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More than 175 New York Organizations Launch New Coalition to Protect Funding for Critical Environmental Programs that Support Jobs and Clean Water

December 10, 2020  

The Effort Will Include Robust Advocacy Aimed at New York’s Congressional Delegation and State Leaders to Continue Funding Environmental Priorities 

The Newly Formed Coalition Calls for the Reinstallation of the $3 Billion Environmental Bond Act on a Future Ballot 

NEW YORK – More than 175 groups today launched a new coalition to protect funding for critical environmental programs that support hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs, fortify local New York economies, protect clean drinking water, create new parks, advance environmental justice, and mitigate the intensifying climate crisis.  These state programs include: 

  • Environmental Protection Fund (EPF): The EPF supports 350,000 jobs across the state and approximately $40 billion in economic activity each year. The program has a strong track record in preventing pollution, improving water quality, protecting family farms, and expanding parks, trails, gardens, and zoos across the state. 
  • Clean Water Infrastructure Act: New York’s drinking water and wastewater systems need tens of billions of dollars in upgrades to ensure our communities have safe drinking water. To date, the State has provided $3.9 billion for water infrastructure programs, including the Clean Water Infrastructure Act, and Governor Cuomo committed an additional $1.5 billion over the next three years as part of the FY19 budget for a total commitment of $5.4 billion. This program is a job generator, with every $1 million in state investment resulting in 17 local jobs. 
  • NY Parks 2020 and DEC Capital Funding: Over the last 10 years, Parks 2020 has funded $1 billion in upgrades to NY’s world-class state parks system. Every dollar invested in state parks generates $5 of economic activity. Likewise, the DEC NY Works Program has improved public recreation opportunities throughout the state and ensured the agency can address pollution that threatens both public health and natural resources.  
  • Over the course of the program, $228 million of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative funds (17% of total funding) have been transferred by NYSERDA to the state General Fund, depriving New Yorkers of funding that could have lowered energy bills and created good jobs. RGGI funds need to be fully dedicated to New York’s climate change initiatives, including meeting the state’s ambitious climate goals. 

The coalition, New Yorkers for Clean Water & Jobs, is also calling for the reinstallation of the Environmental Bond Act on the ballot. If put back on the ballot and passed by voters, the Environmental Bond Act would dedicate $3 billion to create jobs, protect clean water, modernize outdated water infrastructure, and address climate change.  

The coalition is also advocating for federal aid for New York as the state grapples with a massive budget deficit bought on by the pandemic.  

Environmental programs have historically driven state economic recovery, serving as a proven investment that makes New York communities stronger and healthier. The ongoing pandemic and the escalating climate crisis put further urgency on protecting environmental programs that improve public health, safeguard clean water, strengthen the economy, allow New Yorkers to spend time in nature, and enable communities to reduce local climate risks. 

Coalition members include: 

