The New York
State Environmental Facilities Corporation awarded a $1 million grant for the
West Nyack Wetlands Restoration project. The grant awarded through the
Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) will be used for the West Nyack
Revitalization Project. The Town of Clarkstown began planning the revitalization
project last year.
“The residents of West Nyack have been plagued with major flooding issues for years,” said Supervisor Alex Gromack. “This grant will assist us in helping to remediate some of that flooding for our residents and businesses in West Nyack.”
The funds will enables Clarkstown to undertake environmental restoration and flood prevention measures near the West Nyack Hamlet Green Pocket Park that include construction of a settling basin on vacant land south of the Hamlet Green. Several infrastructure improvements will be involved such as wetland restoration, stream buffering, permeable parking and rain gardens.
The flood mitigation work is expected to slow down the flow of storm water and allow more water to infiltrate into the ground and reduce flooding near the West Nyack Post Office and adjacent surrounding businesses in the West Nyack Hamlet Center on West Nyack Road off Route 59.
There will also be educational kiosks and a small educational trail to promote understanding of the importance of wetlands in mitigating flooding and improving water quality.
The grant will only cover a portion of the potential $15 million price tag for the West Nyack Revitalization. The plan presented in October 2012 had a $15 million cost predicted for drainage and streetscape improvements and changes to the park area. The drainage improvements alone were estimated at $2.2 million. Finalization of the revitalization design plans is expected in 2014.
Clarkstown will continue to pursue other grant opportunities for the projects planned for the West Nyack area.
“Funding through federal and state grants help offset the cost of these projects to our taxpayers and we are grateful to Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils for recognizing the importance of this project in West Nyack,” said Gromack.
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