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Thursday, December 27, 2018

State funding sewage projects along Lake Champlain

The Cuomo administration’s recent announcement of nearly $65 million of economic development funding for northern New York includes several million dollars for municipal sewage upgrades and other measures to help protect Lake Champlain and other Adirondack waters.

Among larger state grant approvals were $2.5 million for the Town of Moriah along the southwestern shore of Lake Champlain to reduce overflows at its sanitary sewer system by constructing some five miles of water collection systems, manholes, siphons and pump stations.

“This project will reduce the amount of nutrients entering Lake Champlain from sewer overflows, including phosphorous that may lead to harmful algae blooms,” according to the Department of Economic Development.

Another $750,000 for Moriah is for replacing some sewer and water mains.

The Town of Crown Point, just south of Moriah, got $1 million to help relocate its wastewater treatment plant, installing new primary treatment and ultraviolet disinfection systems intended to cut its pollution into the lake.

More than $800,000 to the Town of Westport, just north of Moriah, is to upgrade its sewage treatment plant and install an ultraviolet effluent treatment system.

The department approved funding toward building new salt storage facilities in several towns to help prevent contamination of nearby groundwater wells and surface water. Awards included $500,000 each for Dannemora, Ellenburg and Saranac and more than $420,000 for Colton.

Dannemora, Willsboro, Ticonderoga, Ausable Forks and Saranac Lake were awarded $30,000 each to study sewage treatment upgrades.

The Town of St. Armand got $100,000 to complete an engineering report on its wastewater issues.

State officials also announced awarding some $2.2 million for building a mid-level hotel in downtown Tupper Lake. Another $630,000 is for helping build a proposed AstroScience Center and for tourism maketing of the Adirondack Sky Center and Observatory in Tupper Lake.

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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