Local efforts win the Town of Schroon
over $27,500.00 in matching credits for storm water runoff treatment.
Schroon Lake Association President Mark Granger watched with pride today as
the SLA's Steering Committee Representative Paul Conolly handed over 1100
volunteer hours to the storm water runoff project. The work of SLA Board
members was done to provide matching town funds for the 200,000 Grant
received from the state.
"Our Board Members held educational programs, trained and supervised Lake
Stewards scouted for milfoil and did scores of other things over the past 9
months" said Conolly. "These hours which will be valued at $25/hour to act as
matching monies to be used to keep storm water from polluting our lake." The
project will prevent storm water running off Main Street and Dock Street from
going into the
Earlier last year the SLA celebrated the $300,000 grant received from the
state which mainly targeted controlling storm water runoff, invasive plants
and water pollution. The grant is being managed by the Warren County
Soil and Water Office but the majority of the work is going to be done
on Route 9 and Dock Street in Schroon Village. "The Town is expected to
match the funds spent by the State. Our Board through its volunteer
efforts has given the Town a $27,500 credit which will not have to be
paid by the taxpayers." Granger noted.
Roger Friedman, Schroon Town Board Member and SLA Vice
President, said "this is another example of local citizens working with their
Town Government to make our wonderful lake better and safer." SLA VP Chuck
Harste pointed out that some of those volunteer hours were spent in
monitoring lake water quality as SLA members went out and sampled Schroon
Lake water for testing under the CSLAP Program. Lake Manager Steve LaMere is
preparing a report of how the lake has been doing over the past decade using
testing performed on samples collected by volunteers.
SLA Past President Helen Wildman said: "Everyone chipped in whether it was
fundraising for the Craft Fair, the Hornbeck Boat Raffle or attending
project planning meetings."
Schroon Town Supervisor Mike Marnell expects construction to begin in the
fall with town crews performing a lot of the work.