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Monday, November 19, 2018

Adirondack communities get water, sewer grants

The Cuomo administration has announced more than $5 million in state grants for five Adirondack communities to help their upgrade water and sewer systems.

Grants for drinking water are $1 million for Chesterfield’s $8.4 million project and $1.3 million for North Elba’s $2.2 million project, according to the governor’s office.

Grants for sewer systems include almost $1.3 million for Crown Point’s  nearly $5.1 million project, $1.2 million for Saranac Lake’s $4.8 million project and $450,000 for Speculator’s $1.8 million project.

The announced awards across northern New York also included $4.35 million for Plattsburgh’s $17.4 million wastewater treatment plant upgrades. It was cited as a project in part addressing algae blooms, which have appeared on adjacent Lake Champlain.

Michael Virtanen

Michael Virtanen joined the Adirondack Explorer staff in March, asked to take an in-depth look at certain places, issues and unanswered questions in the Adirondack Park. He worked previously as a correspondent for the Associated Press in Morgantown, West Virginia, and at the Capitol in Albany for the wire service and for daily newspapers in Albany, Utica and Amsterdam, N.Y. He had been an occasional free-lance contributor to the Explorer and went on some outings with then-Editor Phil Brown, who once led him up the popular rock climb Pete’s Farewell on Pitchoff Chimney Cliff overlooking the Cascade lakes and Route 73 outside Lake Placid.

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