a much improved state to help ensure a better community Long-Life Wastewater Infrastructure. On behalf of local residents, thanks to Suffolk County Legislators Nick Caracappa (C-Selden) and Leslie Kennedy (R-Hauppauge) for all of their involvement with the County Executive Office, Legislature, Economic staff to help secure funding for development and planning and the deputy county executive to recognize our community’s priorities.”

Award of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding will complete the engineering design to make the sewer project “ready” along the commercial corridors of Centereach-Selden, Coram and Farmingville as part of a strategy to secure additional federal and state funding to complete the project .

The County’s Wastewater Infrastructure Fund was created as part of the 2022 operating budget. The Wastewater Infrastructure Fund includes $125 million in new funding to significantly advance the county’s historic Reclaim Our Water Initiative, advance the county’s response to environmental hazards, and invest in projects that increase our coastal resiliency.

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