The Town of Lewisboro received a grant of up to $425,000 from the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission to study Lake Waccabuc, Lake Truesdale and Lake Kitchawan as part of the East of Hudson Community Wastewater Planning Assistance Grant Program. The grant allows the town to study ways to engineer better wastewater treatment in the three lakes.
Town Supervisor Peter Parsons said at Monday’s town board meeting that $200,000 to $375,000 of the grant will be used to study Lake Waccabuc, and $200,000 to $425,000 will be used to examine Lake Truesdale and Lake Kitchawan.
Lake Kitchawan is part of both Lewisboro and Pound Ridge. Pound Ridge agreed several weeks ago to cede the lead of Lake Kitchawan’s engineering study to Lewisboro. At Monday’s meeting, Lewisboro agreed to take the lead.
Mr. Parsons said he has been working to persuade the state and New York City to finance efforts in towns located in the New York City watershed to reduce the pollution in lakes that flow into the watershed. Though the East of Hudson grant differed somewhat from the type of financing he has been seeking, it will provide a substantial amount of money to develop engineering plans to clean the wastewater in the three lakes.
Mr. Parsons added that Janet Andersen, president of the Three Lakes Council and chairwoman of the Lewisboro Planning Board, has taken on a supervisory role of the studies due to her extensive knowledge of the topic.