Jerusalem asks New York to add Keuka to studies

The Town of Jerusalem is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Senate and Assembly to expand the list of priority lakes in their proposal entitled, “Protecting New York’s Lakes from Harmful Algae Blooms” to include Keuka Lake.

This proposal identified 12 priority lakes that are vulnerable to harmful algae blooms (HABs) and are critical sources of drinking water and vital for the tourism industry. It will provide nearly $60 million in grant funding to implement action plans created by Steering Committees, but Keuka Lake is not one of the 12 lakes identified in the proposal. A resolution passed by the town board April 18 states, “Keuka Lake is the primary source of drinking water for the Villages of Penn Yan and Dresden and townships of Benton, Jerusalem, Milo and Pulteney; and is a vital tourism driver for the Village of Penn Yan and Yates County alike.”

The Jerusalem Town Board requests that “funding for Keuka Lake be included at the same level as the priority lakes already identified in this proposal.”

Officials from the State Department of Environmental Conservation have explained the plans developed for the original 12 lakes around the state will be applied to other lakes.

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