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More funding available for Lake George septic systems


Funding available for Lake George watershed septic improvements

WARREN COUNTY, NY -- Warren County has reopened the application process for property owners to get grant funding to pay for septic system improvements in the Lake George watershed.

Warren County was notified in 2021 that county residents can take part of the New York State Septic System Replacement Program, with Lake George the local waterbody that was designated for protection.

The county has been awarded $635,000 this year to fund additional septic improvement projects in the Lake George watershed, on top of funding that was received in 2021.
Property owners will be eligible for grants for up to 50% project funding, up to $10,000 per project, to use toward replacement of septic systems or cesspools or upgrading of system components.

Warren County Planning & Community Development, which is overseeing the program, will work with eligible property owners to advise them of their options.
Factors to determine who will be awarded grants will include:
• The property’s location in relation to Lake George.
• Impacts to groundwater used as drinking water.
• The condition of the septic system.
Projects that date back to April 2, 2021, when Warren County’s program inclusion began, may be eligible.
Applications forms and information needed to apply can be found online here.

The $340,000 in funding that was received in 2021 was allocated to 36 projects that have been completed on and around Lake George.

Said Kevin Geraghty, Chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors: “Protecting our waterbodies is vitally important to our environment and economy. We urge property owners who may be eligible for this funding to review the application and take advantage of this program to help keep the Lake George watershed clean.”

The program is a collaboration between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Department of Health, New York Environmental Facilities Corporation, and participating counties who administer funding to qualifying homeowners.