A heavy sweep, a thorough vacuum, and Beach Road is ready for the summer traffic and summer stormwater. And Lake George will continue to be protected thanks to a first-of-its-kind project installed seven years ago.
Vacuum? Beach Road?
Yes indeed. That’s the way porous asphalt roads are maintained to ensure they continue to capture stormwater and keep it out of Lake George.
The Lake George Association is partnering with the Village of Lake George to ensure that the work continues a few times a year.
“So the Lake continues to be protected, we need to ensure the porous asphalt on Beach Road and West Brook Road stays porous,” said LGA Project Manager Randy Rath. ‘The Village now has the means to easily and quickly assist Warren County with that maintenance.”
“Our employees work very hard to keep our little village beautiful and protect our Lake,” said Lake George Village Mayor Robert Blais. “This cleaning of Beach Road is part of our effort to ensure that the Lake stays healthy for years to come.”
Because Warren County actually owns Beach Road, the Village need to forge a maintenance agreement. The County gave the Village permission to use the sweeper to help maintain the porous asphalt, and the Village will schedule a few sweeps a year to keep it functioning as a way to capture untreated stormwater.
Untreated stormwater carries nutrients, phosphorus and sediment into the Lake, and is by far the greatest human contributor to water quality decline in Lake George.
To do the work, the Village is using a Tymco Regenerative Air System Sweeper that it purchased last fall. The truck-mounted machine has two major benefits: A stream of air forced through the hoses down to the ground dislodges debris in the open pockets of the porous asphalt where it can be vacuumed up, and the regenerative feature means that it continues to recycle the air and doesn’t vent dirty, dusty air.
The LGA is paying for the employees time as they perform the sweeping / vacuuming, as part of the continuing partnership between the Village and the LGA. The work will be done a few times a year.
The Lake George Association is deeply invested in the project to install porous asphalt in the Lake George watershed. In 2011, the LGA invested $10,000 into a research study to determine whether the porous asphalt would be able to be used for the $6 million Beach Road reconstruction project.
“We were champions of the technology then, and continue to support its use – or the use of stormwater solutions like it – today,” said Walt Lender, executive director of the Lake George Association.
That focus continues this spring with the Village as we work with them to replace concrete walkways with porous concrete in a continuing effort to capture untreated stormwater before it reaches the Lake.
The location for the porous concrete test project is being determined.
The Lake George Association is the oldest and most experienced lake protection organization in the country, whose members support water quality protection, scientific monitoring, education and lake-friendly living programs that benefit the watershed from Lake George Village to Ticonderoga.
All the money raised by the Lake George Association stays in the Lake George watershed, and is used to support and fund projects and programs that protect Lake George water quality now and in the future.