Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Bond Act

The 2022 Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Bond Act

The 2022 Clean Water, Clean Air, Green Jobs Bond Act is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the state to invest in Adirondack water, wildlife and wildlands and create quality jobs that will support local communities and protect public health. This Bond Act is a way to help pay for many environmental programs that will benefit both our natural and human communities in the Adirondack Park and around the state. The Bond Act will be on the statewide ballot on November 8, 2022.

What is a Bond Act? 

A bond act is a mechanism by which the state can borrow money to immediately fund projects. Once a bond act is approved by the voters, the state issues bonds which are purchased by investors. These bonds are essentially loans that the state will repay to the bondholders over a period of time. The bonds will be repaid within at least 30 years, and bond act money may only be used for capital projects. Furthermore, only projects that fall under the descriptions outlined in the bond act legislation can be paid for with those funds.

Why a Bond Act Now? 

It has been over 20 years since the last environmental bond act was implemented in New York State. The Adirondack Park faces pressing challenges from climate change to overuse of popular wilderness trails. Aging clean water infrastructure, increasingly severe and frequent storm events and insufficient recreational infrastructure to protect Adirondack Wilderness Areas are all important issues that the Bond Act will help address. Investment in this bond act will help spur our economy and put people to work in the Adirondacks, when our economy is struggling post-pandemic.

What programs or projects will be funded by the Bond Act?

Visit the Clean Water and Jobs EnviroFund Fact Sheet for more information.

How many Jobs will be created by the Bond Act?

If enacted, the Bond Act would be the largest measure in New York history and would support more than 84,000 jobs and at least $8.7 billion in project spending. At least 35% of the Bond Act funding will go towards projects that benefit disadvantaged communities.

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