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Yates will seek grant to study water infrastructure

Yates County leaders and organizations in the Seneca and Keuka Lake watersheds are taking action to ensure clean water to area residents.

The Yates County Legislature unanimously approved a resolution at their June 11 meeting supporting an application for a grant to help pay for a consultant to conduct a county-wide water infrastructure study. The proposed cost for such a study is not to exceed $4,500, and Yates County will fund half the cost with other participating municipalities contributing the other 50 percent.

So far, participating municipalities are Penn Yan, Jerusalem, Milo, Dundee, and Starkey with the possible involvement of Torrey and Dresden. Portions of Jerusalem, Milo, Benton, Dresden, Torrey and the Steuben County Town of Pulteney’s water supply comes from Keuka Lake through the Penn Yan Village Water Plant. Milo also operates a water system in Himrod. Dundee’s village water supply is from wells, and a portion of Benton receives water from the Town of Geneva in Ontario County.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Town of Torrey councilman Grant Downs reported that the executive committees of a group of organizations including the Seneca Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization, Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, Keuka Lake Association, and Keuka Watershed Improvement Cooperative will apply for a grant to establish a Nine-Element Watershed Plan for the Keuka and Seneca Lake watersheds. Since the entire Keuka Lake watershed is included in the Seneca Lake watershed, such a plan could cover both lakes.

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