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Lake George Association E-news   June 2011

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We need your support. Become an LGA member today.

Call 518-668-3558 to make reservations for the 2011 Summer Splash Gala - Friday, July 15, at the Inn at Erlowest. Or make reservations on-line using our membership application / donations form.

Regarding our FACEBOOK page we have 3 simple requests:  1. Like us.  2. Post comments. 3. Post pictures. Please also follow our NEW Lake-friendly Living Blog on one of Lake George's most highly visited websites.  
 
Lake stewards back on duty - program expands to Dunham's Bay Marina
all steward training smallLake stewards have been trained and are now back on duty. Since 2008, the LGA has managed training, hiring, supervision and reporting for the Lake Steward Program. Training takes place at Paul Smith's College in conjunction with stewards from Schroon Lake, Brant Lake, and the Adirondack Watershed Institute (all pictured above).

We are happy to welcome back Monika LaPlante, this year as assistant coordinator for the program, and Brendan Carberry, working out of the Hague launch. StewardsMay2011Additional stewards include Kara Shannon and Alison Canavan at Norowal, Michael Abrahamson at Dunham's Bay, Aly Birch and Don Lindstrom at Mossy Point, and Britt Gellethien and Brandon Bezio at Rogers Rock. We also plan to have stewards at the Million Dollar Beach launch in the fall, once it opens.

Additional funding from the Lake George Park Commission will allow maximum coverage for peak periods and for the launches that receive the highest traffic. The estimated program costs for 2011 are $67,000.

StewardsTrainMay2011In 2010, LGA lake stewards inspected a total of 2,538 boats, and educated boaters about the threats of Eurasian watermilfoil, zebra mussels, curly-leaf pondweed, and the Lake’s most recent invader, the Asian clam.   Thirty-six samples of Eurasian watermilfoil were removed during the season. Nine samples of curly-leaf pondweed were found, three samples of zebra mussels, and five of water chestnut, an invasive that is not currently found in Lake George. 
 
Keep VOTING (every day)  for the CLEAN BOATING program

BOATUS GrassrootsGrantsPlease keep voting for the LGA's Clean Boating Program. We now have over 2,000 votes -- thank you!!! Please keep voting, once a day, until June 13, at the BoatUS Foundation website or on Facebook. Through this program we will reach out to 16,000 motor boat operators on Lake George to encourage best practices regarding fuel, oil, sewage, cleaning products, hazardous wastes and much more.
 

LGA OPEN HOUSE - a great day!
 OpenHouse1 2A big thank you to everyone who came out to our first-ever Lake-friendly Living OPEN HOUSE this past weekend. 

We enjoyed picture perfect weather, idea-stimulating conversations, and the exchange of exciting and new information. 

Our raffle was won by Sue Franz of Bolton Landing.  Our thanks to Green Planet Products, Advantex, Emmons Pump & Control, and Chips Landscaping for donating items for the raffle.


We couldn't have hosted the Open House without the generous donation of time given by the many experts, installers, and representatives who came. A big thank you to Cornell OPENhouse2 2Cooperative Extension, the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning BoardPuraflo, Orenco, Eljen, Fiddlehead Creek Native Plant Nursery, DeFranco Landscaping, Gould's Landscaping, Chip's Landscaping, Green Planet Products, and Sweeney Company.
 
Thank you Sweeney Company and Unilock for our new pavers
SweenyPaverPjtLast week, the Sweeney Company donated labor and material, and Unilock donated interlocking pavers, for a new demonstration project on our LGA driveway.  (Just in time for display at our OPEN HOUSE.) THANK YOU Jason and staff, and Unilock. The pavers are not only beautiful, they are:
1. permeable (essential to us, of course!);
2. functional (placed on a turn which is easily eroded by our cars); and,
3. educational.

These pavers are a great addition to our demonstration grounds and office, which already features lake-friendly toilets (low-flush and compost), a geothermal heating system, native plants on our grounds, and a Flexi-pave surface in our parking area. 

Jasoninstalling paversThe new interlocking paver area in our driveway is 360 square feet in size, representing a $5,800 value. The pavers cost $5 per square foot; labor and subsurface gravel adds an additional $9 per square foot. Because our driveway does not get heavy usage it is similar to a typical residential driveway, so our project needed just two base layers. Sweeney excavated 12 - 18" and applied open graded base and bedding courses, then placed the pavers on top. 

According to Jason Sweeney, the standard life cycle of a paver driveway is 50 years,and no sealant is ever required. Every 5 - 6 years an inch of sediment can build up inbetween the pavers which needs to be removed to retain the pavers' permeability. (Jason says the LGA Catch Vac is a great tool for this job, and he plans to offer this service to his customers.)

After originating in Europe, pavers were heavily tested for applications in the northern climates of the U.S. by the ICPI - the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute. The ICPI has found that snow melts faster on permeable pavement.  According to ICPI a typical snow plow can be used, and costs for salt and other de-cing are reduced. Of course, the biggest practical and ecological benefit of installing pavers on your property is that they can significantly reduce stormwater runoff, flooding and puddling.

Gaslight's OPERA HOUSE is no more.  Before... and after.
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Demolition of the partially collapsed Opera House building on the north parcel of the West Brook project took place on May 26. 

The remaining buildings on the site will be demolished soon next week, making room for the exciting new outdoor event space and
environmental park to be planned and designed later this summer, with input from the community.

Wetland plantings on the south parcel will take place in the late summer and fall, and the Lake George Watershed Coalition would like to see volunteers involved in the effort.  More details on that to come.  

