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Septic System Replacement Fund

Funding to counties to help homeowners replace cesspools and septic systems
Septic System Replacement Fund
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Overview

Homeowners: Reach out to your local program contact if you have questions about whether your property is eligible for grant funding. 

The Septic System Replacement Fund Program provides funding to counties to help homeowners replace cesspools and septic systems. Participating counties, as outlined below, provide grants to reimburse property owners for up to 50% of the costs (up to a maximum of $10,000) of their eligible septic system projects. 

The state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Health determined priority geographic areas in which property owners are eligible to participate based on the following factors:

  • Presence of a sole-source aquifer used for drinking water
  • Known water quality impairment linked to failing septic systems, and/or
  • The ability for septic system upgrades to mitigate water quality impairments.

DEC and DOH will re-evaluate priority waterbodies in future rounds of funding.

Eligibility

Participating counties are responsible for reviewing and evaluating the applications and determine financial assistance awards based on the program criteria. The following considerations are made: property’s location in relation to a waterbody, impacts to groundwater used as drinking water, and the condition of the property owner’s current septic system. After evaluating the applications and making the funding decisions, participating counties notify the property owners of their grant awards by sending them award letters.

Eligible Projects

  • 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.

Eligible Costs

  • Design and installation costs
  • Costs of the system
  • System components
  • Enhanced treatment technologies
  • Design costs (limited only to work needed to complete approved design)

Ineligible Costs

  • Routine maintenance such as pump out of a septic tank
  • Expenses that are not appropriately documented
  • Government permit fee
  • Interest and late fees
  • Fines and penalties
  • Sales tax payment
  • Non-essential site beautification or interior plumbing changes
  • Administrative work conducted by the engineer
  • Construction observation by the engineer if the engineer, or an entity owned, controlled by or employing the engineer, is also conducting the repair or replacement

Participating Counties

The following counties are participating in the Septic System Replacement Fund. Funding is only available for the counties and priority waterbodies as determined by DEC listed below.

Please reach out to your local program contact if you have questions about whether your property is eligible for grant funding.

Participating County Eligible Waterbodies Local Program Contact

Allegany

*Canacadea Creek, Upper, and minor tribs (0503-0005) Tyler J. Shaw
585-268-9254
[email protected]
Broome Park Creek and tribs (0601-0031)
*Whitney Point Lake/Reservoir (0602-0004)
*Fly Pond, Deer Lake, *Sky Lake (1404-0038)
Creig Hebdon
607-778-2863
[email protected]
Cayuga Owasco Lake (0706-0009)
Lake Como (0705-0029)
Cayuga Lake, Main Lake, Mid-South (0705-0050)
Cayuga Lake, Main Lake, Mid-North (0705-0025)
Cayuga Lake, Northern End (0705-0030)
Skaneateles Lake (0707-0004)
Eileen O'Connor
315-253-1244
[email protected]
Chautauqua *Findley Lake (0202-0004)
Chautauqua Lake, North (0202-0072)
William T. Boria, P.G.
P: 716.753.4772  F: 716.753.4344
[email protected]
Chenango *Chenango Lake (0601-0013)
*Guilford Lake (0601-0012)
Isaiah Sutton
P: 607-337-1673 F: 607-337-1720
[email protected]
Clinton *Upper Chateauguay Lake (0902-0034)
Isle LaMotte (1000-0001)
Ryan Davies
518-565-4870
[email protected]
Columbia  Robinson Pond (1308-0003)
Copake Lake (1310-0014)
Edward Coons
[email protected]
Cortland Skaneateles Lake (0707-0004) Michael J. Ryan
[email protected]
Delaware Susquehanna River, Main Stem (0601-0020) Nick Carbone
607-832-5434
[email protected]
Dutchess Hillside Lake (1304-0001)
Sylvan Lake (1304-0029)
Marie-Pierre Brule
845-486-3464
[email protected]
Essex Willsboro Bay (1001-0015)
Lake George (1006-0016)
Hannah Neilly
518-873-3686
[email protected]
Genesee Tonawanda Creek, Middle, Main Stem (0102-0002)
Bowen Brook and tribs (0102-0036)
Bigelow Creek and tribs (0402-0016)
Oatka Creek, Middle and minor tribs (0402-0031)    
Thomas Sacco
585-344-2580 Ext. 5496
[email protected]
Hamilton Lake Eaton (0903-0056) Erica Mahoney
[email protected]
Herkimer North Winfield Creek and Tribs (0601-0035) Jim Wallace
[email protected]
Jefferson Moon Lake (0905-0093)
Guffin Bay (0303-0025)
Saint Lawrence River, Main Stem (0901-0004)
*Red Lake (0906-0039)
*Indian River, Lower, and minor tribs (0906-0021)
*Indian River, Middle, and minor tribs (0906-0005)
*Indian River, Middle, and minor tribs (0906-0030)
*Indian River, Middle, and minor tribs (0906-0031)
*Indian River, Middle, and minor tribs (0906-0032)
Sara Freda
315-785-3144
[email protected]
Lewis Beaver River, Lower, and tribs (0801-0187) Casandra Buell
[email protected]
Livingston Conesus Lake (0402-0004) Mr. Mark Grove
585-243-7280
[email protected]
Monroe Irondequoit Bay (0302-0001)
Mill Creek and tribs (0302-0025)
Shipbuilders Creek and tribs (0302-0026)
Minor Tribs to Irondequoit Bay (0302-0038)
Hundred Acre Pond (0302-0034)
Gerry Rightmyer
585-753-5471
[email protected]
Nassau County Wide Brian Schneider
516-571-6725
[email protected]
Onondaga Skaneateles Lake (0707-0004)
Seneca River, Lower, Main Stem (0701-0008)
Jeffrey Till
315-435-6623 Ext. 4503
[email protected]
Ontario Honeoye Lake (0402-0032)
*Canadice Lake (0402-0002)
*Canandaigua Lake (0704-0001)
*Hemlock Lake (0402-0011) 
*Seneca Lake, Main Lake, North (0705-0026)
*Seneca Lake, Main Lake, Middle (0705-0021)
Megan Webster
585-396-1450
[email protected]
Oswego *Lake Ontario Shoreline, Eastern (0303-0030)
*Lake Ontario Shoreline, Eastern (0303-0031)
*Lake Ontario Shoreline, Eastern (0303-0017)
*Lake Ontario Shoreline, Oswego (0302-0040)
*Lake Ontario Shoreline, Central (0302-0041)
Donna Scanlon
315-349-8292
[email protected]
Otsego Goodyear Lake (0601-0015)
Susquehanna River, Main Stem (0601-0020)
Tammy Harris
607-547-4228
[email protected]
Putnam Oscawana Lake (1301-0035)
East Branch Croton, Middle, and tribs (1302-0055)
Palmer Lake (1302-0103)
Joseph Paravati
845-808-1390 Ext. 43157
[email protected]
Rensselaer Nassau Lake (1310-0001) Richard Elder
[email protected]
Saint Lawrence Saint Lawrence River, Main Stem (0901-0004)
Raquette River, Lower, and minor tribs (0903-0059)
Little River and tribs (0905-0090)
Jason Pfotenhauer
315-379-2292
[email protected]
Saratoga Dwaas Kill and tribs (1101-0007) Dustin Lewis
518-885-6900
[email protected]
Schoharie Summit Lake (1202-0014) Shane Nickle
518-295-8770
[email protected].us
Schuyler Waneta Lake (0502-0002)
Lamoka Lake and Mill Pond (0502-0001)
Darrel Sturges
607-535-6868
[email protected]
Seneca Cayuga Lake, Main Lake, Mid-North (0705-0025)
Cayuga Lake, Northern End (0705-0030)
Cayuga Lake, Main Lake, Mid-South (0705-0050)
Tom Scoles
315-539-1947
[email protected]
Steuben Smith Pond (0502-0012)
*Almond Lake (0503-0003)
Waneta Lake (0502-0002)
*Lamoka Lake and Mill Pond (0502-0001)
*Keuka Lake (0705-0003)
Matthew Sousa
607-664-2268
[email protected]
Suffolk County Wide Joan Crawford
631-852-5811
[email protected]
Tompkins Cayuga Lake, Southern End (0705-0040)
Cayuga Lake, Main Lake, Mid-South (0705-0050)
Liz Cameron
607-274-6688
[email protected]
Warren Lake George (1006-0016) Claudia Braymer
[email protected]
Washington Cossayuna Lake (1103-0002)
Lake George (1006-0016)
Corrina Aldrich
[email protected]
Wayne Blind Sodus Bay (0302-0021)
Lake Ontario Shoreline, Central (0302-0044)
Lindsey Gusterslagn
315-946-7200
[email protected]
Westchester Lake Meahagh (1301-0053)
Truesdale Lake (1302-0054)
Heather McVeigh
[email protected]
Wyoming Java Lake (0104-0004)
Silver Lake (0403-0002)
Oatka Creek, Middle, and minor tribs (0402-0031)
Stephen Perkins
585-786-8857 ext. 5163
[email protected]

