Cayuga County has received federal approval for the Owasco Flats restoration project, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved federal wetland permits for the project. The county needed the permits to advance the restoration work.
A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers said Monday that an unvalidated permit was sent to the county Thursday. The next step is for the county to review the permit and, if they agree to the terms, sign it and return it to the agency.
The Army Corps will then validate the permit. Once the permit is validated, work may commence.
The state issued its permits for the restoration initiative in July. But it couldn't proceed without federal approval. That's when Cuomo and Schumer, D-N.Y., intervened.