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Finger Lakes Land Trust Awarded Funds For Water Quality Improvements


The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) has announced the organization has been awarded $4.5 million dollars from the NY Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP). The funding will go towards projects by the land trust that will address documented water quality issues or protect drinking water sources.

“These grants will really make a difference,” said FLLT Executive Director Andrew Zepp. “The health of our lakes depends on the health of our watersheds. This funding will allow us to secure sensitive lands where we can implement restoration projects to ensure water quality.”

The $4.5 million is for conservation projects in the Skaneateles, Owasco, Seneca, and Keuka Lake watersheds. For Skaneateles Lake, $1,384,000 will go towards the acquisition followed by a restoration of lands that border Shotwell Brook. The land trust says the brook is a significant tributary for Skaneateles Lake.

FLLT says $1,240,000 will go towards Owasco Lake watershed projects, and $1,840,000 towards projects in the Keuka and Seneca Lake watersheds.

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