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Lake George Association E-news   July 2011

lga_logo_2006 Hope you had a wonderful Fourth!


JuneJuly2011newsletterfrontpageTake a peak at our June/July print newsletter -- read about the LGA's partnership with the Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District -- and read the latest on our delta removal efforts.  Would you like to receive a copy of the LGA newsletter in the mail?  Please become an LGA member today!  (We need your support.)

FloatingClassroomonwater3Don't forget to join us on the FLOATING CLASSROOM this summer!  Public trips are every Wednesday in July and August.  See reservation info here!

Get ready to bid at the LGA Summer Splash Gala - July 15
Gala 2011HourglassWe are excited to have sold out - earlier than ever! The LGA's Summer Splash Gala is July 15 at the Inn at Erlowest. Make sure to check out all the wonderful silent auction items on the website, and get ready to bid. We are looking foward to a great evening -- delicious food, delightful conversation, fun dancing -- all to help protect our beautiful Lake George.
Give us YOUR IDEAS for the environmental park at West Brook
West Brook Public Input Schedule FlyerDuring the week of July 11, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity awaits! The public planning charettes for the the environmental park at West Brook will take place next week at the Fort William Henry Resort. There's a kickoff presentation on Monday night at 6 pm, followed by OPEN HOUSE sessions from 9 am - 4:30 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.  (See the complete schedule here.) What would you like to see in the place that once was Gaslight Village? We need your creativity, your ideas, your vision! The engineering part of the project -- constructing the stormwater treatment complex -- is largely complete on the south parcel. Now we turn to planning the experiential part of the park -- what kinds of experiences will the people visiting the park have? What will they do, see, hear, and learn when they come to the park? How can we make this park standout? 
Thanks for voting - we got the grant!
 Clean Boating GrantA big thank you to everyone who voted for our CLEAN BOATING grant on the BoatUS Foundation website. We got the grant! This grant will enable us to distribute clean boating information to the boaters on Lake George, and will encourage all boaters to act responsibly to keep Lake George clean, clear and healthy.
Gaslight's Cavalcade of Cars and Action Park are gone.
WBCI CavalcadeofCarsDemolitionThe LGA was at the scene of the recent demolition of Gaslight Village. See our videos of the demolition of the Cavalcade of Cars and the Action Park building on the north parcel. There are now just a few small piles of rubble left to be removed, and already the view from Route 9 is much improved. Now we have a clean slate for the exciting next phase of the West Brook Conservation Initiative's historic effort to protect and save Lake George.

INVADERS WATCHWould you like to volunteer to help protect Lake George?  Become a citizen scientist in the LGA's new INVADERS WATCH program. We need people to be on the lookout for non-native, invasive species along Lake George’s shorelines, and to help us prevent their spread. Early detection of new invasive animals and plants provides the best opportunity for successful eradication, management and control.

Our program is part of a regional effort coordinated by the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP). APIPP is documenting the distribution and abundance of invasive plants throughout the Adirondacks. As a volunteer for this Lake George program, the information you gather locally will be shared with the larger APIPP program.

InvadersWatchPhotoAs an Invaders Watch volunteer you will monitor a section of the Lake George shoreline of your choice. You'll attend training sessions to sharpen your ability to identify native and invasive aquatic species. You'll learn how to conduct a survey. Then you'll monitor your section of shoreline at least once during the summer between mid-July and early-September. Our next training session (Aquatic Animal Identification) is Thursday, July 28, from 2 - 4 pm at the LGA office. Please call Kristen Rohne at the LGA for more information - 518-668-3558.

Visit the VISITORS CENTER for Invasive Species Awareness Week
ISAWMake sure to stop by the Lake George Visitors Center next week, July 11 - 15, 11 am - 4 pm, and check out the educational booths and displays! People of all ages will enjoy finding out more about Lake George, its flora and fauna, why we want to encourage some species, and why we need to prevent others from becoming established. You can also learn more about the Asian clam eradication project.

Half-price Septic Cleanout Program for Bolton, Diamond Point & Silver Bay
septic system landscaping for web-1Ever wonder if you could do more on your septic drain field than just plant grass? You can. The Lake George Association has recently published a new public informational flyer entitled Septic System Landscaping. The publication provides safe guidelines for planting around a septic tank and drainfield, and explains why plants are important to a well-functioning system. The flyer lists the best plants to use. Certain wildflowers, such as oxeye sunflower, smooth aster, wild columbine and wild blue lupine are ideal.

