Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a law designating Ballston Lake an inland waterway.
The designation will allow the towns of Ballston and Clifton Park to participate in the state’s Coastal and Inland Waterway Program, including potentially seeking money for lake protection projects.
The town of Ballston is currently considering whether sewers should be built around the lake to try to improve its water quality. The lake is also a drinking water source for some residents.
Both towns supported the legislation.
“The Inland Waterway program seeks to encourage the beneficial use, revitalization and protection of a community’s water resources,” said Sen. Hugh T. Farley, R-Niskayuna, the law’s Senate sponsor. “This designation is an important step in enabling these two communities to seek and obtain state financial assistance for projects that will benefit the lake and local residents.”
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, was the Assembly sponsor.
Communities with a designated “inland waterway” are encouraged to develop waterfront revitalization programs, and are eligible to apply for funding to develop and implement such programs.