LAKE MOHEGAN, NY – Thanks to legislation passed by two state officials in 2018 Yorktown is now on the receiving end of $30,000 to begin improving the condition of Lake Mohegan. New York State’s Regional Economic Development Council awarded the Town of Yorktown the grant through the New York’s Inland Waterway Program to complete a green infrastructure feasibility study to analyze options for reducing phosphorous going into Lake Mohegan.
In March incoming Supervisor Matt Slater questioned why Yorktown had not taken advantage of the special designation. Serving as Chief-of-Staff to then State Senator Terrence Murphy, Slater assisted in writing and passing the original legislation.
“I want to thank everyone involved for finally taking advantage of the inland waterway designation,” Slater said. “Resoring the health of Lake Mohegan must be a priority of our community and partners within state government. I look forward to working with our community partners to implement this study and take the necessary steps to rehabilitate Lake Mohegan for everyone to enjoy.”
Westchester County Department of Health closed the public beaches of Lake Mohegan in July due to harmful algal blooms. Slater immediately requested New York State’s Rapid Response Team be sent to assist the municipality and local community. The closures came despite a DEC pilot program that included the application of alum sulfate.
New York State Senator Terrence Murphy cheered today’s news stating, “We passed this leigslation for the exact reason we are seeing today. Lake Mohegan has consistently been cited as one of New York State’s most at risk waterbodies. New York State has a responsibility to support its rehabilitation.”
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Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana said, “This is a beautiful lake that I used to swim in growing up, but since 2012, this lake has basically not been open for swimming. With the inland waterway designation, we are now able to get the help we need to keep this lake a viable resource to the community.”
Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman agreed saying, “We knew there was a lot of grant money available and it is great to see the outgoing administration finally capitalize on something we pointed out. The future is bright for Yorktown and this is a great way to kickoff the new year.”