Good news for St. Lawrence shoreline property owners: the Septic System Replacement Fund now covers the main stem of the St. Lawrence River in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.
The State Septic System Replacement Fund Program provides funding to replace cesspools and septic systems in New York State. This grant program’s goal is to reduce the environmental and public-health impacts associated with the discharge from cesspools and septic systems. The program targets cesspools and septic systems in close proximity to priority waterbodies. Thirty counties are participating in the Septic System Replacement Fund. Potential applicants should reach out to the local program contact to determine application process and eligible projects for that county.
The state provides participating counties with funds to work with local property owners. Participating counties provide grants to reimburse the property owner for up to 50% of the costs (up to a maximum of $10,000) of their eligible septic system project, include:
- replacement of a cesspool with a septic system; or
- installation, replacement or upgrade of a septic system or septic system components;
- installation of enhanced treatment technologies, including an advanced nitrogen removal system.
Learn more about this program from NYS at https://www.efc.ny.gov/SepticReplacement