Tompkins County legislature moves to boost natural infrastructure

Minutes after members of the Department of Planning and Sustainability wrapped up a presentation updating the Tompkins County Legislature on its plans for funds from the Natural Infrastructure Capital Program, legislators unanimously voted for a portion of those funds to support two projects.

Ed Marx and Scott Doyle reminded legislators of the importance of investing in natural infrastructure, which can reduce costly impacts from flood events and cost-effectively help improve water quality. The program currently has $200,000 in its fund and projects are strategically selected based on impact and cost effectiveness.

On Tuesday legislators approved $15,000 from the program to be appropriated to help acquire a perpetual easement held by the Finger Lakes Land Trust on the Lounsbery Tract in the Town of Caroline and $20,000 to help support Etna Swamp and Brotherton Farm in the Town of Dryden. The money is just part of the funding needed to complete both projects. Local governments will be asked to help cover the rest.

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