Residents of Bolton, Diamond Point and Silver Bay can receive half-price septic system pump-outs through a new program this summer. To be eligible, homeowners must have an individual septic tank and must live within 500 feet of the Lake. This program will assist homeowners with water conservation practices and septic system maintenance, and is provided through a partnership between the LGA, the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District (WCSWCD), and the Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board. Each participant receives a water conservation kit including a low-flow toilet bag, low-flow showerhead, low-flow faucet aerator, educational materials and onsite septic system contact information. Funding for this program is limited, so if you are interested in participating please contact Beth Gilles at (518) 668-5773.
Lakes Appreciation Month - Great Secchi Dip-In on Floating Classroom
Floating Classroom BoyswithSecchiDisksonsideCome aboard the LGA’s Floating Classroom and help us celebrate Lakes Appreciation Month! On Wednesday July 13 we will be participating in the Great Secchi Dip-In. (Reservations required.)

Nationwide and in Canada, the Secchi Dip-In will be celebrated June 25 - July 13. Trained volunteer monitors across North America will go to their local lakes and reservoirs to measure water transparency, temperature, pH, lake usage and user perceptions of water quality and will submit their data to the Dip-In website.

In 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a National Lakes Assessment Report that identified shoreline habitat loss and nutrient pollution as the two major causes of lake impairment. During Lakes Appreciation Month, the LGA and its members will be supporting the efforts of the EPA as it seeks to distribute information on the importance of natural shorelines. EPA educational materials are available on their website, including information on:
· Lakefront Property - A short guide on the benefits and responsibilities of owning lakefront property; and
· Healthy Lakes & Higher Property Values - Fact sheet to help real estate professionals protect our nation’s lakes.

Plant Paddle is Tuesday, July 12, 9:30 am
PlantPaddle1Ever wonder what that mysterious green plant was floating next to your boat?  Is it Eurasian watermilfoil or something else? Bring your canoe or kayak and join us for a PLANT PADDLE on Tuesday, July 12, at Dunham's Bay Marina. LGA Education Director Emily DeBolt will take you out and help you learn to identify native aquatic plants as well as invasive plants. You'll learn about the benefits of the natives, and the threats posed by the invasives. What should you do if you do find something that is invasive? Find out! This activity is FREE and reservations are not required, however Dunham's charges $5 to park and launch. Meet us there at 9:30 am.
Annual Loon Census is July 16 - volunteers needed!
Loon in the narrows of LG by Fran SloatmanOn Saturday July 16, the Wildlife Conservation Society will conduct an annual loon census with the help of local Adirondack residents and visitor volunteers. This data provides a quick glimpse of the status of the breeding loon population in and around the Adirondack Park and across New York State. The results help guide management decisions and policies that affect loons.

The LGA coordinates census volunteers for the Lake George region. Census volunteers monitor a selected portion of the Lake from 8 – 9 am, and report the number of adult loons, chicks, and immature loons they observe. Similar loon censuses are also conducted in other states throughout the Northeast at the same time on the same day, contributing to a thorough regional overview of the population’s current status. One of the major findings of the 2010 census: The Adirondack loon population has almost doubled since the last pre-census analysis in the 1980s, and now totals some 1,500–2,000 birds.

We are looking for volunteers to cover the following areas of the Lake: the Narrows, Mother Bunch, Huddle Bay, Basin Bay, Boon Bay, Still Bay, LG Village, Sandy Bay, Warner Bay, Log Bay, Pilot Knob, and Huletts Landing. Please e-mail Kristen Rohne at the LGA if you can help!

Photo above courtesy of Fran Sloatman.
Lee Woodruff to speak at LGA's 126th Annual Meeting
LWoodruffphotoWe’re delighted to welcome Lee Woodruff as our featured speaker for this year's 126th Annual Meeting of the LGA on Friday, August 19, at the Lake George Club at 10 am. (Registration begins at 9:30.) Mark your calendars! All are welcome to attend; the meeting is free. Reservations are needed for the optional buffet lunch afterward.

A New York Times bestselling author, the wife of former ABC news co-anchor Bob Woodruff, (who was seriously injured covering the Iraq war in 2006), and a mother of four, Lee is a true inspiration. Five generations of Lee’s family have summered on Lake George. They are lucky enough to return to the same place, year after year. Lee and her family look forward to their special time at the Lake. Come hear what Lake George means to Lee and her family.

