State funds not enough to finish Owasco Flats project

Bruce Natale is hopeful that the latest delay in an approximately five-year endeavor to restore the Owasco Flats is coming to an end.

The environmental engineer for Cayuga County, Natale has worked on the design and study at the southern end of the lake since the county was awarded state funding in 2011. The plan hopes to keep the sediment plumes and nutrients that build up there from billowing into Owasco Lake.

“By keeping it out of the system, it won’t recirculate each year,” he said. “It will really have a good impact, a positive impact.”

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