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Yates Legislature allocates grants for projects

The Yates County Legislature has approved nearly $50,000 in funding for several projects to protect natural resources.

Four projects got grant funding at Monday’s Legislature meeting. The largest project, at $15,000, is to the group Friends of the Outlet for a pavilion project at the Cascade Mills site on the Keuka Outlet.

Another $14,000 is going to the Finger Lakes Museum and Aquarium for a wetlands trail project.

The Seneca Watershed Intermunicipal Organization is getting $13,184 for sampling and monitoring equipment for its Nine Element Plan. The plan identifies source pollution in the watershed and engages stakeholders in the planning process to come up with restoration and protection strategies to address water quality concerns.

Torrey Town Board member Grant Downs, a member of the organization, spoke in favor of the funding before the vote. He said the Keuka Lake Watershed is part of the Seneca Lake Watershed.

Downs said sampling of major tributaries to Seneca Lake — including the Keuka Outlet, Kashong Creek, and Catherine Creek at the south end of the lake — began April 1. The sampling will be done every six weeks through October.

Downs added that monitoring for harmful algae blooms in Seneca and Keuka lakes will begin in early August.

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