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New Hampton to get $100,000 state grant to help protect Snake River land

New Hampton is set to get a $100,000 state grant to help the town protect 8.1 acres along Snake River.

The Executive Council voted yesterday, 5-0, to authorize the grant from the Department of Environmental Services’s Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund.

The town will use the money to buy the land, known as the Elizabeth Clingan Baird property, and place an easement on it – forever barring any nonconservation uses. The easement will help protect the water quality of Snake River, which feeds into Lake Waukewan, which supplies drinking water to the neighboring town of Meredith, DES Commissioner Thomas Burack wrote in a letter to the council.

The land is in New Hampton, but Meredith will hold and enforce the conservation easement.

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