$4.5M awarded to help protect Finger Lakes watersheds

ITHACA, N.Y. (WETM) — The Finger Lakes Land Trust is receiving more funding to protect the vital watersheds across the region, the organization announced on Wednesday.

According to the FLLT, $4.5 million in state grant money was announced on Wednesday through the New York State Water Quality Improvement Project. The program gives money to projects that go directly to addressing water quality impairments or protecting a drinking water source.

The $4,464,000 grant was awarded to fund conservation projects within the Skaneateles, Owasco, Seneca, and Keuka Lake watersheds.

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“The health of our lakes depends on the health of our watersheds,” said FLLT Executive Director Andrew Zepp. “This funding will allow us to secure sensitive lands where we can implement restoration projects to ensure water quality,” he said.

$1,840,000 of the grant will go toward projects within the Keuka and Seneca Lake watersheds, and $1,240,000 will go towards supporting projects within the Owasco Lake watershed. The remaining $1,384,000 will be used to support the acquisition and restoration of lands bordering Shotwell Brook, a tributary of Skaneateles Lake.

Projects that will be helped by this grant will add to the 32,000 acres already protected by the FLLT.

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