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For Release: Monday, April 23, 2018

DEC Completes $160,000 Thompsons Lake Boat Launch Upgrade

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced completion of $160,000 in improvements to the Thompsons Lake boat launch in the town of Berne, Albany County. The improvements are part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Adventure NY initiative to connect more New Yorkers with nature.

Improvements to the launch site include widening and repaving of the launch area, installation of a new retaining wall, a new informational kiosk, a new entrance sign, new parking space striping, and the installation of landscape plantings for erosion control and visual screening.

Thompsons Lake boat launch is owned by the town Berne and managed by DEC through a cooperative management agreement with the town.

"We would like to thank the town of Berne and former Supervisor Kevin Crosier for their assistance with this project," said DEC Regional Director Keith Goertz. "Without the town's support, this project would not have been possible."

The project was funded through the state's NY Works Program.

Under Governor Cuomo's Adventure NY initiative, DEC is making strategic investments to expand access to healthy, active outdoor recreation, connect more New Yorkers and visitors to nature and the outdoors, protect natural resources, and boost local economies. This initiative will support the completion of more than 75 projects over the next three years, ranging from improvements to youth camps and environmental education centers to new boat launches, duck blinds, and hiking trails. Read more about the Adventure NY initiative (PDF 10 MB).

For more information on planning an outdoor adventure in New York State, visit DEC's website.

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