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Lake George Association E-news   Late May 2011

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

Don't forget to "LIKE" us on  FACEBOOK. Please post comments!  Help us build our "MILLION WAYS to LOVE Lake George" photo album by posting beautiful Lake George photos, photos of your family having fun, and photos of lake-friendly living!  
Meet our CSLAP volunteers
CSLAP volunteers 2011 revisedLast week, our dedicated CSLAP (Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program) volunteers received a refresher training course aboard the Floating Classroom.  Many thanks to the volunteers pictured here, from left to right: Peter Leyh, Cathy LaBombard, Julie and Irwin Nathanson, and Roger and Susan Wilson. Not pictured: Joanne and Mark Mueller and R.T. and D.A. Gasser.

With S
cott Kishbaugh, CSLAP program coordinator for the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the volunteers reviewed how to conduct the tests they will perform eight times this summer to monitor for water clarity, chemistry and temperature. The following locations on the Lake will be monitored: Diamond Island, Harris Bay, Basin Bay, Huletts Landing, Gull Bay, Crown Island, and Heart Bay.  The CSLAP program on Lake George will cost $8,850 this year; it is funded by a grant from the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation.

"We can’t stress enough just how important the CSLAP program is – not only for Lake George, but for all the lakes in New York State. It is an affordable way for lakes to gather data and keep an eye on their water quality," says LGA Executive Director Walt Lender. 

"We've only collected data since 2004, so we aren’t seeing major trends yet.  But we are gathering a great baseline for the future – and you have to think long-term when you work with lakes and watershed management. A state-wide program like this helps us put things into perspective. When we compare the Lake George data to the rest of the lakes in the state, we quickly see how lucky we are to have an amazing resource like Lake George,"
says LGA Education Director Emily DeBolt.

Floating Classroom VERY BUSY this spring
CorinthMay2011Since the purchase of our new boat in 2009, the LGA's Floating Classroom program has experienced phenomenal growth. In 2010 we hosted 2,093 participants and went out on 91 trips. (We had 1,261 participants in 2009.) We just took our first trip on May 18.  This spring we will teach students from Corinth, Bolton, S. Glens Falls, St. Mary's School in Ticonderoga, Glens Falls, and Hadley Luzerne, plus scouts from Queensbury and Ticonderoga. In addition, the New York Water Environment Association will join us on June 7.

Due to popular demand, our public program in summer will double in size, as we disappointed too many people last summer when the program filled up. We will offer two public programs a day on Wednesdays in July and August -- at 10 am and 1 pm on July 6, 13, 20 and 27 and August 3, 10, 17 (1 pm only), 24 and 31. You can make a reservation online or you can call us at 518-668-3558. 

Go Green at LGA's OPEN HOUSE - Meet the experts!
LGA open houseGo green this spring in your home and garden! Don't miss our Lake-friendly Living Open House on Saturday, June 4, from 10 am – 2 pm, here at the LGA.  This rain-or-shine event is FREE. This is a unique opportunity to meet over 15 experts in landscaping, septic systems, and permeable pavement, in one place at one time.  Learn about creative and innovative landscaping solutions that are not only effective and aesthetically pleasing, but also protect the Lake. 

Product representatives and installers will share ideas for permeable patios and driveways, advanced treatment septic systems, rain gardens, shoreline buffers, native plants, stormwater, and landscaping. 

Experts from the LGA, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board will provide information about lake-friendly lawn care, septic system maintenance, and more.  Rain barrels and native plants will be available for sale, and you can have your soil pH-tested for free while you wait.

Who else will be here?   
Representatives and local installers for:
- Permeable pavers and pavement: Belgard, Techno-Bloc, Unilock, and Flexi-pave
- Septic systems: Puraflo, Orenco, and Eljen
And others: Fiddlehead Creek Native Plant Nursery, DeFranco Landscaping, Gould's Landscaping, Chip's Landscaping, KLC Property Enhancement, Sweeney Company, and Crandall Excavating.

Lake-friendly carpooling to this event is recommended if possible, as parking will be limited.
Emerald Ash Borer AWARENESS Week - Early detection is key
EABThis week is Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week.  The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive and highly destructive insect which is on the rise in New York State. There are over 800,000 ash trees in the Lake George watershed, and we don't want to lose them, as like all trees, they are important for water quality.

EABholedec.nyAsh trees infected by the EAB always die within two to four years, even if the trees were healthy before being attacked. The EAB is 3/8 to 5/8 inch long with metallic green wing covers. Signs of infestation include: 1/8" D-shaped holes in tree bark (see left),
tree canopy dieback, and serpentine galleries, (S-shaped feeding tunnels, often with larvae), just under the bark. Sucker sprouts may grow from the base of the tree.  See the DEC's early detection brochure here.

