The banks of the East Branch of the Ausable River in Keene Valley.
The Town of Wilmington and the Ausable River Association were some of the recipients of the latest round of New York State Economic Development Council awards.
Locally, AsRA in conjuction with Essex County received $217,950 to work with Ausable River watershed communities to advance key recommendations of the Ausable River Watershed Management Plan, which will enhance outreach on water quality protection and watershed stewardship, implement priority stream restoration projects, re-design highway culverts, and prepare communities for future flood events through a strategy to protect public safety and infrastructure while preserving water quality and ecological functions.
Also receiving funding from through the North Country Economic Development Council was the Town of Wilmington, which will use $251,150 in funding to make improvements to Lake Everest Park, Heritage Park and a small pocket park on the north side of the historic Route 86 bridge. The town will also develop a hamlet expansion plan in order to promote sustainable economic development while protecting natural resources and preventing sprawl-type development.
Other Essex County grants were awarded to the Essex County Industrial Development Agency ($165,000 to assist the Adirondack Meat Company), Village of Lake Placid ($1,012,006 for removal of Chubb River Dam), Town of North Elba ($463,200 for the development of a comprehensive plan in partnership with the Village of Saranac Lake), Town of Moriah ($249,815 for upgrades to Bulwagga Bay; $200,000 watershed management plan), Adirondack Mountain Club Heart Lake Program Center Upgrades ($221,073), BOCES Clinton Essex Warren & Washington Counties ($100,000 for manufacturing technician training), International Paper Ticonderoga Mill Natural Gas Energy Conversion ($1,750,000), Housing Assistance Program of Essex County, Inc. ($150,000 4316 Main Street Housing Assistance Program in Port Henry) and Essex County Office of Community Resources Port Henry Water and Sewer Improvements ($600,000).
“We’ve seen a wonderful collaboration develop across the North Country under the regional economic council model,” said Senator Betty Little. “The shared vision, teamwork and implementation of a solid economic development strategy once again pays off today with another top award going to the North Country Regional Council. I want to congratulate our two co-chairs, Garry Douglas and Tony Collins, and every individual who has contributed to this plan and has made strengthening our local economy the top priority."