 
Keep a lookout for yellow iris and cormorants - please report sightings
Cormorants and yellow iris have returned to Lake George, unfortunately!

Yellowiris 2Yellow iris, an invasive plant, has returned to Mossy Point, where we first discovered it a couple years ago. This "botanical bully" is blooming NOW. Though pretty, it is poisonous and it spreads aggressively. Its roots can connect hundreds of flowering plants, choking native wetland plants, restricting water flow and degrading habitat for fish, plants and other animals. Its seeds spread long distances along the edges of ponds, rivers, streams and lakes.

Gloves should be worn when removing yellow iris as its resins can irritate the skin. Plus, any roots remaining in the ground can grow new infestations. Before attempting to pull this invader, please verify the plant's identification with us and we'll review proper removal techniques with you. (Or the LGA can come out and remove it for you.)


CormorantsoffFloatingBatteryAug2010Cormorants on Lake George are considered nuisance birds because they damage islands, kill vegetation and scare away other nesting birds. Kathe Allen in Hague reported seeing the birds on an island just south of Friends Point last week. According to Joe Racette of the DEC, a large cormorant congregation feeding on the alewive dieoff in the Port Henry area has now dispersed, and as expected, some of these birds have moved to Lake George.

Please report sightings of cormorants or yellow iris to Emily DeBolt here at the LGA. For cormorants include the date, location and number of birds so we can share this data with the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
 
Gala tickets... going... going...
galadancersIf you don't yet have reservations for this year's summer gala, and you have your heart set on coming (we know you do!), please call us today or send back your invitation quickly. Invitations are going out this week. (You can also reserve and pay online on the secure LGA Donations and Membership webpage. Tickets are $150 per person.) This year's event takes place on Friday, July 15 at the Inn at Erlowest, beginning at 6:30 pm.   

Make sure to check out our new band for this year - New York Players City Rhythm - they are fabulous!!! Check out live video of this great band here.

Asian clam update
AsianClamEradicationApril262011On behalf of the Asian Clam Rapid Response Task Force, scuba divers continue to work along the Lake shoreline from English Brook delta, south to Pine Point. 

The divers have placed and secured more than 800 benthic mats over a 5 - 6 acre area, a major accomplishment in rough working conditions. The waAsianClamJeremyDFWIsampling 2ves along the shoreline were making it difficult to keep the mats down, so sand bags were added in addition to rebar. LGA lake stewards assisted in this effort, and the village of Lake George donated the materials. Jeremy Farrell from Darrin Fresh Water Institute (pictured at left) also took sediment core samples along the shoreline to make sure no clams were missed.

Along resort beaches, the task force is attempting to keep the mats down for a shortened period -- just 30 days. If this successfully smothers the clams, these mats will be removed AsianClamsignatDock 2either the week of June 17 or June 24.  The remaining mats will stay in place for the entire 45-day period and will removed around July 4.
 
Scientific monitoring began last week and continues this week. Maintenance is constant to make sure the mats stay in place. 

 
Signs are up along the docks and shoreline, and brochures have been distributed to area hotels to share with guests so they will understand the importance of the project. (Download the hotel guest brochure here.) For frequent updates on the progress of this project, please visit stoptheasianclam.info.
 
Park Commission takes first trip ever on Floating Classroom
FloatingClassroomonwater3Last week the Floating Classroom took out a group never taken out before, and a group some people might be surprised by – the staff and commissioners of  the Lake George Park Commission (LGPC).

Ten LGPC staff members and commissioners traveled out on the Floating Classroom for a hands-on study of the science of Lake George. Hardly neophytes to the watershed’s environmental concerns and problems, LGPC commissioners and staff benefited from this opportunity to leave their desks behind ParkCommissionFC2and get out on the Lake together, while also increasing their knowledge of the Floating Classroom program. On board, park commission guests measured the Lake’s clarity with Secchi disks, and even tried their hand at capturing zooplankton, the basis of the Lake’s food chain.

 
A new aspect of the Floating Classroom program this year is educating people about Lake George’s most recent threat: the Asian Clam.  As the boat returns to its dock at Lower Amherst St., it sails alongside the area where the Asian Clam beds are being covered with benthic mats, and guests can see the mats in the water along the shore.
 
Kudos to our salmon stockers
SalmonStockingFish stocking. It's such a long standing tradition for the LGA. Our very first project, back in 1885, was to stock the Lake. And we're still at it!  On Monday and Tuesday this week, volunteers from the LGA and the Lake George Fishing Alliance, alongside LGA lake stewards, worked hard to move the salmon off of the DEC's stocking truck, on to boats, and out into deeper water.

Volunteers at Green Island stocked 17,000 salmon this past Monday, and another 17,000 out of Hague on Tuesday. Many thanks to: Bruce Ashby and Rick Kudlack; Dave and Betty Decker; Gary Smith; Jeff Smith; and Liz and Chuck Schmidt; Janet and Bob Gavaletz; Mike Cherubini; Rich Paul; Frank More; Pete Ferrone; Marek Kokoszko; Pleksander Jaworsky; John Sunkenberg; Walt Kendall; Joe Battista; Terry Storms; and Dan Wallace.
 
Welcome back Jill.
Jill Jill Trunko, newly graduated from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, has joined us for a second year as an environmental education intern. Once again, Jill will assist on the Floating Classroom, at stream monitoring field trips, and at many other LGA summer outreach programs. Welcome back Jill!
 

Come by and pick up your free copy of the Lake George Rain Garden poster

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Lake George Association
PO Box 408 Lake George, NY   12845  518-668-3558
www.lakegeorgeassociation.org

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