Municipal Infrastructure &
Environmental Remediation Funding Services:
TGW Consulting Group successfully serves municipal clients by developing applications for infrastructure funding that translate technical details into a compelling story and relate a grant request for a specific project to a broader community context. In most instances, TGW works with a technical collaborator -- usually an engineering firm -- and bridges the considerable between engineering/architectural design and formulation of a successful grant application by assuring that the proposed project squarely meets funding parameters and that the accompanying grant narrative and project details are organized and presented in a manner that achieves maximal scoring by reviewers. The funding programs that TGW Consulting Group successfully accesses includes, but is certainly not limited to:
Green Infrastructure Grant Program (GIGP) -- NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation
Brownfields Opportunity Area (BOA) -- NYS Department of State
Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) -- NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
CDBG Infrastructure Grants -- NYS Office of Community Renewal
Brownfields Assessment & Cleanup -- US EPA
Water Quality Improvement Program (WQIP) -- NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) -- NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) -- FEMA & NYS DHSES
Transportation Enhancement (Alternatives) Program, Safe Routes to School & Pedestrian Safety Funding -- NYS Department of Transportation
Brownfields Redevelopment, Site Infrastructure Development, Urban Center Revitalization Programs -- National Grid
Some Illustrative Successes...
The following project examples not only describe some notable successes, the descriptions of these engagements also illuminate the means by which TGW Consulting Group succeeds. The fact is that TGW is often involved in the entirety of the process, prudently guiding the development of projects so that requests for infrastructure funding are inherently competitive, resourcefully positioning projects for non-traditional funding streams, then carefully and forcefully crafting arguments for favorable funding decisions.
Town of Greenport, New York -- Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Town of Greenport, in Columbia County, New York, faced an Order on Consent mandating costly improvements to its Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in order to comply with its SPDES permit. With necessary improvements requiring an $8.6 million investment in the WWTP, this community of less than 4,000 people, with just over 2,000 in its sewer districts, faced very steep bond amortization costs. TGW Consulting Group assertively undertook a number of actions to mitigate the financial impact to Greenport. First, TGW conducted a rigorous review of the documentation submitted on behalf of the Town to establish a ranking under the CWSRF Intended Use Plan (IUP). TGW’s review found and remedied simple omissions, thereby advancing the project to within the fundable threshold. The project’s eligibility for EFC “hardship” funding and CDBG funds had been compromised by the fact that socio-economic data for the whole of the town was being used, whereas the sewer district included a far more economically disadvantaged subset of that population. Because the boundaries of the sewer districts were not coterminous with the borders of census tracts and census block groups, socio-economic data strictly applicable to residents served by the sewer districts were unavailable. Consequently, TGW Consulting Group conducted a comprehensive and meticulous door-to-door survey of all residences within the sewer district, yielding a statistically valid household income figure that firmly established eligibility for enhanced financing/grants. Propitiously, the project’s timing coincided with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the sewer districts’ level of economic distress, as demonstrated through income survey data, made the WWTP upgrades eligible for $5,275,087 in principal forgiveness and reduced local cost by over 60%.
City of Troy, New York -- Major Seawall Repairs
Recognizing the fact that the seawall (bulkhead) along the Hudson River in downtown Troy was not only in an advanced state of deterioration, but also that failure of that seawall would lead to a catastrophic breach of a sanitary sewer interceptor line - carrying approximately 12 MGD and running proximate and parallel to that seawall, Russ Reeves, CEng. and William Roehr (members of the TGW team, but working as senior staff for the City of Troy) undertook the development of design alternatives and sophisticated benefit-cost analysis to successfully demonstrate that FEMA and NYS DHSES needed to invest in this project. This initiative resulted in a two-phase FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant (Section 404) of over $12
million. The project underscored both technical aptitude and resourcefulness in adroitly positioning projects for specific funding streams.
Hudson, New York -- Foster’s Refrigeration Site Environmental Remediation
In 2015, TGW Consulting Group secured NYS Environmental Restoration Program funding in the amount of $427,000 to remediate the Foster’s Refrigeration brownfield, a three-acre parcel located at the intersection of Dock, Mill and North 2nd Streets in the City of Hudson. The Foster’s property was used for refrigerator manufacturing between 1946 and 1994. Further, the Record of Decision also indicated that substantial site contamination, including semi-volatile compounds, PCBs and ash materials in the soil, as well as asbestos in the building, likely resulted from previous, undocumented occupants. The City had been attempting to resolve this serious environmental issue since the late 1990’s. Because the projected costs of the previously proposed remedial alternative -- excavation and removal of contaminants -- approached $1 million (a figure that rendered the project economically unviable given limited grant funds), TGW worked with a local engineering firm to adjust the strategy and make the proposal cost competitive by capping, but not excavating the contaminated soils and modifying future site use from commercial purposes to a gateway/parking area for the North Bay Recreation and Natural Area. In terms of grant allocation: $180,000 was directed to demolition of the existing structure, cleanup and disposal of all non-steel debris as asbestos-containing ; $160,000 was used for geotextile and gravel capping; $27,000 was budgeted for air monitoring and $60,000 used for engineering fees.
Fort Plain, New York -- Otsquago Creek Stabilization
TGW Consulting Group worked with the Village of Fort Plain to secure the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding necessary to undertake hazard mitigation activities along the Otsquago Creek in the Village. The Otsquago Creek, due to multiple locational and geophysical factors, experiences severely enhanced flows that substantially erode its banks and created the conditions for catastrophic consequences in the Reid Street (NYS Route 80) /Abbott Street) area of the Village of Fort Plain. The mitigation involved both creek bank stabilization and in-stream measures.
Hudson, New York -- Sewer Separation
TGW Consulting Group secured $600,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) infrastructure grant funds to underwrite an urgently needed sewer separation project in the City of Hudson. In order to protect public health and safety and meet environmental regulatory standards, the 2014 Stormwater Separation Project replaced aging stone combined sewer pipelines on Front Street with two new separate sanitary and stormwater sewer lines constructed of modern PVC materials. In addition, installation of dedicated stormwater piping on State Street and Columbia Street provided separation of the existing stormwater piping from sanitary sewers in these areas. These lines establish connection points for future stormwater lines extending eastwards and will become the backbone of the City’s future stormwater separation projects.
Troy, New York -- Monument Square Combined Sewer Overflow Mitigation
William Roehr, Founder of TGW Consulting Group, secured $904,400 under the NYS DEC Water Quality Improvement Program (WQIP) to provide the Monument Square area with permeable pavement and install a subsurface storm line for future stormwater roof drain separation. This measure eased the stormwater burden on the City’s combined sewer system by capturing approximately 760,000 gallons of stormwater annually. By reducing the amount of stormwater in the City’s combined sewer system, the project also significantly minimizes the chances of untreated discharges from the combined sewer overflow system spilling into the Hudson River.