As shoreline development and agricultural expansion continues, the potential for water contamination in the St. Lawrence River increases.
More than 500 acres of land have been acquired in Alexandria, New York to protect the St. Lawrence River’s water quality.
The St. Lawrence River serves as a drinking water source for many communities and according to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), as shoreline development and agricultural expansion continues, the potential for water contamination increases.
According to the state DEC and the Thousand Islands Land Trust, TILT’s acquisition of 527 acres is part of the Crooked Creek Preserve Water Quality Initiative, reported WWNY-TV.
The acquisition intends to protect the surface water quality of the St. Lawrence River.
TILT acquired the parcels with New York State Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) funding.
Water quality in Goose Bay has declined over time due to eutrophication. The excess nutrients are causing plant life to grow densely and is causing death of animal life from lack of oxygen. Aquatic invasive species are also growing in the bay adjacent to Kring Point State Park.
To mitigate issues with the source waters, New York State awarded a $225,360 WQIP grant to TILT to support the acquisition, reported WWNY-TV.
The acquisition includes more than 150 acres of wetlands and 5,000 feet of frontage along Crooked Creek in the town of Alexandria.
The acquired properties are:
- A 319-acre Broudy property on Goose Bay, with about 100 acres of coastal wetlands and about two miles of undeveloped road frontage.
- The approximately 27-acre Weisberg property, which has mature forested habitat adjacent to the north Goose Bay wetland complex.
- And the Wilton parcel, which is approximately 182 acres and features 50 acres of New York State DEC Class 1 wetland.