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Posted on: February 2, 2022

COUNTY RECEIVES FUNDING FOR SEPTIC SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS IN NASSAU LAKE AREA

RENSSELAER COUNTY RECEIVES FUNDING FOR SEPTIC SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS IN NASSAU LAKE AREA, COUNTY EXECUTIVE STEVE MCLAUGHLIN ANNOUNCES WITH SUPERVISORS FLEMING AND PETER AND COUNTY LEGISLATORS

Rensselaer County has received funding to help with improvement of septic systems in the area around Nassau Lake, County Executive Steve McLaughlin and Nassau Supervisor David Fleming and Schodack Supervisor Charles Peter announced.

The septic systems eligible for replacement include systems on properties in Schodack and Nassau on both sides of the lake. The work to improve septic service in the area will support ongoing revitalization efforts around Nassau Lake.

A number of single-family residential properties in the area have been improved, and the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail, part of the Empire State Trail, which runs on the west side of the lake, has drawn new visitors to the area. Bald eagles are often seen on the lake.

“Nassau Lake is a picturesque and historic lake, and we look forward to future investments in and around the lake area. These grant funds will help improve health, safety and quality of life in the lake area and also encourage new growth,” said McLaughlin.

“Nassau is committed to the revitalization of our natural resources and the health and safety of our residents. These targeted grant funds support both of these goals and will have a lasting impact on the quality of Nassau Lake,” said Nassau Supervisor David Fleming.

“As more and more people discover the beauty of Schodack and Nassau through the use of the Empire State Trail, these grants come at a welcome time to help further enhance the efforts community leaders like Nassau Supervisor David Fleming and County Executive Steve McLaughlin have made in protecting and revitalizing Nassau Lake. My thanks and appreciation to them as well as all involved in securing this important funding,” said Schodack Supervisor Charles Peter.

The county received two grants, with the first including a $170,000 grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Environmental Facilities Corporation. Under the grant, homeowners are eligible for up to 50 percent of qualified septic system upgrades, up to a maximum of $10,000 per project. The funding can only be used for the replacement of septic systems and cesspools within 250 feet of Nassau Lake.

The second grant totaling $218,000 comes from the Housing Trust Fund Corporation and Office of Community Renewal as part of the 2021 NYS Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) housing program. The second grant is also designated for replacement of septic systems in the Nassau Lake area.

“I welcome all improvements to the area around Nassau Lake, and I  encourage all eligible residents to take advantage of this funding opportunity to improve their homes and their quality of life.” Legislator Scott Bendett- Averill Park.

Staff from the county Health Department will be meeting with residents and groups in the Nassau Lake area in the coming days. Interested residents and property owners in the Nassau Lake area can call 518-270-2675 or email derrick.gardner@rensco.com to learn more.

“Improving a septic system benefits individual properties and the community as a whole, and we encourage those interested to reach out and learn more,” said McLaughlin.

“Improvements to a septic system are good for the environment and also help boost the value of a home. Thanks to Rensselaer County and the Health Department for working with residents to make these improvements,” said Legislator Tom Choquette- Averill Park.



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