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Stefanik touts watershed grants

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik on Friday announced Lake Champlain Basin Program grants awarded to projects in her district.

Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, said she was the lead Republican who worked to secure support for this funding in the House of Representatives appropriations process and was able to nearly double the amount secured.

The AuSable River Association was awarded $12,285 for developing a riparian restoration protocol for the AuSable watershed.

The town of Keene was awarded $7,316 for a road salt reduction program.

The Lake George Association was awarded $86,227 for Interstate-87 asphalt swale replacement and ditch improvements, plus $18,446 for installation of precast pervious concrete in the village of Lake George.

The Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded $19,995 for the Quaker Road MS4 stormwater and habitat improvement project.

This grant money is supported with funds provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes Fishery Commission and National Park Service.

“This funding gives communities the ability to research, protect and maintain the Lake Champlain watershed, and is vital to its future,” Stefanik said in a press release. “I was one of the two leading voices in Congress to ensure support for this critical funding, and I’m proud to advocate for the environmental interests of the North Country at every opportunity I can.”