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Town board establishes storm water remediation project in lake watershed

— The Cazenovia Town Board has taken another step toward protecting the health and integrity of Cazenovia Lake by agreeing last week to undertake a comprehensive lake watershed stormwater remediation project throughout the town in partnership with the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The project seeks to reduce and minimize the amount of sedimentation entering the lake due to soil erosion and stormwater runoff, which will improve water quality, abate ongoing erosion and improve drainage and stormwater control in the lake watershed.

The resolution authorizing the establishment of the project was approved by the town board at its March 11 meeting.

“The town board is dedicated to continued improvement of the lake’s health, and that’s why we’re doing this,” said Town Councilor and member of the Cazenovia Lake Watershed Council Bill Zupan. “A lot of concerns about this were voiced at our public hearings on the sewer district, so we’re trying to do as many runoff streams as we can. We listened to the people.”

According to the resolution, The Madison County SWCD will undertake the project by installing best management practices on public and private land in the town on a case-by-case basis. The work will include design and installation of creeks, streams and runoff stabilization, drainage and erosion control measures. Each project will be proposed by the SWCD and must be approved by the town board.

The project is “totally voluntary” for private landowners, Zupan said. The board already has identified and begun work on remediation projects at McNitt State Park and one parcel of private land, both on East Lake Road, he said.

The cost of the program will be split by the town and the SWCD, with the town’s share to be paid out of the funds already budgeted for environmental protection, lake preservation and stormwater remediation purposes.

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