St. Lawrence County Chamber receiving $25k funding for recreation and tourism programs
Friday, August 2, 2019 - 5:37 pm

St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce is receiving funding for recreation and tourism programs.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in partnership with New York Sea Grant, announced that the chamber will receive $24,999 for a project called Lake St. Lawrence Tourism Destination Master Planning.

This project is creating an inter-municipal plan to enhance and secure funding for eco-tourism and recreational opportunities, such as increasing access to local waterways and land resources for recreational activities year-round, and developing natural and historic interpretation opportunities along trails and viewpoints, driving tourism-related regional economic growth.

The grant is part the Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program to enhance community, ecological, and economic resiliency throughout the Great Lakes watershed. Funding comes from the state Environmental Protection Fund’s Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Program and supports the application of ecosystem-based management to complex environmental problems in order to conserve, protect, and enhance irreplaceable Great Lakes natural resources, the announcement said.

The program supports projects throughout New York’s Great Lakes watershed, or land areas that drain into Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.