June E-news: Take the Clean Boater Pledge (it's easy!)
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The SUMMER is HERE!!!! In this issue:

- Lake Stewards on duty - $14,950 LCBP grant helped fund the 2012 season
- New concepts for West Brook Environmental Park Children's Adventure Play Area
- West Brook municipalities may share equal ownership three-ways
- Take the CLEAN BOATER Pledge -- its easy to do!
- LGA OPEN HOUSE a hit
- Lake-friendly Living QUIZ - answers and prize winner
- Summer Splash Gala - great auction items
- Putnam's Black Point Road - Lake-saving project to begin
- LGA's fish stocking tradition continues


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clean drain dry flyer for web-1 2CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY... read about this new campaign on a new website designed for boaters visiting Lake George.  Please help us distribute the STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS flyer

All boaters are urged to follow a “CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY” practice prior to launch, advocated by the LGA, local marina owners, the Eastern New York Marine Trades Association, the Lake George Park Commission, the Darrin Fresh Water Institute, and the Fund for Lake George. The new 2-page informational flyer produced by the LGA, entitled Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers, is available for download from the LGA’s website, and it is our hope that area hotels, marinas, and other tourist destinations will help us distribute it.
 
LGA Stewards Back on Duty - Nine Stewards Hired - Four Launch Sites will be Manned
lake steward training 2012 cropped (2)LGA has received a $14,950 grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program for the 2012 Lake Steward program on Lake George.

Nine stewards for Lake George have been hired by the LGA, and were recently trained at Paul Smith’s College. (62 regional stewards were trained...see them all in the picture!)  Beginning Memorial Day weekend, the stewards were on duty at four high traffic launch sites on Lake George: Norowal Marina, Hague Town Launch, Mossy Point, and Rogers Rock. 
 
The LGA stewards are not part of a proposed mandatory inspection program currently under discussion by the Lake George Park Commission. However, they will be visibly inspecting the outside of all boats and trailers, and they will remove suspicious plant or animal material for later identification.
 
This year the stewards will also be focusing on water contained on board, asking boaters if they have drained all water from hatches, bilges, live wells, and other locations prior to launch. The smallest amount of water can harbor aquatic invasive species -- the stewards will want to see that the boats have arrived at the launch both clean and dry.  Our stewards may suggest, but cannot require, a boater to go to a boat washing station for decontamination.  They also will not be operating the boat washing stations.
 
The Lake Steward Program, now in its seventh year, provides invasive species education and spread prevention on Lake George.  The stewards educate boaters about the threats of aquatic invasive species, such as Eurasian watermilfoil, zebra mussels, curly-leaf pondweed, and of course our most recent invader, the Asian clam. The program also compiles data and produces reports.

 
New Concepts for West Brook Environmental Park's North Parcel
WestBrookNorthParcelEnvironmentalParkApril2012This past May, Elan Planning and Design presented the latest conceptual plan for the north parcel of the West Brook Environmental Park.  The concept includes: 1. Beach Road entrance; 2. Skate Park; 3. Restrooms; 4. Children's Adventure Play Area; 5. Festival Space; 6. Route 9 Entrance; 7. Water Feature. 

See more pictures of concepts for the Children's Adventure Play Area on the LGA Facebook Page, or in our May 2012 LGA News (page 4 & 5).  Read more about the West Brook project on our website.
 
Town of Lake George Reaches Agreement with Village, County on West Brook Ownership
According to Wednesday's Post-Star, an ad-hoc committee of the  Warren County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to split the municipal ownership of the West Brook Environmental Park evenly among the county, town of Lake George and village of Lake George.

In 2010, the town of Lake George was bought out of the project, leaving the county with a 62 percent ownership and the village of Lake George with 38 percent.  In recent months the town has been trying to buy back in.

How much the town will have to pay is yet to be worked out.

Approval from the Lake George Town Board and from the full Board of Supervisors is pending.
 

Take the CLEAN BOATER PLEDGE

Clean Boating GrantBecome an LGA Clean Boater.
- Keep fuel, sewage, plastic, trash, fishing line, and invasive species out of the water;
- Clean your boat responsibly;
- Dispose of all wastes properly;
- Promote clean boating habits; and
- Do your part to keep Lake George clean.

In return for taking the pledge (download the pledge form here) you'll receive the LGA's Guide to Clean Boating, pictured here.

LGA Open House a HIT! 
LFLOpenHouse2012PosterMany thanks to EVERYONE who came out last Saturday, (armed with umbrellas!) to learn about lake-friendly living. (See the album of pictures on our Facebook page here.)  We were pleased with the excellent turnout, and excited by the stimulating exchanges that took place. 

If you were unable to make it on Saturday, please visit with our exhibiting experts online.

You can also subscribe to our lake-friendly living blog on LakeGeorge.com to view our new video series -- SUSTAINABLE SUNDAYS.  On select Sundays we will be posting short video interviews featuring representatives from our OPEN HOUSE exhibiting organizations.

