News Release
Release No.STELPRD4017844
ContactCandice Celestin(315) 399-8393
Syracuse, NY, Jul 10, 2012 --

@@On July 10th, USDA Rural Development formally announced two USDA Emergency Community Water Assistance (ECWA) Grants to the Town of Jay and the Town of Black Brook. Both towns are receiving $150,000. The funds will be used for repairs to their water systems, which incurred damage due to flooding from Hurricane Irene in August 2011.

“When Tropical Storm lee and Hurricane Irene hit New York State, FEMA requested assistance from Rural Development because of our unique ties and knowledge of the local communities. Repairing the damage to the water systems in these towns has been an ongoing effort between State and Federal partners. It gives us great pleasure to see the culmination of our collaborations with FEMA; providing needed dollars to support their recovery,” Said Bryan Clerkin, USDA RD NY Acting State Director.

The ECWA Grant assists rural communities that have experienced a significant decline in quantity or quality of potable drinking water due to an emergency, or when such a decline is considered imminent, to obtain or maintain adequate quantities of water that meets the standards set by the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Grants may be made to public bodies, non-profit corporations and Indian tribes serving rural areas. The areas to be served may not be located in cities or towns with a population in excess of 10,000 nor may they have a median household income of more than 100 percent of a State's non-metropolitan median household income. Applicants are expected to borrow as much as they can afford to repay; however, grants may be made for 100 percent of project costs.

USDA Rural Development's mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As a venture capital entity, Rural Development provides equity and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available by visiting Rural Development’s web site at