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Lake George Association E-news   May 2011

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LGA Lake-friendly Landscaping OPEN HOUSE
Lake-friendly-Living-OPEN-HOUSE-posterWant to go green in your home and garden? Join us on Saturday, June 4, from 10 am – 2 pm here at the LGA. (Invite your friends and neighbors too - the event is free.)
Product representatives and installers will be available to share state-of-the-art ideas for green landscaping, including: permeable patios, walkways and driveways, advanced treatment septic systems, rain gardens, shoreline buffers, native plants, stormwater solutions, and lake-friendly landscaping. Educational staff from the LGA and Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide information about lake-friendly lawn care, septic system maintenance, and more. Rain barrels and native plants will be available for sale.
Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet local experts who work with exciting, new green landscaping technologies, all conveniently located in one place at one time.
Representatives from the following companies are expected: DeFranco Landscaping, Fiddlehead Creek Native Plant Nursery, Flexi-pave (recycled and permeable pavement), Puraflo Septic, the Sweeney Company (installation of stormwater solutions), Technobloc permeable pavers, Unilock permeable pavers, and more. Please print out the poster and spread the word.

Asian Clam Updates on Website
Asian-Clam-Task-Force-LogoWould you like to follow the latest on the Asian clam eradication? Sign up for email updates on the website of the Lake George Asian Clam Rapid Response Task Force (LGACRRTF). You can also see the full revised eradication plan. The Lake George Mirror ran a one-page update in this week's publication. As part of the task force, the LGA has taken the lead in providing public information. Signage, brochures, and the website have been created by the LGA. A total of 612 mats have been installed as of May 10. 

FUNDING: This week, LGA Executive Director Walt Lender is visiting the towns of Dresden, Putnam and Ticonderoga and the counties of Essex and Washington to secure additional funding. Ticonderoga and Dresden have both agreed to provide $3,000. Washington County will provide $15,000. Toward a $415,500 budget, the LGACRRTF has already received commitments of $75,000 from the Lake Champlain Basin Program, $75,000 from the Department of Environmental Conservation, $75,000 from the Lake George Park Commission, $30,000 from the New York Dept. of State, $25,000 from the Lake George Association, $25,000 from the Fund for Lake George, $10,000 from the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, $30,000 from Warren County, and $5,000 each from the village of Lake George and the towns of Lake George, Bolton, Hague and Queensbury.

IN-KIND SUPPORT: The task force is grateful for in-kind services provided by the village and town of Lake George, and their departments of public works, for logistical help in moving rebar and mats. The divers are working out of the village's Lake Avenue beach area. The town of Bolton and the Bolton Highway Department assisted with installation of the dissolved oxygen ports on the mats. These ports are essential to measuring the level of oxygen under the mats, which must be very low in order to smother the clams. The Lake George Park Commission and the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation have also helped with logistics. Many thanks as well to the Adirondack Park Agency for expediting an amended permit.
West Brook Conservation Initiative Update
IMG_0819SOUTH PARCEL: Seeding on the south parcel is now complete. (See picture at left.) Due to our wet spring, the installation of wetland plants was delayed. They will now be installed later this summer or fall, to avoid the possibility of a dry hot summer killing them.
NORTH PARCEL: Demolition of the Opera House and the Cavalcade of Cars buildings on the north parcel is expected the week of May 17. Metered parking spaces will be put in the open space. ELAN, the landscape architecture firm selected by the village of Lake George to design the environmental park, will be leading public input events later this summer in order to create a space that will meet our community's needs. Look for more details to come!

The need for additional funds continue to be a priority. We would like to wrap up our fund-raising campaign this summer.
Congratulations to GREEN INNOVATION grant recipients
BeachRoadCongratulations to the local recipients of Green Innovation grants, funded by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation. The village of Lake George was awarded $650,000 for a waste water treatment plant improvement project and the Warren County Department of Public Works was awarded $415,000 for a Beach Road porous pavement project. (Beach Road, pictured at right, runs on the south side of the Lake along Million Dollar beach.) The town of Ticonderoga was awarded $28,000 for a combined sewer evaluation and stormwater design report. See the details here.
April/May LGA Newsletter
AprilMay2011newsletterfrontpage 2Can't get enough Lake George environmental news? Our print newsletter went in the mail this week. Included are stories on the Asian clam eradication, simple ways to save the Lake in the spring, creative ways to give, and pictures and details about the West Brook Environmental Park. Would you like to receive a copy in your mailbox? Please support our lake saving efforts and become a member if you are not already.
LGA Lake Steward Program to Expand this Summer
lake stewards2010 2The 2011 Lake Steward Program on Lake George will significantly expand over last year’s level, thanks to new funding provided by the Lake George Park Commission.

In 2010, Lake stewards were posted at four launches around Lake George:  Norowal Marina, Mossy Point, Hague Town Beach and Rogers Rock campsite. In 2011, two additional launches will be added.  Days and hours of coverage will also increase; the goal is to provide seven-day-a-week coverage during the busiest times of the season. Twelve-hour-a-day coverage is the goal for Mossy Point and Norowal, while other sites will receive eight hours per day. Mossy Point and Norowal were chosen for increased coverage due to the high volume of their traffic.
Lake stewards inspect incoming boats for invasive species, remove suspicious specimens, and educate boaters about the threats of invasive species and how to prevent their spread. The Lake George Park Commission’s marine patrol is contacted whenever stewards encounter a boat being launched that has obvious signs of invasive species and is unwilling to be inspected.

Since 2008, the Lake George Association (LGA) has managed training, hiring, supervision and reporting for the Lake Steward Program. The 2010 Lake Steward Program was funded by the Bolton Local Development Corporation, the towns of Hague and Ticonderoga, the Lake George Park Commission, the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation and the New York State Department of State with funds provided under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund. The program was originally conceived by the Invasive Species Task Force of the Lake George Watershed Coalition.
Bolton Community Work Day
Bolton-Conservation-ParkOn Sunday, May 22, 9 am to 5 pm the Bolton Conservation Park will be holding a community work day. The rain date is Sunday, June 5. Volunteers are needed to help complete the new nature trail and to prepare the community garden site. Bring a side to share for the pot luck. Beverages and food will be provided by area businesses. There will also be live music, a bonfire, and a pig roast. Contact Barry Kincaid at 644-3132 or Ted and Jane Caldwell for more information. Last year, the LGA coordinated a group of young volunteers for this event. The LGA just completed writing a grant request to fund educational signage for the nature trail. 
Ticonderoga Revitalization
Ticonderoga-Revitalization-ArtMany LGA members go to Ticonderoga to shop and to visit Fort Ticonderoga. Some drive through on their way to the Lake or camp. An active and motivated group -- the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance -- has taken on the challenge of revitalizing the downtown. Visit their website to learn more about exciting efforts underway -- including the purchase of one of the historic downtown properties.
IROW Rowing Race - May 21
MilfordThe Milford D. Lester Memorial Cup will take place on Saturday, May 21, starting at 9:30 am at Million Dollar Beach. Open water shells and recreational shells are eligible, both singles and doubles. Rowers in the six-mile race leave Million Dollar Beach, travel to Diamond Island, and return, in approximately one hour. Afterwards, at an awards ceremony at the Adirondack Pub & Brewery, winners are recognized for men's singles, men's doubles, women's singles and women's doubles, and their names are engraved on the Milford D. Lester Memorial Cup. (Milford, pictured here, was a devoted LGA member and volunteer.) The entrance fee is $25 for singles, and $35 for doubles, and all proceeds benefit Lake George Association programs. You can register the day of the event.
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