MandysSpringNurseryThese great organizations and businesses provided ideas and expertise for our 2nd Annual Lake-friendly Living OPEN HOUSE: Adirondack Landscaping / Cornell Cooperative Extension / DeFranco Landscaping / Fiddlehead Creek Nursery / Lake Champlain Lake George Regional Planning Board / Mandy Spring Farm Nursery / North Country Landscaping / Puraflo Alternative Septic Systems / Smart Energy Geo-thermal / The Sweeney Company / Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District


 
Lake-friendly Living QUIZ Answers
Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in our Lake-friendly Living Email Quiz.  Here are the answers:

NativeFlowerQuestion ONE: What biodegradable product can lubricate your boat engine?  Green Earth Technology's G-Oil, a product offered by Green Planet Products was the answer we were looking for.

Question TWO: Joe Pye Weeds, Blue Flags, and White Turtleheads might all be found in these kinds of gardens that help protect the Lake. Rain gardens was the answer we were looking for, but we also received shoreline buffer as an answer, and that would be correct as well.

Question THREE: These serve as a source of food, nesting cover, and shelter for wildlife, allowing safe movement from one habitat to another. These also help protect water quality by capturing and filtering stormwater before it can reach the Lake.
Shoreline buffers was the answer we were looking for here.

The winner of our prize basket was Judy Stahl.  She received an LGA shirt, a beautiful native blueberry plant, and some other goodies!
 

 Summer Splash Gala - ready for FUN?
Stepping Out with the Queen - Final"Stepping out with the Queen" - our Summer Splash Gala - will be here before we know it: Friday, July 13 at the Inn at Erlowest.  Please help us create our theme by sending us pictures of how you "STEP OUT WITH THE QUEEN": send us pictures showing how your family enjoys the Lake.

GalaCrowd2011Tickets are going fast, but there are still a few remaining. Not yet convinced that YOU should be there?  Check out last year's video and you'll see there is something for everyone: great venue, great music, great food, great auction.  PLUS... it supports a WONDERFUL cause: Protecting our Lake!

Curious about what will be up for auction this year?  (We have been told our AUCTION is the best auction around.)  Check out just a few of the great items here.

Dancing will be to the same hit band from last year - New York Players - City Rhythm.  They'll get you up and moving!

 
Putnam's Black Point Road - New Lake-saving Project to Begin
PutnamStormwaterDrivewayFromLakeA $21,000 stormwater project on Black Point Road in the town of Putnam will start this summer with funding support from the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP).
 
The project will intercept stormwater runoff from a 37-acre watershed in the town. Currently, large volumes of untreated stormwater are washing down a hill and into a homeowner’s driveway, creating a temporary stream that flows directly into Lake George (pictured at left).  A large plume of sediment is created after every storm.  (See more pictures in the news release, here.)

Work is expected to begin in June, and project completion is expected this August. Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District (WCSWCD) and the town of Putnam are the LGA's partners in the project.

A concrete precast trench drain will capture and direct sediment-laden runoff into a dry well. The runoff will then overflow into a rain garden, where nutrients and phosphorus will be removed, before entering a small stream and flowing to Lake George. 

 
LGA's Fish Stocking Tradition Continues
lake stewards DEC and LGFA stocking salmonstocking salmon 1Some things don't change! We still keep up with one of the LGA's original projects, first started way back in 1885: stocking fish in Lake George.  The pictures at right show the May 2012 salmon stocking on Green Island: a team effort including LGA's lake stewards, staff from the DEC, and volunteers from the Lake George Fishing Alliance.
 
CHECK out these NEW publications!

May 2012 Homeowners guide to lake friendly living brochure coverMay 2012 Homeowners Guide to Lake-friendly Living (Download a copy here, or pick one up at the office.  We'd also be happy to mail one to you.)

May2012newslettercoverMay 2012 LGA News (our print newsletter - download your copy here)

EssentialBoatersGuideImage2nd Edition of Capt. Scott Padeni's Essential 2012 Lake George Boaters Guide is now on the shelves. Pick up your copy at one of these outlets:  Ray's Heluva Deli / Stable Gate Deli / Yankee Marine / Coopers Cave Ale Company / The Trees / Neuffer's Deli / Seguins Dive Shop (Schenectady) / Capri Village Resort / Waters Edge Marina / Ron's Hardware / Lake George Kayak Company / The Outdoorsman/Beckley's Boats/Chics Marina/Dockside Landing Marina / Snug Harbor Marina / Hall's Boat Company / Shoreline Cruises / Cleverdale Country Store / Harris Bay Yacht Club / Fort William Henry Gift Shop / Bolton Marina / Famiglia's Deli / Sullivan's Pharmacy / Beach Road Bait Shop / Castaway Marina / Boats By George / Rich Morins Dive Shop / Waterfront Living / Lake George Steamboat Company Gift Shop / Dunham's Bay Sea Ray / Serendipity

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