The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation announced today $3.1 million in Environmental Justice Community Impact Grant awards. Among the thirty-two recipients is the Columbia Land Conservancy, which was awarded a $100,000 grant to implement water quality improvements at Oakdale Lake and to collect data on the lake's water quality.
Commenting on the grant, Tamar Adler of Friends of Oakdale Lake noted this was the second consecutive cycle in which Oakdale has been awarded a grant. Adler continued, "The funds are already being used to implement the water improvement measures recommended during our last grant cycle. There has been mechanical submerged aquatic vegetation harvesting and removal of overhanging branches which drop nutrient heavy leaves, etc., into the lake. On the docket are solar-powered aeration to improve oxygenation of the lake, and more!"