Imagine a regulation basketball court.
Now imagine the court being filled with sediment and soil to a height of twelve and a half feet – meaning two and a half feet above the height of the basketball hoop!
That totals more than 2,180 cubic yards of material.
Now imagine how much nutrients are bound into that soil – nutrients that feed algae.
Now imagine all that sediment and soil in the Lake, rather than captured in sediment basins throughout the Lake George watershed.
Fortunately, we don’t have to live that nightmare.
Not only is all of that sediment and nutrients not in the Lake, but that sediment and those nutrients are no longer even in the sediment basins that were built to capture those materials.
The LGA and our partners spent two weeks cleaning out six major sediment basins – which have returned to capturing sediment and polluted stormwater and are continuing to protecting Lake George’s water quality.
The work completed by LGA Project Manager Randy Rath, public highway departments from Hague, Bolton, and the Village and Town of Lake George, Morrissey Construction, and Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District removed 2,182 cubic yards of sediment from the basins. That’s 160 truckloads of material that didn’t get into the Lake and degrade water quality.
Each town determined what to do with the material removed from the basins.
“Sediment basins are constructed in or along brooks and streams to prevent water quality degradation,” said Randy. “They are wider areas of a stream that slow down the water flow. Materials suspended in the water – like the soil and sediment – then drop out of the water flow into the basin and are not carried any farther.”
“The basins require maintenance – a clean out and check – when they get full of materials. After the Halloween storm last year, and the few heavy storms we had this summer, we selected a block of time this summer to complete the maintenance,” Randy said.
The full costs for the project are still being finalized, but currently total $26,784.25. The LGA’s direct cost is LGA’s cost was $15,020.75 – money that comes in part from the LGA’s 2,000+ members who support these kinds of direct, actual water quality protection projects.
Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District is contributing $11,763.50.
“Imagine the increase in the deltas, and the decline in water quality, if those sediment basins weren’t installed and hadn’t captured all that material,” said Randy. “It was two long weeks to clean out the six basins, but the direct water quality protection afforded by these sediment basins are worth the work.”
The LGA’s everyday actions show that protecting the Lake’s water quality means many things – but prevention of nutrients from getting into the Lake is at the top of the list. Nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen can feed algae, and will degrade the water over time.
Basin (See Map Below For Location) and Amount Removed
- Hague Brook Sediment Basin — 593 cubic yards
- Jenkins Brook Basin — 308 cubic yards
- Indian Brood Basin North — 297 cubic yards
- Artist Falls Reservoir — 308 cubic yards
- English Brook Basin — 176 cubic yards
- Ore Bed Reservoir — 500 cubic yards
For more information, please call (518) 668-3558 or see the wealth of information on our updated website at http://www.LakeGeorgeAssociation.org
The Lake George Association is the oldest and most experienced lake protection organization in the country, whose members support water quality protection, water quality monitoring, education and lake-friendly living programs that benefit the watershed from Lake George Village to Ticonderoga.
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