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State to fund Bulwagga Bay project

Moriah, Port Henry get grants

Moriah will get $249,815 for its Bulwagga Bay shoreline stabilization project from the state’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

Moriah will get $249,815 for its Bulwagga Bay shoreline stabilization project from the state’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— Those permits expire at the end of 2013, so the project must be completed.

Preliminary engineering has been finished for the project and the town will soon seek bids for the final engineering plans. Work is expected to start in the spring, depending on lake levels.

The Bulwagga Bay erosion project is expected to cost $300-500,000.

Scozzafava said the Regional Economic Development Council grant won’t cover the entire cost of the project.

“It will have considerable impact, though,” he said. “We’ll do as much work as possible ourselves and we’ll have to bond for the rest of it.”

Bulwagga Bay generated $294,737 in revenue for the town in 2012, Scozzafava said. The $120,000 profit will be used to off-set 2013 local taxes.

The campsite has already lost 10 lakefront campsites to erosion, Scozzafava said. That’s $20,000 a year in revenue.

The supervisor also pointed out the campground and beach have economic impact on the business community.

“The people at the campsite and beach stop at stores, restaurants, gas stations,” Scozzafava said. “They spend money in the community.

“Bulwagga Bay is important to our local economy,” he added. “It attracts tourists, it provides local jobs and it plays a role in our economic development.”

After the project is finished it will require annual monitoring of erosion and water levels on the beach. The town will be allowed to fill in — “re-nourish” — areas above the revetments where any erosion takes place.

As part of the Bulwagga Bay project the town will work with the village of Port Henry to develop a strategic plan for recreational facilities that evaluates redevelopment potential and management options for increasing usage.

Scozzafava said Moriah’s grant for the Lake Champlain non-point source pollution subwatershed assessment and management plan will be turned over to the Lake George Park Commission.

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