Lake George gets federal money for treatment plant; still hoping for more state dollars

Mark Mulholland
Updated: July 30, 2019 06:31 PM
Created: July 30, 2019 04:46 PM

LAKE GEORGE - It was built 80 years ago and it's no longer able to effectively keep waste out of the Queen of American lakes.

The state has ordered Lake George to replace its wastewater treatment plant to the tune of $24 million - big lift for a small village.


"So we need all the help we can get," said Eric Siy, executive director of the Fund for Lake George during a news conference at Shepard Park.

Some help came on a beautiful Tuesday morning. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was there announcing a half-million dollars in federal money toward the construction.

"This wastewater treatment facility is critically important to maintain the infrastructure needed for the amount of people that Lake George hosts," said Stefanik, R - Schuylerville.

Even though they're about $8 or $9 million short, village Mayor Bob Blais sees the day when the state will come through in a big way.

Blais says the governor knows how important a clean Lake George is to the regional economy.

"This is the largest project ever undertaken in the history of the Lake George basin and I just have faith that the state will deliver."

They'll start construction on the new plant next month, even though they don't have enough money yet to pay for it. That's because the state says it has to be operational by 2021.

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