Thursday, January 26, 2023

An earmark for the Ausable River

East Branch of the Ausable River.

The massive federal spending law passed by Congress last month contained a handful of earmarks directing money to North Country projects, including Ausable River restoration efforts.

The Ausable River Association garnered $2 million to continue restoration projects in Jay and to carry out a comprehensive study of the East Branch in Keene, a project the town has twice failed to get funded in state programs. The funding ball got rolling after Jay Supervisor Matt Stanley sought solutions in the wake of ice jam flooding in Ausable Forks last year.

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Zachary Matson has been an environmental reporter for the Explorer since October 2021. He is focused on the many issues impacting water and the people, plants and wildlife that rely on it in the Adirondack Park. Zach worked at daily newspapers in Missouri, Arizona and New York for nearly a decade, most recently working as the education reporter for six years at the Daily Gazette in Schenectady.

3 Responses

  1. John powers says:

    Funny how those EAR MARKS ain’t so bad when they benefit our hometown. Let’s all remember that. There’s elite costal Liberal New Jersey tax money there. But that’s great. Been going north for over 40 years. Saw hockey in the old arena. Plaque to the doomed skaters still chocks me up. Ran into Peter Fish and Ruby on Marcy my first time on snow shoes. Caught a 16 incher behind the Hungry Trout. If my back permits I’ll be up to paddle this July. The ADK taught me what cold really is. Keep your wind chill factor. -20 is just plain cold. We’re all in this together.

  2. EDP says:

    It’s only radical, out of control spending when it’s targetting someone else’s priorities. 🙂

    • Linda says:

      Exactly. Happy to see Rep. Stefanik actually advocate for the Adk rather than how she has spent most her time opposing legislation that benefits our community.

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