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Camillus approved for $421K grant for green initiatives in Shove Park

— The town of Camillus and Geddes have been selected to receive grants to promote green infrastructure in their towns.

The county's Save the Rain program will be extended to 12 suburban communities with 14 projects, resulting in $3 million in updates. The projects will now go before the county legislature to be approved in May and June.

The suburban projects are an extension of more than 50 projects within the city in the last year. The suburban green infrastructure projects were solicited by the county Department of Water Environment Protection, which has been tasked with capturing 250 million gallons of storm water per year through green projects. That was mandated by a federal court order.

“The expansion of the Save the Rain program into suburban towns and villages is great news for our

community,” said County Executive Joanie Mahoney.

The town of Camillus is expected to receive $421,000 to create porous pavement, rain gardens, rain barrels and plant trees. All work is expected in Shove Park in order to reduce stormwater runoff on impervious surfaces. The work will also help reduce stormwater inflow and infiltration to the sewer system. It's expected to reduce runoff by 4.5 million gallons annually.

The town of Geddes will also receive a total of $467,500 for projects on Grove Road and at Town Hall.

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