After applying and receiving a "hardship determination" letter from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, the town of Owasco is putting together plans for a project to improve the water quality of Owasco Lake.

The hardship letter indicates that the proposed improvement project for Sewer District No. 3 in the town of Owasco is eligible for an interest-free loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. The 30-year financing plan would serve as the base fund for the proposed project and town officials will also work to secure grants from other sources to help complete the work.

Owasco Lake has been placed on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's list of impaired water bodies due to failing septic systems within the lake's watershed. The project proposal for Sewer District No. 3, which stretches from Burtis Point to Koenings Point, seeks to improve those impairments.

The Owasco Town Board has begun conducting an interest survey for residents within the sewer district to gauge the amount of support for the project. So far, 42 percent of the distributed surveys have been returned, with 53 percent of those residents in favor of the improvement plan. The town is asking residents within the district to return their surveys by Sept. 30 in order to plan for the next step in deciding whether to move forward with the project.

For more information, contact the town of Owasco at (315) 253-9021.

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