You'll also meet the LGA’s board of directors and our staff, and connect with others who share your passion for Lake George. Staff will make brief presentations about the LGA’s lake saving projects, our educational programs, the West Brook Conservation Initiative, and the Asian clam eradication project.

After the meeting, please join us for a delicious buffet. Cost is $25 per person. (This is the cost from the Lake George Club, it does not include a donation.) Please call today to make your reservation for lunch or complete the form here.
Aqua-Swirl Posed and Ready
AquaSwirlHave you driven on Route 9N just north of the village and wondered what this giant rocket-ship-like object is on the side of the road? It’s the LGA's new Aqua-Swirl hydrodynamic separator, soon to be installed on the Lochlea Estate in the town of Lake George by Derek Leo of Services Unlimited, pictured at left. The system will collect previously untreated stormwater runoff in the English Brook watershed. Stormwater from both the east and west sides of Rt. 9N will be treated, as well as from  the bridge between the two exits at Exit 22 on Interstate 87. The cost of the entire project is estimated at $117,000. The village of Lake George will maintain the structure and clean out the system using the LGA’s Catch Vac. The LGA secured funding for this project from the Lake Champlain Basin Program, the Lake George Watershed Coalition and the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation.

One of eight major streams entering Lake George, English Brook has been a major concern of the LGA for over a decade. Land development in the English Brook watershed has increased the volume and velocity of stormwater runoff, leading to increased pollution entering the brook. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) lists the brook as sediment impaired, and its delta is one of the largest on the Lake. According to National Urban Runoff Program reports conducted during the 1980s, English Brook has high levels of total phosphorus, chlorides, total suspended sediments, lead and nitrate nitrogen. The Aqua-Swirl will attempt to address these problems.

How does it work? Stormwater enters the Aqua-Swirl unit through an inlet pipe, producing a circular flow that makes the contaminants settle. A swirl concentrator removes the gross pollutants; a filtration chamber then removes fine sediment and waterborne pollutants. A combination of gravity and hydrodynamic forces encourages solids to drop out of the flow and migrate to the center of the chamber, where velocities will be lower. The Aqua-Swirl also retains water between storms, allowing for settling of inorganic solids when the water is not flowing.
Kenzie Tennent Wins Annual Bookmark Contest
2011  bookmarkKenzie Tennent, a 7th grade student at Bolton Central School, was the winner of the Lake George Bookmark Contest this year. Each year, the LGA coordinates the bookmark contest on behalf of the KenzieTwithMayorLake George Watershed Coalition. During an awards presentation at her school, Kenzie received an award from Lake George Mayor Robert Blais, who chairs the public participation committee of the Lake George Watershed Coalition. Congratulations Kenzie! And we loved her bookmark slogan -- "You can't just wish for healthy fish!"

We have lots of free bookmarks available for distribution! Please give us a call if you have a site where you could help to distribute them.

 Welcome new members AND new board members!
DanDavies_JimCasaccioWe are very excited to announce two new board members: Dan Davies (pictured at left) and Jim Casaccio (at right). Jim lives in Diamond Point. He has 18 years of experience in the human resources and software field. Currently he is a salesperson for McDonald Real Estate Professionals in Bolton Landing, NY. Dan is the co-owner of Davies & Davies and Associates Real Estate LLC. He has been actively selling real estate in and around Lake George since 1993.  His family history on the Lake goes back generations.

We are happy to welcome the following new members to the LGA! Thank you so much for protecting our beautiful lake and for helping to make our many lake saving projects possible. 
Leroy S. Waltz, Jr.
Scott and Coleen Stevens
Ann and Bill Westervelt
Thomas F. Burleigh
Beth and Bill Nast
Eugene and Gwendolyn Walter
Dr. Hazel Goodwin Kim
Roderick O. Dressel
Ken and Susan Neilson
Mike and Patrice Schelkun

John and Joanne Bartlett
Paul Applebee
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth L. Ellis
Maura F. Koeneke
Buzz Povall and Karen Lemmon
Bruce W. Houseworth
Ruth and Sandy Lamb
Wanda Mitko
James and Dorothy Stewart
Fred Pflaum and Linda Demers
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