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New York’s new green Act and what it means for the Adirondack Mountains

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Tuesday’s election results showed that the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act passed.

The bill is worth a total of $4.2 billion dollars and will go toward environmental projects throughout the state of New York.

The money can be used for:

  • Wetland and stream restoration
  • Flood risk reduction
  • Land conservation
  • Climate change mitigation

The Adirondack Park, spanning 6 million acres, is interested in what this could mean. The Adirondack Council works to research and educate the public with ecological threats to the Adirondacks.

Some of the hopes the Adirondack Council has when it comes to using the money include:

  • The reduction of air pollution in Adirondack schools
  • Targeting gas and diesel powered school buses, replacing them with electric ones
  • Clean drinking water projects
  • Wastewater treatment projects

The council is also looking to provide protection to the 33,000 Whitney Estate, a Long Lake property.

“With the passage of the Bond Act, New Yorkers have taken an important step toward building resilient communities for an increasingly unpredictable climate,” said Cathy Pedler, Adirondack Mountain Club Director of Advocacy. “We look forward to seeing this funding at work in the Adirondacks and Catskills, and in supporting sustainable recreation infrastructure that will help regional economies thrive.”

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