(WBNG Binghamton) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced that work is underway on a NY Works project to create a new wastewater disposal system in the Village of Delhi.
According to a news release:
The project, once completed, will enable two local businesses to create more than 80 jobs and generate tens of millions of dollars in economic activity.
The $2.2 million project will also create a state –of-the-art irrigation system for the championship golf course at SUNY's College of Technology at Delhi and reduce water pollution entering the New York City drinking water system.
"Across New York State, the NY Works program is allowing critical projects to start now, creating jobs and restoring our state's infrastructure," Governor Cuomo said. "This project will allow businesses in Delaware County to expand their operations and hire more than eighty New Yorkers."
Developed by the Center of Excellence in Watershed Applications of Technology for Economic Revitalization (COE in WATER) at SUNY Delhi, the project diverts 200,000 gallons of treated wastewater per day into a new subsurface storage and irrigation system. By expanding the water-treatment capacity of the Delhi plant, two industries will be able to significantly expand their business operations in Delhi -- Friesland Campina, a biotechnology firm, and MorningStar/Ultra Dairy, a dairy and food processor.
Along with this increased economic activity, SUNY Delhi will be able to expand its academic curriculum by creating a science-based, national teaching model for energy-efficient water use, irrigation applications and management practices in urban/suburban watersheds and water-restricted areas.
The NY Works program leveraged $700,000, including $450,000 from New York State Homes & Community Renewal and $250,000 from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. The project was identified by the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council. Another $1.5 million has been budgeted for project, including $1 million from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP).
Friesland Campina is planning a two-phase, $40,000,000 expansion project, which would double its existing plant production and add 50 employees. The new wastewater improvements will also allow MorningStar/Ultra Diary to add an estimated 30 new jobs to its current payroll of 130 employees.
Matthew Driscoll, President and CEO of the Environmental Facilities Corp, said, "The Environmental Facilities Corp. is pleased to have worked with other state agencies to retain important businesses and create new jobs with the help of an innovative wastewater treatment system for the Delhi area. This collaboration exemplifies the can-do attitude of Governor Cuomo’s administration and his desire to have government work swiftly toward solutions in cooperation with businesses and local governments."
Darryl C. Towns, Commissioner/CEO of New York State Homes and Community Renewal said, "The Village of Delhi and the entire community will benefit tremendously from the new wastewater disposal system. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, innovative projects that improve aging infrastructure are being identified and implemented across the state because they bring business to New York, create jobs, and make New York a healthier, better place to live."
Senator John Bonacic said, "This state of the art Wastewater System translates to jobs and the potential for substantial economic growth in Delaware County. Additionally, the presence of this project will allow SUNY Delhi the ability to expand their science curriculum, as well as provide a renewable irrigation resource for the College Golf Course at Delhi, benefitting the Professional Golf Management program. I applaud Governor Cuomo for creating jobs and recognizing the positive impact this funding will have on Delaware County."
Assembly Member Clifford Crouch said, "This is a great opportunity for our community. Increasing the capacity of Delhi's sewage treatment system, will allow two local businesses to create good jobs for our residents."
SUNY Delhi President Candace S. Vancko said, "Governor Cuomo’s announcement is tremendous news for our region. SUNY Delhi and the COE in WATER are proud partners in creating a solution that will allow the Village of Delhi to meet the expansion needs of Ultra Dairy and Friesland Campina Domo and bring new jobs to the area. We believe this is a project that will serve as a national model for how economic growth can take place in water restricted regions."
The championship-level course managed by the College Foundation at Delhi is currently watered from the Little Delaware River. By using the new disposal and irrigation system, The College Golf Course at Delhi would have a renewable irrigation resource that would be an energy- and water-efficiency model for golf courses around the nation.
SUNY Delhi currently offers a major in golf course management and professional golf management, but its ability to irrigate is limited under the terms of a withdrawal permit from the Little Delaware River.
COE in WATER is a partnership between SUNY Delhi, the Delaware County Industrial Development Agency, SUNY Environmental College of Science and Forestry in Syracuse.