Program Teaches How Actions Affect Lake George Environment
At least 75 educational programs set for spring and summer to teach about the importance of stream health to Lake George are the beneficiary of a $7,214 grant to the Lake George Association from the Lake Champlain Basin Program.
The hands-on steam monitoring program uses captured macroinvertebrates – larger than microscopic animals which do not have a backbone – as an indicator of the health of a stream. It is the same process used by citizen scientists in a DEC program that is managed locally by the LGA staff.
“Participants – mostly area students, though we run programs for the public, too – learn about the importance that the health of streams has on keeping the Lake and the entire watershed healthy,” said Kristen Wilde, Director of Education for the Lake George Association.
“We encourage anyone interested in the health of the Lake to participate in one of the programs we make available each summer,” said Wilde.
“We want to thank the Lake Champlain Basin Program for realizing this education program is important in developing future protectors of the Lake, and in expanding the understanding of how best to protect our water,” said Walt Lender, Executive Director of the Lake George Association. “As one part of the Lake Champlain Basin, Lake George’s protection pays it forward to the larger watershed.”
To teach the programs, the LGA education staff uses property adjacent to West Brook at the Lake George Recreation Center, where the LGA’s newly built Outdoor Classroom sits. West Brook is one of the largest streams that feed Class AA-Special Lake George – an important source of clean water to our Lake.
The property is more than a mile and a half from the Lake, but the distance helps to reinforce the lesson that what happens in the streams and in the watershed around the streams influences the water quality.
“The participants are exposed to scientific principles and learn about stream ecology, pollution and conservation of local streams for the benefit of the Lake and the watershed,” Wilde said. “Our goal is to leave them with the knowledge that even if they can’t see the Lake from where they are, their actions on land can still influence the Lake.”
The Lake George Association works with watershed schools each school year so that one full grade from each district in the watershed takes part in the program. Any other weeks are filled by interested schools or community groups.
The program is offered as an educational companion to the LGA’s EPA-award-winning Floating Classroom program. Schools traditionally come to the Lake and participate in both, getting a full-day lesson for the students.
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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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