The Harmful Algal Bloom on Lake George has been identified now in Harris Bay, Sandy Bay and Warner Bay — and in the water in the Village of Lake George.
This is a serious problem. We have serious work ahead.
The Harmful Algal Bloom (shown here as it was discovered on Saturday) was only identified because of an alert LGA member, who knew that something wasn’t right and reported it to the Lake George Association. DEC’s explanation of what a Harmful Algal Bloom is can be found here: https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/77118.html
The follow-up and initial identification was all done by the LGA’s Kristen Wilde, whose family has lived on the Lake for generations.
The LGA sounded the alarm, and marshaled the resources needed to investigate the bloom quickly.
Here’s what else the LGA is doing for our Lake:
- Collecting water samples in affected areas.
- Having water samples tested to identify the cyanobacteria and potential level of toxin. We will report out when we know more.
- Investigating the spread – we have staff in the field throughout the day to learn all we can about this particular outbreak.
- Keeping partners (including the state) apprised of our work, and the investigation.
- Sharing correct, truthful information.
- Revising our Action Plan for the next few days, next few weeks – and what we need to specifically do in the coming months and year.
We need your help to prevent future outbreaks. Here’s what you can do now:
- Don’t blow or rake leaves into the Lake or streams
- Stop using fertilizer in the watershed
- Get your septic system inspected, fix it if it is failing
- Plan to install a rain garden or shoreline buffer to capture polluted stormwater
- Keep storm drains clear of debris
- Join us or renew your membership: membership support allows us to protect the Lake
We’ve all got to act now if we want to protect the water quality of our Lake.
If you see changes in the water around your property, please take a photo and note the location and send it to: [email protected].