U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced $16 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is headed to New York State and the state of Vermont to implement conservation projects in the Lake Champlain watershed.
The funding was allocated through the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and will enable New York State and Vermont to partner in their continual efforts to improve Lake Champlain’s water quality, support wildlife habitat and enhance the environment.
Schumer and Gillibrand said these conservation projects include using innovative tools, like modeling, to identify conservation best practices in order to optimize environmental benefits, as well as monitoring overall conservation effectiveness in the Lake Champlain Watershed so the area can continue to be a key economic driver for the North Country region.
“Lake Champlain is one of the crown jewels of the entire state, and making sure it stays clean and a viable habitat is critical to our environment and our economy. Tourists come from all over the state and country to visit Lake Champlain, generating jobs and economic activity on all sides of its expansive shores, and these federal funds will ensure conservation efforts are effective and far-reaching,” said Senator Schumer.