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Monday, December 31, 2018

State grants to help address Lake George sewage

The Cuomo administration’s recent announcement of $67 million in economic development grants for the greater Capital Region includes funding for sewer improvements along Lake George.

The Town of Bolton will get $1 million to improve its wastewater treatment plant, main pump station and wastewater collection system, according to the Department of Economic Development.

The year-end announcement follows another for northern New York that will aid water treatment around Lake Champlain and other Adirondack waters.

“This project will reduce the amount of nutrients released into the Lake George watershed, helping to protect the lake from harmful algae blooms,” the department said.

Another approval intended to help protect Lake George from sewage was more than $650,000 for the Town of Lake George to consolidate two wastewater pump stations, upgrade one and install pipes.

For the Town of Hague, the department approved $230,000 to install new control systems at two wastewater pump stations.

Also approved was $100,000 for Lake George Village to complete an engineering report on infiltration sources in its sanitary sewer system.

Among other awards, a program intended to prevent and control invasive species in Schroon Lake by Warren County and the towns of Horicon, Chester and Schroon was approved for $290,000.

A $600,000 grant for Bolton will fund Lake George waterfront improvements in Rogers Memorial Park.

The department awarded $800,000 to FrontStreet Mountain Development to help construct the 40-room Ski Bowl Mountain Inn at Gore Mountain Ski Area in North Creek.

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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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