Town of Clarkstown Awarded $67,500 NYSDEC Grant to Improve Congers Lake

Town of Clarkstown Awarded $67,500 NYSDEC Grant to Improve Congers Lake

By Rockland Daily Staff

The Town of Clarkstown has received a $67,500 NYSDEC grant to manage invasive plant species at Congers Lake Memorial Park.

The application was made due to Congers Lake being infested with invasive water chestnuts and other dense vegetation. The dense growth blocks out sunlight, killing native aquatic plants. The overgrowth of invasive plants also contributes to reduced oxygen levels in the water, which is severely detrimental to the native fish species in the lake.
This grant will allow the Town to continue removing the harmful overgrowth of vegetation in Congers Lake this spring. The weeding process will be an ongoing multi-year project that will protect the future of Congers Lake.
The grant is supported by the State's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). The EPF is a critical resource for environmental programs such as land acquisition, farmland protection, invasive species prevention and eradication, recreation access, water quality improvement, and environmental justice projects. The Invasive Species Grant Program is administered by the Bureau of Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health in DEC's Division of Lands and Forests. For more information, please visit DEC's website.

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