Adirondack Council 
Adirondack Land Trust
Adirondack Mountain Club
Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve
Agricultural Stewardship Association 
Alley Pond Environmental Center, Inc 
Alliance for a Green Economy 
Alliance for the Great Lakes  
American Farmland Trust 
Appalachian Mountain Club 
Association for a Better New York 
Atlantic States Legal Foundation 
Audubon New York 
Audubon Society of the Capital Region 
Bedford Audubon 
Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper 
Capital Roots 
Catskill Center 
Catskill Mountainkeeper 
Central Westchester Audubon Society 
Champlain Area Trails 
Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy 
Chemung Valley Audubon Society 
Citizens Campaign for the Environment 
City Parks Foundation  
Clean and Healthy New York 
Climate XChange 
Coalition of Living Museums 
Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor 
Columbia Land Conservancy 
Concerned Citizens of Montauk 
Construction Industry Council of Westchester and Hudson Valley 
Defend H2O 
Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society 
Ducks Unlimited 
Eastern Long Island Audubon Society  
Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve, Inc. 
Empire State Forest Products Association 
Environmental Advocates NY 
Environmental Defense Fund 
Finger Lakes - Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance 
Finger Lakes Land Trust 
Food & Water Action 
Four Harbors Audubon Society 
Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation 
Friends of the Bay 
Friends of the Upper Delaware River 
Friends of Tillson Lake, Inc. 
Friends of Times Beach Nature Preserve 
Genesee Land Trust 
Genesee Valley Audubon Society 
Genesee Valley Conservancy, Inc. 
Grassroots Gardens WNY 
Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition 
Great South Bay Audubon Society Green Ossining 
Greene Land Trust 
Groundwork Hudson Valley
Group for the East End 
Hampton Bays Civic Association 
Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association
Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee 
Hudson Highlands Land Trust 
Hudson River Audubon Society of Westchester 
Hudson Valley Fishermen’s Association 
Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition, Inc. 
Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society 
Indian River Lakes Conservancy 
Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University  
Keuka Outlet Trail 
Kingston Land Trust 
Lake Agawam Conservancy 
Lake George Land Conservancy 
Lake Placid Land Conservancy 
Land Trust Alliance
Lewisboro Land Trust 
Long Island Contractors' Association, Inc. 
Long Island Pine Barrens Society 
Manhasset Bay Protection Committee 
Mianus River Gorge 
Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy 
Mohonk Preserve 
Moms for a Non Toxic New York 
Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District 
Nassau Hiking & Outdoor Club 
Natural Areas Conservancy Natural Resources Defense Council 
New York Botanical Garden 
New York Building Congress 
New York City Audubon 
New York League of Conservation Voters 
New York Restoration Project 
New York State Assc. of Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3) 
New York State Laborers’ Union 
New York State Pollution Prevention Institute 
New York State Urban Forestry Council 
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference 
New Yorkers for Parks 
Newtown Creek Alliance 
Northeast Organic Farming Association – New York (NOFA-NY) 
North Fork Audubon Society 
North Fork Environmental Council 
North Salem Open Land Foundation 
North Shore Audubon Society 
Northern Catskills Audubon Society, Inc.  
Northern New York Audubon 
NY Climate Reality Chapters Coalition 
NY Product Stewardship Council 
NYC Audubon 
Onondaga Audubon 
Ontario Bays Initiative, Inc (OBI Land Trust) 
Open Space Institute 
Orange County Audubon Society
Orange County Land Trust 
Otsego Land Trust 
Our Outer Harbor Coalition, Buffalo  
Palisades Parks Conservancy 
Parks & Trails New York 
Peconic Baykeeper 
Peconic Estuary Protection Committee 
Peconic Land Trust 
Pollinator Conservation Association, Inc 
Preservation League of New York State 
Protect the Adirondacks! 
Putnam County Land Trust 
Rebuild by Design 
Renewable Energy Long Island (reLI) 
Rensselaeer Plateau Alliance 
RETI Center 
Riverside Park Conservancy 
Rochester Museum and Science Center 
Sag Harbor Village Harbor Committee 
Saratoga PLAN (preserving land and nature) 
Save The Great South Bay 
Save the Sound 
Saw Mill River Audubon 
Scenic Hudson 
Seatuck Environmental Association 
Serpentine Art and Nature, Inc. 
Setauket Harbor Task Force 
Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter 
Somers Land Trust 
South Shore Audubon Society 
Southampton Town Civic Coalition 
Southern Madison Heritage Trust 
St. Lawrence Land Trust 
Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (SWIM) Coalition 
Surfrider Foundation 
Sustainable Westchester 
SWANA - New York Chapter 
Syracuse Cultural Workers 
Teatown Lake Reservation 
The Conservation Fund 
The Nature Conservancy 
The North Shore Land Alliance, Inc. 
The Trust for Public Land 
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership 
Trout Unlimited 
Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust 
Urban Green Council 
Van Cortlandt Park Alliance 
Vision Long Island 
Wallkill Valley Land Trust
Waterfront Alliance  
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Westchester Land Trust
Western New York Environmental Alliance 
Western New York Land Conservancy 
Wildlife Conservation Society 
Winnakee Land Trust 
Woodstock Land Conservancy 


New Yorkers for Clean Water & Jobs 

New Yorkers for Clean Water & Jobs is a broad coalition formed to demonstrate the vast support for New York environmental funding and programs that protect clean water and air, create jobs, and address the climate crisis. For more information on the website, please visit: Follow us on social media: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Contact: Thomas Meara | | 718-309-3506 

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