By Kristen Wilde, LGA Director of Education
With the arrival of winter temperatures, we wanted to remind our members and everyone in the Lake George watershed that one of the most important ways you can protect Lake George’s water quality now and in the future is to be prudent and mindful as you manage snow and ice removal on your property this winter.
Any de-icing chemical that is placed on the sidewalk or driveway today has the potential to be swept into the Lake in stormwater pollution in the springtime.
If you adopt the best management practices below, you can reduce the amount of salt you use, and protect our Lake’s water quality.
• Shovel early and often: It stands to reason that the earlier you begin the snow removal, the less salt you need, and the more effective the de-icing material will be. You may decide that salt isn’t needed.
• Use an ice chipper: A specialized ice-chopping tool (not an ice pick) will allow you to remove ice chunks faster and more efficiently.
• Apply only what’s needed: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for working temperatures and application rates.
• Apply smartly: Keep salt application away from any storm drain, or where melted runoff can mix with salt and flow into drains that may lead directly into the Lake.
• Reposition downspouts: Make sure downspouts are pointed away from paved (or other hardened) areas.
• Reposition snow piles: Shovel unsalted snow to lower areas of your property or onto lawns to direct melting snow away from paved areas.