Lake Neatahwanta funding included in state budget

by Andrew Henderson

Lake NeatahwantaThe new state budget will include funding to help with the cleanup of Lake Neatahwanta, according to Senator Patty Ritchie.

In addition, the budget includes funding to battle water chestnuts in the Oswego River.

Ritchie said she secured the funding, which was included in the budget agreement announced Monday.

“Local communities, outdoorsmen and people who enjoy the open waters of Central and Northern New York have been working for years to help improve quality and access to these waters, which are among the most beautiful in the world, and key to the preservation and growth of new jobs through tourism and increased enjoyment by the public,” Ritchie said.

“I am pleased to announce that this funding is being made available to help solve serious problems that have been plaguing these areas for such a long time, and that can only benefit from these additional resources,” she added.

The budget agreement includes $275,000 for Lake Neatahwanta and the Oswego River. The money will come from the state’s Conservation Fund, which collects fees from the sales of sportsmen’s licenses, fees and fines for the purpose of promoting outdoor recreation, hunting and fishing.

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