Standing in front of Beechmont Lake, New York State Assembly Members Amy Paulin and Steve Otis, announced Wednesday that the City of New Rochelle, through their efforts, has obtained a $250,000 New York State grant for the remediation and dredging of Beechmont Lake. The funds will be used to restore the lake’s ecological health, beauty, and water retention capacity. This work will also help mitigate flooding.
City officials including Mayor Noam Bramson, Council Member Barry Fertel, City Manager Chuck Strome, Public Works Commissioner Scott Pickup, and Parks & Recreation Commissioner Bill Zimmerman were present at the lakeside anouncement.
For the past 37 years, Beechmont residents and The Beechmont Association have advocated for cleaning up the lake. In the last few years, water fountains have helped minimize algae blooms, but underlying problems remained.
Joyce H. Newman is an Emmy Award-winning environmental journalist, educator, and gardener. She holds a Certificate in Horticulture from The New York Botanical Garden, and is a tour guide there.