Milestone approval gives Bolton opportunity to pursue long-needed water quality and infrastructure projects
Program developed with three grants totaling $60,800 from the Environmental Protection Fund
New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado today announced her approval of the Town of Bolton’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP), a major factor to protect and enhance the Lake George watershed.
Lake George’s economy and infrastructure is driven by the summer tourism season. The approval of the LWRP empowers the Town of Bolton to commence putting into place several social, economic and infrastructure projects to enhance the community and region.
“The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program is a real partnership between the Town of Bolton and New York State to kickstart projects that have been long-talked about,” said Secretary of State Rosado. “The Town of Bolton now has a blueprint for sustainable success for its waterfront. These programs provide lasting benefits to communities across the state and ensure that future generations will be able to access and partake in the wonderful opportunities provided by our waterfronts.”
The LWRP brings into play a long-term management program for the waterfront on Lake George and along the Schroon River, as well as the surface of Lake George within the Town of Bolton’s boundary. It includes a description of all existing and proposed land and water uses in the waterfront revitalization area and identifies specific revitalization projects to provide a balance of environmental, recreational and economic development actions. All activities in the LWRP must be consistent with Adirondack Park Agency and Lake George Park Commission regulations.
The LWRP gives the Town of Bolton control over many significant revitalization activities, including:
In creating the LWRP, the Town identified 20 issues and opportunities relating to recreation, preservation of historic and natural resources and social, economic and infrastructure matters, including:
Many of the water quality opportunities would also assist with the prevention of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) developing in Lake George, a focus of the Governor's recent North Country HABs Summit.
The development of the LWRP included input from an advisory committee of local business owners and both seasonal and year-round residents. Three public sessions on the plan took place and valuable input was gathered from government agencies and non-profit organizations involved in preserving the watershed.
Town of Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover said, “This development is a great example of state and local governments working together to ensure better futures for our residents and businesses. Our Local Waterfront Revitalization Program includes important projects that address our environmental, economic and cultural assets. We are enthusiastic about this plan and look forward to continuing to work with New York State to further enhance the Town of Bolton.”
New York State Senator Betty Little said, “The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program provides communities on shores across the state with critical resources to maintain and balance economic and environmental health. The Town of Bolton, which is integral to Lake George’s past, present and future, can now move forward on multiple infrastructure projects that will benefit the entire region. I look forward to seeing their progress.”
New York State Assemblymember Dan Stec said, “The approval of the Town of Bolton’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program is the stimulus for smart growth and environmental balance across the entire Lake George watershed. The plan’s far-reaching impact will preserve water quality, improve infrastructure and address the various challenges that come from being a waterfront community.”
The Town of Bolton LWRP was prepared with the Department of State and adopted under provisions of Article 42 of the Executive Law. Preparation of the LWRP was financed through three grants totaling $60,800 from the Environmental Protection Fund.
The Department of State’s Office of Planning, Development and Community Infrastructure works in partnership with waterfront communities across the State through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, focusing on protecting natural and cultural resources, expanding public access opportunities and strengthening the local economy.