by Andrew Henderson
Wal-Mart donated $2,000 earlier this week to the Lake Committee for the Cleanup of Lake Neatahwanta.
The committee is currently raising funds and lobbying state and federal officials for money to dredge the lake, which is filled with high-levels of phosphorus and most likely contains blue-green algae.
Committee Chairman Ed Williamson, who is also the Granby Town supervisor, said Tuesday that the money from Wal-Mart will be used to create a plan to diminish the cause of the problem.
The lake is fed by three streams, including Sheldon Creek, which is said to be the cause of 70 percent of the sediment that lies on the lake bottom.
“We have to stop it in order to fix it,” said Williamson. “There is no use dredging the lake if the problem still exists.”
Williamson noted that many farms surrounding the lake are not as active as before, which could help with the problem.
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