Natural resources like Beechmont Lake are essential to our environment, quality of life, and property values — and also help with flood mitigation — but the Lake’s condition has deteriorated over the years, and restoring its ecological health requires dredging, which is an expensive proposition.

So we were very happy to report some good news this week: thanks to the excellent work of Assembly Members Amy Paulin and Steve Otis, Beechmont Lake will receive a $250,000 State grant.

Together with a $1,000,000 allocation in the City’s 10-year capital budget, these dollars will go a long way to ensuring that a special place is protected and preserved for today’s residents and future generations.

I expect project details to come into clearer focus this summer, as we complete testing of silt deposition and evaluate other factors.

There’s more information in this press release.