With More Funding, More Money for Invasives, Water Quality Protection

Lake George Mirror

The Lake Champlain Basin Program, a regional collaboration between Vermont, New York and Quebec that funds many Lake George initiatives, such as those controlling the spread of invasive species, will award more than 25 grants totaling more than $500,000 to local organizations, municipalities and educational institutions this year, program officials have announced.

Grants will be distributed across two categories: Pollution Prevention & Habitat Conservation Grants (up to $20,000 per award). Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Grants (up to $15,000 per award).

Since 1992, when US Senators Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Alfonse D’Amato created the Lake Champlain Basin Program with Senators Patrick Leahy and Jim Jeffords of Vermont, the program has awarded more than $10 million in grants to more than 1,300 projects in New York and Vermont.

Recent projects funded by the program include the re-direction of runoff from the Adirondack Northway into vegetated swales Wetland Identification and delineation training for Warren County officials.

At times we have also benefited indirectly from its work, as we did last when its researchers conducted a study of the economic impacts of invasive species on lake shore communities. That information helped galvanize support for measures to prevent the spread of invasive species through Adirondack waterbodies.

These grants allow local partners who are most familiar with conditions on the ground and the needs of the community to implement projects that will protect clean water, healthy ecosystems, and quality of life in the watershed,” said Eric Howe, the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s executive director.

Last year, the US House of Representatives approved an amendment sponsored by Vermont Democrat Peter Welch and Lake George’s representative in Congress, Elise Stefanik, to appropriate $8.4 million in fiscal year 2019 for the Lake Champlain Basin Program House Appropriations Committee had recommended a funding level of just $4.4 million.

These Lake Champlain Basin Program grants will be instrumental in North Country communities by addressing our water quality challenges and environmental priorities,” said Stefanik.