LGA Encourages Review, Comment on State HAB Action Plans Released Today

The Lake George Association is reviewing the priorities set out in New York state’s final version of the Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan for Lake George, which includes many of the priorities that the LGA and its partners on the Steering Committee have proposed.

“While there have been no Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake George, no one wants to see them come to Lake George,” said LGA Executive Director Walt Lender. “We want to do everything we can to prevent one from happening here, as the LGA and its partners have been doing for more than a century.”

“We thank Gov. Andrew Cuomo, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, state Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball, and DOH Commissioner Howard Zucker for their leadership in moving this plan forward,” Lender said.

“We are meeting with a steering committee of Lake organizations in the near future and expect this will be a major part of our discussions.”

A link to the state plan can be found here: https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/113733.html

“We encourage our members and anyone who is interested in the health of Lake George to read the plan and review its recommendations. The state is seeking feedback, and we encourage our residents and partners to join us in offering suggestions and comments.”

For decades, the Lake George Association has been focused on keeping nutrients and phosphorus out of Lake George, including leading the charge in the 1960s to ban phosphates from detergents to keep the level of soluble phosphorus out of Lake George.

The Lake George Association’s work with all of our partners was confirmed in a watershed study decades ago that concluded that untreated stormwater is by far the greatest human contributor to water quality declines. Recent studies continue to back up that initial assertion – and we also know that stormwater runoff carries nutrients and phosphorus that can cause Harmful Algal Blooms, too.

“It is critical that we move ahead with these proposals to continue to protect Lake George,” said Lender. “We plan to work with our municipal partners to assist them in any way we can to update the water treatment issues in Bolton, Hague and the Village of Lake George, as well as focus on assisting property owners with cleanouts and inspections of near-shore septic systems.

“We look forward to collaborating with our partners around the Lake to ensure that we protect Lake George from HABs and reduce the polluting effect of stormwater runoff.”

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