Discovered in New York State for the first time in 2009, the EAB is now located in seven counties. A quarantine affecting the majority of western New York, as well as Greene and Ulster Counties, is restricting the movement of ash trees, ash products and firewood from all wood species in order to limit the potential introduction of EAB to other areas of the state.

Don't move firewoodPlease remember:  Don't move firewood more than 50 miles! Buy your firewood locally, and ask your vendor to verify the firewood's local source. (The EAB is commonly transported to new areas on firewood.)

Pictures courtesy of NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation.

Attention homeowners & businesses:  You too can rent the Catch Vac
CatchVac 2Did you know the LGA's Catch Vac is not just for towns and villages?  Local homeowners and businesses are also renting the Catch Vac, a trailer mounted vacuum unit, to clean out stormwater catchments on their properties. A professional contractor is now available to operate the equipment, making the job easy and efficient.   When we don't clean out stormwater basins, they clog up and malfunction, causing significant amounts of sediment and sand to enter the Lake.   
New info and help on maintaining your septic
septicflyercoverThis summer, a new Lake George Onsite Septic Improvement Program will offer free system inspections, cost-shared system pump-outs, free water conservation kits, and free educational materials to residents in three areas: Bolton/Huddle Brook, Diamond Point, and Sabbath Day/Silver Bay. Homeowners with structures within 500 feet of Lake George will be invited to participate in the program.
The majority of the homes in these three target areas are not serviced by municipal sewer.  These homes also have high potential for leaking and failing septic systems.  Failing septic systems can have a detrimental effect on the quality of water in Lake George, both as a source of nutrients and fecal bacteria. Most homeowners are unaware of the potential dangers their onsite wastewater systems pose, and many do not even know where their systems are located. Proper septic tank maintenance is usually not thought of until there is a major problem and water or soil contamination has already occurred.
The Lake Champlain – Lake George Regional Planning Board, the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District and the LGA are partners in the program.   In preparation for the program, the LGA has created a new septic system maintenance flyer, available to anyone in the watershed. 

Missing a swim float?  Spring weather has created hazards on the Lake.
Heavy snow melt and weeks of rain have caused the lake level to be higher than usual this year. In conditions like these, sections of docks and swim rafts stored near the shoreline can float free. 

Earlier this year, a 15 ft. x 15 ft. square swim float, manufactured with synthethic decking, escaped from its lake shore home and was recovered in Dunham's Bay.  Please contact the Lake George Park Commission if you have information about its owner.

The LGA suggests that you label floating rafts and other swim toys (tubes, trampolines, inflatable toys) with contact information in the event they break free. The Park Commission reminds everyone to paint swim floats white and to label them with reflectors to increase visibility.

As you return to the water in your boat, keep an eye out for dock parts, tree limbs, and other debris caused by high water and rushing streams.
A great deal of garbage is also finding its way into the Lake from the runoff this year. Please do your part to pick up trash when you see it.   
Keep on voting for the LGA CLEAN BOATING program
BOATUS GrassrootsGrantsJust one click a day will make a difference for Lake George. Help us win funding from the BoatUS Grassroots Grants program for a Lake George CLEAN BOATING PROGRAM.  This program will encourage boaters to follow best practices for fuel, oil, sewage, cleaning products, hazardous wastes and much more.

Vote for this program here. You can vote once every 24 hours, until June 13.

Check out the COOL auction items for this year's GALA
The list of silent auction items for the July 15 Summer Splash Gala is growing longer as we get closer.   Check out these great items: 
  • One-week European Canal Cruise for two
  • Samoset-croppedTwo-night stay with golf at Samoset Resort (pictured here)
  • Five-night stay in a Paris or London apartment
  • One-week basketball camp
  • Bus trip shopping/sightseeing excursion for two
  • A pair of locally made ADK chairs with an ottoman
  • Locally handcrafted log bench
  • Two tickets to The Late Show with David Letterman
  • Four tickets to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Plus lots more:  golf, theatre tickets, artwork, fitness and spa packages, boat rentals, and restaurant gift certificates

Do you have something you'd like to donate?  Would you like to sponsor this great event?  Contact Nancy Cobb-Zoll at 518-668-3558 or complete the forms on our Gala page.  


LAKE-FRIENDLY Living Tip:  Make sure to rake or blow leaves, clippings, winter debris, salt and sand AWAY from paved surfaces, storm sewers, streams and the Lake.

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

Lake George Association
PO Box 408 Lake George, NY   12845  518-668-3558

People protecting the Lake since 1885

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