Some $7.9 million in economic and community development funding was awarded to projects in Warren and Washington counties through Round VII of the New York state’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
The funds include money going to the village of Lake George and Warren County for projects that will ultimately help protect the lake’s water quality.
The village gets $2.5 million to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant to better treat its effluent. The project will improve the quality of the discharged effluent, preventing the release of nutrients and bacteria into the lake. Another $200,000 will help initiate a regional winter de-icing program among several municipalities using road brine as an alternative to traditional rock salt. This project will lessen the stress on the local environment including wetlands, local streams and Lake George.
Warren County will get $600,000 to advance efforts to eradicate aquatic invasive species in the Lake George basin. The project will implement a three-year strategy to assess and remove all dense beds of Eurasian watermilfoil from Lake George utilizing benthic matting, hand harvesting, or other accepted method of removal. In addition, the project will support the staffing of five boat inspection/decontamination stations to ensure that vessels entering Lake George do not contain aquatic invasive species.
Other funded projects include $400,000 to West Mountain Ski Area to invest in infrastructure improvements, new snowmaking equipment and facility enhancements to expand winter sports, year-round activities and amenities.