State Septic System Replacement Fund Program

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The State Septic System Replacement Fund Program provides funding to replace cesspools and septic systems in New York State. This grant program’s goal is to reduce the environmental and public-health impacts associated with the discharge from cesspools and septic systems. The program targets cesspools and septic systems in close proximity to priority waterbodies as determined by the State Department of Environmental Conservation listed below. Thirty counties are participating in the Septic System Replacement Fund. Please refer to the Participating Counties list below to determine if your county is participating in the program, as well as the county’s priority waterbody. Potential applicants should reach out to the local program contact to determine application process and eligible projects for that county.

The Septic Replacement Program improves water quality by encouraging and incentivizing homeowners' replacement of cesspools and failing or inadequate septic systems around a waterbody known to be impaired by septic system discharges. DEC and DOH identified priority geographic areas in which property owners are eligible to participate based on the 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.

The state provides participating counties with funds to work with local property owners. Participating counties provide grants to reimburse the property owner for up to 50% of the costs (up to a maximum of $10,000) of their eligible septic system project, include:

  • 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.

Please refer to the State Septic System Replacement Fund Program Outline for more information.

Participating Counties

Below you will find a list of the participating counties' local program contacts and the priority waterbody. 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


*Canacadea Creek, Upper, and minor tribs (0503-0005) Tyler J. Shaw
Broome Park Creek and tribs (0601-0031)
*Whitney Point Lake/Reservoir (0602-0004)
*Fly Pond, Deer Lake, *Sky Lake (1404-0038)
Creig Hebdon
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
Chautauqua *Findley Lake (0202-0004)
Chautauqua Lake, North (0202-0072)
William T. Boria, P.G.
P: 716.753.4772  F: 716.753.4344
Chenango *Chenango Lake (0601-0013)
*Guilford Lake (0601-0012)
Isaiah Sutton
P: 607-337-1673 F: 607-337-1720

*Upper Chateauguay Lake (0902-0034)
Isle LaMotte (1000-0001)

Ryan Davies
Columbia  Robinson Pond (1308-0003)
Copake Lake (1310-0014)
Edward Coons
Cortland Skaneateles Lake (0707-0004) Michael J. Ryan
Delaware Susquehanna River, Main Stem (0601-0020)

Nick Carbone

Dutchess Hillside Lake (1304-0001)
Sylvan Lake (1304-0029)
Marie-Pierre Brule
Essex Willsboro Bay (1001-0015)
Lake George (1006-0016)

Hannah Neilly


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
Hamilton Lake Eaton (0903-0056) Erica Mahoney
Herkimer North Winfield Creek and Tribs (0601-0035) Jim Wallace
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

Lewis Beaver River, Lower, and tribs (0801-0187) Casandra Buell
Livingston Conesus Lake (0402-0004) Mr. Mark Grove
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
Nassau County Wide Brian Schneider
Onondaga Skaneateles Lake (0707-0004)
Seneca River, Lower, Main Stem (0701-0008)
Jeffrey Till
315-435-6623 Ext. 4503
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
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
Otsego Goodyear Lake (0601-0015)
Susquehanna River, Main Stem (0601-0020)
Tammy Harris
Putnam Oscawana Lake (1301-0035)
East Branch Croton, Middle, and tribs (1302-0055)
Palmer Lake (1302-0103)
Joseph Paravati
845-808-1390 Ext. 43157
Rensselaer Nassau Lake (1310-0001)

Richard Elder

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
Saratoga Dwaas Kill and tribs (1101-0007)

Dustin Lewis

Schoharie Summit Lake (1202-0014) Shane Nickle
Schuyler Waneta Lake (0502-0002)
Lamoka Lake and Mill Pond (0502-0001)
Darrel Sturges
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
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

Suffolk County Wide Joan Crawford
Tompkins Cayuga Lake, Southern End (0705-0040)
Cayuga Lake, Main Lake, Mid-South (0705-0050)
Liz Cameron
Warren Lake George (1006-0016) Claudia Braymer
Washington Cossayuna Lake (1103-0002)
Lake George (1006-0016)
Corrina Aldrich 
Wayne Blind Sodus Bay (0302-0021)
Lake Ontario Shoreline, Central (0302-0044)
Lindsey Gusterslagn
Westchester Lake Meahagh (1301-0053)
Truesdale Lake (1302-0054)
Heather McVeigh
Wyoming Java Lake (0104-0004)
Silver Lake (0403-0002)
Oatka Creek, Middle, and minor tribs (0402-0031)
Stephen Perkins
585-786-8857 ext. 5163


* Only Eligible for Round 1 Funding



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.

Below is the list of the eligible and ineligible costs associated with the Septic System Replacement Fund.

o   Design and installation costs;

o   costs of the system;

o   system components;

o   enhanced treatment technologies;

o   design costs (limited only to work needed to complete approved design).

o   Routine maintenance such as pump out of a septic tank;

o   expenses that are not appropriately documented;

o   government permit fee;

o   interest and late fees;

o   fines and penalties;

o   sales tax payment;

o   non-essential site beautification or interior plumbing changes;

o   administrative work conducted by the engineer; and

o   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.

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.

Notification Letter to Property Owners

Septic System Replacement Program Application Form

Grant Award Letter

Grant Denial Letter

County Request for Disbursement