 

* Only Eligible for Round 1 Funding

Program Summary & Outline

Updated Oct. 19, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to apply for the program.

The program is administered by participating counties and each county has a Local Program Contact who can help determine eligibility and next steps for the program. Please refer to the Participating Counties section and find your county’s Local Program Contact and reach out to them.


My county is not listed on the eligible county list, am I eligible?

If your county is not listed in the Participating Counties section then your county is not eligible for the program. However, you may want to reach out to your local County Health or Planning Department to see what other programs the county may have to assist you.


I do not see my waterbody listed as one of the Eligible Waterbodies, can it be added to the program?

The list of eligible waterbodies for Round 2 is final. The legislation creating the program focused on improving water quality in those waterbodies that have documented impairments from septic system pollution. To meet the legislative intent of the program, for Round 2 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation developed screening criteria that focused on documented water quality impairments and potential for septic replacement to improve water quality.


How do I provide NYSDEC water quality data that my local group collects?

All data should be submitted to the NYSDEC during the data solicitation period. The data solicitation period is currently underway for the 2020/2022 Integrated Report/(303(d) List). The announcement was made in the May 19th issue of the Environmental Notice Bulletin and the May 21st issue of DEC Division of Waters e-newsletter Making Waves. The data solicitation period will close on September 27, 2021.  Sign up here to receive future editions of Making Waves.


I live in one of the five NYC Boroughs, is my property eligible for the program?

New York City is continuing to build out the sewer systems in their jurisdiction, therefore none of the five Boroughs (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, or Staten Island) are eligible for the State Septic Replacement Program. Sewering is the best solution to improve water quality. People with properties on septic systems or are considering installation of septic systems are encouraged to reach out to New York City Department Environmental Protection to see what options are available. Below is the NYCDEP link for more information.

NYCDEP SEWER CERTIFICATION AND CONNECTION PERMITS

Forms for County Use

Counties which have identified priority areas will have received the following forms or letters for their use. However, they are also available here for their convenience.

Contact DEC Division of Water

Please refer to the State Septic System Replacement Fund Program Frequently Asked Questions on this page before reaching out to the listed contacts below.

For questions regarding eligibility and technical Issues, please contact:

Chief, Watershed Implementation Section
Division of Water
Department of Environmental Conservation

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