Nearly $1 million in federal funds will be doled out to communities within Lake Champlain‘s New York basin.
Officials say $900,000 will be split between five counties — Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Warren and Washington — to address issues impacting the lake’s water quality. The counties are part of the Champlain Watershed Improvement Coalition of New York.
The money was awarded from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Part of the funding will be used to reduce phosphorus in the watershed to protect Lake Champlain‘s water quality. High levels of phosphorus promote the growth of aquatic life, including increased algae blooms.
Officials say they expect to start receiving the grant money by late spring or early summer of 2008.