The City of Fulton has partnered with the Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation to begin a comprehensive restoration project of Lake Neatahwanta, according to Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward.
When completed, it will enhance the area’s tourism, economic development, and recreation opportunities for the community, he said.
“The theme of our project is ‘It’s a Great Lake!’ and we believe it can be fully restored to its former beauty with this project,” Woodward said.
“Once completed, members of the Fulton area will be proud to say that Lake Neatahwanta is part of their community and it will be an even greater draw for a multitude of activities.
“The goal is to make Lake Neatahwanta fully usable again for swimming, fishing, boating, and other events,” he added. “The restoration project will include a systematic hydraulic dredging schedule that will remove layers of sediment that have been accumulating over many years. A short time after we begin dredging, residents will see an immediate improvement in water clarity.
“The sediment that is removed from dredging will be pumped into cylindrical slotted plastic sleeves called Geotubes on the shore,” the mayor continued. “The clean water drains out of the tubes and runs back into the lake and the sediment compacts as it dries. The remaining solids are marketable as a fertilizer. Any returns from the sale of the dewatered sediment will go directly back into the revitalization project.
“All aspects of the project will have DEC approval and overview and it is tentatively scheduled to run from July to October this year and for several years in the future. Our first priority will be to restore beach areas and shore fronts so our community can enjoy these areas and treasure them.”
The Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation is accepting donations for project funding. There are donation levels for every budget, Woodward said, and donors will be acknowledged in a quarterly report that outlines the process, plans, and schedules to meet objectives.
In addition, a brochure was created that outlines the project and answers some frequently asked questions.
For this free brochure and further information on the project, interested persons may call Woodward at 592-7330 or Joseph Fiumara, executive director of Fulton Community Development at 593-7166.