- Associated Press - Friday, December 22, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state is investing more than $9 million toward efforts to protect the natural environment of the Adirondacks.

The money will go to several local governments and organizations in the form of economic development grants. It will be spent on projects to reduce lake pollution, limit the harmful effects of road salt on bodies of water and protect streams, lakes and rivers from erosion.

Another $1 million will be awarded to support the work of local arts, cultural and scientific organizations.

The Adirondack Council praised the state’s help on Friday, saying the money will protect the environment and public health in the six million acre park, which includes 130 communities and attracts more than 12 million visitors each year.

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