CARMEL, N.Y. - The state Assembly has passed legislation to add three more lakes in the town of Carmel (Lake Casse, Gilead Lake, and Kirk Lake), as designated inland waterways, according to Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R, C, Ref-Mahopac), who sponsored the bill.

By designating these lakes as inland waterways, the town can now pursue additional grant opportunities for the purpose of waterfront revitalization. Localities with designated inland waterways are eligible to apply for grants through the Department of State and the state’s Environmental Protection Fund. This designation can help better enable the town to address some of the local needs within its lake communities.

“Since first elected, we’ve been able to successfully pass numerous pieces of legislation that add our local water bodies as designated inland waterways in our state,” Byrne said. “Clean water is vital to every community, and this important designation will help enable our local governments to apply and compete for additional state funding to support our lake communities and revitalize their waterfronts.”

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Prior to this legislation, Byrne had passed five pieces of legislation designating various water bodies as inland waterways, including Lake Baldwin and Lake Ossi in Carmel. The same legislation was also introduced by Sen. Pete Harckham and recently passed the Senate.

Learn more about the state’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) and the potential benefits it provides at the New York State Department of State’s Division of Planning & Development website,

Article courtesy of Assemblyman Byrne’s office