The Yates County Legislature has agreed to earmark more than $46,000 for local projects to improve the county’s natural and recreational resources. The county will reimburse certain expenses for the following projects:
‒ $15,000 to the Friends of the Outlet to help cover the cost of a pavilion at the Cascade Millsite along the Keuka Outlet Trail in the Town of Torrey.
‒ $14,000 to the Finger Lakes Museum and Aquarium to help fund a wetlands trail.
‒ $13,184 to the Seneca Watershed Intermunicipal Organization to help cover the cost of sampling and monitoring equipment used in the development of a 9-Element Plan for the Seneca Lake Watershed, which includes the Keuka Lake watershed.
‒ $4,000 to KWIC (Keuka Watershed Improvement Cooperative) to help pay for educational programming and a website.
The county legislature established the Natural and Recreational Resource Protection Grant in 2017 to help local municipalities and organizations maintain the county’s natural resources. Last year was the first year awards were made.
Funds for the grants come from a portion of the annual occupancy tax receipts.