By Walt Lender
Lake George Association Executive Director
We are halfway through National Lakes Appreciation Month this July (so designated by our friends and partners at the North American Lake Management Society) – and with the most recent heat wave that has been followed by (mostly) beautiful weather, many of us are truly appreciating Lake George’s cool, clear waters and spectacular landscapes.
It is our own little slice of Heaven, right here on Lake George.
There are a lot of those little slices in the Lake George watershed – our Lake George Watershed Data Atlas (a comprehensive look at the housing, population, and infrastructure characteristics used by towns for planning purposes) notes there are more than 9,000 housing units in the watershed, and half of them are rental units.
As part of National Lakes Appreciation Month, we ask you to appreciate your Lake’s exceptional water quality and respect all of the other owners of little slices of Heaven with an important task:
Have a professional check your septic system. And have it pumped out or repaired, if necessary.
The LGA has promoted individual responsibility for property owners and lake users for more than a century – in fact it was the 16 men who founded the Association in 1885 who set in motion the first lake conservation organization in the United States.
It was based on their interest in individual responsibility for the common good.
The century-long legacy of the LGA members, and all of the property owner who came before you, is that the Lake’s water quality has been protected. Your legacy is to ensure you are respecting and protecting it for the next hundred years.
But as much as the LGA can do to protect Lake George’s water quality, all 9,000 owners of the housing units in the watershed are a protection force to be reckoned with.
So, in appreciation of your Lake and your fellow property owners, we ask a simple favor:
Ensure your septic system is working properly.
Regular maintenance will not only protect the Lake’s water quality and the water quality of the groundwater, but also will protect your health and your investment in your home.
If your septic system is working properly, it is a respectful use of your little slice of heaven.
It means you respect your neighbors, who may be drawing drinking water from the Lake
It means you respect your community, and keeps your property values high.
It means you respect future generation’s ability to enjoy then what we enjoy now.
If you can’t remember when your septic tank was last checked, it’s time to have a professional look at it.
If you can’t remember when your septic tank was last pumped, it’s probably time for that to be done, as well.
Only YOU can protect the Lake from issues caused by your septic system.
We all would be so appreciative!
Walt Lender is the Executive Director of the Lake George Association, whose members support water quality protection, scientific monitoring, education and lake friendly living programs that benefit the watershed from Lake George Village to Ticonderoga.