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Finger Lakes Land Trust lands millions to protect Owasco, Seneca, Keuka, and Skaneateles lakes

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The Finger Lakes Land Trust recently announced it has secured $4.5 million in state grant funding from the New York State Water Quality Improvement Project to enhance the protection of watersheds in the Finger Lakes region. This substantial financial support, revealed on Wednesday, is designated for conservation efforts within the Skaneateles, Owasco, Seneca, and Keuka Lake watersheds, aiming to address water quality issues and safeguard drinking water sources.


FLLT Executive Director Andrew Zepp emphasized the critical connection between the health of the lakes and the surrounding watersheds. The allocated funds will facilitate the acquisition and restoration of key lands prone to environmental degradation, ensuring the ongoing purity and safety of the region’s water. Specifically, the grant will support projects targeting the Keuka and Seneca Lake watersheds with $1,840,000, the Owasco Lake watershed with $1,240,000, and the remaining funds will enhance the area around Shotwell Brook, a significant tributary of Skaneateles Lake.

This financial boost will augment the FLLT’s existing conservation portfolio, which already encompasses over 32,000 acres of protected lands. These efforts represent a significant stride towards sustaining the pristine condition of the Finger Lakes watersheds, crucial for the region’s ecological balance, water quality, and community health.