The Lake George Association is deeply concerned about the allegations regarding the filing of false sewage discharge reports from the operator of the Town of Bolton wastewater’s treatment plant. Any potential danger to Lake George’s water quality is a major issue for our members and the residents and businesses of the watershed.
Executive Director Walt Lender talked yesterday in the early afternoon with Bolton Town Supervisor Ron Conover about the allegations and what led up to the arrest of the operator of the plant. As was reported later in local media coverage, Supervisor Conover confirmed to Lender that the plant is operating within its requirements, and that the investigation was started last year at his behest when a review of the data and performance of the plant surfaced some concerns.
There are a number of open questions, especially why such a thing happened. We expect and hope that as the investigation moves toward its closure, those answers are forthcoming and that safeguards are put into place at treatment plants throughout the watershed (and, indeed, throughout New York) to ensure that it cannot happen again. Here or anywhere.
We thank Supervisor Conover for his diligence in reporting the issue quickly, and we thank DEC for its investigation and its continued concern for our beloved Lake.
We have offered whatever help we can provide to the Town of Bolton to ensure that Lake George water remains clean, and will continue to work with communities and residents to protect Lake George from harm.