As part of the Lake George Association’s mission to protect Lake George water quality, we are planning many different events to spread the word about Lake quality protection, including events to promote our scientific monitoring, promote and expose people to our education programs, promote ways that residents and business owners can live Lake-Friendly, and promote other ways to conserve the Lake.
They include informational classes, events and hands-on learning in areas throughout Lake George.
The events include:
• A Boater Safety Class, taught by officers from the Lake George Park Commission, Saturday, June 16, at the LGA office from 9 AM to 5 PM. Anyone born on or after May 1, 1996 is required to successfully complete an approved course in boater education in order to operate a motorboat. The Lake George Association fully encourages anyone who owns or drives a boat to complete this course to keep yourself and everyone else out on the Lake safe. Call the Park Commission at (518) 668-9437 to register. Class is at the LGA office at 2392 State Route 9N, Lake George.
• Stream monitoring training, to collect information on conditions of our local streams as part of New York state’s WAVE (Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators) program. The goal is collect data and analyze its meaning to better understand the conditions of the stream, which allows us (and the state DEC) to know about potential threats to the streams and to the Lake. The training is on Friday, June 22, from 10 AM to Noon, is at the LGA office at 2392 State Route 9N, Lake George. Call the LGA at 518-668-3558 to register or for more information on the WAVE program.
• Invasive Species Outreach at the Bolton Farmer’s Market. For many years, residents and visitors have enjoyed the fruits of regional farms and crafts at the Bolton Farmers Market, for another year they can also get information on how they can protect Lake George water quality by watching out for invasive species! While the Farmer’s Market happens each Friday during summer, the LGA will be there discussing invasive species on the following dates: June 29, July 20, July 27, August 10 and 31.
• Public Floating Classrooms, Wednesdays in July and August. The LGA’s Floating Classroom offers two-hour programs for the public that offer unparalleled views of the Queen of American Lakes and that are packed full of information and fun. The trips start July 11. On board, participants perform easy experiments to show water clarity, microscopic aquatic life and temperature, pH, and oxygen levels of the Lake, and will offer a broad outline of Lake George’s marvelous history and diversity of life. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 518-668-3558 or by going to our website and making them online.
• Lake George Association Gala: Red, White and Groove at the Lakeside Canteen, July 6. The LGA is marking our 2018 Gala with a uniquely American tradition: A USO Canteen. USO Canteens were (and still are) places where soldiers and families could come to rest, relax and recharge, while getting reconnected to their families. “At a time where so much divides us, the LGA Gala helps to bring people together to remind us of the many more things we have in common,” said Nancy Cobb-Zoll, LGA Director of Development, “ including the love of our Lake and the commitment to protect its water quality and preserve its shorelines.” The LGA Gala has always been a popular evening for Lake George Association members and friends – the gala is a major financial supporter of the mission of the Lake George Association to protect Lake George water quality and educate for the future. The event is Friday, July 6, at The Sagamore Resort. Cocktails start at 6:30, dinner begins at 7:30. Call 518-668-3558 for reservations.
• Asian Clam Citizen Science Day, July 13. For the third year, the Lake George Association is seeking volunteers to count and remove Asian clams from Sandy Bay – and learn about the harm that Asian clams and other invasive species cause to the Lake’s water quality. The event is timed to happen during New York’s “Invasive Species Awareness Week” from July 9 through 15. With regard to invasive species, education and spread prevention are the most cost-effective ways to control them. Once a species is established in a water body like Lake George, it is monumentally harder to remove or eradicate it. That is why the Lake George Association spends tens of thousands of dollars each year on education, outreach, spread prevention and invasive species removal programs.
• Loon Census, July 21. As part of an annual loon monitoring program aimed at determining the relative health of the population of this signature Adirondack bird, the Lake George Association helps organize volunteers to count loons on Lake George. The 2018 census will take place on Saturday, July 21 from 8:00am-9:00am. To take part, call or e-mail us and let us know a location on Lake George that you are interested in monitoring.
• LGA Annual Meeting Friday, August 17. Come to the Lake George Club to hear about all of the work that the Lake George Association is doing to protect Lake George’s water quality. Registration required at 518-668-3558. Members should watch their mail for invitations and details.