Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Town of Wolcott, in Wayne County, has received a Water and Waste Disposal Grant totaling $1,100,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development. The funding will be used to create a new sewer district in the Blind Sodus Bay area, which will be a benefit to local residents and help guard against contamination getting into Blind Sodus Bay.
“Efficiently supporting our rural communities with funding for clean water and sanitary sewers is pivotal for our community and our economy,” said Schumer. “Funding sewer renewal projects in the Town of Wolcott will boost public health, help protect the water quality of Blind Sodus Bay, and bring infrastructure jobs to the region, which will spur local economic development.”
“This is an important investment for Wolcott,” Senator Gillibrand said. “These federal resources to upgrade Wolcott’s sewer system will help improve water services for families and businesses. Investing in this kind of key infrastructure can help attract new businesses and support new jobs to help strengthen our local economy. And when these investments are made at the federal level, that helps reduce the burden on local taxpayers.”
The funding is part of the USDA Rural Development annual budget. USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of necessary community and technology infrastructure.